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Saturday, 19 April 2008

  • Leading article: From Dr Finlay to medical megastores
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    Let us therefore set the scene for the controversy over the plan to replace traditional small GP practices with polyclinics in which up to 25 GPs will provide a wider range of healthcare services. Remarkably, the end of the financial year in the heal...

  • Leading article: The real purpose of this visit was not to praise, but to persuade
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    But this time around, Mr Brown has appeared much keener to ingratiate himself, even going as far to argue that the world owes President Bush "a huge debt of gratitude" for his stance on global terrorism and claiming that Britain stands "shoulder to s...

  • Mario Vargas Llosa: How Arabs have been driven out of Hebron
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    To protect these settlers, the zone bristles with barriers, camps and military posts, and is overrun by Israeli patrols. But such mobilisation will soon be unnecessary because this part of Hebron, subject to ethnic and religious cleansing, will soon ...

  • Angus McLaren: Blackmail isn't what it used to be, but it still sets the pulse racing
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    Three-quarters of a century later we see the popular press fixated on the trial of two men who purportedly demanded £50,000 with the threat of making public audio recordings which refer to a member of the British Royal Family committing a homosexual ...

  • Leading article: The new colonial masters
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    Beijing's willingness to give aid and extend credit without attaching any conditions about good governance or human rights is winning friends across Africa, but nowhere more so than in Zimbabwe. In 2005 Mr Mugabe signed a big aid deal with China. A y...

  • Anne Penketh: It might just as well have been his old master's voice
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    Mr Blair, the first serving British prime minister to visit the Windy City, used his speech on 22 April 1999 to justify the principle of humanitarian intervention, against a backdrop of the Nato bombing campaign in Kosovo which was in full swing. "We...

  • Andy Cowan: Noises Off
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    The next day, I awoke to an in-box full of emails from irate Oasis fans; many reiterated Noel's point, that Glastonbury was about "indie rock" and nothing but, and how dare that big scary bogeyman Jay-Z spoil their beautiful garden party? Their respo...

  • Geoffrey Lean: The real green candidate is Ken
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    Conformism being a journalistic sin, I should perhaps be glad to be set against a press that overwhelmingly supports his opponent, Boris Johnson, rather as the US media helped waft George Bush into office. The trouble is: I don't much like the man. I...

  • Katy Guest: The stagflation index is at an all-time high
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    Poor Wills and Harry found out the hard way last weekend what a strain on the pocket other people's weddings can be. Not only will the princes have to attend their cousin Peter Phillips's nuptials in May, shell out for return fares to Windsor Castle,...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    Unfortunately, 'The IoS' didn't do much last week to dispel that view. We had a headline that managed to misspell the name of one of Yorkshire's most famous towns – revered as the place where the Brontë sisters were brought up and one of the North's ...

  • Letters: Train travel
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    One problem not mentioned in your report is the escalation of unit costs in the rail industry after privatisation. Between 1996 and 2001, the cost of nearly everything in the rail industry increased more than threefold. This made it far more difficul...

  • The Weasel: The fat of the land
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    My doughty outburst is prompted by a doughy volume from the US. With the exceptions of Gormenghast and Lady Chatterley's Lover, I cannot recall any title that promised so much but delivered so little as A World of Dumplings by Brian Yarvin (Countryma...

  • Leading article: Sticky wicket
    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    There is little point fulminating against the march of history, particularly when cricket's new powerhouse, India, is determined to have its way. But one does not have to be John Major in wistful mood to lament the increasing dissociation of the game...

  • Dr Tom Coffey: Why I'm in favour of the new scheme
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    A lot of patients want better access to their GP, especially unscheduled care at evenings and weekends. But it's very hard for individual small practices to run surgeries 12 hours a day, seven days a week. The care of people with long-term conditions...

  • Dr Laurence Buckman: Why I'm against the new scheme
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    There may be a case for establishing a polyclinic in specific areas where local patients and clinicians agree – this is not what is happening. Across England, primary care trusts are planning to roll out polyclinics with little thought to the effect ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 20 April 2008

    Could Terry Wogan be leaving the BBC? Only two weeks ago the Beeb announced Jeremy Vine would be replacing him on 'Points of View'. Now rumour is mounting that he is in talks with ITV over a lucrative contract to jump ship. This would mean giving ...

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