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  • Leading article: From housing to the High Street, a nation battens down the hatches
    Saturday, 5 July 2008

    The most telling came from Marks & Spencer, Taylor Wimpey and John Lewis – emblems all of a peculiarly middle-class, middle-England solidity. The first reported a 5 per cent drop in like-for-like sales over three months, which led to 25 per cent ...

  • Leading article: History repeating itself
    Saturday, 5 July 2008

    Yet in its pursuit of this case, Viacom has blundered into the treacherous terrain of internet privacy. The media company has this week persuaded an American court to order YouTube to hand over details of who has been watching video clips on its site...

  • Leading article: The issue of bankers' pay cannot be ignored
    Friday, 4 July 2008

    But, unless one subscribes to the idea that the present crisis is the end of capitalism, there is still merit in having a public discussion about how we can avoid ending up in quite such a deep hole again in the years to come. Memories in financial m...

  • Simon Birkett: We're choking to death while the Government dithers
    Friday, 4 July 2008

    For change to happen, UK citizens look set to have to rely on the EU framework that first put legal force behind World Health Organisation guidelines for air quality in 1999. That framework was updated on last month, when a new directive on ambient a...

  • The Weasel: Lemon with a twist
    Saturday, 5 July 2008

    I did not build a lemon-shaped folly, but I often mused on this Sicilian curiosity over the years. After a while, the sight seemed so fantastic that I began to wonder if I'd dreamt it up. (Regular readers of this column may not be entirely surprised ...

  • Letters: Stradivarius violins
    Friday, 4 July 2008

    Nevertheless the researchers appear to have found a modern scientific explanation for a long-held understanding by instrument makers and musicians that old instruments sound better than new. The earliest record of this observation that I am aware of ...

  • Leading article: The end of this war is still not in sight
    Friday, 4 July 2008

    The rescue, in which not a shot was fired, is a humiliation for FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), and vindicates the hard line pursued by President Alvaro Uribe. The infiltration which made it possible only underscores the disarray a...

  • Katy Guest: In London we already walk by on the other side
    Friday, 4 July 2008

    I knew it had happened to me when I was back for a weekend in Derby and caught myself fighting my way through a perfectly placid bus queue. And for Boris Johnson, that moment arrived three days ago. Only two months into his new job, he has changed fo...

  • Leading article: The rules of engagement
    Saturday, 5 July 2008

    But it is hard not to feel a little sorry for "Toxic Belinda" because her behaviour doesn't sound particularly outlandish by Australian political standards. The former prime minister Paul Keating characterised politicians as having "brains like sparr...

  • Leading article: Friends reunited
    Friday, 4 July 2008

    (Sound of mobile phone hitting wall.) "Switch? Get me Alastair. Campbell." Pause. "Hello." "Alastair? It's Gordon." "Hi." "I know it didn't go very well the last time we spoke." "When you told me that I was a shallow public-relations trickster and no...

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