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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

  • Leading article: Echoes from another era of American liberalism
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    "This November, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans," the cancer-stricken Kennedy, the last survivor of his own family's most glorious generation, declared on Monday evening, reprising the luminous words of his slain broth...

  • Sean O'Grady: A windfall tax would be a disaster
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    So you can see the attractions, as can an increasing number of Labour MPs and one or two left-ish think-tanks, who have renewed their attempts to get the Government to attack our much-unloved energy companies. A windfall tax would pull in billions wh...

  • Leading Article: The entwined fate of two terrorised nations
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    Yet, despite all these reservations, it is hard to contradict Mr Zardari's recent analysis that religious extremists are getting "the upper hand" in Pakistan and the wider region. An abundance of evidence before our own eyes supports that interpretat...

  • Letters: NHS database
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    Recently, in common with 21,000 other patients, I received a letter from the Chief Executive, a Mr Astley, who advised us that our data had been on six portable computers which had been stolen, and explaining how hard they had tried to secure the com...

  • Rebecca Front: I'm not a beach-holiday kind of girl
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    But it seems I'm not alone. In between bouts of worrying, I spent a lot of time watching other people, and it struck me that you can spot the British on the beach instantly, no matter how tanned they are, by the fact that they all look as if they are...

  • Leading article: Britain is lagging behind the field
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    Gordon Brown has rustled up an answer of sorts. The Prime Minister wants a push for more "competitive" sport in schools and to end what he calls the "medals-for-all" culture. Such a glib proposal highlights the danger that our politicians are drawing...

  • Simon Calder: A country at its best out of summer
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    The stellar cities – Barcelona, Seville and Granada – reveal their glories most intimately to the visitor in November and January. The seascapes of the Balearics are virtually unblemished between late October and a week before Easter; the 19th-centur...

  • Josie Appleton: Don't demonise young drinkers
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    So it is with some bemusement that I have watched police forces' summer raids on under-age drinkers, using methods normally reserved for smashing international heroin rings. In Harlow, police are asking members of the public to pass on underage drink...

  • Michael McCarthy: A summer this wet and windy just isn't natural
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    May Day in Finland is a labour festival and a student festival – the students all wear the white hat they get when they leave secondary school, the ylioppilashattu (I wrote it down at the time, if you want to know) – but that doesn't explain the trul...

  • Armando Ianucci: Television still depends on a good story well told
    Wednesday, 27 August 2008

    For example, we've been told that Queengate is behind us. The TV industry is clean again. People have been punished. There are no more editorial tricks, and a root-and-branch review of editorial standards has been set in motion, so that never, ever, ...

  • Letters: We are told to learn a foreign language. But which one?
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    In the 1960s, at my secondary school, I took French, German and Latin to A- level. At the end of seven years I came away fluent in none of them. If all that effort had been put into just one language, it most likely would have been French, and after ...

  • Leading Article: There is no magic bullet
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    But the problem is that Mr Bean was merely articulating the prevailing view, not just of the Bank of England, but of the world's central bankers. The annual meeting of the heads of national monetary policy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (where Mr Bean made...

  • Leading Article: Growth industry
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    And one British biologist, Dr Paul Thomas, has even developed a way to encourage the growth of the delicious tubers in the roots of trees. Truffles could soon be more abundant, and perhaps cheaper, than ever before. The great Italian composer and gou...

  • Sarah Churchwell: How to be a real man – and a jerk
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    The author of The Retrosexual Manual – who shall remain unmanned, I mean unnamed – has been publicising his book with articles explaining its provenance: "It was my girlfriend's fault," one article begins. Of course it was. She talked him into wearin...

  • Beijing Notebook: After the circus leaves town...
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    The smoke from a rolling barrage of fireworks had barely cleared around Tiananmen Square when President Hu Jintao boarded a plane for Seoul to meet his counterpart Lee Myung-bak, while one of the top news stories examined the possibility of a bridge ...

  • Podium: We need to get the oil from the ocean into your tank
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    The fundamental reason for high gasoline prices is that the supply of oil is not keeping pace with demand. To reduce pressure on prices, we need to increase the supply of oil, especially oil produced here at home. So in June, I called on Congress to ...

  • Baratunde Thurston: Here's how Obama can win
    Tuesday, 26 August 2008

    The new sense of frustration or stalled progress around a man whose vision has galvanised millions is a result of multiple factors including Obama's own unlikely success, the media's need to promote conflict, pressure from a vocal left, John McCain's...

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