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  • Leading article: Farewell to the prudence that once made New Labour electable
    Saturday, 19 July 2008

    In the 1990s, Labour needed to inspire public confidence. It had to demonstrate to the voters, and especially to business, that it could be trusted on the economy. This is why it pledged itself to rules on spending and borrowing before the 1997 elect...

  • Leading article: Too many exams, too much pure incompetence
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    Dr Ken Boston, the chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, which was in charge of negotiating and overseeing the contract, has admitted that the date for publishing next year's results has already been put back. It thus become...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: Peace in Darfur isn't possible without justice
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    It was back in March 2005 that the Security Council, by Resolution 1513, referred the situation in Darfur to the ICC. By that stage, it had claimed some 300,000 lives and extirpated over a million refugees. The US Secretary of State Colin Powell had ...

  • Michael Brown: Lib-Dems can try and turn themselves into Tories, but I fear they'll still be squeezed out
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    But with the prospect of a hung parliament now receding, and in the wake of Mr Cameron's consistent 20 per cent poll lead over Labour, the Lib-Dems may secretly feel the luxury of populism without a price tag is the best way of staving off the Tory t...

  • Darren Campbell: I competed against Dwain for 10 years – but this decision is right
    Saturday, 19 July 2008

    Since the British Olympic Association rule was brought in in 1992, every athlete in Britain has known that if you take drugs and you are caught, you are banned for life from the Olympic Games. From the moment you take those drugs, you take a gamble. ...

  • Leading article: A welcome change of tack by Washington
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    Washington's change of approach towards the prime member of Mr Bush's original "axis of evil" is no such thing, of course. What it amounts to is a sensible move from war-war to jaw-jaw at a time when talks between Iran and the European UN members ove...

  • Leading article: Justice for all
    Saturday, 19 July 2008

    Day by day, the nation has been regaled with the life and times of the Darwin family, whose exploits have given the term dysfunctional a whole new dimension. Canoe accidents will never be the same. And next week we look forward – actually, we can har...

  • Leading article: Happy returns to a giant
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    Given his rare prestige, there is always the temptation to look to a man above the battle to sort out the conflicts on the bloodied ground below, whether in Zimbabwe or elsewhere, by the sheer authority of his presence. People thought the same of Gan...

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