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  • Leading article: A Scottish example to the United Kingdon
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    Whether any of this largesse is sustainable in the long term is another matter. For all of Alex Salmond's tactical brilliance in tweaking the tail of Westminster, one suspects that the Scottish First Minister's fiscal populism will hit the buffers of...

  • Letters: Housing crisis
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    The Government should let house prices slide to realistic levels, based on a 3.5 to 1 ratio of prices to incomes, the historically established norm. Help the dispossessed by the usual means, accelerate social housing provision, let local authorities ...

  • Leading article: The football bubble
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    Traditionalists have found plenty to grumble about in all this. Some clubs have become vehicles for the international jet set to flaunt their wealth and amuse themselves. Others have become sports "franchises" run by foreign businessmen purely for pr...

  • George W Bush: John McCain is the right man to lead America
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    John McCain's life has prepared him to make those choices. He is ready to lead this nation. From the day of his commissioning, John McCain was a respected naval officer who made decisions on which the lives of others depended. As an elected public se...

  • Sophie Morris: I guess it must be a boy thing...
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    Annoyingly, this sort of insider information is usually classified. For a heterosexual male to admit he's got the hots for another bloke is, well, just not cricket. Even in these enlightened days of male moisturisers and manbags it takes a rare self-...

  • Stephen Khan: Another step towards the ultimate goal: independence
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    Are they right? Probably, but that's hardly surprising given that his party's main aim is to break the Union. And yesterday he did mention the issue of local taxation a lot. In Scotland that serves as a reminder of one thing: the poll tax. The Scots ...

  • Leonard Doyle: In Alaska, reputation of Palin is still whiter than white
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    Wasilla calls itself the "Home of the Iditarod", the 1,000-mile dog-sled race into the wilderness of Alaska. It sits beneath two majestic mountain ranges but the town itself, 40 miles from Anchorage, is less spectacular. With a lot of help from its m...

  • Letters: Rape law
    Wednesday, 3 September 2008

    To catch up with even the 20th century, the law should be replaced with the simpler "sexual assault", with degrees of severity, and factors such as degradation to be considered. This way, it will be irrelevant what implement may be used. The crime is...

  • Leading article: King and country
    Wednesday, 3 September 2008

    So which side has justice on its side? The protesters of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) complain that the present government is attempting to subvert the constitution, and that Mr Samak is merely the puppet of the exiled former prime minis...

  • Dr Kate Bradley: How do-gooders invaded the Victorian East End
    Wednesday, 3 September 2008

    Without a welfare state as we would know it to fall back on, families did the best they could to survive on limited means – resorting to charitable handouts or midnight "flits" to avoid rent collectors, to give but two examples. Some – such as those ...

  • Michael Berry: A controlling man who could not face failure
    Wednesday, 3 September 2008

    At this stage it is difficult to diagnose a mental illness without further information but it is reasonable to assume that he was clinically depressed, albeit undiagnosed. It is highly likely he would not have discussed it with his GP or family membe...

  • Leading article: Past masters
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    Which is why it is so important to keep Old Masters such as the Titians in the galleries where they have influenced generations of younger artists. And it is why the Picasso and Turner exhibitions tell only half the story. Just as they were formed by...

  • Guy Adams: Drink and disaster go hand in hand, it seems
    Thursday, 4 September 2008

    The vast majority heeded fear-mongering politicians and got the hell out. But 20,000-odd diehards stuck two fingers up at common sense, stockpiled a decent supply of alcohol and tobacco, and stayed behind to get horrifically drunk. By the time Gustav...

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