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Thursday, 18 October 2007

  • Leading article: Bad news: the axe has fallen in the wrong places
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    Now we, the licence-payers, and the unhappy staff at the BBC, know the worst. And the worst is pretty bad, though not for the self-serving reasons the likes of John Humphrys, Jeremy Paxman and their more lowly colleagues brandished in advance. There ...

  • James Watson: To question genetic intelligence is not racism
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    Rarely more so than right now, where I find myself at the centre of a storm of criticism. I can understand much of this reaction. For if I said what I was quoted as saying, then I can only admit that I am bewildered by it. To those who have drawn the...

  • Katherine Butler: Defiance makes her a prime target for the extremists
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    While it was too early to identify who was responsible, the list of people who would like to kill her is extremely long. Her gender alone would make her a target for some militant Islamists. Several groups, including pro-Taliban militants, had issued...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: EU referendum
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    The irony is that it was the British who, wishing the EU to remain a mere "free trade area", led the wideners to victory over Old Europe's deepeners. Furthermore, our three mainstream political parties favour Turkey's entry. A referendum on the new t...

  • Leading article: An unworthy intervention
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    Dr Watson stated at the weekend that he is "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa... because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really". He went on to ...

  • Drinking and social class: who's counting?
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    The news is frightening, say the scientists, because at levels like this drinkers may increase their risk of developing "certain types of cancers" and unspecified liver problems. Which is where the well-meaning medics lose our interest. Talking about...

  • 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, ...

  • The Third Leader: Grey matter
    Friday, 19 October 2007

    Human supremacists will ask The Dolphin Question – if they're so smart, how come they're doing tricks for us? I will merely point them in the direction of the world of Light Entertainment before noting the increasing signs – attacks and killings – th...

  • 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...

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