We test the temperature of the nation this week


Zimbabwe's crisis deepens as opposition supporters suffer violent attacks

Pressure on UK children leaves more than a million with mental illness

Information Commissioner reports that UK data security record is "alarming"


Israel seals off Gaza Strip and West Bank for a week in honour of Passover

US doubled number of "moral waivers" for entry to the army last year, records show

Fruit and veg may go unharvested as UK farmers struggle to find workers

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£50m bank bailout will help keep economy afloat, but at taxpayers' expense

John Prescott raises awareness of male eating disorders by confessing to bulimia

Blackouts imposed in three Scots villages to curb annual millipede invasion


Spain's new female-majority cabinet gives feminist cause a boost

£2m-a-year support programme is launched for veterans of Irish Troubles

Bionic eyes restore the vision of two blind people

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Summary: £5bn miscalculation in 2012 Olympics costs causes a stormy reaction

Forecast: The elections are overshadowed, as the 10p tax-rate row rumbles on

This article first appeared in the 28 April 2008 issue of the New Statesman, Everybody out!