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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

  • Leading article: If there is to be a challenge, let it be in the open
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    Mr Miliband's decision to talk expansively in a newspaper article about his "vision for the future", his identification of past government mistakes, and his failure to mention Gordon Brown once in the piece, have been widely interpreted in Westminist...

  • Vincent Cable: The way to tackle fuel poverty
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    Average bills now sit well above the psychological barrier of £1000 per year. This in turn raises the question of whether the Government's target of eradicating fuel poverty by 2016 is any longer credible, or even meaningful. There are currently 2.5 ...

  • Letters: Disabled patients
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    Parents like myself, who have tried over decades to work in partnership with both social and medical services (under current policies expected to work together anyway) know only too well the discrimination with which we ourselves are treated. Amanda ...

  • Leading article: The Burmese deserve better
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    That would be bad enough in itself. The UN, which earlier this month issued an urgent appeal for an additional $300m in aid for the victims of Cyclone Nargis which hit the Irrawaddy Delta in May, has so far raised about $200m of its intended $482m to...

  • Patrick Cockburn: One battle has endedbut the war will go on
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    It was the latest round in a struggle between Turkey's old establishment, with its bastions in the army, the bureaucracy and the judiciary, and the Islamist coalition supporting the AKP. Neither side is strong enough to win an outright victory and th...

  • Anne Penketh: Do diplomats think he's up to the job?
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    Although Mr Miliband naturally has his supporters, he still has to overcome criticism of his lack of experience. He has clearly had a sharp learning curve since being appointed in June last year. A couple of months later, he was doing the rounds at a...

  • Stuart Simpson: We should welcome China's growth, not fear it
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    There is much hype and hysteria about this fact. But we need calm heads to see what is really exciting about China's economic miracle. We need to clearly understand the economic reality in the here-and-now compared with what it could be in the future...

  • Guy Adams: Los Angeles Notebook
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    Now, a further blow this week, after Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a ban on trans-fats, the yummy but artery-clogging additives used in junk food. By 2010 they will be illegal in all Californian restaurants, a move billed by the Governor as "a strong ...

  • Letters: Violent crime abroad
    Wednesday, 30 July 2008

    Looking back now at our own experience and hearing about the much worse outcome for the Mullaneys, I find myself thinking that tourists need to be more realistic about what they should be expecting when visiting these so-called tropical idylls. The t...

  • Leading article: The trade talks are over. What now?
    Wednesday, 30 July 2008

    Perhaps. But it is doubtful. By then, the United States will be in the full swing of an election which could produce a more protectionist president. But the current economic slowdown will still be under way, changing the politics as well as the econo...

  • Sean O'Grady: A missed chance to give world a tax cut
    Wednesday, 30 July 2008

    A global economy facing recession desperately needs the boost that trade can bring. The abolition of tariffs proposed in Geneva would have been a massive tax cut for the world – about $100bn per annum. The scale of the even greater boost to growth is...

  • Anna Fairclough: The lessons all schools need to learn from this judgment
    Wednesday, 30 July 2008

    Sarika won her case convincingly and hopefully schools will take note of the core messages in the judgment. The first of these is about individual freedom and the rights of minorities. You need a very good reason to interfere with the rights of indiv...

  • Leading article: Sugaring the pill
    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    We shouldn't be too surprised. Consider psychology. Your job has been axed. Your home is about to be repossessed. Your credit card has been cut up by a sour-faced shop assistant. You are faced with a choice between investing your few remaining funds ...

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