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Thursday, 18 September 2008

  • Leading article: Hope of a better future for Israel and Palestine
    Friday, 19 September 2008

    The outgoing Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, was serious about the peace with the Palestinians, but his reputation had become too tarnished by repeated allegations of personal corruption and his disastrous handling of the invasion of Lebanon in 2006. It...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Creationism
    Friday, 19 September 2008

    The best science education seeks to relate science to the real world and not to duck students' difficult questions. Michael Reiss is entirely innocent of advocating the teaching of creationism in science lessons, as anyone who bothered to read throug...

  • Leading article: Shoot first, ask questions later
    Friday, 19 September 2008

    On this issue, the authorities are sensibly acting on the precautionary principle; in markets as febrile as these it is right to take the cautious line. If short selling did contribute to the crisis at HBOS, and still threatens yet more banks with ne...

  • Steve Connor: Never let the facts get in the way of a story
    Friday, 19 September 2008

    But wait a minute. Isn't this the official position of the Royal Society, and indeed the Government? As the Royal Society itself said in a statement announcing Professor Reiss's departure: "If a young person raises creationism in a science class, tea...

  • Stuart Wheeler: Don't vote for Tories without a referendum promise
    Friday, 19 September 2008

    By now, it is reckoned that the cost of regulation alone to the UK is £48bn, perhaps much more. And if Lisbon goes through there will be more integration, and regulation will get more and more expensive. So, we – or the British Government – have to w...

  • Margaret Pagano: Don't blame the bankers
    Friday, 19 September 2008

    This schadenfreude towards those involved in the financial crisis is not only misplaced but distasteful. From the rolling camera crews parked outside Lehman Brothers to the front-page pictures of workers taking home their belongings in black bin bags...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Star quality
    Friday, 19 September 2008

    Ivanov is to be followed by Twelfth Night with Derek Jacobi, Madame de Sade with Dame Judi Dench and then Hamlet with Jude Law, all of which are already nearly fully sold out. And Grandage has done this as an offshoot of a quite different tradition o...

  • 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...

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

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The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

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