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Saturday, 20 October 2007

  • Leading article: Yet more bloodshed on a country's chequered passage to democracy
    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    What happens next depends in part on who ordered the blasts, and why. Was the intention to kill the returning former prime minister, or to intimidate? Was it to destabilise President Pervez Musharraf by provoking civil strife or perhaps to strengthen...

  • Leading article: A triumph, after all, for doggedness
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    England now needs to assess whether the rugby team succeeded, but then ultimately failed, by being too true to our nature. As a country, we don’t do flair; it’s too much like dads dancing at discos. And flamboyance is at odds with our temperament, wh...

  • Leading article: The European disunion
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    Once it is accepted that beyond a certain level of constitutional importance a referendum is justified, it becomes difficult – and sounds defensive – to argue that this threshold has not been breached. It only confuses matters further to point out th...

  • Sarah Sands: I know what drove the Catnapper of Bramley Crescent
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    Call me Michael Mansfield, defender of the indefensible. For the mystery catnapper of Bramley Crescent, Southampton, may be the most hated person in Britain this weekend but his (let us assume it is a male, for a woman who dislikes cats is a crime ag...

  • D J Taylor: Room 101 via Tittybangbang
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    These included the comedy series Tittybangbang, an enticing-sounding documentary entitled My Man Boobs and Me and, not least, something called F**k Off, I'm a Hairy Woman. Did Sir Michael really think, Randall proposed, that this was the kind of thin...

  • Leigh & Woodhouse: Mark my words
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    Black hole Alistair Darling has located a black hole in Conservative spending plans (he used exactly the same wording for similar discoveries made during the 2001 and 2005 election campaigns). All the Chancellor means is that the figures may not quit...

  • Stephen Bubb: Memories of Benazir from the 'Bollinger Bolshevik'
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    Dynamic, personable, with great charisma and a huge sense of humour, she had a wide circle of friends. She became a very successful president of the Oxford Union, dealing with errant behaviour with a mix of patrician sternness and humour. There was a...

  • Hero or Villain?: Smug he may be. A pedant, certainly. But a snarling poodle of the BNP? Never!
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    Amis père was labelled a misogynist and a homophobe for his efforts. His son is currently being vilified as an Islamaphobe. In an interview on Channel Four News, Amis declared: "I feel morally superior to Islamists, by some distance. I feel an intel...

  • Nirpal Dhaliwal: This is not the raving of a deluded old man
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    The 79-year-old said he was "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 issued an apology and admit...

  • Michael Williams: So when is a news story not a news story? Discuss
    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    I thought about this after a grumpy email last week from reader Mary Donaldson in Girvan, Ayrshire, who writes: "The report on your front page last week 'revealing' the link between smoking and cot death was hardly a revelation to me. I am a nurse wo...

  • Letters: Separation and the courts
    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    The situation is even bleaker than merely a failure to promote mediation. Because of recent changes in public funding, about 40 per cent of mediation providers, mainly in the not-for-profit sector, are under threat. Meanwhile, at the same time, as yo...

  • Leading article: An inspiring tale of sporting redemption
    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    And then there is England. It is worth bearing in mind that if Brian Ashton's men lose this evening, they will still have accomplished something remarkable. Their tournament has already been a scarcely credible tale of sporting redemption. They began...

  • James Lawton: A temporary statue to Jonny in London. A more permanent monument in Paris?
    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    Indeed, the nearly century-old pointed finger of the Great War recruiter Lord Kitchener might, in less martial days, have been drawn with the 28-year-old injury-ravaged hero especially in mind as he goes into his second World Cup final of rugby, agai...

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