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  • Leading article: A windfall tax is an easy solution – but a wrong one
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    The solution being pushed in Westminster is for the Government to impose a windfall tax on energy producers to pay for a sweeping programme to subsidise the energy bills of the poor. It is certainly a neat solution, but Gordon Brown should, neverthel...

  • 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: David Miliband
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    I would have thought that any kind of leadership (particularly of a country) should be precisely about "debating personalities". In fact its seems that the qualities that make a person distinct from another is what Labour's cabinet is currently disti...

  • Leading article: A long overdue departure
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    Mr Olmert has been a weak leader ever since the Israeli government inquiry blamed his bad planning for the botched invasion of Lebanon. That came after some significant personal achievements. Mr Olmert steadied the ship of state, and the infant Kadim...

  • Simon Usborne: Time seems to slow as you fall and then you hit – hard
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    It was a thought that caused my head to spin, my legs to quiver and my toes to tighten around the edge of the Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge) over the Hérault river in the south of France. I was on holiday and the locals were hurling themselves off t...

  • Sam Freedman: Good teachers are made in the classroom
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    So how can we change this picture? For a start, we need to accept that teaching need no longer be a career for life; that highly able people can add a huge amount to a school in just a few years. As the government-sponsored Teach First programme has ...

  • E Jane Dickson: Men need to get over their notions of the 'gentler sex'
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    Annual figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that, for the first time, "violence against the person", which encompasses everything from "happy-slapping" to knife attacks and homicide, has overtaken shoplifting as the most common offence co...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: This trial must be short and sharp
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    His trial should surely benefit from lessons learnt from those proceedings, when, quite disastrously, prosecutors "threw the book" at the defendant and the judges insisted that all charges against him over the three wars he waged – in Croatia, Bosnia...

  • Steve Connor: Science Notebook
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    True, you will be able to view the delicately thin atmosphere your carbon-hungry sight-seeing trip has just helped to destroy. But hey, this is boldly going where no ordinary man has gone before – except that you soon land in the same place you took ...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: Ramble on
    Friday, 1 August 2008

    Yet one cannot but help wonder whether if today's adults had been subjected to a similar survey when they were 10 years old they would have performed quite as well as they assume. We should remember that a large part of the fun of the outdoors for ch...

  • 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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