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Wednesday, 27 August 2008

  • Leading article: Both sides should cool the Cold War rhetoric
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    Predictable though it was, Russia's move adds a new twist to a crisis between the West and Russia that is becoming more dangerous by the day – and much of the blame for this rests with Russia. The Kremlin's response to Georgia's incursion into South ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Defining Britishness
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    However, I was reminded by last week's series of articles in The Independent regarding the decaying state of Bletchley Park that I have never felt so proud to be British as when I visited this historic site some years ago. The Station X story tells o...

  • Leading article: Don't try to buck the housing market
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    But to historians, there will also be nothing surprising about the fact that these companies are now lobbying for state help to deal with the fallout. The directors of these construction companies know ministers are as nervous as they are about decli...

  • Richard Garner: So where do fish and chips come from?
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    Eyebrows have also been raised in the same quarters that more emphasis is to be placed on the work of William Wilberforce, the MP who campaigned to abolish slavery, as teachers are asked to spend more time discussing slavery and the history of ethnic...

  • Hillary Clinton: If you supported me, then support Barack Obama
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    I ran for president to renew the promise of America, to rebuild the middle class and sustain the American dream. To promote a clean-energy economy that will create millions of green-collar jobs, to create a universal, high-quality, affordable health-...

  • Guy Adams: A ghost in America's security machine
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    This week, the "Crockefeller" circus arrived in LA, after police in San Marino began using radar to search for bodies under the patio of his former home. Apparently, he's now a "person of interest" in a local murder case going back to 1985. To my min...

  • 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, ...

  • Leading article: Happy days
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    Now the British Household Panel Survey has tried the same thing. In this case, though, they asked residents questions about their "subjective wellbeing" such as whether they get uninterrupted sleep at night and whether they feel confident in their da...

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