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  • Denis MacShane: Europe needs to speak with one voice
    Friday, 20 June 2008

    France's President Sarkozy is seeing his hopes of an exciting, delivery-focussed French presidency disappear in the mists and peat of Europe's western edge. He will shunt the Lisbon Treaty into a siding leaving over-excited Europhobes and Europhiles ...

  • Leading article: Punishment, populism and a gap in perception
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    Now that Louise Casey's report has actually appeared, we can confirm that all these elements do indeed feature in one form or another. But they are among 32 suggestions, by no means all of which are calculated to appeal to the hang 'em and flog 'em b...

  • Alistair Horne: My discussions on war (and peace) with George Bush
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    It may have been Whitehall's most expensive banquet ever – given that security precautions are said to have cost us taxpayers £1m – but I have no inhibitions in declaring that I enjoyed the evening quite enormously. For all his current headaches, our...

  • Leading article: The end of independence?
    Friday, 20 June 2008

    Some are picking up disturbing signals. The first of these was the announcement late on Wednesday evening of the premature departure of Sir John Gieve as deputy governor of the Bank of England. It was no secret that Downing Street had been unhappy wi...

  • Sarah Churchwell: No wonder plagiarism comes naturally to students
    Friday, 20 June 2008

    There is actually nothing feeble about the existing monitoring procedures: in fact, they are so robust they are overpowering us. Like the NHS, higher education has a surfeit of managers, and a culture that emphasises results over processes. Focusing ...

  • Letters: Education
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    As a graduate from the University of Liverpool who narrowly missed a first by 0.25 per cent, I find it particularly insulting to read that there has been a "sudden leap" in first-class degrees because of the universities' grading process. I myself di...

  • Leading article: An uncertain step towards peace
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    The ceasefire is, foremost, a crucial test for Hamas who have shown scant regard for the impact of the rocket attacks not only on the beleaguered Israeli communities of the Gaza periphery but also on the Palestinians themselves, who have suffered per...

  • Michael McCarthy: Hello green concrete, goodbye wildlife
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    It means a landscape in which fields have a crop growing in them but nothing else. No wild plants or flowers of any sort, no butterflies or moths, no smaller insects on which birds and their chicks can feed, and so no birds. Green concrete means a co...

  • Leading article: Baking and biscuits
    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    Cindy McCain is the latest accused. Her recipe for oatmeal-butterscotch cookies, the kitchen-sleuths say, is not of her own devising, but lifted from the venerable confectionary company, Hershey's. Of such indignities are American election defeats ma...

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