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  • Leading article: Fatalism is not the way to react to the credit crunch
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    We still do not know how long the crunch will continue, or how it will end. But, a year later, we have a much clearer picture of how it all began. The trigger was the pricking of the American housing bubble. But the underlying cause was a fatal colla...

  • Leading article: Only one party is capturing the mood of the public
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    Mr Gove sought to frame Conservative domestic policy as a continuation of Tony Blair's public service reform agenda. The objective is to paint Gordon Brown as an impediment to improving schools and hospitals. Given that a majority of the public belie...

  • Sean O'Grady: Gesture politics may be just enough to make difference
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    Now – just as no one ever got married for the sake of the married couple's tax allowance – you would think that nobody would undertake such a major commitment as the purchase of a property simply for the sake of a tax break. Surely that, too, would b...

  • Leading article: A clash of law and politics
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    That was not really a comment on the man himself, who remains popular, not just among his own Zulu tribe, but in the esteem of South Africa's dispossessed, whose cause he has consistently championed. Rather, it was a reflection of the occasion: a sob...

  • Clare Short: How can Miliband be the answer to Labour's ills?
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    It seems that the Blairites have decided that they have had enough of Gordon Brown and are planning a leadership challenge led by the young David Miliband. They have obviously lost control of their senses. The first problem is that most normal people...

  • Letters: Why Labour has failed
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    Some shook their heads sorrowfully, some were stunned and close to tears, and one shook her fist at me and shouted: "Now look what your government has done." I used to argue in Labour's favour in our local pub. Not any more. Although probably seen in...

  • Leading article: Excessively hard-working families
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    In one respect, this finding is profoundly dispiriting. It indicates that, for all the efforts by women to achieve all-round equality, the old gender stereotypes never really went away. There is one rule for men – who are expected to be the breadwinn...

  • Anne Penketh: Our part in China's brutal crackdown
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    When Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Beijing on 14 May 1989, Chinese students were already camping out in the giant square in central Beijing demanding greater democracy. But the presence of the Soviet leader, who had launched his own campaign of perest...

  • Letters: Nato and the Taliban
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    On-the-ground research carried out by the Senlis Council has shown that British troops are in particularly grave danger, given that the Taliban are entrenched in 54 per cent of the country. Their situation is not helped by the reluctance of some Nato...

  • Leading article: Political journey
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    The idea of mobile Cabinet meetings is not actually new. The patrician French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing held meetings outside Paris between 1974 and 1976. But that probably owed more to the desire of French ministers to dine in Lyon, rather ...

  • William M Gumede: Whatever the outcome, the biggest loser will be South Africa itself
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    If the Pietermaritzburg High Court throws out the Zuma case, his path to become the next president of South Africa is cleared. Yet, the manner in which Mr Zuma has gone about trying to have his prosecution quashed is troubling. He has pursued a "Stal...

  • Catherine Townsend: You don't need a key ring to swing
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    Exclusive sex parties such as Fever and Killing Kittens have brought swinging from the subculture into the mainstream. On any given night, behind unmarked doors in the capital, attractive young couples are stripping off to watch their partners join w...

  • Phil Hilton: Lay off the lads' mags, Michael
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    I think in return I'd ideally like politicians to stay out of family life. The shadow Schools Secretary Michael Gove has turned his fire on the lads' mags as contributing to the breakdown of the family. As the launch editor of Nuts and a member of a ...

  • Boyd Tonkin: 'With every shake of the maracas, the Carnaval shows how the capital has evolved into a global metropolis'
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    It takes more than the odd downpour to douse the Carnaval del Pueblo, which celebrated its 10th birthday in Burgess Park on Sunday. This is the annual village fete in London for the people of Latin America. Less well-known outside Latino communities ...

  • Yelena Tregubova: The principles of the Gulag are still with us
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    At that time Solzhenitsyn symbolised Russian repentance for all the monstrous and inhuman outrages perpetrated against the whole country over 70 years by the criminal organisation, the KGB. Solzhenitsyn was "the voice crying in the wilderness". When ...

  • Paul Gompertz: We must protect the natural resources we depend on
    Wednesday, 6 August 2008

    Some 60 square nautical miles of Lyme Bay in Dorset have been closed to scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling on the orders of the Fisheries minister. This is to protect an inshore reef system that is acknowledged to be one of the most important sites...

  • Susie Rushton: Know your London tourist
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    Escalator Couple: Their distinctive dance begins with the male and female embracing while perched on the left side of the escalator, usually at 8.51am. Entire seconds will pass before they realise their error. The male then shuffles to the right; his...

  • Ayad Allawi: There can be no stability in Iraq without security
    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    The first is reconciliation. We have, as you know, millions of refugees and displaced people inside Iraq. We have problems with the constitution; we have problems with a lot of the laws that have been politicised, such as de-Baathification and the di...

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