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Monday, 15 January 2007

  • Leading article: Take a close look at the produce on offer
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    This follows a flurry of similar initiatives by the large supermarket chains last year. Sainsbury's is developing biodegradable packaging, while Tesco is converting three-quarters of its transport fleet to bio-fuel and introducing incentives for its ...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Hospital infections
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    I was admitted to the French hospital two days before surgery, not only for pre operation tests, but to prepare me for the surgical procedure. This included two compulsory showers on the day preceding and another shortly before the operation. I was r...

  • John Lichfield: Strong EU needed in fight against xenophobes
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    "These are all our friends," he boomed, and then stepping forward he added in a loud stage whisper: "They all hate each other, of course, but they are all our friends." Not for the first time, the veteran French far-right leader made a good point in ...

  • Miguel Angel Moratinos and Jean Asselborn: This enlarged Europe needs a new constitution
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    And yet, the question we have been asking ourselves for more than a decade - since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty - is what Europe we want. Apparently it is not an easy question. For a long time we have tried to answer it but with the wrong sub...

  • Leading article: Misfits, bigots and malcontents
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    Thankfully, there is little sign that the ITS will be able to organise itself properly. Its leader, Bruno Gollnish, is awaiting trial on charges of Holocaust denial. And its members - ranging from Jean-Marie Le Pen and Alessandra Mussolini to Ashley ...

  • 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...

  • The Third Leader: An act of union
    Tuesday, 16 January 2007

    Actually, galling is derived not from our cross-Channel cousins but from the Old English for a running sore, which is not that dissimilar, given traditional relations. Those also explain the shock expressed on both sides at the revelation that in 195...

  • 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 ...

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