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Sunday, 7 October 2007

  • Leading article: A shambolic episode and a self-inflicted wound
    Monday, 8 October 2007

    In his BBC interview yesterday, Mr Brown could not admit publicly that the polls were a factor. He was in another trap. To make a public admission would have been a humiliation too far. In not making it, Mr Brown displayed a lack of candour that was ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Dolphins no danger
    Monday, 8 October 2007

    I have yet to see anyone being injured by them, and have only heard and seen evidence of minor cuts and bruises, with the exception of the case of Tiao. On the contrary, these unique animals have given immense pleasure to those lucky enough to see th...

  • Deborah Ross: How (not) to be a Domestic Goddess
    Monday, 8 October 2007

    The Club also, by the way, abhors the Dyson. This was decided at the last AGM because the fact that it is funky, and won't lose suction, doesn't make it any better and you can't fool us. Minutes from the last AGM are available on request, but only af...

  • Leading article: Negligence and waste
    Monday, 8 October 2007

    The NHS Litigation Authority, which is responsible for handling negligence claims made against the health service, argues that the rise in payments does not mean obstetricians are becoming less professional, but that compensation claims are becoming ...

  • John Curtice: Why the Cameron comeback deflated the Brown bounce
    Monday, 8 October 2007

    Now, just a week later, that same rolling average puts the Conservatives neck and neck with Labour, enough of a turnaround to ensure Mr Cameron did not have to face the voters at all. Instead, it was Gordon Brown who feared an election. While Labour ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Personal shopper
    Monday, 8 October 2007

    But could the backlash against the "clone town" effect be starting? A report from the Work Foundation points out that towns that do more to support independent retailers and attempt to cultivate a unique image are not only more pleasing to the eye, t...

  • John Lichfield: Our Man in Bayeux
    Monday, 8 October 2007

    They were rebuilt in functional, Legoland style just after the war, preserving only glimpses of the medieval riches which had been passed down through the centuries. The lucky exception, the great survivor, was the small town of Bayeux, which had the...

  • 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...

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