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  • Leading article: The Prime Minister must show us who he really is
    Monday, 5 May 2008

    The Sunday version of Mr Brown was in ruminative mood, as well he might have been, given the size of Labour's losses. But his briefing notes had clearly instructed him to accentuate the positive. "Of course, we can recover," he told the BBC's Andrew ...

  • Peter Popham: Italian fascism is once again on the rise
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    The respectable right was quick to insist that the attack was nothing to do with them. "I would be the first to condemn neo-fascist violence if it really existed," shrugged Ignazio La Russa, a senior figure in the post-fascist Alleanza Nazionale (AN)...

  • Peter Popham: Junta is acting out of self-preservation, not compassion
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), as Burma's military junta styles itself, argues that military government is essential for Burma because of the threat to the nation's unity from secessionist groups on the borders. Democracy cannot be p...

  • Leading article: An outside chance worth taking
    Monday, 5 May 2008

    But these figures present the MDC with a conundrum. If they reject them out of hand as a travesty – as they must be inclined to do – and decide to boycott a run-off, they leave the field clear for Mr Mugabe to cruise into a new term as president. If,...

  • Leading article: Down a little, but not out
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    This is disappointing, but it is not "bad" – the word also used quite justifiably by Gordon Brown to describe Labour's dismal showing. It is nonetheless surprising that, at a time when environmental issues have climbed up the national agenda and evid...

  • Ellie Levenson: Sex education? Don't expect it from teachers
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    I'm not sure that I would have been happy being taught about emotions by my teachers. I am friends with several teachers and their love lives are just as complex and emotional as anyone else's. In fact, one of my former teachers told me recently that...

  • Gary McKeone: The creepy cult of management consultancy
    Tuesday, 6 May 2008

    According to one review of the book, the Commission's record is one of rampant growth and excess, whether budgetary (£15m in 1984 to £220m in 2004, staffing (524 in 1984 to 2,356 in 2004) or practice (500 public sector targets in 1999 to 2,500 target...

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