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  • Leading article: Bush's reshuffle prepares the way for a sharp change of course in Iraq
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    Nonetheless, the sweeping list of removals and appointments made known by the White House in the past 24 hours must have few precedents in any presidency. Mr Bush has effectively replaced the whole chain of military command for Iraq and extended the ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Perceptive analysis contrasts with White House rhetoric
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    At the centre of Mr Allawi's ideas on how "to pull the Middle East from its death spiral" is finding a means to meet the fears generated inside and outside Iraq by the tectonic changes within the country. This means recognition of the gains of the Sh...

  • Letters: Bailiffs' powers
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    When male bailiffs are in private property removing the goods of a single mother receiving unemployment benefit they will know very well that the chances of a complaint against them succeeding are zero; even if the children are traumatised by the vio...

  • Leading article: A minister's hot air about cheap flights
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    Mr Pearson is frustrated at the response of the airlines in the Government's attempt to reach a voluntary agreement on controlling emissions. The O'Leary position is that aviation generates just 1.6 per cent of greenhouse gases and the real cause of ...

  • Myleene: Klass Act
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    It was my suggestion, of course, but only because I could sense Myleene wanted to ask, but didn't wish to put me on the spot. I say I can already see my outfit. I say I'm thinking peach, frills, giant bow at the back. I say I'm thinking mid-Eighties ...

  • John Wyatt: 'The right to go through puberty cannot be absolute'
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    Was it right to subject Ashley to such invasive and irreversible surgery? There is no doubt that the surgery, involving the removal of the womb and breasts, together with prolonged hormonal therapy, was distressing and carried significant risks. The ...

  • Letters: Company chiefs' pay
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    Sir: Jeremy Warner writes (29 December) that he disagrees with one of the central premises in my report The Risk Myth, that escalating CEO pay is a perversion of market principles. If market principles worked then the over-supply of willing and able ...

  • Leading article: A historic bargain is still in prospect
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    The goal is to reach an understanding between the republicans and the unionists so that an election can be held on 7 March. That will elect a fresh Belfast Assembly in which the two opposing traditions can share power. To get to that point, Gerry Ada...

  • Agnes Fletcher: 'This is a medical solution to a social problem'
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    It seems to me that what has happened to her is an attempt to find a medical solution for a social problem; that is, the lack of care and support for her and her family as she grows and her needs increase. People choose to have all sorts of treatment...

  • Leading article: Lessons from the whitewash
    Saturday, 6 January 2007

    But in our haste to condemn the flannelled fools for traducing their MBEs, squandering our all-night vigils, and tarnishing the memory of that golden summer (was it really so recent?), we should remember that they had to face one of the best cricket ...

  • The Third Leader: Big is beautiful
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    Indeed: the Big Ballet, a distinguished company from Perm, home of Diaghilev, is making its first visit here, determined both to entertain and keep every little bit of imposing avoirdupois. A timely reminder, then, as dieting Britons prepare to shed ...

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron and Mr Brown share a problem
    Friday, 5 January 2007

    At times, Mr Cameron seems to defend government policy on Iraq almost as loyally as the Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett. Yesterday he was asserting, "I still believe it was right to get rid of Saddam", and stressing the need to "build up the Iraq...

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