18 September 2014 11:10 AM
Much wiser to have the best of both worlds: more power to Scotland’s people, within a still united kingdom
Saving the children: A remarkable drop in child mortality vindicates the UN’s targeted approach. But much more needs to be done
16 September 2014 11:21 PM
Today we celebrate an extraordinary achievement. New figures released by the United Nations reveal that the number of children worldwide who die before the age of five is falling faster than ever before. The number of deaths remains horrifying: 6.3 million small children died last year, mostly from preventable causes, which amounts to around 17,000 deaths every day. Yet that is nearly half the number that died in 1990, even though the world’s population is far larger today.
16 September 2014 11:20 PM
It is still early days but so far the results of the Government’s policy of giving schools new freedoms through academy status have been notably impressive. Standards have risen in sponsored academies at a record rate – and more than five times as quickly as in local authority-controlled schools. But that does not mean we should dismiss today’s report from the Education Select Committee which raises concerns about their governance.
16 September 2014 09:55 AM
Complaints about the music curriculum hit a wrong note
16 September 2014 09:54 AM
The murder of David Haines does not make a case for Britain committing itself to air strikes in Iraq and Syria
14 September 2014 12:00 AM
What we will say is, whether it is Yes or No, the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK is going to change
Scottish independence: Whatever the result of next week’s referendum, a looser and more federal country is upon us. Make the most of that
13 September 2014 12:17 AM
In Gladstone’s time, in the context of Ireland, they called it Home Rule. Nowadays, in the case of Scotland, it goes by the uglier label of Devo Max, and, in its latest, stronger form, Devo Max Max. It amounts to much the same thing, however: the end of the United Kingdom as we have known it, as the price for keeping Scotland in some version of a British state.
The reluctant warrior: Barack Obama came to power after opposing the Iraq War. To salvage his second term, he has to write its postscript
11 September 2014 10:42 PM
Thirteen years ago on Thursday, militant Islamists launched the 9/11 attacks against America, and US foreign policy in the Middle East has been out of kilter ever since. George W Bush was goaded by the neoconservatives into invading Iraq, which had nothing to do with the events of that traumatic day. That decision proved to be one of the greatest geopolitical blunders in US history, and his successor devoted the first term of his presidency to reversing it, by extricating America from endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
11 September 2014 10:40 PM
When the Coalition Government decided to place more power in the hands of the electorate and subject individual police forces to the scrutiny of an independent, democratically elected supervisor, the point was that the post should, indeed, be independent. That is to say that the police and crime commissioner should be very difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
One week, one goal: Now at last David Cameron has found the passion to bolster the hard logic of maintaining the Union
10 September 2014 11:42 PM
Now is the time to really focus. Now, with one week to go before the Scottish people take a decision that could end the United Kingdom as we know it. Now is the time to cast aside political calculation and have everyone say what they think. Naturally, Alex Salmond is delighted that the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition abandoned Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. It was a decision that betrayed desperation, but this is a critical time for those, including this newspaper, who want to keep the Union together.
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