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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 ...

  • Letters: Barbaric teenagers
    Saturday, 18 August 2007

    Sir: While Chief Constable Peter Fahy's comments on the link between alcohol and teenage anti-social behaviour has made the headlines (15 August), it appears that the main thrust of his comments has been strangely overlooked. Mr Fahy is clearly point...

  • 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 ...

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