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  • Leading Article: The G20 leaders need to get their priorities straight
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    Gordon Brown is calling for agreement on a co-ordinated fiscal demand stimulus. It would, of course, be most convenient for a Prime Minister who has over-borrowed for some time and who now plans to do more of the same to have the imprimatur of an int...

  • Letters: Social Services and Child Protection
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    Qualifications currently required for the job should be ignored, and instead mature people employed who either are parents themselves or have substantial experience in the practical everyday care of children and the problems involved in it. The Certi...

  • Leading Article: Where the buck stops
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    The disclosure that a social worker dismissed by the council "blew the whistle" to ministers on what she said were breaches of child protection procedures in Haringey is a key development. Of course, aggrieved employees may have an interest in discre...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: Now America can right its wrongs
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    Firstly, by supporting the International Criminal Court. The treaty establishing it was signed by President Clinton before he left office: George W Bush "unsigned" it, then approved the American Service-Members Protection Act (Jesse Helms's "bomb the...

  • Leading article: A case of neglect that reaches the highest levels
    Friday, 14 November 2008

    Ms Shoesmith argued that the only individuals who can be held directly responsible for the death of Baby P are those found guilty of abusing him in such a vile manner this week. That is undoubtedly true. But that does not mean, as Ms Shoesmith went o...

  • Leading Article: Opportunity lost
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    As with so much that is adventurous in art and architecture, the plans drew fierce local opposition, which coalesced around restoring the existing building. Certainly, restoration has its place; "regenerated" too often meant unsightly concrete boxes....

  • Letters: Right to die
    Friday, 14 November 2008

    Eighty per cent of the British public support a change to the law on assisted dying. We still retain a paternalistic attitude towards patients in the medical profession and in the Government. People should be masters of their own destiny and should b...

  • Leading article: A victory for bank customers
    Friday, 14 November 2008

    The insurance was sold as an "add-on" to customers who were often unaware that much cheaper cover was available elsewhere. Some institutions charged premiums without explicitly informing borrowers; others offered guarantees to cover loans in the even...

  • Leading article: Clever bones
    Friday, 14 November 2008

    The pelvis of a female Homo erectus, one of the probable ancestors of Homo sapiens, has been discovered by scientists working in Ethiopia. And when they dusted off that pelvis, it turned out to be unexpectedly wide. A wide pelvis means bigger-brained...

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