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  • Leading article: Criminal negligence
    Sunday, 28 January 2007

    It is not hard, therefore, to understand the short-term forces that have produced the latest wheeze to ease the pressures on prison space. Instead of letting prisoners out early, the cunning plan in the Home Office is to admit some convicts late, we ...

  • Max Clifford: You said sorry to the princes, Mr Coulson. Now apologise to me
    Sunday, 28 January 2007

    Yes, we fell out, but I wouldn't have wished this on him. It has also done great harm to the credibility of journalists, who are respected little enough as it is. Big exclusives are the lifeblood of newspapers, and if reporters don't get stories, or ...

  • Leading article: The travails of a Prime Minister whose authority is ebbing away
    Saturday, 27 January 2007

    Yet Mr Blair's troubles in this area go considerably deeper. It became clear this week that the White House's new policy on Iraq bears little similarity to our own. Some of Mr Blair's cabinet ministers - notably Peter Hain and Hilary Benn - have alre...

  • Leading article: The minister of inequality
    Sunday, 28 January 2007

    Last week, The Independent on Sunday reported that Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities, was still trying to secure the exemption, with the Prime Minister's support and against the views of a majority of the Cabinet. We argued that appeasin...

  • Oliver James: The sickest show on TV?
    Sunday, 28 January 2007

    Five "judges" are propositioned by a series of contestants to give them money. The series pledges to give away £1m, although it's not completely clear whether the money comes out of the judges' pockets ITV's. The panel include the poisonously offensi...

  • Letters: Adoption and religion
    Saturday, 27 January 2007

    First, most children available for adoption in the UK are not babies and are likely to have a range of physical, emotional and behavioural difficulties that make them hard to place. This attempt by the church to effectively reduce the already small p...

  • Rupert Cornwell: This time, Bush could not suspend disbelief
    Saturday, 27 January 2007

    Last Tuesday, President Bush delivered the State of the Union address, the purest moment of theatre in America's political calendar. Normally, it is an occasion that, at least for the hour or so it lasts, carries off the theatrical trick of suspensio...

  • Leading article: Welcome to an independent Kosovo
    Saturday, 27 January 2007

    Predictably, this solution is too timid for the Kosovo government and far too ambitious for Serbia and its Slav patron, Russia. Both have the capacity to make trouble: Serbia by fomenting unrest among Kosovo's Serbs; Russia by withholding its endorse...

  • Leading article: Of hacks and hacking
    Sunday, 28 January 2007

    If he did not know about it, Mr Coulson should have done, a fact he accepted by resigning on Friday. And Mr Murdoch has been royally embarrassed by his failure to send a clear message through the News Corporation system that such practices - whose ex...

  • Joanna Briscoe: Ladies, don't waste your life on lettuce
    Sunday, 28 January 2007

    What clearly does suffer from an eating disorder, however, is our country's mindset. Yeah. Like, our culture. A recent survey claims that women spend an average of 31 years of their lives on a weight-loss diet. Well that's funny, because men seem to ...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out of America
    Sunday, 28 January 2007

    With a bit of patience and deft positioning, even the foreign correspondent who has a potential readership of zero New Hampshire voters can get a brief one-on-one with the man who just might be the next leader of the free world. Alas, this precious i...

  • Paul Arnott: Confessions of a Branscombe beachcomber
    Sunday, 28 January 2007

    We drop the children at school and head innocently to Branscombe just to see the Napoli. The listing ship is as incongruous as the Thames whale, but an odder sight is men wheeling motorbikes away with a docket from the Receiver of Wrecks. The atmosph...

  • Leading article: An indispensable lord
    Saturday, 27 January 2007

    Margaret Thatcher once said that every Prime Minister "needs a Willie" (a tribute to her deputy prime minister, William Whitelaw). Perhaps that should be updated to "every Home Secretary needs a Charlie". Without his broadcasting marathon, Mr Reid's ...

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