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  • Dennis Macshane: Here's to the union with Europe and Scotland
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    So 2007 might be a good year to celebrate both Acts of the Union. Instead, the defenders of both the United Kingdom and the European Union are "wee timorous beasties", to quote Robert Burns, nervously unwilling to assert it's good to be British and i...

  • Colin Blakemore: From a scientist's point of view, life is getting better
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    For climate change, the obstacles are short-sighted commercial and political interests - let's call them myopeconomics and myopolitics. Many businessmen still judge that their own fortunes and those of their shareholders are best served by ignoring t...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Trusting the state
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    Sir: John Rentoul ("If Gordon Brown is wise, he will not be promising to restore trust in government", 2 January) argues that a future Prime Minister Brown ought not to try and "restore trust in politics" because such an aim is "almost by definition ...

  • Leading article: A war that has made a martyr out of a tyrant
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    True, members of Iraqi's Sunni minority were always going to protest about what they saw as "victor's justice". And it was regrettable that Saddam was not handed over to an international court for trial. But it was not just Iraq's Sunnis who regarded...

  • Tim Hancock: A glimpse inside the sordid world of the execution chamber
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    Welcome to the sordid world of the execution chamber, brought to you by the YouTube Generation. There was nothing unique about the pictures from Iraq: executing people is a dirty, sordid business. ItÕs why some governments frequently do it in secret,...

  • 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...

  • The Third Leader: Sailor boy
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    Read and be proud, the rest of you, if I can drag you away just for a moment from your screen, headphones, bed or that silent mode punctuated by the odd unimpressed grunt, dismissive remark or occasional text flurry. Mike Perham is the name: 14 years...

  • Leading article: Reaping what we sow
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    No one can reasonably argue that farmers in this country have prospered in recent years. And the incompetence of the Government has not made their lives any easier. In 2001 came the disastrous foot and mouth outbreak and its gross mismanagement by th...

  • 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...

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