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Wednesday, 24 January 2007

  • Leading article: A display of contempt for Parliament and the public
    Thursday, 25 January 2007

    Tony Blair's absence was an act of contempt to the House and an expression of total disregard of the British public. His excuse, given through Margaret Beckett, his Foreign Secretary, was that he preferred to wait until the completion of Operation Si...

  • Sami Abdel-Shafi: A referendum could heal the Palestinian rift
    Wednesday, 24 January 2007

    The publicised results of the meeting in Damascus last Sunday, between the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas's politburo chief Khaled Mashal were too bland to ease the critical state of Palestinian affairs. And the blast that damaged th...

  • Letters: Political tribes
    Thursday, 25 January 2007

    Sir: Philip Hensher ("The timewarp tribalism of those on the left", 23 January) has obviously never been to a former mining community. If he had, he would know why thousands of people will be celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher. It is nothing ...

  • Leading article: Persistent offenders
    Thursday, 25 January 2007

    It is clear what has prompted this letter. The number of inmates in England and Wales has reached 80,000, a figure above maximum capacity. This week, 480 prisoners are being held in police stations. Cells at the Old Bailey have been made available. N...

  • Paddy Ashdown: 'Troops home by Christmas' is not an option
    Thursday, 25 January 2007

    Leaving aside the legalities, the American military operation to roll up Iraq was an astonishing success. But the US-led statebuilding operation was a copybook example of how not to do this. We can't build states "by numbers", but nevertheless we nee...

  • Letters: Upward mobility
    Wednesday, 24 January 2007

    Sir: It isn't the rich, or the Thatcher legacy, that's stopping the upward mobility of the intelligent working class (Johann Hari, 22 January) but the intense social pressure that now condemns any ambition to acquire knowledge or gain academic succes...

  • The Third Leader: Lucky country
    Thursday, 25 January 2007

    We have also just been reminded how fortunate Australians can be by the escape of Mr Eric Nerhus, who was being swallowed by a shark until, with that trademark national practicality and sangfroid, he poked it in the eye. Evidence of that fine sense o...

  • The Third Leader: Not so glittering prizes
    Wednesday, 24 January 2007

    Which brings us to the Oscar nominations, brimming with more Brit dames and directors than you could clap a clapper board at, with a movie, screenwriter, actor and actress or two thrown in for an encore. I'm particularly excited about the great Peter...

  • Leading article: When the interests of child and church collide
    Wednesday, 24 January 2007

    In the letter, the Cardinal has made it clear that unless the agencies are exempted from the new laws, which take effect in April and would require them to place children with homosexual couples, they will have to end a service which currently places...

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