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Wednesday, 18 June 2008

  • Leading article: Punishment, populism and a gap in perception
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    Now that Louise Casey's report has actually appeared, we can confirm that all these elements do indeed feature in one form or another. But they are among 32 suggestions, by no means all of which are calculated to appeal to the hang 'em and flog 'em b...

  • Alistair Horne: My discussions on war (and peace) with George Bush
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    It may have been Whitehall's most expensive banquet ever – given that security precautions are said to have cost us taxpayers £1m – but I have no inhibitions in declaring that I enjoyed the evening quite enormously. For all his current headaches, our...

  • Leading article: The dragon of inflation breathes fire again
    Wednesday, 18 June 2008

    We had a taste of the more apprehensive, more austere mood yesterday, when the Office for National Statistics announced that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 3.3 per cent in May, and the Governor of the Bank of England warned that the rate of ...

  • Michael Brown: Stand up for unpopular policies. You might win...
    Wednesday, 18 June 2008

    Tribal politics dictated the policies and the supporters. Add in an occasional reaction against the Government of the day, usually because of a fall in the standard of living, and just enough of the rich, or poor, would switch their votes in protest ...

  • Letters: Education
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    As a graduate from the University of Liverpool who narrowly missed a first by 0.25 per cent, I find it particularly insulting to read that there has been a "sudden leap" in first-class degrees because of the universities' grading process. I myself di...

  • Leading article: An uncertain step towards peace
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    The ceasefire is, foremost, a crucial test for Hamas who have shown scant regard for the impact of the rocket attacks not only on the beleaguered Israeli communities of the Gaza periphery but also on the Palestinians themselves, who have suffered per...

  • Michael McCarthy: Hello green concrete, goodbye wildlife
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    It means a landscape in which fields have a crop growing in them but nothing else. No wild plants or flowers of any sort, no butterflies or moths, no smaller insects on which birds and their chicks can feed, and so no birds. Green concrete means a co...

  • Letters: Blair's fluffy thinking
    Wednesday, 18 June 2008

    Despite any good intentions, unless you degrade religious practice to the status of a lifestyle option, religion sets itself up as a revealed truth. Unfortunately for Mr Blair, whose foundation will apparently seek to avoid such pesky issues as "doct...

  • Julia Wrathall: Pressure must be applied to improve animals' welfare
    Wednesday, 18 June 2008

    Although many pigs live in large straw-bedded barns that enable them to move around and express natural behaviour, some are still reared in conditions that manifestly fail to meet their physical and behavioural needs. The problem is that, although th...

  • Sean O'Grady: Now Brown must tell us how he can defeat stagflation
    Wednesday, 18 June 2008

    Inflation will not return to the official target until 2010 or 2011. For some of that time it will be double the target rate. Concentrated on food and fuel, inflation will hit poorer households and pensioners hardest. Yet even as inflation soars, out...

  • Leading article: Baking and biscuits
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    Cindy McCain is the latest accused. Her recipe for oatmeal-butterscotch cookies, the kitchen-sleuths say, is not of her own devising, but lifted from the venerable confectionary company, Hershey's. Of such indignities are American election defeats ma...

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