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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: How to solve a crisis of democratic legitimacy
    Wednesday, 2 July 2008

    In truth, Mr Kaczynski's comments come as no surprise. He was always opposed to Lisbon. Mr Kaczynski is also unrepresentative of Polish opinion. His country's parliament has already ratified Lisbon and Poland's Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, is committ...

  • Virginia Ironside: The odds are against you – but there is a way to win
    Wednesday, 2 July 2008

    So the first thing a person in this position should do is to eliminate the word. She can be the child's "auntie" if she likes – though preferable for her to be called by her first name. That keeps the boundaries absolutely clear. She should never int...

  • 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...

  • Letters: 'Interfering' state
    Wednesday, 2 July 2008

    We talk of tax as a burden rather than a responsibility or a contribution. We are not going to have the government tell us what to eat, how much to drink, what to do with our money or where to live – but when the Christmas club founders, the bank col...

  • Rebecca Front: Take It From Me
    Wednesday, 2 July 2008

    So it was with uncharacteristic prescience that we took the decision a year ago not to sell our current home, but to stay put and rebuild. The allure of gaily handing over thousands of pounds to surveyors for properties that were then taken off the m...

  • Leading article: A promise to bank on?
    Wednesday, 2 July 2008

    The "lead option" for a limit to compensation per depositor is a figure of £50,000, up from the current £35,000. That will cover the vast majority of savers, some 96 per cent or so. That much is clear. Those wealthy enough to have more than £50,000 t...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Open wide
    Wednesday, 2 July 2008

    Yet that is the scathing verdict delivered today by the Commons Health Select Committee. The committee argues that the new NHS contract for dentists, implemented two years ago, has failed to improve services for patients because, under the new treatm...

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