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Thursday, 7 August 2008

  • Leading article: For all their problems, the Olympics still matter
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    Who could not survey the catalogue of top Olympians over the past two decades, from Ben Johnson to Marion Jones, who have been caught taking performance-enhancing drugs, and not feel depressed? There is also plenty to object to in the tone of nationa...

  • Leading article: In today's China, not all that glisters is gold
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    There was no question that the venues would be completed in good time. There was no question either that they would be better and more distinctive than those hosted by other cities in recent years. In the quest for efficiency, the Olympics juggernaut...

  • Michael Brown: Pity the Queen with a new PM
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    Of course, in the days of Queen Victoria, the Prime Minister would have been on hand throughout the summer Balmoral holiday to give a constant update on any crisis. Gladstone details at length a typical day spent at Balmoral – on 31 August 1863 – "wa...

  • Leading article: Nothing for Mr Balls to boast about
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    Mr Balls, who had worn the cloak of invisibility in the weeks before that statement, had donned it again by the time the provisional results were released. It was left to the Schools minister Jim Knight to insist that he had confidence in the results...

  • Brian Wilson: Labour can't win in Britain if it doesn't win in Scotland
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    That is the true significance of what is going on at present, of which the Glasgow East by-election was a symptom. The large Commons majorities since 1997 disguise the fact that it is normally difficult for Labour to win in Britain without substantia...

  • Letters: The nature of modern sport
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    Given the phenomenal scale and apparent success of modern sport, it is tempting to see its current shape as inevitable and immutable. However, as the Beijing Olympics start, now might be a good time to challenge the nature of modern sport and to ask ...

  • Leading article: Dangerous smoke signals
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    Yet there is something disturbing about the way in which those who would censor depictions of smoking in the media seem to be getting more of a hearing since the advent of the UK smoking ban last year. Few now disagree with the banning of overt cigar...

  • Andy McSmith: Jailing women fails them, their families and society
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    Between 1996 and 2005, the population of the women's prisons rose from 2,300 to 4,600. It has stayed close to that peak ever since. Currently, it is 4,460. This is not simply because more women are getting into trouble with the law. It is also that t...

  • Sean O'Grady: No gold medal for Alistair Darling
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    Ministers were looking at various options: suspending it; postponing payment (in effect an unsecured, interest-free loan by the state to housebuyers); turning it into a marginal tax, so the higher rate is only payable on that portion of the property'...

  • George W Bush: China owes human rights to its own people, not us
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    China and the United States share important economic interests. The growth sparked by China's free market reforms is good for the Chinese people, who are building a confident middle class with a stake in a peaceful future. China's new purchasing powe...

  • Letters: Lads' mags
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    He was, however, more than willing to share these photographs with his son, whom I would put at around eight years old and who appeared to be accustomed to being exposed to such images. I cannot deny any purported findings of Phil Hilton (Comment, 5 ...

  • Leading article: Paris for President
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    What he surely did not bargain for was sarcasm, in the form of a spoof ad direct from the sun lounger of Ms Hilton. Swimsuited and occasionally distracted by her magazine, she observes that, as she now appears to be running for President, she has a f...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Don't tell me my place is in the home
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    This report just confirms what many of us have recognised for some time, that we are witnessing a sharp reversal in attitudes toward professional women. We are a culture in retreat, clutching at the security blanket of archaic ideas about what women ...

  • Kim Sengupta: Why Bush's 'dead or alive' posse haven't got their man
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    The tale at the time was that a top secret American and British unit had tracked down the founder of al-Qa'ida in the Wakkan Corridor, on the northern edge of Pakistan. Like previous reports it turned out to be baseless. Seven years after the Septemb...

  • Leading article: Brassed off
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    Some might find the sight of the most notorious trade unionist of the past two decades lending his support to the business plans of the evil capitalist energy conglomerates a little confusing. That is, doubtless, simply a case of incorrect thinking. ...

  • Steve Connor: Science Notebook
    Friday, 8 August 2008

    The link between weight gain, diet and exercise is of course well established and boils down to the simplest of equations. If you burn more calories than you take in, you lose weight. If you take in more calories than you burn, you gain weight. Howev...

  • Alain de Botton: Nice buildings don't always make us better people
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    It was the Travelodge Hotel just near Colchester, where I happened to stay. I was staying in this building, and it is not particularly architecturally distinguished, but I remember thinking that everything about it was having a very big impact on me....

  • Guy Adams: LA needs its pot smokers
    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    My friend, who works in the music business and got us invites to this bash, opens his wallet to reveal a card containing his name, address, and the signature of a doctor. It cost about $100, he says, and for the past decade has helped him purchase an...

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