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Saturday, 10 November 2007

  • Leading article: Renew the Military Covenant - in full
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    This is an important warning to Gordon Brown. Lord Guthrie is one of the patrons of the UK National Defence Association launched last week. Formed to campaign for higher defence spending, the association is part of a growing movement demanding that t...

  • A British Soldier: You can't go into battle equipped with pride alone
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    Fusilier Gentle, of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, was just a month into his tour of Iraq. He died because the electronic counter-measures (ECM) which would have jammed the signal that activated the bomb that killed him was lying on the shelf of a log...

  • Max Hastings: To today's soldier, war is every bit as bad as the Somme
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    One of the curiosities of war, and our attitudes to it, is that in each conflict norms of experience, and perhaps also of soldiers' tolerance of it, prove to be different. Objectively, it might be said that the action which caused that Welsh lance co...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: When leaders lie, children die
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    Not this tide. "When d'you think that he'll come back?" Not with this wind blowing, and this tide... Nothing Rudyard Kipling ever wrote was more moving than the poem that begins with these lines, and whose title, "My Boy Jack", is borrowe...

  • Leading article: These poignant symbols of the endless agonies of war
    Saturday, 10 November 2007

    "In Flanders fields the poppies grow, between the crosses, row on row." The Queen, the Prime Minister and various dignitaries from around the Commonwealth will lay wreaths representing the crimson flowers at the Cenotaph on Whitehall to honour the hu...

  • Arabella Weir: The invisible woman, and other tales of the workplace
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    A female director in a service sector such as retail or business earns an average of £57,000 compared with more than £70,000 for her male colleague, the Institute of Directors' findings showed. The institute's own director described the findings as "...

  • Ian Blair's Diary: I burnt the toast, but I'm staying to make the changes needed
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    "What on earth are you doing?" says my wife, from upstairs. "Operational details cannot be divulged to the public," I reply. "But it is possible that the nuts were in the wrong place at the wrong time." Making my wife breakfast, I burn the toast. It ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    In its final report before the new commission took over, the Commission for Racial Equality said: "Thirty years after the Race Relations Act, and despite its status as the fifth largest economy in the world, Britain is still a place of inequality, ex...

  • John Sutherland: A writer with a love of boxing, booze and broads
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    He entered Harvard and graduated just in time to enlist. Rifleman Mailer saw enough action in the Pacific to furnish raw material for The Naked and the Dead (1948). In it Mailer daringly reproduced the actual language of soldiers. The Anglo-Saxon wor...

  • Letters: Raptor shooting
    Saturday, 10 November 2007

    As a countryman, I share NE's passion about the hen harrier. I am certain that NE have acted in good faith throughout this saga. However, some facts vindicate the CPS's decision. The hen harrier is only a rare migratory visitor to west Norfolk. On th...

  • Leading article: When failure brings great riches
    Saturday, 10 November 2007

    American investment banks are supposed to be ruthless organisations that will fire failing employees with no notice, no regrets and no compassion. That will no doubt be the deal when the rounds of redundancies ripple out to hit the Porsche-driving cl...

  • Anthony Scrivener QC: Publicity may jeopardise fresh trial
    Saturday, 10 November 2007

    This gave a prosecutor power to quash a person's acquittal and order a retrial. Such an application could be made only with the written consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions and was subject to stringent conditions: the two most important are...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out of America
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    More or less ever since 9/11, its progress has resembled the theatre. Disbelief has been suspended, as debts and deficits piled up, yet no one was required to pay for them. Everyone could borrow and spend, seemingly without end. But not even the migh...

  • Leading article: Well iNever
    Saturday, 10 November 2007

    Some 1.4 million of these handsets have been offloaded in the US already. After the massively successful iPod, Apple seems to have developed another winner. So the big question is: what next for Apple and its high priest, Steve Jobs? How about a chai...

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