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  • Leading article: The right medicine, but far too mild a dose
    Tuesday, 1 July 2008

    There are also some fine sentiments expressed in Lord Darzi's report about the need to widen patients' choice and to build a more "personalised" NHS. Other proposals are sound too. The process for licensing new drugs should indeed be speeded up. And ...

  • Leading article: Africans must deny Mugabe his moment of glory in Egypt
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    If all goes to plan, dissenting voices at the summit will be muffled, enabling Mugabe to return home in glory. Vowing defiance of Western colonialists, this will be the cue to throw paltry and insincere concessions in the direction of Zimbabwe's oppo...

  • Leading article: Diminished and discredited
    Tuesday, 1 July 2008

    If only, it is tempting to say, Mr Obama had not emerged as the main obstacle to Mr Clinton's wife winning the Democratic nomination, a great deal could have been different. The most exciting presidential candidate at least since Bill Clinton, and po...

  • Leading article: A perfect storm facing Mr Brown in Scotland
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    But gone she has, and her fall echoes a wider collapse in the Labour Party's fortunes and points to more trouble ahead for Gordon Brown. It is a sign of the Prime Minister's weakness that he seems likely to stay out of the fight to succeed Ms Alexand...

  • Letters: Protecting children
    Tuesday, 1 July 2008

    Of more concern is what I was told by friends who were keen to go into fostering. Having successfully reared five children of their own, and with plenty of spare rooms, they offered their home to a few children with serious problems. However, they we...

  • Leading article: France's opportunity
    Tuesday, 1 July 2008

    After the Irish "No" last month, it finds itself in the worst of two worlds: not only has the Lisbon Treaty not been ratified, but there is no agreement about what to do next. Nicolas Sarkozy is confronting at once a pre-Lisbon and no-Lisbon Europe. ...

  • Niall Dickson: Well-informed patients will make better decisions
    Tuesday, 1 July 2008

    Sadly, when it comes to the health service, it is the gap between policy ambition and the reality of implementation where so many come unstuck. It probably does not help when the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary bill your report as a once-in-a...

  • Juan Cruz: Olé, España! (But we're still a divided country ...)
    Tuesday, 1 July 2008

    This was the Spain of diversity that our Prime Minister, Jose Luis Zapatero, likes to talk about, the Spain of territorial solidarity. For Zapatero, these claims are about calming nationalist emotions, which nowhere run higher than in the Basque coun...

  • Letters: Undersea heritage
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    Practical implementation depends on what the initial ratifying states agree; but in declining to ratify, the UK Government will not have a say – although ministers have announced that Britain will abide by an annexe detailing how the underwater cultu...

  • Leading article: The birthday of the ban
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    Years have passed since smoking was fashionable, but the habit has proved tenacious, so news that 400,000 have quit, while cigarette sales dropped by over two billion will be seen as proof that bans work. They are certainly more popular. Ireland was ...

  • Stephen Pound: I threw away my cigarettes the day after voting for the ban
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    I also genuinely doubted that the law would be enforceable and imagined scenes of chaos at my branch of the Royal British Legion. I suppose that as a 50-a-day man I was hardly an objective witness, but the whole debate seemed to smack of good intenti...

  • Quentin Letts: Never mind the play, just listen to the audience
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    Miss Hunter kept going with her abortion scene in The Diver, a Westernised version of Japanese Noh theatre. The ill-timed laughter came from some children, aged 11 or 12, who should never have been taken to such a difficult show in the first place. T...

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