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  • Leading article: Infected by political calculation
    Monday, 16 June 2008

    The new code requires hospital staff to pay more attention to decontaminating surgical equipment, cleaning wards and providing information to patients on hygiene. The commission's chief executive, Anna Walker, says there is "room for a lot of improve...

  • Sean Farrell: Regimes play power games with oil supplies
    Monday, 16 June 2008

    This time there is less agreement and more finger-pointing for the more than doubling of oil prices in the past year to a record $139.12 a barrel. Demand has no doubt increased, partly on demand from rapidly growing countries in emerging markets, led...

  • Letters: Care of the elderly
    Monday, 16 June 2008

    I am in my 70s, living alone in a Housing Association flatlet, with 10 neighbours in similar accommodation, in a small area designated by the police as an Asbo hotspot. Eggs are thrown at our windows, dog excrement is pushed through letter-boxes and ...

  • Leading article: Fruit loops
    Monday, 16 June 2008

    This was always a ridiculous rule. There is nothing about a vegetable's shape that determines either its taste or quality. Indeed, many would argue that such aesthetic discrimination has been positively harmful to the taste of the produce on sale in ...

  • Sophie Heawood: Carla serenades her busy sex life. Me too
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Let's compare these two scenarios. In France, Le Figaro has just given a glowing review to Carla Bruni's new album, having had a sneak preview of the record due out in July on which she sings that she is "... still a child /Despite my 40 years/Despit...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Dinosaurs and derring-do will lure a boy to books
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    The Government, not for the first time, is trying to address the problem – and God knows it took long enough for the educational establishment to get its head round the problem of boys' relative underachievement. The schools minister, Jim Knight, com...

  • James Fergusson: Sooner or later, we have to talk to the Taliban
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Last week, the current Helmand Task Force commander, Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith, announced that the insurgency was on the back foot, and that its local leadership had been "decapitated" by British and Isaf (Nato's International Security Assistance...

  • Nica Burns: Noises Off
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    So I know how Sir Jonathan Miller felt when he spoke last week about his frustration at the West End's failure to snap up his lauded Hamlet, which stars the unknown Jamie Ballard. In contrast, two Hamlets which will be seen in London this year – the ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Modern trains don't have compartments – and party leaders have to mingle with the plebs, albeit First Class ones. Mr Cameron's discomfiture was clear after delays caused by Network Rail signal failures. Should he become prime minister, it is likely t...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    An economy of imagination must have led Nigel Lawson to call his daughter Nigella. Now it seems recycling names has become something of a family tradition. When Nigella's 15-year-old daughter Mimi christened her pet gerbil 'Mucca', there was specu...

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