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  • Leading article: Britain must look beyond the opt-outs and red lines
    Thursday, 18 October 2007

    This summit has long been seen as a crunch point for the Union, a test of both purpose and nerve. So we should start by hailing the achievement. For the EU to be considering the final draft of a shorter, less ambitious treaty so soon after the refere...

  • Steve Connor: This is not a black and white issue
    Thursday, 18 October 2007

    Jim Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, is no racist. I have met him several times and believe that his words, as quoted in a Sunday newspaper last weekend, are more of a reflection of a scientist who wants open and honest debate than ...

  • Leading article: A new leader must create space for the third party
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    But a certain fractiousness was already apparent. Lord Ashdown tried to pour oil on troubled waters by describing Sir Menzies' departure as "a selfless act by an honourable man who put his party first". Before the day was out, however, he was contrad...

  • Mark Oaten: Ming went because we didn't know what to do next
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    We have been through this process all too recently. Last time around, our leader had been clinging on to power and MPs were paralysed with guilt and nervousness over wielding the knife. But this time, things are different.I don't sense any great queu...

  • Letters: Drug laws
    Thursday, 18 October 2007

    In the last six of 25 years of general practice in a rural community in Wiltshire four young patients of mine died as a result of heroin use. They would be alive today if they had had legal and safe access to their heroin. Many more young lives that ...

  • Leading article: Unacceptable inadequacies
    Thursday, 18 October 2007

    The latest Ofsted report shows some evidence of improvement. The number of secondary schools judged to be inadequate has fallen from 13 per cent to 10 per cent. Some 14 per cent of schools are judged outstanding, up by three percentage points from la...

  • Katherine Butler: Chance for PM to change broken record
    Thursday, 18 October 2007

    Listen to the language. He will "warn" and "tell" and "demand", and "draw lines in the sand". And, when his EU partners have wearily "conceded" defeat, handing him the "red lines" and "opt-outs" that they never wanted to deny him in the first place, ...

  • Letters: Lib Dem leadership
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    Since Sir Menzies was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats the media (including newspapers and radio stations which usually pride themselves on serious news coverage) have fallen into using some astounding ageist language and attitudes to diminish...

  • Leading article: A betrayal of principle
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    It is worth reminding ourselves why these restrictions were imposed in the first place. They were an outraged response to the massacre in the city of Andijan on 13 May 2005. The Government says 187 "terrorists" died on that day. Human rights groups c...

  • Richard Miller: Ending poverty
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    Such collaboration is key to ActionAid's approach. We work in local communities worldwide, listening to poor people and learning about their needs. We help them approach decision makers in their own countries, simultaneously lobbying powerful institu...

  • Simon Calder: Age-old miracle of a thousand Irish welcomes
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    For a teenager fresh off the boat from Wales (£3 each way), the Guinness brewery was little short of miraculous – as was the welcome in what was still a strange land. In Killorglin, Co Kerry, I stumbled into the middle of the Puck Fair, a manifestati...

  • Boyd Tonkin: The Gathering: a bleak and bitter work of art
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    The Dublin writer's fourth novel will never rank as the best loved of Man Booker winners, whether with the punters who rooted for Ian McEwan or Lloyd Jones, or with those readers who expect an optimistic or uplifting ride. It will certainly not halt ...

  • Leading article: Book biting
    Thursday, 18 October 2007

    Her calm words were in stark contrast to those of the Man Booker chair, Howard Davies, who used the occasion to launch a fierce attack on the literary world. Lambasting critics for their lack of "critical scepticism", he declared that established wri...

  • The Third Leader: Barking stories
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    First things first: and, judging by our Letters Page, readers will be most anxious for the latest on preparations for Christmas. Happily, we have it: following the traditional toy shortage warning, there is now the other one about health, safety and ...

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