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  • Leading article: A spiral of despair – and a ruler hellbent on destroying his country
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    Nor is it just the poor who are the targets. The opposition presidential candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, has been detained by the Zimbabwean police twice this week. American and British diplomats investigating reports of repression have been harassed b...

  • Leading Article: Yes. We. Can.
    Sunday, 8 June 2008

    Even that, though, was not the real story. In reality, the Clinton campaign since March has been primarily one for the vice-presidential nomination. That campaign for second place has been, if anything, more forlorn than her attempt at the first priz...

  • James Delingpole: Dave's centrist hair is no electoral stunt. It's vanity
    Sunday, 8 June 2008

    "Dave," said Steve. "New Labour's toast. You're a defo for next PM. The only thing that can stop you now is if you come over too triumphalist and do a Neil Kinnock. You've just got to keep banging on with that same mind-numbingly tedious message abou...

  • Sarah Churchwell: His skin colour won't stop Obama. The colour of his politics might...
    Sunday, 8 June 2008

    But only two of these possibilities have been acknowledged, as simple binary oppositions with an implied causation. If he is elected, America is ready; if he is not elected, America is not ready. But what happens if he is elected and we're not ready?...

  • Noises off: This is a celebration – so cut the whining and just read the books
    Sunday, 8 June 2008

    On Tuesday, in a sell-out event in the Blue Room at the Royal Festival Hall, the three debut novelists up for the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers talked about writing, reading, getting started and a whole lot more besides. Finally, on Wednesda...

  • Ed Balls: We will make a happy childhood a reality for all
    Sunday, 8 June 2008

    And despite the rhetoric of doomed youth, the vast majority of young people do enjoy their childhood. A recent survey shows that 90 per cent of young people agreed that England is a good country to grow up in, compared to 74 per cent of parents and 7...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 8 June 2008

    But there's one "ism" which I reckon more than justifies its place in the lexicon. Ageism is the last socially acceptable prejudice in our society – and it is rampant. Reader Rose Frain is very cross about an article in 'The Independent' last Thursda...

  • Letters: The end of cheap oil
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    When the Opec nations were persuaded to crank-back production by around 5 per cent in 1973 (and the Iran-Iraq war had a similar effect in 1980), the price of oil rocketed. Now it is a geological, not a political problem, and cannot be solved simply b...

  • The Weasel: The daily grind
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    "To anyone under 20, the years 'BC' (Before Cappuccino) may sound like the time of myth," writes Mr Hitchings, who is no old-timer himself (born 1974). "For many younger consumers, the drink is inextricably linked with Starbucks." Noting that the fir...

  • Leading article: So will they really take the plunge?
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    That free swimming was not the most obvious by-product of 2012, however, does not make it a bad idea. In fact, it is one of those practical initiatives that pleases because of its simplicity. Fees for local authority swimming pools have risen and ris...

  • E Jane Dickinson: The funfair is no place to teach religion
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    The £20m enterprise envisaged by the Swiss development company Genesis Land may have had a lukewarm reception from Heidelbergers concerned that it will detract from the area's intellectual heritage, but the theme park, modelled on successful American...

  • Leading article: Down to earth
    Saturday, 7 June 2008

    There is something admirable about a 58-year-old archbishop who ventures to test himself in this way. Still more admirable is that his jump was not just for personal satisfaction, but to raise money for families of soldiers injured in Afghanistan. It...

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