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Sunday, 2 September 2007

  • Leading Article: The Basra endgame and the trading of blame
    Monday, 3 September 2007

    Few now seriously question the substance of the two generals' complaints, which is that the failure of the coalition to engage in "nation-building", meaning reconstruction, immediately after the invasion, opened the way for most of the horrors that h...

  • Leading article: Britain must honour its commitment to our troops
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    What is remarkable about The Independent on Sunday's campaign to hold the Government to account for fulfilling, on behalf of the nation, its part of that solemn contract, is the breadth of support it has attracted. This paper vehemently dissented fr...

  • John Sutherland: The McEwan problem
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    For the past week, every newspaper, billboard and empty space in the country has been plastered with advertisements for the movie Atonement "based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan". Closely based, apparently. McEwan's been advising during prod...

  • Roger Howard: Come what may, the military is in charge
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    Barely a day passes without news of another suicide bombing, kidnapping or assassination. In recent years, militant Islamists – the "Pakistani Taliban" – have overrun whole areas of the North West Frontier. Places once considered an unspoilt paradise...

  • Patrick Mercer: Why must his unit be buried with my brave friend?
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    Another coincidence: yesterday, in 1880, a grateful nation awarded a special medal to mark the savage fighting that led to the relief of Kandahar, a town that's now a household name again. Today, a similar gong has to be the subject of endless media ...

  • The Third Leader: Rugby and the meaning of life
    Monday, 3 September 2007

    Once beyond routine show-me-the-way-to-the-stadium stuff, one is struck by the phrase "Je suis célibataire", for example. As this translates as "I am unmarried", one wonders with what circumstances in mind this came to be included in a "survival" kit...

  • Letters: Middle East
    Monday, 3 September 2007

    Sir: I have few equals in my admiration of the nous and wit of Howard Jacobson, but he makes a great mistake in castigating Robert Fisk's comments about the tragedy of dispossession (1 September). It is precisely because the Jews have returned to a l...

  • Leading Article: Prison is not the place for children
    Monday, 3 September 2007

    But if the call by the chair of the Criminal Bar Association to increase the age at which children go to trial falls by the wayside, it will be a pity, for our current approaching is not working. It is not especially "soft" either. With one of the lo...

  • Charles Nevin: Where is the merry cheer of yesteryear?
    Monday, 3 September 2007

    We need something to cheer us up. Sadly, comedy is going through one of its sardonic, at best rueful, phases. There is a general shortfall in geniality. Where are the cheery, cheeky chappies of yesterday? Sir Norman Wisdom has made his last bow, and ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    Also condemned as "pretentious" in 'Faux Pas?', by Philip Gooden, is this offering from the 'IoS': "'Grandes horizontales' throughout history have been amongst the most celebrated of 'saloniers'." In this double dose of what my old Scouse news editor...

  • Vicki Woods: In the iconography of Diana there is one look that even she couldn't pull off
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    All I know is that Diana's face will never be off the telly or out of the papers. Her latterday pictures, vibrant, clean and beautiful, are still eminently recyclable, poor woman. So are the unfluffed, unstyled ones when she was very young. Only the ...

  • Andrew Martin: Come clean, Keef, you're a closet teetotaller
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    If Keith Richards ever tried to sue someone for saying he was drunk, then... well, he'd need a pretty sympathetic jury. His reputation for manfully withstanding intoxicants is such that the rock journalist Nick Kent said that if he ever met Keith Ric...

  • John Mortimer: A drunken barrister has no defence
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    Is the case of a barrister accused of drunkenly exposing himself in front of guests at a wedding celebration typical legal behaviour? Self-exposure has, thankfully, not yet become a habit round the Old Bailey, but the place is not entirely free from ...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out Of America
    Sunday, 2 September 2007

    Sacco and Vanzetti is the case that never goes away. At the time, their executions on 23 August 1927 caused massive demonstrations and gigantic front-page headlines in newspapers around the world – and even now, although we may not be sure why, we st...

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