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    Wednesday, 17 September 2008

    "They're so desperate to protect their own jobs, they can't be bothered to protect other people's. They are the living dead - no heart, no mind, no soul - stumbling around with no idea what to do." - Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg slams Labour in...

  • Leading article: Amid global meltdown, our ministers bicker and backbite
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    Two questions arise from all this: one relatively small; the other big. The small question, which is small only in comparison with the scale of the overall crisis, is how and why news of the talks came to be broken at such a particularly fortunate ju...

  • Leading article: Can the surge in Iraq work for Afghanistan?
    Wednesday, 17 September 2008

    That is no more than the truth. General Petraeus's achievements since he took command 18 months ago are considerable. A thinking general, he brought his expertise in counter-insurgency and substantial additional troops to bear in a sustained campaign...

  • Letters: The next financial bubble
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    What most people haven't worked out yet is that there is a much larger bubble forming and the financial world seems oblivious to it. This bubble is the new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which affects all public limited companies...

  • Leading article: The Lib Dems stay in the game
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    Amidst all the carnage, Nick Clegg, the party's young leader, has been able to carve out some distinctive policies and, just as important, get them through an unruly party. There are many of the party faithful – and some indeed outside – who will reg...

  • Peter Mandelson: Creativity is what sets London apart from the rest
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    Europe has a €162bn manufacturing trade surplus , so don't believe those who say we're finished. But what sets those things apart is the ideas behind them, the sophistication of the content and the intelligent processes that produce them. The creativ...

  • Sean O'Grady: Banking relies on confidence – and there isn't any
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    The cost in jobs and the destruction of wealth is likely to be heavy. Some predict more than 100,000 job s in financial services will disappear in Britain alone. Like car making and the airlines, banking has far too much capacity. Rationalisation is ...

  • Sophie Morris: Can we calm down about Ecstasy
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    Those convicted of possession of ecstasy face up to seven years' imprisonment and dealing could confer a life sentence; the point of the archaic classification system being to match the punishment with the harm caused by the drug, something it fails ...

  • Between Ourselves: 'Geoff Hurst's historic moment is so gripping I missed the dancing'
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    But I was on foot when I came across one of these makeshift shrines the other day. The flowers, withered as matted sedge, were fastened in stiffening tape to a barrier by a station in Manchester. I glanced at the cards, expecting to learn of a teenag...

  • Letters: Financial mayhem
    Wednesday, 17 September 2008

    Now Hank Paulson blames Wall Street and promises a sweeping overhaul of financial regulation to prevent it happening again. Had he never had any thought of regulating things before? Perhaps Wall Street should employ Stephen Foley to point out the fut...

  • Leading article: Home truths for the police
    Wednesday, 17 September 2008

    There are countless daily examples of officers acting with tact, diplomacy and courage often in difficult, dangerous and demanding circumstances. But the target-setting culture within the police service has distorted their mission so that officers hi...

  • Ian Johnston: Targets have wrecked public confidence in policing
    Wednesday, 17 September 2008

    We should not be too defensive. We do still get it "right" more often than not. Our officers investigate complex enquiries, and there are daily examples of police officers acting with tact, diplomacy and courage often in difficult, dangerous and dema...

  • Leading article: False friends
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    Medical drugs have long been suspect since the disaster of thalidomide almost 50 years ago. But now researchers have discovered that even the humble, and ubiquitous, antibiotic may pose a risk. In the largest study of premature labour in the world, r...

  • Guy Adams: Hollywood reaches for the begging bowl
    Thursday, 18 September 2008

    Independent film producers are also dropping like flies. New Line has gone. Warner Brothers just shut three of its "mini-majors"; Harvey Weinstein is reduced, according to Tuesday's Hollywood Reporter, to touring the Far East in search of capital. Ev...

  • Leading article: The closing of the British mind
    Wednesday, 17 September 2008

    Prof Reiss had the temerity to suggest that creationism should be discussed in science lessons, if pupils raised the issue. Somehow, it was inevitable that he should be misquoted as recommending that creationism should be taught in schools. All hell ...

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