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Monday, 8 October 2007

  • Leading article: Authority cannot be rebuilt in a day
    Tuesday, 9 October 2007

    The Downing Street press conference was lacklustre. Mr Brown knew it; the assembled reporters knew it. The Prime Minister tried to look stoical, as though he knew this was an ordeal he had to suffer, having largely precipitated it himself. His answer...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Tasmanian Devils
    Tuesday, 9 October 2007

    First, only in January 2006 was this practice, by the state institution Forestry Tasmania, stopped on state-owned forests. Second, it is not specifically to kill rabbits (an introduced pest) but rather the local populations of any herbivore that migh...

  • Leading article: The mouse that roared
    Tuesday, 9 October 2007

    Sir Martin, Professor of Mammalian Genetics at Cardiff University, is one of the founders of stem cell research. In the late 1970s he demonstrated that cells taken from a mouse embryo could be removed and grown separately in a laboratory. Meanwhile, ...

  • Sean O'Grady: It's the Lib Dems who are the real casualties
    Tuesday, 9 October 2007

    Do you see what I mean? It bears a fairly close resemblance to Ming. At New Year 2006, the former deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats (arguably) betrayed his chief, Charles Kennedy (though Charlie didn't do himself any favours round the bars of Et...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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