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  • Leading article: Mr Darling is making a bad housing situation worse
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    In all events, the stamp duty story has been a small disaster for the Government and left the property market in some confusion. Is a move on stamp duty "proposed"? No, it seems. Is it an "option"? Yes, it would appear. So is a move possible? Some so...

  • Leading article: Musharraf's day of reckoning
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    If this vision of Mr Musharraf as the bastion of stability against chaos in the region was ever true – and it is hard to sustain it in view of his actual record – it is most certainly not true today as he faces impeachment proceedings from the two ma...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Kremlin has its work cut out to avoid a new defeat
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    South Osseita, an enclave on the border of the two countries, with a largely ethnic Russian and non-Georgian population, has been a flashpoint at least since the Soviet Union collapsed, and Georgia regained its independence at the end of 1991. It is ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Olympics and human rights
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    If members of the world leaders club won't take a stance, then let's hope at the very least that some of the medal winners use their elevated status to raise the banner for democracy and the liberation of Tibet. Or perhaps enough of the people can so...

  • The Weasel: Creature from the deep
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    Day 1. Though invitingly blue from a distance, the sea at Filey is a discouraging grey/brown at close quarters. Since it was high tide, my attempt at gradual acclimatisation provided welcome entertainment for strollers on the promenade. While the Nor...

  • Leading article: Here's looking at you...
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    Part of the idea is that it should get us into the mood for London 2012. Big screens that foster a live, community experience of exclusive or faraway events have proved hugely popular – and for good reason. Thanks to them, an enormous variety of ente...

  • James Macintyre: How the Government spun itself into another mess
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    With an increasingly frantic Downing Street desperate to distract media attention from the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, and his domestic manifesto, as well as the news that Northern Rock needed an injection of taxpayers' money, ideas abounded a...

  • 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...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 9 August 2008

    * The other night, I caught an episode of EastEnders for the first time in years. What struck me was not so much the ageing faces of Phil and Peggy, worn down by the weight of the series' history, nor even a grizzled East End chancer like Archie disp...

  • 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...

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