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  • Leading article: Conventional wisdom and terrible consequences
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    It is impossible to disagree. The report – jointly put together by Ofsted, the Healthcare Commission and the Inspectorate of Constabulary – catalogues weak management and rampant complacency from officials responsible for vulnerable children in Harin...

  • Leading article: Now is the time to tackle the abuses of our welfare system
    Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    Professor Gregg argues that there should be a strict requirement for just about everyone claiming benefits to prepare themselves for a return to employment. Only lone parents of very young children, people with severe disabilities and full-time carer...

  • Letters: Terrorism, terrorists, them and us
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    Each community refused to seek punishment for its own killers. When I was seconded as a Church of Scotland minister to work in Belfast, I heard a kind grandmother assure me that a group of Protestants were "only showing off their nice new guns" and t...

  • Leading article: Strength and experience
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    But then weight, experience and a centrist approach to issues could also be said of the Republican Robert Gates, who will be staying on in the Pentagon; General James Jones, former head of Nato, who takes on the job of National Security Adviser; Gove...

  • James Purnell: New Labour is not dead and buried – it's in rude health
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    For the Government, it is no different. As we face up to the financial crisis, the Government has a choice to make: do we consolidate what we now have or do we set out a bold agenda to make radical change. This week, Labour will set out its legislati...

  • Susie Rushton: A Swedish lesson in Abba-negation
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    Last Thursday evening, I admired them all, showing my passport to the immigration official next to a picture of Roxette, and thought I must have missed the Abba group shot of Benny, Björn, Anni-Frid and Agnetha. But the Swedes, it turns out, are not ...

  • Letters: Climate report
    Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    He proposes that no new coal-fired power stations should be licensed unless it can be retro-fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) equipment by 2020. Yet a reply to a parliamentary question of mine this month said starkly that the Government wi...

  • Alexa Chung: 'Moonlighting as a DJ, I spun nu-metal to a room full of drunk hipsters'
    Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    A quick look at The Independent's website revealed that Alex James really did supply readers with excerpts from his rural notebook, and that Tracey Emin also managed to stay on topic and write about her life – in a column. So I do apologise for my fa...

  • Leading article: A military challenge to Mr Mugabe
    Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    It was simply impossible to dislodge Mr Mugabe – and so long as he was there any change was out of the question. The lengths to which he went to cling to power after elections this year in which he and his Zanu-PF party were patently beaten showed wh...

  • Michael Gove: We need a Swedish education system
    Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    But hidden within that, apparently, impressive figure is a story. Of those 13,500, just 189 were students who had been eligible for free school meals. And the number who qualify is substantial. Around 15 per cent of pupils take free school meals. And...

  • Penny de Valk: 'Paradigm' might be a stupid word, but it can also be a useful one
    Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    There's this man who is driving his beautiful sports car down his favourite stretch of road. It's a great day and he's really enjoying himself. As he comes to a corner, a car screams around the corner on the wrong side of the road, coming in the oppo...

  • Basildon Peta: It should be the tipping point for the tyrant – but this is Zimbabwe
    Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    Despite the widespread disenchantment in the lower ranks, Mr Mugabe still commands the support of a higher clique. And its strength is never to be underestimated. The loyal ones who have a stake in Mugabe's continued stay in power, regardless of the ...

  • Leading article: Credits where credit is due
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    Take Sunday's broadcast of Wallander – a lavish adaptation of a detective novel by Henning Mankell. The high-rolling bosses, Kenneth Branagh included, got lengthy space in the opening credits. As for the junior cast and crew members, audiences were a...

  • Podium: Animals should run free – not sit in cages for our entertainment
    Tuesday, 2 December 2008

    London Zoo has responded to this concern for animal welfare with its showpiece Gorilla Kingdom, an enlarged enclosure. But this is still a tiny fraction of the territory that gorillas would roam over in the wild. Moreover, it is not the gorillas' nat...

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