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  • Leading article: We cannot afford this scientific brain drain
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    So is there really a crisis, or is this just a case of special pleading by a particular sector of the economy? As convenient as it would be to write the alarm off as special pleading, it is hard to deny the force of the CBI's argument. A decline in s...

  • Leading article: A small war in the Causasus which has huge implications
    Monday, 11 August 2008

    Georgia says it entered South Ossetia to stop the escalation of border skirmishing initiated with Russian backing. Russia says Georgia breached a unilateral ceasefire it had initiated. Georgia says that Russia bombed indiscriminately. Russia says it ...

  • Ed Balls: Tests are tools to help children achieve the best
    Monday, 11 August 2008

    Our aim – and that of schools – is to help all children do the best they can. Tests are simply tools which can help teachers achieve that – as well as focusing everyone on the core skills young people need. Tests also create accountability in the edu...

  • Letters: Widespread illiteracy
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    In the 1960s I met a retired miner who had been proposed as the chairman of a voluntary organisation, but he declined because, as he told me, he could not read the agenda and minutes. He had desperately wanted to be a shotfirer when at work, but coul...

  • Leading article: Careless talk can cost lives
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    Hard as it was to see through the clouds of propaganda emanating from the two sides, Russia clearly has the upper hand militarily. So the future would now seem to hinge on what Vladimir Putin's intentions are (for it is now apparent that it is the Ru...

  • Kim Sengupta: 'I don’t know when they will stop the attacks'
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    The realisation among ordinary Georgians that this has been a rather one-sided love affair has come as a profound shock. In Tbilisi, a city trying to project itself as an outpost of sophisticated western Europe, the mood is one of deep alarm interspe...

  • Murithi Mutiga: End the sham of African democracy
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    But these reversals also expose the weaknesses in the African version of democracy and offer a chance to invest in institutional reforms that would yield a more realistic model than that pursued in the past two decades. The construct of multi-party d...

  • Simon Calder: The world has learnt to expect British louts
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    You can dig as deep as you wish for the causes of Britain's reputation for debauchery abroad. The slow decay of the nuclear family, perhaps, or the social acceptability of drinking oneself into a stupor on a Saturday night. Or you could visit the Clu...

  • Matt Siegel: 'I came here to defend my people from genocide’
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    Nikolai is far from alone. Since the fighting broke out on Thursday night, hundreds and perhaps thousands of upstart fighters from Siberia to Chechnya have flocked to the border with Georgia to sign up to fight in what they describe as the first fron...

  • David Owen: Lessons in removing politicians from public office
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    In the United Kingdom removal is done within the procedures laid down by the prime minister's political party and politicians from other parties are only involved if the prime minister loses, or in the case of Chamberlain, is wounded by a vote of con...

  • Susie Rushton: Urban Notebook
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    In February, the couple bought shares in a Mayfair pub for a rumoured £2.5m. Now The Punch Bowl has been accused of price-fixing, with customers complaining that tourists are charged 40p per pint more than "regulars". Previously owned by Greg Foreman...

  • Letters: Parenting
    Monday, 11 August 2008

    Our society, not ministers, has given priority to paid work above the raising of children. We avoid the issue by talking about economic necessity, career fulfilment, gender stereotyping and the benefits of working – anything to disguise that fact. Wh...

  • Leading article: A necessary test of confidence
    Monday, 11 August 2008

    Recent experience has exposed concerns that must be allayed. The first, but not necessarily the most important, relates to process. There were big problems with the actual mechanical process of marking this year's Sats, including delays and computer ...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Delhi Notebook
    Monday, 11 August 2008

    This former British hill station in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, fragrant with the scent of pine and blessed with cool breezes, is known as the town that rocks. Remarkably, many international stars will play in Shillong while bypassing India...

  • Sean O'Grady: I mourn the death of ITV's glory days
    Monday, 11 August 2008

    These supposedly massive burdens are costing his station £300m per year. Hang on a minute. Did Mr Grade really say £300m? Press the rewind button. Yes he did, but the licence is in fact free; the £300m he keeps banging on about is the cost of making ...

  • James Marriott: 'Energy security' does not justify Kingsnorth
    Monday, 11 August 2008

    In 1951, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, later renamed BP, was desperate to build refineries in the UK, as 80 per cent of its refining capacity had just been nationalised by the Iranian state. The British government, which owned the majority sharehold...

  • Leading article: Give us your billionaires
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008

    Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, said this week that he intends to remain in Britain - one of a long line of Russian oligarchs, deposed African despots and assorted wealthy Central Asians, many of them fleeing the law of the...

  • Leading article: Pure gold
    Monday, 11 August 2008

    Fifth in the same event in 2004, Cooke returned to the Olympic arena to give a performance of tremendous character, helped in no small measure by the selfless contribution of her two team-mates. Cycling now has the distinction of having produced Brit...

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