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  • Leading article: We are failing our children - and risking our future
    Friday, 12 October 2007

    This study is the first comprehensive survey of primary schooling since the landmark Plowden Report of 1967. Since then, much water has passed under many bridges, whether in educational theory and practice, politics or society. Britain today is quite...

  • Steve Connor: The unbridgeable gap between law and science
    Friday, 12 October 2007

    Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the case this week in which a High Court judge ruled that the Oscar-winning film about climate change by the former United States vice-president Al Gore is littered with scientific inaccuracies. Mr Justice Bu...

  • Leading article: Elderly people deserve a far better deal from the state
    Thursday, 11 October 2007

    If he is unsure what that should be, then let us tell him. Our national failure to support frail and vulnerable people is one of the great unacknowledged scandals of our time. As the years pass, we have ever more old people and yet we do less and les...

  • Jeremy MacClancy: Look at those hillbillies! Dressing in grass skirts!
    Thursday, 11 October 2007

    The trail-blazer was Bruce Parry's Tribe, which astonished BBC chiefs by drawing viewers in their millions. Each programme sees Bruce go live with a bunch of villagers for a month, where he does something daring (stick-fight with Olympic-level locals...

  • Letters: Gay hate-crime
    Friday, 12 October 2007

    Claiming that the police are homophobic or racist or whatever is absolutely the wrong way – even on those occasions where it may be true. Much better to challenge the individual operational officer for failing to comply with internal procedures and r...

  • Leading article: The burden of history
    Friday, 12 October 2007

    It gets worse. The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been planning to introduce a motion to the Turkish parliament sanctioning cross-border military operations into Iraqi Kurdistan to strike the Kurdish rebel group operating from ther...

  • Letters: Inheritance tax
    Thursday, 11 October 2007

    At present, when one partner in a marriage dies their assets pass tax-free to the surviving spouse. The proposed change to IHT appears to allow the deceased partner's IHT allowance to be transferred to their spouse or civil partner which, in turn, is...

  • Leading article: The generals take their revenge
    Thursday, 11 October 2007

    Details are only now emerging of the systematic ruthlessness of the crackdown which quietened the streets of Rangoon in the days after the monks marched in their tens of thousands. The holy men have been stripped and incarcerated. Prisoners are vicio...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Managers must always act in interests of patient care
    Thursday, 11 October 2007

    Anyone reading the Healthcare Commission's latest report may now reconsider. One in 10 patients catches an infection while in hospital that they would have avoided had they stayed away. They claim thousands of lives and cost billions of pounds but re...

  • Michael McCarthy: We need every megawatt the sea breeze has to offer
    Thursday, 11 October 2007

    Increasingly, whenever we look out to sea from our coastline, the turning blades of wind turbines will be visible in the distance, glinting in the sun as they revolve. For offshore wind power is likely to take the lead as the main generating source i...

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