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  • Leading article: Taking a lead - but in the wrong direction
    Friday, 7 March 2008

    The Government had originally planned to harvest "biometric" details (fingerprints, eye or facial scans) from everyone applying for a new passport from this year. And by 2010, we were told, everyone issued with a passport would also be forced to acqu...

  • 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...

  • Letters: ID cards
    Friday, 7 March 2008

    Whether you get a joint passport/ID card, or just the card itself, you will still be forced to have 50 pieces of private personal information logged on to a giant identity register for any bureaucrat to look at. Those of us who value our privacy will...

  • Leading article: Mr Clegg and a question of authority
    Friday, 7 March 2008

    The Liberal Democrats, on the other hand, have been unambiguously in favour of the EU. In their youthful and multilingual new leader, they have a model British European. So for this party to be the one to emerge from the referendum debate most damage...

  • Simon Hughes: No gay person should be sent back to Iran
    Friday, 7 March 2008

    This young Iranian lived in Rotherhithe with his family when he first came to the UK and he and his family have kept in touch with me ever since. Originally, they came because the Home Office was to deport Mehdi back to Iran on Boxing Day 2006. I con...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Squalid priorities
    Friday, 7 March 2008

    All of a sudden, these regimes seem less nasty places after all. Take the case of Iran. Yesterday, we highlighted the case of Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian teenager who was been refused asylum in Britain. Mr Kazemi, 19, fled to Holland but could now be...

  • 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...

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