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  • Leading article: Drugs companies have brought these troubles upon themselves
    Saturday, 8 March 2008

    This week GlaxoSmithKline received serious criticism from the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency for failing promptly to pass on trial data that showed their antidepressant drug Seroxat exacerbates a risk of suicide in teenagers. This was fol...

  • Leading article: Every child matters
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    Indeed, so all-encompassing has Labour's concern seemed that the charge of nanny-statism is often made. Our children seem to be tracked, tested and monitored to an unprecedented degree. And yet, for all these professions of concern, and for all this ...

  • Tim Lott: White, working class – and threatened with extinction
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    Why do we allow ourselves, even in the privacy of our own heads, to wield such hateful terms towards this particular minority group? The BBC's new White season which began last Friday is unlikely to provide any answers. It lacks a polemic in defence ...

  • Cole Moreton: Forgetfulness is what keeps fathers going, too
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    There is, new dads can now reflect wearily, a scientific reason for all this. Mumnesia, a phenomenon as old as Eve, analysed and validated by the University of Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Women suffer memory lapses after chi...

  • Leading article: Stop talking, and the militants have won
    Saturday, 8 March 2008

    But completing the barrier is not, and cannot be, the definitive answer to Israel's security. A modern state cannot seal itself hermetically from the outside world, however hostile it perceives that world to be. A wall can be the solution only of las...

  • Alison Shepherd: Our young don't grow up too soon, Dame Jackie, but too late
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    But this time she has got it wrong. Childhood does not die at 11, it marches remorselessly on into the twenties and can still be spotted in some thirty-somethings. It has been stretched so far that some of the things that pre-teens do are identified ...

  • Melanie McDonagh: The only public space left is the market place
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    It closed, as did 4,000 others, in 2006. The post office then moved to a branch of Costcutter which, however convenient in terms of opening hours, had little obvious civic dignity. Then a branch of Tesco Express opened next door, and when, as a resul...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    Was Channel 4's Jon Snow right to think that viewers and readers might never want to trust the media again? Or were you cheerleading the prince, alongside the head of Sky News, who said: "News blackouts happen all the time, with kidnaps and the PM's ...

  • Letters: Asylum and Iran
    Saturday, 8 March 2008

    Seventy-some years ago, I was born in England a potential criminal and I grew up in a country where homosexuality was illegal. It was the era of police agents provocateurs, witch-hunts, blackmail, lost jobs, ostracism, suicides, and socially/religiou...

  • The Weasel: A passage from India
    Saturday, 8 March 2008

    Book A is, of course, Delia's How to Cheat at Cooking (Ebury, £20), first published in 1971 but completely re-written. Book B is Culinary Jottings for Madras by "Wyvern" (Prospect, £15), first published in 1878 but "very carefully" revised in 1885. B...

  • Leading article: Changing spaces
    Saturday, 8 March 2008

    In this we incline to support the mayor. The fourth plinth has accommodated a variety of works, which have variously delighted, shocked, irritated and intrigued Londoners and visitors to the capital. If there is a theme, it is the contrast between th...

  • Robert Verkaik: How civil liberties have suffered since 2001
    Saturday, 8 March 2008

    Many of the restrictions were rushed through under the cloak of the "war on terror" while others have been rolled out to allay the fears of those who believe the country is under siege from antisocial behaviour. But the most controversial have been t...

  • E Jane Dickson: We're all still terrified of intellectual women
    Saturday, 8 March 2008

    The original 18th-century bluestockings (their choice of hosiery was calculated to cock a snook at modish convention) were a sober-minded clique, which eschewed the fan-slapping raillery of fashionable society for "conversation parties" at the fashio...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 9 March 2008

    The Liechtenstein whistle-blower has prompted much nail-biting in Europe's other funny money havens. Residents of Monaco have been reassured their banking secrets will remain protected, but there is another growing cause for concern. The principal...

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