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  • 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...

  • Letters: Iraq debate
    Friday, 26 January 2007

    Sir: Mr Blair must be the most irresponsible Prime Minister in British democratic history. Since the onset of the Iraq war, Parliament has been denied the opportunity of a full debate on this terrible issue. The Prime Minister's non-attendance showed...

  • Leading article: Citizenship, schools and the imposition of national values
    Friday, 26 January 2007

    In a BBC radio interview, Mr Johnson elaborated. Schools, he said, needed to find time in the curriculum to teach "values we hold very dear in Britain: free speech, tolerance, respect for the rule of law". Of course, such values are fundamental to 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...

  • Leading article: An unwise appointment
    Friday, 26 January 2007

    Last week the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, sent a letter to every Cabinet minister demanding an exemption for Catholic adoption agencies from the provisions of the incoming Equalities Act. In subsequent Cabinet discussi...

  • 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...

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