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Sunday, 14 October 2007

  • Leading article: A bold attempt to clear the clouds of confusion
    Monday, 15 October 2007

    This is brave talk. It is likely to be met with the usual knee-jerk dismissal that such recommendations habitually attract. But, as more and more thoughtful people adopt this view, is it not time to consider the chief constable's views on their merit...

  • Leading article: A victory for positive thinking
    Sunday, 14 October 2007

    This is a significant victory for this newspaper's mental health campaign. For five years now, The Independent on Sunday has sought to promote better understanding of mental illness and better provision for the mentally ill and their families. Partly...

  • David Richards: CBT: three letters that spell hope for the forgotten majority
    Sunday, 14 October 2007

    This is truly excellent news. The money is targeted at the "forgotten majority" – people with depression and anxiety. These people outnumber those with very florid mental health problems such as schizophrenia by a factor of more than 30 to one. We al...

  • Toby Dodge: What happened to our obligation to Iraq?
    Sunday, 14 October 2007

    The drawing down of British forces to little more than a symbolic presence is a central part of Brown's campaign to gain a renewed electoral mandate. He is desperately trying to put as much space as possible between himself and Tony Blair. Jettisonin...

  • Tim Lott: The kids are perfectly all right
    Sunday, 14 October 2007

    Most of the teachers also felt that administering national tests at seven, 11 and 14 gave kids nightmares. The headmasters deplored children's exposure to bad influences via television, the internet, mobile phones and computer games. Adults in genera...

  • Letters: Brown's political crime
    Monday, 15 October 2007

    First we have distilled the long and honourable tradition of profound liberal thought to a single definitive proposition: "Ming Campbell is 64." Our capacity to analyse the nuances of right-wing political philosophy is no less acute: a man who has sp...

  • Leading article: The chance for a fresh start
    Monday, 15 October 2007

    In fact, Mr Howard and his main challenger, the Labour Party leader, Kevin Rudd, have been skirmishing publicly for several months. And if Mr Rudd had not been aware of the perils that lay ahead, the recent media exposé of his drunken visit to a New ...

  • Martin Barnes: The key question is how do we minimise harm from drugs
    Monday, 15 October 2007

    We need to look at the best way of minimising the harm drugs can cause and that can mean looking at radical policy changes. But to be effective and to get public support and investment, change has to be incremental. Proponents of legalisation are goi...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 14 October 2007

    "The newspapers," he writes, "have been hyping the possibility of an election. Now they are disappointed there isn't one. This is just sour grapes. People should see this as media hype. Shame on you for not taking an 'independent' line on it; it is t...

  • Anne Diamond: 'There in the cot, a little, stiff, cold statue of a child where my cuddly, warm, milky baby had fallen asleep'
    Sunday, 14 October 2007

    In 1991, we were losing 2,500 babies to cot death in the UK. The terrible morning of 12 July was when it happened to my family. It was my eldest son's birthday, and after I'd woken him with a birthday song, I went on to my baby's nursery. What I saw ...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out of America
    Sunday, 14 October 2007

    Fred the fumbler? Fred the fainéant? Not a bit of it. Get such questions right and you've proved you have the foreign policy expertise to be President. But for me, the unsung victor of the political goings-on here last week was none of the above, but...

  • Alexander Waugh: What if Otto had been plain Count Donkeyhead?
    Sunday, 14 October 2007

    Many may remember his name linked with the Olivia Channon scandal, when the young student and daughter of the then trade and industry secretary Paul Channon died of a surfeit of drink and drugs on Von Bismarck's bed in Oxford; or the story of Anthony...

  • Leading article: Pride and joy
    Monday, 15 October 2007

    In the tournament's group phase a few short weeks ago, England appeared to be giving up their 2003 crown without a fight. The 36-0 defeat at the hands of South Africa marked a nadir from which there was no foreseeable way back. Yet back they have com...

  • David Usborne: Our Man In New York
    Monday, 15 October 2007

    Robert Byrd of West Virginia has done even better, recently being honoured with a portrait in the halls of Congress as the longest-serving Senator. He's been at it for 49 years. In a country that celebrates "worker mobility" people who stay put in on...

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