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  • Quotes of the day
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008

    "Mr Blobby and Beethoven are yokemates of broadcasting destiny" - London's mayor Boris Johnson, saying that the BBC has a duty to appeal to all tastes. "You wouldn't want me to play Frost in a wheelchair" - Actor Sir David Jason, 68, announcing that ...

  • Leading article: The global credit crisis has entered a new dimension
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008

    Add the bankruptcy of 158-year-old Lehman Brothers and the fire-sale of Merrill Lynch to the demise of Bear Stearns in March, then three of the top five names in American investment banking have now bitten the dust. One of the world's largest insuran...

  • Leading article: Three tricky tasks facing the third force in politics
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    The party therefore has three challenging objectives this week in Bournemouth. In what appears to be the overcrowded centre ground in British politics, they must acquire a more distinctive voice. The new policies that help them attract attention have...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The US strategy for Afghanistan won't work
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    Mr Bush's order is fraught with peril for the US and Nato forces in Afghanistan. In one respect, it is a recognition at long last by Mr Bush that the Taliban and their al-Qa'ida allies could not stay in business without the backing of Pakistan. This ...

  • Leading article: Political reality in a shattered nation
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008

    It would, of course, have been better if Robert Mugabe had been persuaded to step down after his attempt to steal the last general election. But, given the political reality of a divided nation and an effective oppressive police state, that was unlik...

  • Basildon Peta: Call this progress? Not if you care about Zimbabwe
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008

    I am not alone in posting this pessimistic view. There will definitely be no stampede of the millions of Zimbabweans in foreign lands going back to Mugabeland any time soon if my interviews with many of them are anything to go by. For the avoidance o...

  • Quotes of the day
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    "I'm happy a good deal of the time. On a scale of one to 10, I'd put myself at an eight" - Actor Richard Wilson, on happiness, denying he was like his grumpy character Victor Meldrew. "I can't type. I ply my trade by hand. I live on a Cornish cliff a...

  • Letters: Carers and the mentally ill
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008

    After various attempts to work with the local hospitals in the early years, she gave up after repeatedly finding that Gordon had disappeared from his "secure" ward, and she spent many hours in police cars searching cold and rainswept streets. She hel...

  • Daniel Howden: Appeal to Mugabe's former magnanimity fails
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008

    The former union leader confronted his rival with the older man's own eloquence, spoken in 1980 after the end of white rule. Mr Tsvangirai used the words this time to reach out to the same leadership that has had him beaten, imprisoned and charged wi...

  • Letters: Assisted suicide
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    There is no doubting the extreme distress of Debbie Purdy that has prompted her to pursue the right to be helped to an earlier death ("Don't jail my husband if he helps me die, demands MS sufferer", 12 September). What is in doubt is the image of ass...

  • Leading article: Child protection and proportion
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    So is this a British version of America's "Megan's Law", named after the victim of a similar child murder in the United States? In fact, it is a very different animal. The US law allows states to publish the names, addresses and pictures of convicted...

  • George Howarth: Why we need a leadership contest
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    We have to act now to rebuild the support we have lost over the last year because the country cannot afford to sleepwalk into a Tory government. This is particularly true for constituencies like mine, which was devastated the last time the Conservati...

  • Iain Grey: What Scotland needs is a first minister with passion
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    I promised a fresh start. It is time to close the manifesto on which we fought the 2007 election, and begin to write our programme for 2011 and beyond. I have been asked how we respond to the loss of Glasgow East. This is what we do. We embrace the m...

  • Susie Rushton: My personal cheerfulness strategy
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008

    Then I saw an article in a Sunday paper asserting that "neurosis and anxiety" were essentially feminine traits. Call me neurotic, but I find nothing to be more of a motivator than that the discovery you're trapped within the stereotype of a "scientif...

  • James K Glassman: America knows that bullets alone will not win this war
    Tuesday, 16 September 2008

    As the American Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, said recently: "Over the long term, we cannot kill or capture our way to victory. Non-military efforts – tools of persuasion and inspiration – were indispensable to the outcome of the defining strug...

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