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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

  • Leading article: The obsession with results harms children's education
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    This is done in a number of ways. The simplest is for a school to omit to enter a student for an exam if they are unlikely to get an A-C grade (which has become the benchmark of a "good" GCSE). Another is "teaching to the test", where teachers relent...

  • Leading article: Inaction speaks louder than fierce words
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    In the sense that no one stayed away from a meeting called at short notice in mid-August, and that a closing statement was agreed, the first task was accomplished. Not a nimble organisation at the best of times, Nato convened almost a week after EU m...

  • Michael Brown: Why not tell voters the truth?
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    But in spite of the economic disasters of those times, at least their governments had, nominally, real powers of control at their disposal. Laws could be passed restricting rises in prices and incomes. Citizens would be forbidden to buy more than £50...

  • Letters: Miscarriages of justice
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    However, each such case has surely to be assessed on its merits. Clearly, searching the internet for unsubstantiated material about a defendant and then disseminating this to the other jurors is likely to be prejudicial. However, a number of miscarri...

  • Leading article: Sell off Heathrow, too
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    This has been seen at its worst in Heathrow. As a good number of the 68 million passengers who used it last year will confirm, the airport is little short of a national disgrace. The fiasco of Terminal 5's opening was only the most high-profile disas...

  • Simon Calder: Our fears are irrational: it's more dangerous to cycle
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    On the contrary, the lessons learned from the wretched demise of another jet aircraft, will in time, enhance safety. The tradition – no, obsession – with studying the causes of plane crashes means safety officials in airlines and manufacturers will e...

  • Dan Tench: UK courts offer a warm welcome
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    There are several reasons for this. Firstly, UK libel courts are often prepared to make big payouts. The libel lottery of the 1980s, where plaintiffs could recover £500,000 or more in damages, has been ended but claimants can still be awarded very su...

  • Andrew Buncombe: On the unfinished road to democracy
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    Bordering on ridiculous The India-Pakistan border crossing at Waggah, 20 miles from both Lahore (Pakistan) and Amritsar (India), is a remarkable place. Because trucks from either country are not allowed to progress more than 100 metres into the o...

  • Peter Melchett: Don't believe the GM apologists
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    In Britain, we lost up to 95 per cent of our ancient woodlands, flower meadows, hedges and wildlife and saw massive losses of farms and farm workers' jobs. Farming became more oil-dependent. Our food lost vitamins, taste and diversity and our diet be...

  • Joey Cheek: The Olympics are about so much more than sport
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    That has never been the intention of the Olympics. They were created (in the modern incarnation) to be a festival to promote brotherhood, human rights, and peaceful conflict resolution. The Chinese government has repeated the mantra that this is only...

  • Letters: False passports
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    Three weeks ago, I appeared before the Court of Appeal on behalf of a young Algerian man who had attempted to get to Canada on a false passport. He had done so because he wanted a better opportunity to support his unemployed family of seven in Algeri...

  • Leading article: Save Britain's code of honour
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    This is a monument to a different type of dedication from the raw courage needed during the Battle of Britain or the Normandy landings. Bletchley's secret weapon was abstract thought. In an age when we struggle to interest our children in mathematics...

  • Alan McGee: An original beauty is born in Scotland's rock'n'roll city
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    But James Allan finds beauty in settings like this, which makes him the greatest genius to come out of the city for decades. Because of the internet you can stay anywhere in the world and be part of the music industry. It has made the world a very sm...

  • Frances Crook: When prison fails, community sentencing can work
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    Community sentences seek to challenge and change people for the better. By contrast, our overcrowded prisons fail to offer lasting solutions to crime. Spending all day lounging on a cell bunk, particularly for those on short sentences, is the real 's...

  • Denis MacShane: The mood has darkened across the whole of Europe
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    Yesterday's Nato meeting saw the hitherto pro-Russian German foreign minister agreeing with the firm line taken by Britain's David Miliband about Russian behaviour both in launching the land, sea and air assault of Georgia and the cynicism with which...

  • Leading article: Citizen jurors
    Thursday, 21 August 2008

    Of course, an aborted trial is a scandalous waste of time and public money and an insult to the injured party. But was the juror really to blame or did the old-fashioned protectionism of the legal profession play a role? In an age when specialised kn...

  • Leading article: Golden touch
    Wednesday, 20 August 2008

    Cynics may scoff that sport is the opium of a couch potato people. But these Olympics have offered more than mere diversion from a dismal summer of grey skies and economic gloom. They have stirred in British breasts a pride and confidence which can b...

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