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  • Leading article: Human rights and a maturing relationship
    Tuesday, 20 May 2008

    Something similar happened in Germany last week when the Dalai Lama arrived there at the start of his five-country Western tour (Australia, the United States and France are next), a trip which will keep him in the headlines in the run-up to the Olymp...

  • Leading article: Soaring food prices should lead to the end of subsidies
    Wednesday, 21 May 2008

    So it should be no surprise to hear the global shortage of grain and other commodities being used to defend the Common Agricultural Policy. The French Agriculture Minister, Michael Barnier, even suggests that exporting the CAP model around the world,...

  • Leading article: A report that misses its target
    Tuesday, 20 May 2008

    The Armed Forces should indeed be better appreciated by the public. Last year General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, gave voice to widespread concerns in military circles, when he complained of a "growing gulf between the Army and the nat...

  • Letters: Constitutional reform
    Wednesday, 21 May 2008

    But if this popular empowerment is a good idea, why not extend it to Westminster and replace the House of Lords with a Citizens' Assembly? After all, once we have achieved a fairly elected Commons, what will be the point of a second elected chamber t...

  • Leading article: The violent price of inequality
    Wednesday, 21 May 2008

    Growth has been robust in South Africa in recent years thanks to the macroeconomic stability produced by the policies of its finance minister, Trevor Manuel. That, and a global commodities boom, has brought growth exceeding 5 per cent along with low ...

  • Letters: Paying to save nature
    Tuesday, 20 May 2008

    The countryside around me here changes colour with the shifts in the market. Pay silly prices for milk and the cows give way to sheep. Pay silly prices for wool, and the grazing land gives way to polytunnels and potatoes. Panic about the shortage of ...

  • Leading article: Green fingers
    Tuesday, 20 May 2008

    Yet the spectacular element of Chelsea has always been rather paradoxical, given that gardening, as practiced by most green-fingered folk in this country, is often un-showy. Far from using exotic plants, or fancy constructions that require tons of ra...

  • Marina Cantacuzino: The long and winding road to forgiveness
    Tuesday, 20 May 2008

    And yet even though there is universal respect for these mothers' dignified response, public opinion is more polarised. The more usual response from someone who has lost a loved one is that of Helen Newlove, who in February this year spoke of bringin...

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