We test the temperature of the nation this week


Deadly strain of bird flu breaks out on Suffolk farm

British terror detention limit is the longest of any western state

UK state pension is rated worst in Europe for the second year running


Talks over Kosovo's independence from Serbia are in stalemate

UK puts more rubbish into landfills than any other EU country

ADHD drugs are "not effective in long term," says research

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The stalled BAE-Saudi investigation faces a new High Court challenge

Ulster Freedom Fighters finally stand down

Export ban keeps Turner masterpiece in the country - for now


The government pledges an extra £70m to support rough sleepers

Architect plans to turn Croydon into a "new Barcelona"

French and German ministers record a song in praise of immigration

Summary: Dismal, as UK brings up the rear on pensions, detentions and rubbish

Forecast: Gusty, hopefully, as plans are unveiled for wind turbines at Westminster

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Jastinder Khera

This article first appeared in the 19 November 2007 issue of the New Statesman, New best friends?