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Wednesday, 3 December 2008

  • Leading Article: The Government's agenda has taken a buffeting, too
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    Still there was the implied disclaimer – Britain was being buffeted by events that were global rather than of the Government's making. Still there was the air of "we're in charge, so don't worry". But who could have imagined, ever, that a Government ...

  • Letters: Mothers with children being forced to work
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    The Labour government continues to pursue a policy to children that is brutal and spiteful. The latest plans will further drive the UK towards a non-parenting society. Contact hours with our children are already shocking. It is little wonder our chil...

  • Leading Article: Statistical improbability
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    Such a picture is deeply disturbing – it is a picture of a society which viciously abuses its children and routinely ignores their plight. Fewer than one-tenth of cases are investigated and confirmed because professionals are afraid that the harm cau...

  • E Jane Dickson: We must make it our business to report abuse
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    I was less edified yesterday by another incident (in the glamorous surroundings of Woolworth's) where a mother whose toddler had dislodged a tottering pile of "gift ideas" reacted with an eyewatering torrent of abuse and a hard slap to her son's head...

  • Podium: To beat the Taliban we have to do better in the information war
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    They realise that the substance of security is of less relevance than how people feel about it. The statistics show that the number of security incidents in and around Kabul has actually declined this year. But the Taliban have used their advantages ...

  • Guy Adams: Support for a strike is starting to sag
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    The Screen Actors Guild (SAG), which has for some time been involved in a contract dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), is about to ballot its 120,000 members on a strike that would once more bring the industr...

  • Ellie Levenson: A HIPs for the unwary job seeker
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    In less uncertain economic times you may have taken a risk, knowing another opportunity would be just around the corner if this one failed. But now, with new jobs few and far between, this would be pretty unwise. Which is why the time is ripe for the...

  • 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...

  • Leading Article: Not so tongue-tied after all
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    In particular, the rise in popularity of Mandarin, Arabic and Russian augurs well for our participation in world trade in the future. Community cohesion, too, can only be enhanced by more British-born white pupils learning Urdu alongside youngsters f...

  • Sketch: Sometimes you need a man in tights
    Thursday, 4 December 2008

    At the cry of "Speaker!" a Labour MP made one of those ghastly yelps, or whoops we hear on TV. All eyes were on the Speaker and his frilly cuffs. Reading carefully from his text, Mr Martin went through the recent events in order to make his point-by-...

  • 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 ...

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