We test the temperature of the nation this week


More than a million flee homes after severe flooding in China

Robert Mugabe threatens war if Zanu-PF loses election

Poor hygiene standards place a quarter of all NHS trusts at risk of losing their licence


Stolen blueprints for nuclear warheads found on smugglers' computers

House prices will not recover until 2011, economists predict

Brown announces deployment of additional UK troops to Afghanistan

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Primark axes three long-term suppliers for using child labour

Raú Castro announces 20 per cent increase in state pension

EU to allow knobbly fruit and vegetables back into shops, leaving its critics short of a joke


UK women may soon gain legal right to breastfeed in public - at last

Scientists create bacteria that feed on agricultural waste and excrete crude oil

New programme offers British children free instruments and music lessons

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Summary: Government faces storms over secret files left on trains

Forecast: Bleak times ahead - 2009 growth forecast the lowest since the early 1990s

This article first appeared in the 23 June 2008 issue of the New Statesman, Truly, madly, politically