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  • Leading article: The smack of prejudice
    Tuesday, 10 June 2008

    Just as damagingly, there is a tendency among the older generations to demonise the young, poisoning relations and skewing public policy towards knee-jerk "punishments" and away from effective solutions to juvenile crime. Responsibility for such a fa...

  • Leading article: A war with high costs and doubtful benefits
    Tuesday, 10 June 2008

    The task of foreign forces was clear: it was to help Afghans rebuild their ravaged land and transform it into a law-governed state. It was a task of peace-keeping and reconstruction that enjoyed widespread international support. The notion that it mi...

  • Leading article: Rhyme and reason
    Tuesday, 10 June 2008

    One suspects that this is not the sort of thing that those monarchs who used to appoint poets to sing their praises would have much liked to hear. But times have changed. For one thing, the attraction of 630 bottles of sherry a year is evidently not ...

  • Letters: Eccentric English
    Wednesday, 11 June 2008

    Unfortunately, inconsistent spellings like "touch, ouch, much" do a lot of damage. They leave nearly half of adults terrified of putting pen to paper. They make literacy teaching much more expensive: the average time taken by our children to acquire ...

  • Leading article: Win or lose, the Prime Minister has surrendered to the politics of terror
    Wednesday, 11 June 2008

    Mr Brown's first weeks at Number 10 were marked by a refreshing retreat from the harsh language of the "war on terror". In appointing Jacqui Smith as Home Secretary, he appeared to be signalling a calmer, more reasoned, approach to an issue that was ...

  • Leading article: The PM suffered self-inflicted wounds in his war on poverty
    Wednesday, 11 June 2008

    The number of children living in poverty has risen for a second year according to Government figures released yesterday. On this trend, the New Labour target of halving child poverty by the end of the decade will be missed. Just as ominously for the ...

  • Bob Marshall-Andrews: This folly has provoked a unique alliance
    Wednesday, 11 June 2008

    In the Commons strange enemies emerge. David Davis (Tory and Territorial SAS) leads a charge containing numerous former soldiers against the professional politicians of New Labour. (It is difficult indeed for the Home Secretary to brand opponents "so...

  • Discover the world's great religions
    Tuesday, 10 June 2008

    This weekend a two-part encyclopedia is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand modern life. Based on the work of some of the world's most respected academics, it offers a convenient and fascinating introduction to some of humanity's pro...

  • John Bowker: The paradox of religions
    Tuesday, 10 June 2008

    So what is religion? What does it mean to be religious? It means a great deal, because religions are involved in every aspect of human life -- and death. Religious belief appears in the earliest moments of human history, and no society has yet been f...

  • Letters: Private companies in public healthcare
    Tuesday, 10 June 2008

    It is the introduction of large commercial companies into general practice that GPs and patients object to. One of the great strengths of the existing model of general practice is its localness. Your practice is run by its partners, who are also fron...

  • Tanya Gold: Why Wallis Simpson should get her blue plaque
    Tuesday, 10 June 2008

    English Heritage, giver of blue plaques to People Who Matter, is the latest to bitch-slap her corpse. Last week, it denied a request by a member of the public to stick a plaque outside Wallis's 1930s London home. But Wallis matters. She drew to the s...

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