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Monday, 23 June 2008

  • Leading article: A big idea – but will these tiny sums really help?
    Tuesday, 24 June 2008

    Mr Brown is also right about the strategic political importance of the issue. If he does not assert ownership of it, David Cameron will happily fill the gap with his compelling analysis of Britain's "broken society". Yet the Prime Minister's analysis...

  • Gugulethu Moyo: Yes, Tsvangirai was right to pull out
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    At least 86 of his supporters have been killed and thousands have been beaten, driven from their homes or both. When more than a thousand of his polling agents were detained days before the election and armed Zanu-PF gangsters occupied and blocked ac...

  • Leading article: The pill enters the internet age
    Tuesday, 24 June 2008

    The medics' misgivings, of course, have nothing to do with morality: they are content to believe that what people do in their own time, with or without consent, is no concern of theirs. Their objections – they say – derive entirely from medical consi...

  • Leading article: An aborted election, but no triumph for Mugabe
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    And yesterday's move has two clear benefits. It deprives Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF of the legitimacy that would proceed from a victory at the ballot-box, however compromised such a victory would be. There must also be hope that it will halt the m...

  • Leading article: The downside of diplomas
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    Now, in demanding a return to the drawing board, the employers' organisation, the CBI, seems to be biting the hand that promised to feed it. Instead of developing diplomas, the CBI wants government efforts to focus on improving standards of GCSEs and...

  • Basildon Peta: No, Tsvangirai was not right to pull out
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    It might sound a bit naive. But Mr Mugabe could not have won even a rigged election. The economy has worsened since the last election on 29 March which emboldened them. It proved Mr Mugabe could be beaten. Even when opposition officials began acknowl...

  • Letters: War wounds
    Tuesday, 24 June 2008

    Sixty-three years and two months ago, the tank in which I fought lost a duel with a German 88mm, the king of anti-tank artillery. Edward Moulding was killed, his body falling across me in the chaos. He lies in Plot 6, Row G, Grave No 12 alongside 2,4...

  • Leading article: Performance art
    Tuesday, 24 June 2008

    Having accepted a couple of weeks ago that "planning issues" made it impossible for him to use the plinth for a permanent statue of the Battle of Britain hero, Sir Keith Park – a promise he had made during his campaign – the new mayor undertook to ke...

  • Richard Dowden: If the people want power, they must fight for it
    Tuesday, 24 June 2008

    Operation Mavhoterapapi (Who did you vote for?) was already under way. It was targeted at known MDC activists who were systematically and brutally beaten. About 80 are reported dead but the scale of the violence was national. Many had their identity ...

  • Letters: GM crops
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    Given our predicament, it would be foolhardy to deny that GM crops can be part of the solution. It may be that through research we can develop crops that can capture more energy from the sun, and can extract more nutrients and water from the soil and...

  • Richard Garner: Swallow your pride and bring back Tomlinson
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    The CBI wants ministers to ditch the academic diplomas in humanities, science and languages announced by the Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, last year. This puts a question mark over the credibility of the Government's new qualification just weeks befor...

  • Leading article: Petrol cap in hand
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    Yesterday, the cameras charted his every move, as he hobnobbed with oil producers in Saudi Arabia. The clear intention was to convince hard-pressed British consumers that he feels our pain on energy prices and is doing his level best to bring them do...

  • David Usborne: Our Man In New York
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    I don't mean to moan. The number of US states I have seen since coming to the US has just hit 49 after a dash to South Dakota – the other Dakota being the one still missing – and all those trips translate into healthy air-mile accounts. And that mean...

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