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Thursday, 8 November 2007

  • Leading article: A president's democratic credentials are on trial
    Friday, 9 November 2007

    Four years on, vast crowds of Georgians have again taken to the streets, but this time to protest against the perceived corruption of President Saakashvili's administration. Yet instead of handing over power like his predecessor, Mr Saakashvili has s...

  • Leading article: An illiberal and ill-judged move by the Prime Minister
    Thursday, 8 November 2007

    Why is Mr Brown pushing a proposal which has been rejected once by MPs and is guaranteed to increase resentment among the Muslim communities, where its effects will be felt most strongly? The public naturally want the Government and the law to be rob...

  • Nick Clegg: We are providing ammunition for terrorists
    Thursday, 8 November 2007

    The Government has decided to continue to push for an extension to pre-charge detention when there is not a shred of evidence that it is necessary. The Home Secretary has admitted she cannot indicate a single case where an extended period of detentio...

  • Letters: Obesity debate
    Friday, 9 November 2007

    In the past fifty years or so, a refined carbohydrate, low fat diet has been promoted. This has been accompanied by an increase in obesity and diabetes. The diet didn't appear to benefit the public, but it definitely benefited the food manufacturers,...

  • Leading article: Overstretched and underfunded
    Friday, 9 November 2007

    Some of this can be put down to the usual complaints of interest groups. There is also a real danger that the cause of the armed services could be diluted rather than promoted by the sheer number of pressure groups that now represent them. The new Na...

  • Katy Guest: The only thing boiling right now is my blood
    Friday, 9 November 2007

    There's something about switching the central heating back on each autumn, as the sky darkens and the nights become chill, that brings with it an atavistic sense of failure. Summer is over, the clocks have turned back, the smell of rotting leaves is ...

  • Letters: Autistic children
    Thursday, 8 November 2007

    Hope for people with autism does not lie in celebrity endorsement and a pretence that autism is normal but in the torrent of medical research pouring out of the United States. A model of autism as a genetic predisposition combined with precipitating ...

  • Leading article: Unnatural selection
    Thursday, 8 November 2007

    The report exposes a disturbing arrogance on the part of the schools. They clearly did not take the appeals system seriously enough. But it also, inevitably, feeds into a bigger debate about the future of the grammar school sector. The Government is ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: This research may bring sanity to the weight debate
    Thursday, 8 November 2007

    This is the important message of Katherine Flegal's research. Waistlines have expanded so far and so fast in the West over the past 20 years that it has created something close to panic. It has been cast as the biggest public health problem that we f...

  • Leading article: What a racket
    Friday, 9 November 2007

    Tennis, however, has remained largely above suspicion. The odd tantrum aside, it's a sport that stands very much at the civilised end of the spectrum, its values enshrined in the quotation from Kipling's "If" at the entrance to the Centre Court at Wi...

  • Leading article: Beyond belief
    Thursday, 8 November 2007

    It's against this background that one must consider the disgruntlement of Elvis Costello, an artist at the forefront of change when he came on the scene in the new-wave era of the late 1970s but who now dislikes what he sees. In questioning the worth...

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