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  • Leading article: A financial cloud that could have a silver lining
    Friday, 11 July 2008

    Barratt became the latest major builder to announce job losses yesterday, following announcements in previous days from Bovis, Redrow and Persimmon. The only consolation, at least for Barratt, was that it had managed to extend its debt facility until...

  • Leading article: Do not play into the hands of the hardliners
    Thursday, 10 July 2008

    Meanwhile, in Washington, despite the publication of a US intelligence report last year arguing that Iran has abandoned its nuclear weapons programme, some of the wilder voices in the American administration are demanding that President Bush give the...

  • Sarah Churchwell: It's only right that we suffer for our shoes
    Thursday, 10 July 2008

    Ms King's genius, it turns out, was in buying inexpensive heels – they originally cost £35. Now she can afford a pair that certainly should hold up better: Manolo Blahnik retailed a pair of alligator-skin boots a few years ago for $14,000, or £7,000,...

  • Letters: Chaotic buildings
    Friday, 11 July 2008

    There is nothing shocking or surprising about this collapse; anyone can see that the "original" was inadequate and badly built and its demise in this way was entirely to be expected. It is a cartoon of our times. When I began my career in design in t...

  • Leading article: The tired politics of racial division
    Friday, 11 July 2008

    For all his valuable work in fighting for racial equality over the years, Mr Jackson is a member of a political generation distinguished by its inability to move on from the battles and grudges of the past. He was unwittingly picked up by a microphon...

  • Richard Dowden: Fuel for the opponents of neo-colonialism
    Friday, 11 July 2008

    So he may be thinking, "Let's find a military solution". The fundamental flaw in that logic is that the problem is not a military one. While the Nigerian army may lack capacity and probably needs a bit of training, that's not what's at issue here. Th...

  • Jeremy Laurance: A revolutionary move that puts focus on real objective of NHS: better health
    Friday, 11 July 2008

    Today's publication of death rates following surgery – the first by any government anywhere – is a bold move. It is also a revolutionary one. For 60 years, governments have plunged billions into the NHS and struggled to meet rising demands. Yet we ha...

  • DJ Taylor: We should not be celebrating this literary triumph
    Friday, 11 July 2008

    Midnight's Children was, and is, an exceptionally good novel, which has a strong claim – something that can only be said of one book in a generation – to have changed the face of English literature. Yet its influence on the fiction of the succeeding ...

  • Leading article: Holes in the accounts
    Thursday, 10 July 2008

    This year's auction has at least attracted some publicity for the newsworthiness of some of the lots. Be a character in Alastair Campbell's new novel. A specially commissioned Antony Gormley work of art. A swim with Little Britain star David Walliams...

  • Leading article: Cometh the hour...
    Friday, 11 July 2008

    The clear victory of Midnight's Children in the online public poll to select the "Best of the Booker" in the prize's 40th anniversary year has given them a voice. A year ago, his knighthood was denounced by all the usual suspects, and some less expec...

  • Leading article: Birth and death
    Thursday, 10 July 2008

    The Government plainly needs to pay more attention to the quality of care available in maternity units. Many women will never be more reliant on the NHS than when they are giving birth. If this experience is not up to scratch, they will ask with ever...

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