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Wednesday, 7 February 2007

  • Leading article: Almost any reform would improve on the status quo
    Thursday, 8 February 2007

    Jack Straw's proposals yesterday will allow MPs to pick a path through that quagmire, providing they make the right choices. But he is right to insist that MPs must rank their reform preferences in order to ensure that a solution is found. Complaints...

  • Patrick Cockburn: It is no use blaming Iran for the insurgency in Iraq
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    The US had already shown its contempt for any diplomatic immunity protecting Iranians in Iraq by arresting five officials in a long-established Iranian office in the Kurdish city of Arbil last month. The White House had earlier authorised US forces t...

  • Sean O'Grady: The industry gets the blame. But consumers keep buying bigger cars
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    It is true that every time the European Commission has proposed new measures to tighten up on emissions, on safety, and on recycling, the powerful motor industry lobby has screeched with anguish, as if the Commission had done something as rash as a h...

  • Letters: Prisons at crisis point
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    Sir: Dominic Lawson ("Addiction is a moral, not a medical, problem", 6 February) is right to identify the 12-step model of addiction treatment as highly successful. It provides both abstinence and recovery. The latter is impossible without the former...

  • The Third Leader: Snow business
    Thursday, 8 February 2007

    I imagine that you, like me, having heard the gloomy, doomy forecasts, spent most of yesterday in concentrated preparation for the white hell. Shovel, check. Ice axe, check. Chains, crampons, distress flares, hardtack biscuits, stock cubes, balaclava...

  • The Third Leader: Comeback kids
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    Twickenham on Saturday was followed by the astonishing feat of our cricket team not only winning again, but making the one-day finals. Miraculous. The Soccer Señors of Spain, as sportswriters used to put it, must now surely be shaking in their boots ...

  • Leading article: A new era of openness? Hardly
    Wednesday, 7 February 2007

    Last year, the Commons tried to resist a request, brought under the Act, that MPs should make all the details of their travel expenses public. The Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, ruled that there was no legitimate reason why such informatio...

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