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Saturday, 13 January 2007

  • Leading article: Brown's duty to the forces
    Sunday, 14 January 2007

    Last week, the pattern was repeated. On Friday, the Prime Minister made an eloquent case on behalf of the armed forces for a higher share of public spending. He asked the nation to endorse a foreign policy that would require the use of military force...

  • Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: The accidental criminal
    Saturday, 13 January 2007

    For someone like me - a mild-mannered, middle-aged professor of scholarly proclivities, blameless habits, and frail physique - it was shocking, traumatising and deeply educational. It all started on my first morning in Atlanta, Georgia, where I was a...

  • Leading article: A mendacious attack by Mr Blair to cover up his fatal misjudgement
    Saturday, 13 January 2007

    Now there is room for different opinions about the balance between these different applications of power - the debate Mr Blair belatedly called for. But there was a second strand to his argument on which there is no room for debate at all. In seeking...

  • Joanna Briscoe: Confessions of a total bitch...
    Sunday, 14 January 2007

    I'm a bitch. Most of my friends are bitches. And now, praise the devil, bitching is good for us. Women in particular excel at the sport. Kate Figes, a highly intelligent, dues-paid feminist, says so, and if a cultural commentator I respect rather tha...

  • Robert Brigham: Different war, same mistakes
    Sunday, 14 January 2007

    Johnson got his troop requests early on, nearly doubling the number of US combat forces in Vietnam in 1965 alone. But the surge in troops failed to produce the desired results. With each US escalation came an increase in the number of Communist troop...

  • Leading article: Don't gamble with addiction
    Sunday, 14 January 2007

    The Gambling Act, which comes into effect this year, is already out of date. Since the Bill was passed, the Government has come unstuck, particularly over casinos. Ministers were guilty, at best, of a lack of attention to detail. Allowing casinos to ...

  • Alistair Beaton: A parable of the pitfalls of self-belief
    Sunday, 14 January 2007

    The one charge that has been levelled consistently against the Blair government is that it puts presentation before policies. This is a charge that's very hard to deny. As we all now know, every New Labour initiative is carefully market-tested before...

  • Letters: Climate change
    Saturday, 13 January 2007

    As an aerospace engineer, close to finishing a PhD, I am looking forward to getting involved in developing technologies that will reduce the impact of air travel on global warming. This could be by helping to develop more efficient engines or aeropla...

  • Richard Dowden: How mistakes of US's 1992 invasion are being repeated
    Saturday, 13 January 2007

    Worse, they had forgotten to tell them that their own general had invited the 200-strong pack of journalists in Mogadishu to witness the arrival. Wading through the surf, the Seals walked straight into flashing cameras and microphones. At first, they...

  • Leading article: Golden years, golden awards
    Saturday, 13 January 2007

    But could change be in the air? The shortlists for the British Academy Film Awards were announced yesterday. By far the most interesting category is for best actress. There are nominations for Dame Helen Mirren, for The Queen, Dame Judi Dench, for No...

  • Katy Guest: Even pervy Ken couldn't invent Jade's mum
    Sunday, 14 January 2007

    First Donny, who thought he was Johnny Rotten and may or may not have wet the bed, scaled the perimeter wall. "I'm not fucking waiting on some moron and her family," he pouted, announcing that Donny Tourette (who?) was far too famous to make tea for ...

  • Leading article: Trust to nature
    Sunday, 14 January 2007

    But there is a way of noticing the compensations while doing our best to avert disaster. Nature has a way of surprising us with small pleasures, even as she warns us. So turn to page 18 and enjoy the spring daffodils. Or go outside and breathe the mi...

  • Leading article: There's more to life ...
    Saturday, 13 January 2007

    So is this to be the pattern for other members of the baby-boomer generation? Laudable as this would be, we suspect that the participants in this corporate-hippie revolution will be largely limited to those who have already made enough cash for them ...

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