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Friday, 19 January 2007

  • Leading article: A public glimpse of private attitudes that should jolt us out of complacency
    Saturday, 20 January 2007

    But they also did something else more interesting and, in the national context, no less significant. They triggered a spontaneous national discussion about race and racism that was in many ways long overdue. Ms Goody's conduct, and that of the former...

  • Chris Smith: The BBC deserves better than this
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    Ever since it was established, the BBC has been based on three fundamental principles that have helped to ensure its importance and its quality. The first is that it is independent of government. It is a public broadcaster, not a state broadcaster; I...

  • Letters: Iraqi health care
    Saturday, 20 January 2007

    The single most important thing that would help Iraq's children now would be to end the violence, violence that affects electricity supplies and distribution of medical equipment and which claims the lives of doctors. That's what the Iraqi government...

  • Robert Gifford: Cycling safety must be moved into the fast lane
    Saturday, 20 January 2007

    Per distance travelled, cycling is 18 times more dangerous than driving, but it is also healthier and better for the environment. So, whatever measures we take, we want to ensure that they do not frighten people from cycling. One positive step is to ...

  • Leading article: Some unpalatable medicine
    Saturday, 20 January 2007

    The problem lies in the question: how well rewarded? None of our correspondents has fully engaged with the fundamental point that GPs are now taking home a considerably higher percentage of the gross sums they are handed by Primary Care Trusts to run...

  • Letters: Celebrity 'Big Brother'
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    Sir: Whilst I am appalled by the behaviour of the coven (Jade, Jo and Danielle), their bullying, language and crass stupidity I am equally appalled by some of the sloppy media coverage of the events in the Big Brother house. This is not a race argume...

  • Leading article: The BBC must adapt to changed circumstances
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    It does seem as if the Government has decided to impose a relatively stringent settlement on the BBC as a point of principle; as if to show that broadcasting will be treated like every other public service in the new atmosphere of austerity in the pu...

  • Leading article: Homespun philosophy
    Saturday, 20 January 2007

    In truth, it is hard to see what Mr Brown has in common with the man Winston Churchill once scornfully described as a "half-naked fakir". Gandhi was a pacifist who advocated mass civil disobedience. Gordon is a command-and-control centraliser who sup...

  • The Third Leader: Happy shoppers
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    And while we in this space will always be sparing on advice on how to live your lives, believing there are all too many others to do that (no names, no pack drill, but many of them meet every Thursday in Downing Street), I felt there were, neverthele...

  • Leading article: Haunted by Iraq
    Friday, 19 January 2007

    Mr Hain's invective was fierce. "The neo-con mission," he said, "has failed. It's not only failed to provide a coherent international policy, it's failed wherever it's been tried, and it's failed with the American electorate." It had also, he added, ...

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