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  • Leading article: Some lessons in how to bridge the class divide
    Friday, 17 August 2007

    When the distribution of grades is considered, however, a slightly different picture emerges. While setting new records, this year's results also confirmed the worrying trend highlighted in yesterday's Independent. In terms of the proportion of A gra...

  • Peter Lampl: Private schools must be opened up to the poor
    Friday, 17 August 2007

    One of the distinguishing features of the UK is that the gap in performance between independent and state schools is higher than in any other country in the Western world. Our independent schools represent some of the best schools in the world. More ...

  • Leading article: A widening gap that is a badge of dishonour
    Thursday, 16 August 2007

    This is well-trodden ground, and the truth probably lies somewhere in between. The content of the syllabus and the style of exam questions have both changed over the years, and the number of top grades has steadily increased. But this does not necess...

  • Letters: The lesson of Boot Hill
    Friday, 17 August 2007

    Sir: Your story about Bush's lethal legacy of executions (15 August) made me think immediately of my visit to Boot Hill Cemetery, Tombstone, Arizona, last week. One of the graves is marked: "Here lies George Johnson, hanged by mistake 1882. He was ri...

  • Leading article: Dodgy loans, banks and bail-outs
    Friday, 17 August 2007

    But however loud the scalded hedge-fund managers and bankers scream, it is vital that central bankers resist the pressure to push through interest rate cuts beyond very short-term injections of liquidity. Recession is not a serious prospect with the ...

  • Peter Popham: The land in which time stands still
    Thursday, 16 August 2007

    Applause anyone? Hip, hip, hurray for the bold Italian town planners? I rather thought not. That's not why we buckle ourselves into Ryanair's deckchairs and put up with the mess of Italy's airports, its cheating taxi drivers and dismal modern suburbs...

  • Letters: Abortion
    Thursday, 16 August 2007

    Sir: If Catholicism and its ally Islam succeed in rendering abortion illegal across the planet, two sorts of illegal abortion will continue. First, "Vera Drakes" will provide medically and hygienically doubtful abortions to those who can scrape toget...

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