We test the temperature of the nation this week


Zimbabwean immigrants come under attack in South African townships

Government plans mass database of phone calls and emails

Judicial diversity declines as the bench sees increase in older white males


Falling house prices lead to rent rises

Educational achievement gap between rich and poor remains too wide, says watchdog

Carnivorous mice threaten extinction of rare birds on British Gough Island

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Gordon Brown launches an online version of PMQs

World's first pregnant man enters third trimester

Burma's generals finally accept some external help in getting aid to cyclone victims


MPs back hybrid embryo research, bringing treatment for degenerative diseases closer

Government plans to outlaw discrimination against soldiers

Models start to join trade unions

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Summary: Blustery for Labour in run-up to Crewe and Nantwich by-election

Forecast: Dark clouds of xenophobia cast shadow over Europe and South Africa

This article first appeared in the 26 May 2008 issue of the New Statesman, Moral crisis?