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  • Leading article: A good result – and not only for the Clinton camp
    Thursday, 6 March 2008

    As cheering as this week's primaries have been for Mrs Clinton, they have been salutary for her opponent – and, in a way, not before time. In Texas, Mr Obama was subject to much closer questioning about the boring specifics that have been the very es...

  • David McKittrick: There's life after Paisley for Northern Ireland Paisley
    Thursday, 6 March 2008

    Most of that career was not a pretty sight, featuring as it did all those torrents of bile and bigotry: the charge against him will be that he played on fears and at almost every turn sought to make bad times worse. Northern Ireland experienced 40 fu...

  • 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...

  • You Write the Caption - 06/03/08
    Thursday, 6 March 2008

    Exercise your wit, insight and maybe even a tad of news knowledge. In short, and just for fun, post your caption using the comment form below - and see other people's captions below that. We'll reproduce the best on our winners page at the beginni...

  • Letters: Nursing
    Thursday, 6 March 2008

    Nurses have not been "angels"in this respect for many years. Even in the days when nurses' homes were locked at 10pm, nurses regularly used to escape for a little fun, as described in Two Pairs of Feet by Monica Dickens. The nursing leaders have trie...

  • Leading article: This sterile and needless argument
    Thursday, 6 March 2008

    And, even if that were the case, in Britain we have a parliamentary system. Our MPs are charged with voting on legislation and treaties. Those who complain loudly that refusing a referendum is a betrayal of democracy confuse democracy with the mere p...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Book club
    Thursday, 6 March 2008

    In a survey of 4,500 children, 55 per cent said they preferred watching television to reading. But this is down from 62 per cent in a similar survey four years ago. The reasons are not immediately obvious. Perhaps it is the "Harry Potter effect". Som...

  • 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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