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  • Leading article: The myths of choice and parental power in our schools in schools
    Tuesday, 4 March 2008

    It is an especially charged occasion this year because a new admissions code came into force last year which, among other things, banned schools from interviewing parents and gave local authorities the right to hold lotteries to decide admissions. Th...

  • Leading article: We need a cultural shift to change the way we drink
    Wednesday, 5 March 2008

    One might have expected such findings to have been greeted with a sigh of relief. The apparent displacement of violence until later in the night should not, of course, be ignored. But it is worth remembering that police initially supported staggered ...

  • Benjamin Mancroft: Why is it considered an offence to criticise nurses?
    Wednesday, 5 March 2008

    I used the House in such a way last week. In a debate on standards of care in the NHS, I described the wonderful care that I had received (and continue to receive) in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. I also made some general comments on my obser...

  • Leading article: An election in name only
    Tuesday, 4 March 2008

    Had it happened in Africa, the capitals of the West would have been full of condemnation. As it concerns a country with a considerable voice in the world's institutions and even more real power in energy supplies, the realities behind Sunday's vote a...

  • Letters: Green travel
    Wednesday, 5 March 2008

    My wife and I are planning a short visit to friends in south-west France in April, and would love to go by train. This has involved over half an hour searching the web. There is no direct timetable from St Pancras, and having found times to Paris or ...

  • Leading article: Brown bowls a no-ball
    Wednesday, 5 March 2008

    No, no, they declared, Gordon Brown was not against all sporting contacts, it was mererly the forthcoming tour by the Zimbabwean cricket team that he opposed – although, of course, this was primarily a matter for the English Cricket Board. That is th...

  • Sean O'Grady: Darling has the chance to practise what he preaches
    Wednesday, 5 March 2008

    Cynical as it may be, nothing would distract the voters' attention from his dismal botches on non-doms, capital gains tax and Northern Rock than an eye-catching initiative on the environment. A plastic bag tax would be the simplest way to steal favou...

  • Letters: What Obama has done for us
    Tuesday, 4 March 2008

    A conversation one evening on what Barack Obama might do, and what his candidacy means, with a group of friends, quickly turned into a reprise of Monty Python's "What did the Romans ever do for us?" scene. Trevor may turn out to be right about Obama'...

  • Bruce Fogle: One Man and His Dog
    Tuesday, 4 March 2008

    I've slept with one of them, small but symmetrically proportional, for some time now but recently, with her reluctant approval, she allowed me to invite an additional blonde into our matrimonial bed. My new, more youthful trophy blonde is a bit naive...

  • Leading article: Show boating
    Tuesday, 4 March 2008

    The heir to the throne has been boasting of how environmentally friendly his latest official tour of the Caribbean will be, with his office claiming that the trip's carbon footprint will be 40 per cent lower than the Prince's last tour of the islands...

  • Leading article: Stranger than fiction
    Wednesday, 5 March 2008

    That's why the tale of "Margaret B Jones", who wrote a critically acclaimed life story of growing up among the gangs of South Los Angeles, is so perfect. It turns out that the author, one Margaret Seltzer, rather than being placed in a foster home an...

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