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  • Leading article: The blatant need for closer regulation
    Thursday, 27 March 2008

    Responsibilities for supervising the financial sector in Britain were split between the FSA, the Bank of England and the Treasury in 1997 – but the FSA was made specifically responsible for retail banking. As its latest report admits, the regulator s...

  • Leading article: A partnership that could reshape the Continent
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    Sometimes the glamorous rituals that punctuate a presidential visit mask tensions, or much worse, between the two countries. At least on this occasion there is hope that the public harmony will be reflected in constructive private talks between the F...

  • William Gumede: Africa's version of democracy is in deadly crisis
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    Western donors, with their requirements that elections are enough to warrant aid, have helped along this limited view of democracy. Zimbabwe is staging its long-awaited presidential election this weekend, with Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF so blatan...

  • Letters: Class sizes
    Thursday, 27 March 2008

    Class sizes should be no more than 18, appropriately staffed, enabling adults involved to create personal and individual teaching, learning and behavioural opportunities. Halving teachers' workloads in this way would have fundamentally positive effec...

  • Leading article: A system that could do much, much better
    Thursday, 27 March 2008

    These findings will come as little surprise to anyone who has followed the stream of revelations about the shortcomings of the asylum system in recent years. That they do not surprise, however, should not make them less shocking. Ministers should tak...

  • Letters: Victory of the Somme
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    But the article was inaccurate in some respects. The German offensive of 21 March 1918 was not launched at Easter, which fell at the end of March in 1918 (a minor point, but once in print such "facts" are difficult to dislodge). More seriously, while...

  • Leading article: Another illusion is shattered
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    Yesterday in Basra there was an outbreak of fierce fighting between Shia militias and the Iraqi army. Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Mehdi Army, has called for a campaign of civil disobedience in protest at the arrest of his followers by US and I...

  • Leading article: Down to earth
    Thursday, 27 March 2008

    True, Mr Blair would never have had the pleasure of sinking into those padded seats himself, having endorsed the proposal for a dedicated Boeing 737 and a smaller executive aeroplane as one of his last acts in Downing Street. But what better way for ...

  • Leading article: Fashion disaster
    Wednesday, 26 March 2008

    He cites the Jewish community a century ago in the East End, where sweatshops enabled them to use their skills "to carve out a living" and "haul themselves out of poverty". Britain's industrialising economy was indeed a great liberator of human poten...

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