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  • Leading article: China must not let its brief democratic light go out
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Actually, we should not get carried away by this move from the Chinese government. All the signs are that this relaxation will be temporary, probably for the duration of the Games. It is patchy too. Only parts of Beijing and a few cities seem to have...

  • Leading article: The figures do not add up
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    The SEI identifies a serious problem with the way emission outputs are calculated. Emissions from our aviation and shipping industries, which have been growing rapidly in the past two decades, are excluded. More significantly still, the figures do no...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Brown and Milliband
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Having said that, I don't want to knock a man too much when he's down, and Miliband's treachery, far from what Steve Richards suggests (31 July), may actually have finally given the Prime Minister a handy route to putting paid to criticisms of indeci...

  • The Weasel: High spirits
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Though Faulkner's view has much to be said in its favour, I'm more in accord with another of his coinages on drink: "Civilisation begins with distillation." (Maybe I'd switch the last word to "fermentation".) I learned this one from a small volume ca...

  • Leading article: Hacked off
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Mr McKinnon could easily be tried and sentenced here in Britain. The unpalatable impression is thus of an American administration humiliated by the ease with which Mr McKinnon circumnavigated its security systems and determined to make an example of ...

  • Steve Connor: A potential battlefield killer – and a weapon of mass hysteria
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    Anthrax is primarily a disease of animals but it can also infect humans by one of three routes, none of which results in an infected person being a danger to others. In other words, anthrax is not a highly infectious disease which could be seen as an...

  • 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 ...

  • Andy McSmith: Six weeks' work in a holiday camp was enough for me
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    There was no social contact between staff and holidaymakers, but they seemed to enjoy themselves, certainly more than we did. Despite the security guards, there was plenty of sex and hard drinking in the hostels, none of which, disappointingly, invol...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    In Croydon, not far from our al fresco gathering, St John's church has acquired a colony of 250, which has pecked its way through the 170-year-old spire, causing £5,000 worth of damage. "The birds turned up a couple of years ago," said Bernard Day, t...

  • 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...

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