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  • Leading article: After another fine mess, Mr Brown needs to show signs of conviction
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    And if the Prime Minister is tempted to blame circumstance or bad luck for his predicament, he should think again. This week's confusion over a Scottish referendum on independence is only the latest in a long line of disasters for which Mr Brown is i...

  • Leading article: One over-egged pudding...
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    The celebrity chef's latest attempt to whip up publicity for his television programme is a call for British restaurants to be fined if they serve fruit and vegetables that are not locally sourced or are out of season. Mr Ramsay says a law to this eff...

  • Leading article: Life and death in the shadow of a vile regime
    Friday, 9 May 2008

    More people can die in the first few days after a natural disaster than perish in the event itself. That is because corpses pollute the water supply and spread infectious diseases which worsen by the day. With no shelter, sanitation, clean water cont...

  • David Cameron: We are the champions of progressive ideals
    Friday, 9 May 2008

    A painful reality is dawning on Labour MPs: in its longest unbroken period in office, Labour has done little to advance progressive ideals. A government that promised social justice and economic efficiency has in fact delivered neither, to the dismay...

  • Letters: Independent Scotland
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    In the unlikely event that Scotland kept the monarchy, William will in fact be William III. I guess you forgot about the great Scottish 12th-century monarch William the Lion. You talked about oil revenue, but didn't mention that malt whisky is an eno...

  • The Weasel: From Canton to Croydon
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    In an atmosphere lightly perfumed with soy sauce, Mrs W and I surveyed the seemingly infinite cornucopia of Asian provender in the Wing Yip superstore, one of four around the UK. A swift exploration of the vast library of sauces endowed our trolley w...

  • Leading article: The business
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    Where would The Apprentice be without Nick and Margaret's raised eyebrows, their fierce frowns, their arch put-downs? Margaret's jibe this week about slipping standards at Edinburgh University was the latest, exquisite example. Every workplace needs ...

  • Christopher Hirst: A serving of double standards
    Saturday, 10 May 2008

    When I ate at Verre in autumn 2006, diners could choose from Scottish salmon, foie gras de Landes, line-caught halibut from the North Sea, Red Label chicken from France and monkfish wrapped in Parma ham. The experience of eating "West Country pork ch...

  • Letters: Voting for the BNP
    Friday, 9 May 2008

    Since they were never asked if they wanted these irrevocable changes to their homeland – there has been no "national discourse" on immigration, whatever Mr Askew might like to think – the wonder is not that so many, but that so few, of the "white wor...

  • Leading article: Another cynical gimmick
    Friday, 9 May 2008

    This is populist garbage of course. Does Ms Smith really believe that the anti-social can all be found relaxing in front of their "plasma screens" with an expensive car parked in the drive? But the populist framing of the plan is a minor flaw next to...

  • Ann Furedi: Why the status quo must be maintained
    Friday, 9 May 2008

    Only doctors can take clinical responsibility for abortion although nurses perform far more complex procedures in other areas of medicine; two doctors must confirm that a woman meets the legal requirements in addition to the normal consent procedures...

  • Leading article: Viewing displeasure
    Friday, 9 May 2008

    On another Ant and Dec vehicle, winners were chosen on how entertaining they sounded. On yet another show hosted by the pair, producers overrode the viewers' vote so the wrong participants were put forward for eviction. Yesterday's £5.7m fine for ITV...

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