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Tuesday, 2 January 2007

  • Simon Calder: Lower prices are the way to make train take the strain
    Wednesday, 3 January 2007

    Our love affair with domestic flights might look like harmless eccentricity; in fact, it represents gross delinquency. The comparable journey in Italy - Rome to Naples - sees only four flights daily each way. In Germany, Berlin to Hamburg gets just t...

  • Arifa Akbar: My 'Malcolm X' moment at Mecca
    Wednesday, 3 January 2007

    Pressed up against a wall of sweating pilgrims, I saw a man with a mobile phone and a Frank Lampard shirt hanging out of his rucksack, telling his friend in a thick south London accent: "I think I can see you brother, Inshallah, we'll meet at the Kaa...

  • Leading article: An expansion that will benefit all Europeans
    Tuesday, 2 January 2007

    Two more nations have embraced the EU ideals of democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and free market economics. The EU now comprises 27 nations, 480 million people, and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. Our axis of s...

  • Letters: Distrusting Blair
    Wednesday, 3 January 2007

    Sir: John Rentoul writes that people who say they do not trust Tony Blair because of the Iraq war really mean that they disagreed strongly with him (Opinion, 2 January). That is not necessarily the case. Tony Blair made out the argument for war on Ir...

  • Leading article: Two failed states, united by a common grievance
    Wednesday, 3 January 2007

    But to assume that either country has a brighter future is dangerous. The Somali government has little legitimacy. Just a few weeks ago, it could barely control one town in the country. An organisation called the Council of Islamic Courts held power ...

  • Rupert Cornwell: History has been kind to US presidents
    Wednesday, 3 January 2007

    For foreigners the ritual can be a little mystifying, and never more so than yesterday. This after all was Gerald Ford, the 38th President whose stumbles were fodder for a thousand comedians, the man of whom one of his predecessors, Lyndon Johnson, r...

  • Letters: Legalising drugs
    Tuesday, 2 January 2007

    So what's new? That is the nature of addiction. Many will have started their drug dependence as teenagers, the time of life when probably one is most self-absorbed. The drug habit halts emotional growth and they are trapped in that state of self-abso...

  • Leading article: The right medicine
    Tuesday, 2 January 2007

    The attraction for counterfeiters is obvious. Drugs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds are traded in a single transaction in the NHS. If they can tap into this market, it is much more efficient than hawking their counterfeit drugs over the interne...

  • The Third Leader: Rough waters
    Wednesday, 3 January 2007

    This space is not necessarily the best qualified to judge on the competing claims to health of the two contenders, but the refusal of sophisticated metropolitans to embark on a journey across their city without a bottle of water to hand would surely ...

  • Leading article: Pets, pests and their owners
    Wednesday, 3 January 2007

    There seems to be a consensus that dangerous dogs should be regulated and controlled, and in some cases outlawed. Yet what is a dangerous dog? We ought not have to wait until it has mauled a child for a dog to be so defined. The argument that legisla...

  • The Third Leader: The entertainer
    Tuesday, 2 January 2007

    It's in the blood - his grandfather played the halls, including in the act, funnily enough, mind-reading and escapology - and he's added to it by befriending the likes of Sir Cliff Richard and Robin Gibb, and marrying into the showbiz dynasty headed ...

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