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  • 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: Soft power... its uses and abuses
    Monday, 21 April 2008

    The weeks before 4 May – the anniversary of the anti-Western movement of 1919 – have been regarded as perilous by successive Chinese governments. In 1976, disturbances followed protests against the failure of the leadership to commemorate the death o...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Mediums and the message
    Monday, 21 April 2008

    First, both contain people who appear to have genuinely deluded themselves that what they do is somehow beneficial to society. Second, they do this despite them both being intrinsically unethical practices due to their use of manipulative persuasive ...

  • Michael McCarthy - Migration: 'One of earth's great wonders'
    Monday, 21 April 2008

    It features as many as five billion mainly tiny creatures, which twice a year make epic journeys between their wintering grounds in Africa and breeding grounds in Britain and the rest of Europe. Imagine: you're the size of a Mars bar, with wings each...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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