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Thursday, 17 July 2008

  • Leading article: Too many exams, too much pure incompetence
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    Dr Ken Boston, the chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, which was in charge of negotiating and overseeing the contract, has admitted that the date for publishing next year's results has already been put back. It thus become...

  • Michael Brown: Lib-Dems can try and turn themselves into Tories, but I fear they'll still be squeezed out
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    But with the prospect of a hung parliament now receding, and in the wake of Mr Cameron's consistent 20 per cent poll lead over Labour, the Lib-Dems may secretly feel the luxury of populism without a price tag is the best way of staving off the Tory t...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: Peace in Darfur isn't possible without justice
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    It was back in March 2005 that the Security Council, by Resolution 1513, referred the situation in Darfur to the ICC. By that stage, it had claimed some 300,000 lives and extirpated over a million refugees. The US Secretary of State Colin Powell had ...

  • Leading article: A welcome change of tack by Washington
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    Washington's change of approach towards the prime member of Mr Bush's original "axis of evil" is no such thing, of course. What it amounts to is a sensible move from war-war to jaw-jaw at a time when talks between Iran and the European UN members ove...

  • Letters: Disappearing Post Offices
    Thursday, 17 July 2008

    But it did make me think about the changing face of both town and village centres and the role we have all played in changing them. The supermarkets came and we used them, internet and e-Bay arrived and off we went, online shopping and emailing. Now ...

  • Leading article: Happy returns to a giant
    Friday, 18 July 2008

    Given his rare prestige, there is always the temptation to look to a man above the battle to sort out the conflicts on the bloodied ground below, whether in Zimbabwe or elsewhere, by the sheer authority of his presence. People thought the same of Gan...

  • Leading article: Minimum, as in wage
    Thursday, 17 July 2008

    Well, we might think that, and you might think that, too. But it turns out that the way the Government defined the minimum wage was rather different. As we report today, the then Department of Trade and Industry reached a tacit agreement with the hos...

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