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Saturday, 3 November 2007

  • Leading article: London's police deserve a new leader
    Sunday, 4 November 2007

    This requires us to scrape away the less relevant mud that has been hurled at him since he took the job in February 2005. He has been accused of all manner of failings, many listed by Brian Coleman, a Conservative member of the London Assembly, in to...

  • Brian Coleman: Spare no pity for Sir Ian Blair, a most political policeman
    Sunday, 4 November 2007

    I realised then what a politician London's new Police Commissioner was, an impression compounded a few months later when Sir Ian was among those who rang MPs to lobby for government proposals for 90 days' detention for terrorist suspects. Six months ...

  • Sarah Sands: The trouble with Heather
    Sunday, 4 November 2007

    Heather has been mocked for comparing herself to Diana, Princess of Wales, and to Kate McCann, but there are genuine parallels. Earl Spencer spoke with bitter bemusement at his sister's funeral. "I don't think she ever understood why her genuinely go...

  • Leading article: Bargain-hunters may be happy, but a strong pound has its downsides
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    The weak dollar is excellent news for visitors to the United States, and will naturally encourage Christmas shoppers to cross the ocean. Clothes and electronic goods, generally cheaper in the US anyway, will seem even greater bargains for us European...

  • Professor Roger Williams: Health consequences are too serious to be ignored
    Sunday, 4 November 2007

    George Best used to say to me how awful it was to see young people drinking. He was concerned that teenagers were drinking and having their lives affected as a result. We need more alcohol treatment facilities in this country and a greater awareness ...

  • Tariq Ali: Pakistan takes yet another step into the dark night
    Sunday, 4 November 2007

    General Pervez Musharraf ruled the country with a civilian façade, but his power base was limited to the army. And it was the army Chief of Staff who declared the emergency, suspended the 1973 constitution, took all non-government TV channels off the...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 4 November 2007

    Indeed, it would be possible to make a good living from it, as has Lynne Truss, author of the best-selling 'Eats, Shoots & Leaves'. Now the self-styled 'Queen of Punctuation' has written a book for children, which aims to do for youngsters' appre...

  • Letters: Saudi Arabia
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    Innocent British subjects were accused and held in draconian conditions for something they were not responsible for, one sentenced to death. Others were humiliated and forced to confess in order to deflect the blame from a government totally out of t...

  • Leading article: Snowflakes and scare-mongering
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    "Keep elevating the threat. Talk about Somalia and the Philippines," Mr Rumsfeld urged in April 2006 as Iraq fell apart and eminent former generals broke cover to demand his resignation. "Make the American people realise they are surrounded in the wo...

  • Simona Farcas: I am so angry with these displays of ignorance and intolerance
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    I was with an Italian family the other day and the elderly grandmother held an apple in front of my face and asked me, in all seriousness: "Do you know what this is? Do they have apples were you come from." When there is a burglary or petty crime, it...

  • Nick Clegg: No, Blair does not deserve to keep his position
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    But this court case has revealed a succession of operational errors in the hours leading up to Jean Charles' death, and when something serious goes wrong in an organisation, someone must be held to account. Sir Ian Blair's position is now untenable, ...

  • Jennifer Jones: Yes, Blair does deserve to keep his position
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    Blair has established a beat police team in every neighbourhood and started to bring back the community-based policing that really connects with people. His record on equality is also strong, especially for women officers. He has pushed through major...

  • Leading article: Feathered facts
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    Such a comprehensive survey is overdue. The last bird census on this scale was conducted 20 years ago. More than 250 species of birds populate our islands, and we need reliable figures to judge how their numbers are being affected by the changing cli...

  • Boyd Tonkin: btw
    Saturday, 3 November 2007

    * For all the flak the Saudi royal visit caught, virtually no critic made clear that the kingdom's funding of export-strength extremism began as a policy to appease fundamentalists after the terrible blunders of 1979, when jihadis stormed the Grand M...

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