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  • Leading article: Time we opted-in to a more humane system
    Monday, 14 January 2008

    The problem lies in the issue of consent. Nearly three-quarters of the British public claim they would be willing to donate their organs in the event of a fatal accident or premature death. But only a quarter of us are on the register giving our expl...

  • Leading article: Hain must go. No ifs, no buts
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    The most severe penalty the Commissioner can impose would be to suspend Mr Hain from membership of the Commons. By convention, he would not continue to serve as a minister if he were censured in this way. But the Prime Minister could save time, embar...

  • Gordon MacKerron: This way is more likely to leave us in the dark
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    On the one hand, the Government tells us that nuclear power is essential. On the other, it eschews subsidies and says it will wait and see whether or not the private sector submits any proposals. But the chances of major private sector proposals are ...

  • Mark Booth: The book is dead. Long live Facebook!
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    The evidence in 2008, however, suggests that book reading is in decline. I have worked in publishing for some 25 years and have also recently published a book of my own, conscious that it may be one of the last books. I think some people in the busin...

  • Letters: Preventative medicine
    Monday, 14 January 2008

    Very few medical interventions actually prevent disease, immunisations being a rare example of ones that do – they merely modify the progression of disease risk factors. So the statins and aspirin taken to "prevent" cardiovascular disease in fact del...

  • Leading article: Blogging for freedom
    Monday, 14 January 2008

    Fouad al-Farhan, Saudi's most popular blogger, was arrested in Jeddah last month. It hardly came as a surprise. Mr al-Farhan, who wrote under his real name, had made his reputation railing against the corruption of the Saudi royal family. He had prev...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    "Don't you realise that this young woman is also an addict? And why publish a set of humiliating pictures – obviously taken when she had lost control? This hardly chimes in with your Mental Health Campaign – which I thought was aimed at improving the...

  • Sophie Heawood: Hilda Ogden: an Audrey Hepburn for the Noughties
    Sunday, 13 January 2008

    Yet Corrie Chic is the new inspiration for Amy Winehouse, who this week ditched her bedraggled black beehive, cut her hair, bleached it and wrapped it up in a nice Hilda Ogden headscarf. And Hilda Ogden herself, or rather, 81-year-old Jean Alexander,...

  • Leading article: Green-blooded
    Monday, 14 January 2008

    But the Save Siena group has an unusually patrician, British flavour. It is being organised by the grandson of Lord Lambton and has attracted the support of a smattering of Guinnesses, Heskeths and other scions of London society. The group held their...

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