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Sunday, 21 October 2007

  • Leading Article: The PM must stop justifying the treaty and start to sell it
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    The danger is rather that Mr Brown will fail to put the business of a referendum on the European treaty behind him – to achieve "closure" on the issue – and that the Tory campaign for a vote will not lose momentum. Having closed ranks in demanding a ...

  • Letters: Legal-aid lawyers
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    Sir: You report that "Divorce lawyers 'put fees before clients' " (16 October). While the National Audit Office may well have found that in one-third of cases family lawyers failed to advise their separating or divorcing clients about the availabilit...

  • Leading Article: Turkey should not be left to go it alone
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    The generals have been angling for this at least since May, when the Kurdistan Workers' Party intensified its policy of goading the Turkish military through pinprick attacks. Back then, the Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan – no great friend of the gener...

  • The Third Leader: A royal lineage of conspiracy theories
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    Sounds familiar? No, for once we are not talking about the Princess of Wales. We are talking about the Pharoah of Egypt, Tutankhamun – that other fascinating royal personage cut off in the prime of life. The Princess of Wales has two children to put ...

  • Susie Rushton: Out and About
    Monday, 22 October 2007

    Me: Guess where I'm going tomorrow night? The UK Best Bum Finals. "Friend": Oh, are you a judge? Me: No... "F": So why are you going then? Me: Aren't you even going to bother pretending that I might be up for the big prize? "F": No. I was never going...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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