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  • Leading article: An exam system that could serve our pupils better
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    If universities and employers are disappointed by gaps in the knowledge or skills of their new recruits – and their loudest recent complaints have been about the mastery of basic reading, writing and maths – this should not be laid at the door of ind...

  • Leading article: A conflict that has cost Georgia's democracy dear
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    Short – and nasty – this conflict may have been, but it leaves many mysteries behind it. We still have no accurate idea of the extent of casualties or the scale of the damage. While there is much human suffering and many refugees – alas, these are in...

  • Alistair Horne: We mistake the mood in Russia at our peril
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, Reagan and Thatcher displayed Churchillian magnanimity towards Gorbachev's broken nation. Relations were never better. There was no triumphalism. Then came Madeleine Albright, with all the inbuilt prejudices a...

  • Letters: Nato forces
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    In Nato's previous incarnation its transition-to-war plans involved the Allied Command Europe (ACE) Mobile Force, a lightly armed formation which could be deployed to threatened front-line areas. It was formed of detachments from several Nato nations...

  • Leading article: Lost in cloud cuckoo land
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    It is clear that we are in the midst of a sharp slowdown; one that could very easily turn into a full-blown recession. It is hard not to draw a contrast between such dire reports and the optimistic tone adopted by the stewards of our economy this tim...

  • Kim Sengupta: First war, now anarchy as Russian militias run riot
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    George Bush and the Georgian government accused Moscow of breaking the less than 24-hour-old ceasefire, as armed bands of Ossetians, Cossacks and Chechens raided villages around the strategic town of Gori which was taken over by Russian forces in the...

  • Jonathan Mills: Exciting times for Europe can inspire the arts
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    Embarking on my journey to Edinburgh to become director of one of Europe's oldest and finest cultural organisations, I have been hugely inspired by the open-spirited debate about the future of the European Union; a future that is being robustly conte...

  • Julian Critchley: All the experts admit that we should legalise drugs
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    I was being interviewed on the BBC World Service, and after I tried to explain why I believe that drugs should be decriminalised, the person representing the other side of the argument pointed out that drugs are terrible, that they destroy lives. Now...

  • Mary Bousted: The truth behind those A-level grades
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    Take today's A-level results. Why are grades so much higher these days? Because teachers, under pressure, are getting better and better at squeezing every last mark out of every pupil regardless of whether the students really understand what they are...

  • Letters: Hostilities in the Caucasus
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    When you look at Iraq and Afghanistan and realise to what ruthless lengths the US (and Nato and the EU) will go to secure supplies of oil, then it is only natural that the Russians move to maintain control of their own back-yard. The US has been tryi...

  • Leading article: The stark truth about rape
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    Questions of safety and personal responsibility are not irrelevant when it comes to rape. Women should be wary about drinking to excess and making themselves a possible target for those with criminal intent (although this applies to men, just as much...

  • Anne Penketh: Moscow flexed military muscle, and left West humiliated
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    The conflict, conducted with brio by Vladimir Putin, who clearly remains the man in charge of the Kremlin, has ended on Russia's terms, and there is nothing the West can do about it. Moscow has demonstrated that it is prepared to use military might t...

  • Georgette Gagnon: Before any resolution, Zimbabwe first needs justice
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    Lead mediator President Thabo Mbeki and other Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders should press Zimbabwe's leadership to address crucial human rights issues prior to any transitional government arising from the current negotiations. ...

  • Leading article: Wedding belles
    Thursday, 14 August 2008

    Some hard-hearted cynics have said that the perfunctory nuptials at the Little White Chapel on the Strip were not about love or marriage at all, but about the pair promoting the new husband's first rock album with the indie band Chester French (there...

  • Leading article: That's entertainment
    Wednesday, 13 August 2008

    But more significantly, he developed their careers at the nation's public service broadcaster, the BBC. Without Sir Bill's brilliance as an impresario of light entertainment in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, ITV might easily have developed a monopoly on thi...

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