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Monday, 21 July 2008

  • Leading article: Mr Brown must replace confusion with clarity
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    These visits are separately substantial and telling in themselves. Their sequence is surely also testimony to the efforts made by both staffs to stop their bosses treading on each other's toes. But it is the Prime Minister's previous stop and Mr Obam...

  • Leading article: A welcome return to the principles of Beveridge
    Tuesday, 22 July 2008

    It is perfectly reasonable to expect those looking for a job, and receiving benefits, to do a month's community work after a year, and do full-time voluntary work after two years, if they have not found a job. Those receiving incapacity benefit shoul...

  • Leading article: Failure need not mean catastrophe
    Tuesday, 22 July 2008

    But there are two reasons why this time the talks cannot be so easily ignored. One is that free trade is too important to be left to the competing interests of the major countries, to the impoverishment of the rest. It has been the process of dismant...

  • Marcus Tanner: Karadzic, the psychiatrist who became a genocidal madman
    Tuesday, 22 July 2008

    Standing in a tatty Sarajevo school room, I encountered what I thought was a rather dotty-looking school teacher parading in front of an ethnic map of Bosnia and pointing at various counties with a cane. "This is Serbian land," the new leader of the ...

  • Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe: Prejudice in life, indifference in death
    Tuesday, 22 July 2008

    With the sea just a stone's throw away, they did what all children would have done: run into the water to cool off. Instead, they ran to their deaths. The photos in the newspapers were taken when it was too late: you could just make out the feet of t...

  • Leading article: Where the bonus culture does not belong
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    To be fair to the Trust, they say they are looking at awarding bonuses for specific procedures for which patient "outcomes" can be measured. But this only poses a whole new set of questions: what about those surgeons who specialise in procedures wher...

  • Letters: Registrar's freedom of conscience
    Tuesday, 22 July 2008

    As a Christian, I have no difficulty at all in believing that God rejoices in the loving union of a same-sex couple, but that does not stop me from respecting those who see it differently. Do your correspondents not understand what it means to have a...

  • Leading article: A flicker of hope
    Tuesday, 22 July 2008

    It is only a month since despair set in, not only in Zimbabwe, but across southern Africa as a whole, when Mr Tsvangirai decided to withdraw from a run-off that was stacked against him. But the reason he gave for abandoning the electoral fight was no...

  • Michael McCarthy: Ofcom's judgement failed to address the key question... was this programme accurate?
    Tuesday, 22 July 2008

    You have to plough through screeds of type to page 14 to find it, but there it is, in the third paragraph. Ofcom only takes a view on the accuracy of news programmes – Ofcom's italics. It is not required to set accuracy standards for "other types of...

  • Letters: Teenagers in the forces
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    These elements of our youth do not need to be taught how to use all manner of firearms and they do not need military-type discipline (which is not about breaking individuals any more). Such elements need to be shown that there are ways to resolve pro...

  • Leading article: Let it be
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    But few could have imagined that Sir Paul McCartney's native language would have trumped his status as global superstar, ageing Beatle, or even Liverpudlian, in the eyes of defensive French Canadians. McCartney himself, who has seen his music conquer...

  • Bernard Jenkin: We're making headway in Iraq and need to stay there
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    This may not be what the Prime Minister wants to hear, but as he returns from Iraq, he should come to the same conclusion. We should plan to stay to build a positive military footprint of our own in part of what will become one of the richest and mos...

  • Rachel North: Drop the knife – but we'll keep our missiles, thanks
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    The magazine made me uncomfortable, but the final straw came when it published an array of gleaming, vicious knives laid out across the page as must-have objects of desire. The previous issue had featured expensive cameras. Aghast, I went to my boss,...

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