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  • Leading article: Stop the stunts and focus on social justice and improved public services
    Saturday, 13 October 2007

    It has been a horrible week for Gordon Brown. The only politician who had a worse week was Sir Menzies Campbell. After an impressive first three months, the Prime Minister has damaged his reputation in a way that was both unnecessary and self-inflict...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Free-range children
    Saturday, 13 October 2007

    Last week I took 25 children aged nine to 11 from Wembley to Brent's Gordon Brown (no relation) Outdoor Education Centre in Hampshire. In a packed programme of environmental education, canoeing, trim trails, a low-rope course, paddling in fords, nigh...

  • Leading article: Dance to a different beat
    Saturday, 13 October 2007

    For all the opprobrium that is heaped on big record companies by disgruntled artists and fans, the major labels deserve a little sympathy. They have played an important role over the past century of the industry's existence. They have nurtured talent...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Green giant
    Saturday, 13 October 2007

    Congratulations are due to Mr Gore and the scientists of the IPCC. But the celebrations should not be too loud. This is not an award for a peace achieved, but the recognition of a threat to peace. The hard work is very much still to come. Thanks to t...

  • Michael Bywater: btw
    Saturday, 13 October 2007

    * Woman Unhurt In Rather Silly Car Crash. Elsewhere in the Echo, we learn of a woman who wrote off her Nissan Micra on a country road after "a large spider came down from the sun visor above her head and lost control of the car". The woman, who was u...

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