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  • Leading article: Time for a fresh start on GM
    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    When we began our campaign, 60 per cent of the food on British supermarket shelves contained GM ingredients. Today there are only two products. Public opinion has spoken and the market has responded. Few people want to eat GM. They have made up their...

  • Andrew Martin: Hats off to Rod, who has success and a model railway
    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    I thought of a piece I wrote about the late Roye England, who always wore a mac, a beret and shorts, who went to church every day, lived on Crunchies and black bananas and who, along with the men who were his disciples, created the beautiful model ra...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Late arrivals at the Hotel Protest
    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    As I don't aspire to be a music boffin, I will leave debates about the Eagles' musical merits to the experts; all I know is that it was with some cheeriness that I read of the release, this week, of their first studio album in more than 20 years. Lon...

  • Gabrielle Rifkind: This dialogue of the deaf is making war more likely
    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    Diplomacy is currently framed around carrot and stick. There is some engagement, but there is also a process of demonisation on both sides. The US has designated the foreign wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation. The Ira...

  • Leading article: A counter-productive display of international machismo
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    Although they may prove painful to the regime in Tehran, targeting as they do banks and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, they are unlikely to prove either effective or useful. The US has imposed various forms of commercial sanctions on Iran over the ...

  • Joss Garman: Brown as Dr No is a threat to the world, not just 007
    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    Last week we learned from leaked Whitehall documents that Gordon Brown's great clunking fist is seeking to grip the hand of Poland's climate-sceptic president in a union designed to kill a vital global warming deal. Brown's predecessor was far from p...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    Personally, I think it's a good idea. 'Roos are low in fat and high in protein. Travelling across Australia, I consumed the nation's most prolific marsupial as fillet and carbonade, as carpaccio and salami. I'd particularly recommend "National Emblem...

  • Wersha Bharadwa: If girls get a raw deal, of course they want to be Wags
    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    I can almost hear the cries of disgust from those who cannot stomach the idea of women living a fabulously and unashamedly wealthy life on the back of their hard-working partners. Nothing is subtle about the war waged on Wags, with their fake tans, £...

  • Letters: Contraception and abortion
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    If anything, the evidence in the 1960s was that, as a result of rising use of contraception, fewer abortions were done after the reform of the abortion law than before it. The good-news statistic is that 90 per cent of legal abortions are now done th...

  • Leading article: Brick Lane's fighting spirit
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    But, in fact, the outcry on the street itself has been muted. British Bangladeshis are clearly less panicked by this tale of female empowerment than many assumed. Indeed, far from regarding the film's subject matter as a slur, the street's residents ...

  • Antony Worrall Thompson: They'll write anything for effect
    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    One failing is that I don't think enough attention is paid to a restaurant's atmosphere. For critics it's just about food, and they don't say why it's buzzy or busy. In today's voyeuristic society, a lot of people don't just go to a restaurant for th...

  • Leading article: Rat-like cunning
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    Yet it could be worse. Contrary to the stereotype, rats are clean creatures, spending a third of their waking lives grooming. They're not fussy eaters either. Children could learn a lot from these creatures. Parents have actually got off lightly. Per...

  • John Lichfield: Who rules the world? France, of course
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    This discovery explains many things. It explains why Nicolas Sarkozy thinks he rules the world, even if he no longer reigns supreme in the heart of his ex-wife. It explains why President Sarkozy decided this week to save the planet by building fewer ...

  • Allan Massie: I was wrong, Salmond was right - this is a more contented country
    Saturday, 27 October 2007

    Scotland may not have been been transformed into a land flowing with milk and honey, but it's a more contented place than it was and we seem a people more at ease with ourselves. We have a SNP minority government and the roof hasn't fallen in. Instea...

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