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Thursday, 4 December 2008

  • Leading article: A victory for civil liberties – but the larger war still rages
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    The implications of this judgment will resound across Britain. The 2001 Criminal Justice and Police Act permitted the police to take and retain DNA samples from anyone they arrested, regardless of whether their target was eventually charged or convic...

  • 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: Child protection failings
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    My family and I are in this position. After years of trying to improve things for the children concerned ourselves, after repeatedly seeking help from concerned people, and after well over a year of desperately trying to make social services see sens...

  • Leading article: Do not forget the plight of savers
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    Yesterday's one percentage point reduction in interest rates has a single purpose in mind: to ease the cost of borrowing and thus stem, or at least moderate, the slide into recession. It shows, if further demonstration were needed, the perilousness o...

  • Why the sex trade flourishes
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    The second sign is posted on my street. "Just into the UK", my heart sinks when I read it because it almost certainly means there are trafficked girls working as prostitutes in Soho right now. And like the police, I don't ask questions. So I moved in...

  • Podium: New Labour has had to adapt its economic policy to suit the times
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    The priorities of macroeconomic stability, supply side investment and public service reform were crucial and right. It is essential that they are taken forward now with continued commitment. But they are no longer the whole picture. Why? Because the ...

  • David Davis: A condemnation of a policy that does not add up
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    On being charged, both had their fingerprint and DNA samples taken. Once they were no longer under suspicion of an offence, both applied to have their samples and fingerprints destroyed. Both were refused. Both are innocent people in the eyes of the ...

  • 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: Sent off
    Friday, 5 December 2008

    Age has not softened Mr Keane's aspect. Look at those eyes, smouldering like hot coals; that grey beard suggesting ferocity rather than sagacity. Would you want to call in this man and tell him that his contract was being terminated? The word is that...

  • 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-...

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