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  • Leading article: Right decision, wrong reason
    Sunday, 7 October 2007

    There was a plausible case for an election when Mr Brown became Prime Minister three months ago, on the grounds that the country's leadership had changed. But it was hard to argue that it was democratically necessary. David Cameron was guilty of the ...

  • Jim White: Oh father, where art thou?
    Sunday, 7 October 2007

    One Sunday morning last season, my son and I arrived at a park pitch well before the kick-off in his under-15s match. A game was under way on a smaller pitch running alongside the one on which his team was due to play. As we watched, it quickly becam...

  • Martyn Gregory: Al-Fayed can't rewrite the death of Diana
    Sunday, 7 October 2007

    Had Diana never met the Fayeds, she would not have been killed in that awful car crash 10 years ago, unless the jury chooses to believe Mohamed al-Fayed's version of events, which, evidence-free, is that the Duke of Edinburgh organised Diana and Dodi...

  • Leading article: Volatile voters, resurgent Tories and the decision to call an election
    Saturday, 6 October 2007

    At the same time, Mr Brown undermined his carefully crafted new image. His surprise visit to Iraq to announce troop withdrawals in the middle of the Tory conference seemed a rather unstatesmanlike stunt. The flurry of government activity before the r...

  • Stan Hey: A glorious day to stir England's sporting heart
    Sunday, 7 October 2007

    Hamilton had endured a nervous week with a potential disqualification lingering over from last week's Japanese Grand Prix, while the Racing Post reckoned that England had "a Cat in hell's chance" (a pun on late-replacement fly-half Mike Catt) althoug...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 7 October 2007

    1.Is there a difference between opinion polls and market research? Definitely, say the pollsters. Each has a different purpose. But with a former PR man at the helm of the Tory party, you may wonder. 2. Can a sample of 1,000 people really be represen...

  • Letters: Justice in Russia
    Saturday, 6 October 2007

    Though 10 suspects were arrested in August 2007, none has yet been charged and the case remains unresolved. Statements by the Russian Prosecutor General that the killings were masterminded by people living overseas have been greeted with the sceptici...

  • Leading article: Ignominy in Afghanistan
    Saturday, 6 October 2007

    That we were right to support America against its enemies seemed obvious then and is still defensible today. What has not gone right, in Afghanistan as in Iraq, is our role as an occupying power widely seen as a Western prop to a largely discredited ...

  • George Galloway: Should Che be an icon? Yes
    Saturday, 6 October 2007

    He inspires all the more intensely since he could have lived a prosperous bourgeois life as an Argentine dentist. Instead, and despite asthma, he chose a life of action, a motorcycle diarist, a comandante in a triumphant Cuban revolutionary army, a g...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out of America
    Sunday, 7 October 2007

    In Iraq, Blackwater's most important task is to protect State Department personnel in the central region around Baghdad. Over the past couple of years it has been paid $832m (£407m) to do the job, and in one sense has performed impeccably. Though doz...

  • Leading article: Lese-majesty
    Saturday, 6 October 2007

    It also stuck in the craw somewhat to hear the BBC's director-general Mark Thompson moralising and pointing out that "serious mistakes were made". Maybe so, but it is curious that most of the managers that have paid a price so far for the TV trust cr...

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