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  • Leading article: Personal privacy and the power of the State
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    It now appears that, while plans for this particular centralised database may have bitten the dust, the Government has not given up its intention to find out more about us. This time, though, ministers are taking care to present the project as being ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Nuclear power
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    For a start, nuclear power also requires a finite fuel (uranium) whose long-term supply is by no means guaranteed and which has to be imported. If the industrialised world switches to nuclear power to replace oil, we should expect to see the same ene...

  • Tom Greene: Stop demonising us for wanting good schools
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    How very British. He wasn't bothered that the pupils had been "hurling offensive lyrics" but that they could do it and then put their feet up on a suede pouf in a multimillion-pound mansion. The idea that the behaviour would have been less morally re...

  • Shami Chakrabarti: Yet another step along a dangerous road
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    When the private and family matters of Cabinet ministers are up for grabs, particularly by the grabbing hand of the tabloid press, Government is quick and right to protest. However, the same rules don't seem to apply to the rest of us. My problem as ...

  • Leading article: Hopes and fears about M. Sarkozy
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    The first complication for M. Sarkozy is his disappointing endorsement. In yesterday's election, he won barely 70 per cent of party members' votes, despite his being the only name on the ballot. He already knew he had the backing of neither President...

  • David Usborne: Our Man in New York
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    Brought to thick-headed consciousness by the alarm the next morning, we had barely thirty minutes to get ready for our next outing, a celebration that was to be a first-time experience for both of us. Leaping dishevelled into a cab on Third Avenue we...

  • Lucy Caldwell: The story so far
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    We spent last week in Andalusia. My sisters and I had optimistically packed bikinis. But we arrived to find it so unexpectedly cold that the first thing we did was rush out to buy fan heaters and woolly jumpers. What with the cold, and feeling so wip...

  • 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...

  • Charles Nevin: Doctors should try a bit of entertainment
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    That's right. Normally, I would break it more gently, but believing it to be apt to follow the profession's own custom and practice, I'm going to give it to you straight: docs, people are saying you are arrogant and greedy bastards. There's Gerry Rob...

  • Leading article: Not a fair exchange
    Monday, 15 January 2007

    But few exchanges have been as bizarre as the one we have just observed. A few days ago we promised them David Beckham, a sporting icon to induce sustained national lip-smacking, (with Posh Spice as a bonus). And who do they send over in return? The ...

  • 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...

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