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Friday, 25 July 2008

  • Leading article: Labour's Glasgow East defeat is a portent of worse to come
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    That Gordon Brown is not minded to leave office quickly, if at all, was apparent from his speech to party activists in Warwick only hours after the result had been declared. The puritan in him seems almost to relish setbacks as a challenge to defy th...

  • Alan Massie: Salmond's triumph brings a whiff of Gaullism
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    Things are going the SNP's way. That much is clear. How far the present favourable wind will carry the party is another matter. Certain caveats must be entered. It is arguable that the by-election was as much a rejection of Labour as an endorsement o...

  • Leading article: When press freedom and private life collide
    Friday, 25 July 2008

    They have exposed hypocrisy. They have enabled the poor and powerless to bring down the rich and famous (in return for handsome payment, of course). They have also – and the value of this should never be underestimated – added to the general spice of...

  • Andy Burnham: In a lawless zone, we must protect the vulnerable
    Friday, 25 July 2008

    This is really part of a bigger, more difficult argument: that as a society we need to develop a new consensus about the internet, and to challenge the basis on which it has been operating since it began. And if there is any chance of this consensus ...

  • Mark Oaten: I know what Max Mosley has been going through
    Friday, 25 July 2008

    I remember thinking when he brought this law suit that he was probably asking for more trouble than it could possibly be worth. When my scandal broke, of course there were times when I just wanted to take the papers to court and blame everyone else f...

  • Letters: Palestinian fighters
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    Take, for example, the tragic case of Majd Ziad Muhammad 'Okal, whose death is described as follows: "Killed when he approached a rocket launcher a few minutes after armed men had fired it at Israel". In other words, he walked into a combat zone. Oth...

  • The Weasel: A spectacle of myself
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    After ditching the contacts, I continued with metal frames in various shapes, none of them entirely successful. There is a distinct danger with these spectacles that, while believing you look like Eric Clapton, you actually bear a strong resemblance ...

  • Leading article: Europe today. Tomorrow, America
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    The point is important. It is very easy amid all this enthusiasm to think that Mr Obama is here mainly to present himself to Europe. He isn't. He is here to prove to the voters back home that he has the capacity and the charm to act as a global state...

  • John Curtice: A truly dreadful result – no excuses
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    At 22.5 per cent, the swing from Labour to the SNP was a little less than the 23.2 per cent swing in Hamilton South in 1999 when George Robertson resigned his seat to become Nato's secretary general. It was certainly well below the 29 per cent swing ...

  • Letters: War crimes
    Friday, 25 July 2008

    The portrayal of the Balkan tragedy in terms of "goodies" and "baddies" disguised the West's own role in the break-up of Yugoslavia and made Western military intervention there much easier to sell to the people of Europe and America. It also made Wes...

  • Leading article: The next colonial scramble
    Friday, 25 July 2008

    That scramble has been proceeding steadily, without much fanfare, for some time. There are already more than 400 oil and gas fields north of the Arctic Circle. Shell has quietly spent $2bn (£1bn) acquiring drilling leases off Alaska. ExxonMobil and B...

  • Michael Brown: A Brown exit is Cameron's biggest worry
    Friday, 25 July 2008

    The Tory Asian candidate was chosen solely for his media profile and he had no more than a passing association with the party. Pictures of him with Tony Blair at a Labour fund-raiser, days before his selection, plunged the Tories into disarray. The m...

  • Nigel Morris: This could be the knock-out blow for a PM on the ropes
    Friday, 25 July 2008

    But it did get worse in the small hours today when the SNP's stunning by-election victory in the former Labour fiefdom of Glasgow East was confirmed. And just as the Prime Minister should have been relaxing in his Suffolk holiday home, it could be ab...

  • Leading article: Code of honour
    Friday, 25 July 2008

    Once the war was over, however, much of the highly sensitive information and technology was destroyed in the name of national security. With former code-breakers sworn to secrecy, the pioneering work done at Bletchley received no public recognition u...

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