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  • Leading article: The planet's chance of a lifetime
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    None of this comes a moment too soon. In fact it is desperately late. The accumulating scientific evidence, which seems to get more alarming by the day, shows that global warming is proceeding further and faster than anyone expecteed or than the scie...

  • Melanie McDonagh: The David Southall I know is not the man the GMC condemns
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    The case she had in mind was of Mandy Morris, a mother whose son Lee died hanging from a curtain rail. According to Mandy Morris, Southall had wrongly accused her of drugging and killing Lee. Almost as shocking was the case that caused the GMC to ban...

  • David Nobbs: I didn't get where I am today by... disappearing
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    When I wrote the first draft of the novel on which I based the series, Reggie didn't even disappear. His breakdown led him to a mental home. This didn't work at all. If a character is going mad, the worst place a writer can send him to is a mental ho...

  • Leading article: A case that confirms some of our worst fears about supermarkets
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    The accusations relate to arrangements to fix the price of milk, butter and cheese during 2002 and 2003. According to an OFT inquiry, retail prices were raised by as much as 60p for a pound of butter and 30p for a pound of cheese. Customers were told...

  • Sophie Heawood: Bye, Parky. Again. Promise you won't change your mind?
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    Not that the veteran broadcaster is dying, as far as we know; just retiring from the telly. And the radio. For a bit. "After 25 years of doing my talk show, I have decided that this forthcoming series will be my last," he announced earlier in the yea...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    Is the same happening again? It is no secret that David Abrahams and Jon Mendelsohn, the key players in the present "Donorgate" crisis, are Jewish. 'The Jewish Chronicle' says it fears an "anti-Semitic backlash", and 'Independent on Sunday' reader Je...

  • The Weasel: It's a kinda magic
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    “Sir, can you examine these five solid rings?” One of the performers at the 36th Annual International Magic Convention admitted the antique nature of the entertainment: “We’re the second oldest profession.” Before we took our seats for the Gala Show ...

  • Letters: Japanese war crimes
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    Admittedly, your article did make it quite plain that Mr Mizoshima is on the "lunatic fringe" of Japanese neo-nationalism, but nowhere did it emphasise the sheer quantity of eyewitness evidence that the Imperial Japanese Army did commit war crimes, a...

  • Leading article: The moral shame of these 'techniques'
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    But this will not do. When the CIA was being investigated two years ago by the US Congress over a secret detention programme, the agency repeatedly denied that such tapes existed. It is now effectively admitting that it lied to Congress. In addition,...

  • Andrew Simms: Adam Smith was right... businesses can't help colluding
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    News that Asda, Safeway (now Morrisons) and Sainsbury have been found guilty of price fixing on a range of dairy products, and that Tesco and Morrisons are still under investigation, completes a historical arc. Few people would have been surprised to...

  • Leading article: Without a paddle
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    With the sons now threatening to disown their parents, it is now coming full circle as a family tragedy of another sort. You couldn't make it up nor, it appears, indefinitely, could the Darwins. Before long, the rules of sub judice will return the fa...

  • Boyd Tonkin: btw
    Saturday, 8 December 2007

    We wouldn't want potential visitors to the London Games getting the idea that they might come to a backward-looking hidebound land, would we? Heaven forbid they might find the sort of place where the Prime Minister is an Old Etonian stockbroker's son...

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