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  • Leading article: An oppressive system that is failing our children
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    This is unlikely to surprise parents, who have long been complaining that their school-age children seem to be on a never-ending treadmill of assessments and exams. There are nationwide statutory tests for children at ages seven and 11. At secondary ...

  • Paul Vallely: Williams is snared in a trap of his own making
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    The error is assuming that the leader of a major church has the same intellectual freedom that he had when he was merely an eminent theologian. The cold fact is that the semiotics are entirely different. An academic may call for a nuanced renegotiati...

  • Leading article: White House race could yet turn into a real cliff-hanger
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    In so far as politics has become a sporting event, that is to the good. All the surveys suggest that the public is most put off politics when the outcome seems most certain. Give voters a tight contest and they sense their power and their interest. I...

  • Diane Abbott: Obama can transform the world's image of America
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    What it has revealed about the attitudes to race of many white British pundits and commentators is not to their credit. Obama had barely won his first caucus when one commentator devoted his column to complaining that it was harder in politics for wh...

  • Letters: Legalise cannabis
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    I have always defended cannabis as being a relatively harmless drug. However I do agree that it is increasingly becoming a problem particularly for the younger generation (The Big Question, 6 February). Skunk is a mix of the indica and sativa plants,...

  • Leading article: Hard hearts and soft targets
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    But he did considerably more than that at school. Mr Ajagbonna acted as mentor to many troubled children and became a role model for others. Mr Ajagbonna is credited by the academy's head teacher, Paul Sutton, with turning round the school's fortunes...

  • Michael McCarthy: 'Free lunch' that could cost the earth
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    Crops used to produce carbon-based fuels would suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere while they were growing, so when the fuel was burned, the CO2 that was then emitted was only the stuff that the crops had originally taken up. Result – no net ad...

  • Letters: Plastic pollution
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    Waste plastic is a good feedstock for such things as plastic wood, which is an excellent building material. It does not need painting, does not rot and therefore attracts a premium price. The increasing price of wood is only likely to increase the de...

  • Leading article: The lesser of two evils
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    The potency of the civil liberties argument is bound to be diluted at a time when many in the West believe we are engaged in a "war on terror". The argument from the security services has long been seriously weakened by the fact that many other count...

  • Adam Scorer: Structure of market snuffs out any real competition
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    It is easy to see why people would believe that. Since 2003, gas bills have increased by 86 per cent and electricity bills by 64 per cent. Annual energy bills of £1,000 are commonplace. Energy companies will point to the volatile wholesale price of g...

  • Leading article: All around the world
    Friday, 8 February 2008

    Under the proposal, cities in Asia, the Middle East and North America would bid to host the matches, which would count towards the final standings of the league. Premier League officials do not attempt to argue that their motivation is anything other...

  • Leading article: Across the universe...
    Thursday, 7 February 2008

    John Lennon wrote the song "Sexy Sadie" ("you made a fool of everyone") about him, claiming he had made sexual advances to their friend the actress Mia Farrow. The guru denied it, saying the pop stars had left in a huff when he reprimanded them for t...

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