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  • Leading article: The case for an inquiry is stronger than ever
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    Mrs Gentle and Mrs Clarke contend that the second article of the Human Rights Act, which guarantees the right to life, obliges the Government to take reasonable steps to ensure that its service personnel do not face the risk of death except in lawful...

  • Leading article: The stench of blackmail
    Monday, 11 February 2008

    Again, we see the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, insisting politics plays no part in this row and maintaining if Ukraine paid its bills, Russia would not be threatening dire measures. Perhaps. Of course there is a financial aspect to the Ukrainian s...

  • Leading article: Parliament must put its house in order – and quickly
    Monday, 11 February 2008

    Indeed, this stipend appears to have been diverted towards all sorts of purchases, ranging from new kitchens to iPods. MPs admit they use the money to pay for the mortgage on a third property, which they rent out and can sell upon retirement for a th...

  • Leading article: A European Union call to arms
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    It is a well chosen battle. A text sent from a mobile phone while abroad costs around 21p, compared with 5.6p in Britain. And downloading one megabyte of information can set a user back £4.11 on the Continent, as opposed to £1.50 in the UK. There is ...

  • Paul Vallely: Clumsy maybe, but not sorry
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    The first task was a relatively easy one, as was demonstrated by the intense warmth of the applause which greeted his arrival at the Synod. Looking uncomfortable, he waved his arms to quieten the clapping but had to do so twice before he began to spe...

  • Letters: MPs' expenses
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    There are costs that people encounter when they have to stay away from home. Many organisations provide an overnight allowance and leave it up to people to work out how to spend this. If Parliament paid for a one-bedroom furnished flat for each MP an...

  • Leading article: Two wheels good
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    This will apparently be spent on a massive network of "cycle super highways" to cut across London and a "hire-and-ride" bike scheme (based on the extraordinarily successful Paris "Velib" example). It all sounds excellent. But one cannot help wonderin...

  • Robert Verkaik: A threat to US relations with Britain
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    Britain is opposed to capital punishment and has been increasingly critical of the treatment of prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay. Both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have called for the closure of the prison camp at the US naval base in Cuba which still...

  • Robert Verkaik: Dispensing with your lawyer can prove costly
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    Most unrepresented members of the public fall at the first hurdle and fail to prove they have an arguable case. In the majority of first-instance cases, there is little flexibility in law and a judge's hands are tied by clear statutes. To try to over...

  • Anne Penketh: Nobel winner and voice of protest throughout years of oppression
    Tuesday, 12 February 2008

    His first appearance before the UN Security Council was in 1975, before the annexation of the territory the following year which was never recognised by the UN. I met Mr Ramos-Horta in the 1990s, when he was still lobbying the UN for a referendum on ...

  • Letters: Home schooling
    Monday, 11 February 2008

    The one aspect of the article that surprised me was that her action was described as "extreme". Home education is nothing of the kind. The psychologist Frank Smith in The Book of Learning and Forgetting chronicles how the current schooling model has ...

  • Jonathan Raban: We are fighting the wrong battles
    Monday, 11 February 2008

    Recounting a conversation with a friend, a white woman said that, after so many decades of the struggle for women's rights, it was disheartening and unfair that Hillary Clinton's historic candidacy was in danger of being derailed by that of the first...

  • Sarah Churchwell: Abortion is sometimes the happiest ending
    Monday, 11 February 2008

    As many have noticed, Juno is only the latest in a recent spate of American films in which young women coping with unplanned pregnancies take the "totally selfless" route and keep their babies, including last summer's box office hit Knocked Up, and c...

  • Leading article: Tasteless predictions
    Monday, 11 February 2008

    Champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, CBS anchor Harry Smith and our own Doris Lessing are some of the Cassandras grimly predicting a President Obama is bound to go the same way as John F Kennedy. Hopkins said: "They won't let him become President, but if ...

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