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  • Leading article: Inaction speaks louder than fierce words
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    In the sense that no one stayed away from a meeting called at short notice in mid-August, and that a closing statement was agreed, the first task was accomplished. Not a nimble organisation at the best of times, Nato convened almost a week after EU m...

  • Michael Brown: Why not tell voters the truth?
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    But in spite of the economic disasters of those times, at least their governments had, nominally, real powers of control at their disposal. Laws could be passed restricting rises in prices and incomes. Citizens would be forbidden to buy more than £50...

  • Leading Article: A departing president and an unstable nation
    Tuesday, 19 August 2008

    What has defined Mr Musharraf's rule more than anything else has been his relations with the West since the terror attacks of 11 September 2001. He presented himself as the world's sheriff in a volatile region, a stance that won him billions of dolla...

  • Letters: False passports
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    Three weeks ago, I appeared before the Court of Appeal on behalf of a young Algerian man who had attempted to get to Canada on a false passport. He had done so because he wanted a better opportunity to support his unemployed family of seven in Algeri...

  • Leading article: Save Britain's code of honour
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    This is a monument to a different type of dedication from the raw courage needed during the Battle of Britain or the Normandy landings. Bletchley's secret weapon was abstract thought. In an age when we struggle to interest our children in mathematics...

  • Frances Crook: When prison fails, community sentencing can work
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    Community sentences seek to challenge and change people for the better. By contrast, our overcrowded prisons fail to offer lasting solutions to crime. Spending all day lounging on a cell bunk, particularly for those on short sentences, is the real 's...

  • Denis MacShane: The mood has darkened across the whole of Europe
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    Yesterday's Nato meeting saw the hitherto pro-Russian German foreign minister agreeing with the firm line taken by Britain's David Miliband about Russian behaviour both in launching the land, sea and air assault of Georgia and the cynicism with which...

  • Alan McGee: An original beauty is born in Scotland's rock'n'roll city
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    But James Allan finds beauty in settings like this, which makes him the greatest genius to come out of the city for decades. Because of the internet you can stay anywhere in the world and be part of the music industry. It has made the world a very sm...

  • Letters: Child protection measures will make checks easier and safer
    Tuesday, 19 August 2008

    There are positive aspects of the legislation. After a person is registered with the ISA to work with children (or vulnerable adults) that registration is portable to all activities, thus avoiding the duplication for different ones. There will also b...

  • Leading Article: Adrift in a polyglot world
    Tuesday, 19 August 2008

    We found it funny here, but if the decline of foreign language studying continues, the former England manager will not be the last Briton to find his lack of linguistic skills exposed in such a brutal way. Last week we drew some encouragement from th...

  • Leading Article: Great expectations
    Tuesday, 19 August 2008

    So spare a thought for the 110m hurdler, Liu Xiang, China's most feted track and field hero. By pulling out of his Olympic race yesterday he has crushed the hopes of a fifth of humanity. Injury was the cause, but a question inevitably presents itself...

  • Susie Rushton: Urban Notebook
    Tuesday, 19 August 2008

    To be geographically fashionable requires timing, and mine was a bit off. As any resident graphic designer or freelance rock photographer (and they are legion) will tell you, Shoreditch hit the apex of coolness approximately 12 years ago, when artist...

  • Ian Oliver: Legalising drugs would only make matters worse
    Tuesday, 19 August 2008

    Now he has become a teacher, his dangerously naive views appear to be more harmful than an inadequate UK drug policy, and he must associate with a limited group of professionals if his assertion is not gross exaggeration. The majority of people in th...

  • Podium: Pervez Musharraf: I am resigning to give my country the chance to heal
    Tuesday, 19 August 2008

    In all these crises we stood up thanks to the grace of God and saved Pakistan from the crises. In handling the problems, the sole aim was the well-being of the people and the safety and security of Pakistan. We introduced Pakistan's true image all ov...

  • Leading article: Golden touch
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    Cynics may scoff that sport is the opium of a couch potato people. But these Olympics have offered more than mere diversion from a dismal summer of grey skies and economic gloom. They have stirred in British breasts a pride and confidence which can b...

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