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  • Leading article: Our right to privacy, unless guilty of a crime
    Thursday, 28 February 2008

    Since a change in the law in 2001, the police have been routinely fingerprinting and taking DNA samples from everyone they arrest - regardless of age, the seriousness of the alleged offence, or even whether the suspect is subsequently convicted. The ...

  • Leading article: The nation should kick this expensive drug habit
    Wednesday, 27 February 2008

    Since they emerged two decades ago as a new, safe, chemical remedy for depression and anxiety, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) have been a staggering commercial success story. These drugs are now taken by some 40 million depression su...

  • Letters: Obama's shining path
    Thursday, 28 February 2008

    As a biographer of Sir Oswald Mosley, I noted the uncanny similarity between the character of the British fascist leader and a number of contemporary pathological narcissistic personality types, such as Tony Blair and the late Pim Fortuyn. Obama appe...

  • Leading article: A problem and an opportunity
    Thursday, 28 February 2008

    It is a significant moment. There have been decades of close co-operation between the leaders of the two nations: De Gaulle-Adenauer, Giscard-Schmidt, Mitterrand-Kohl, Chirac-Schroeder. But relations between Sarkozy and Merkel have grown decidedly fr...

  • Leading article: A reconciliation long overdue
    Wednesday, 27 February 2008

    The world will not hold its breath. There have been many false dawns over the years. There are big problems to solve in a conflict that has brought Greece and Turkey, both members of Nato, close to war three times in as many decades. Turkish Cypriots...

  • Leading article: Hooked on headlines
    Thursday, 28 February 2008

    But this good work has been spoilt by some populist grandstanding by ministers. It is two particular ideas that rankle. The first is the proposal to seize the assets of suspected drug dealers on their arrest, rather than after conviction. The second ...

  • Leading article: French farce
    Wednesday, 27 February 2008

    Yet while the drama has attracted many viewers, very few like what they are seeing. M. Sarkozy's opinion ratings have plummeted since he took office. People are saying that his behaviour has been "unpresidential". It looked like that was about to cha...

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