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Thursday, 28 August 2008

  • Leading article: The injustice of a system that penalises carers
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    That is why we welcome the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee's report today, which makes a powerful case for wholesale reform of the benefits available to carers. As the report points out, if these individuals were paid by the priva...

  • Leading article: Both sides should cool the Cold War rhetoric
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    Predictable though it was, Russia's move adds a new twist to a crisis between the West and Russia that is becoming more dangerous by the day – and much of the blame for this rests with Russia. The Kremlin's response to Georgia's incursion into South ...

  • Letters: The difficulty of GCSEs
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    If I had believed half of what I had heard and read I would have expected an A* just for being able to write my name in vaguely the right place on the exam paper and ticking a few boxes in multiple-choice questions. Far from it. The course was stimul...

  • Leading article: Art for whose sake?
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    But should the Government get involved and use public money to help acquire the works for the nation? It is a more finely balanced argument than many cheerleaders for the acquisition are prepared to admit. We should not underestimate the inspirationa...

  • William M Gumede: We need an opposition, but one with credibility
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    The Achilles heel of South Africa's democracy is the lack of a relevant, effective and credible opposition party that talks to the country's long-suffering black majority. This void has led to extraordinary complacency in the ruling African National ...

  • Carola Long: Why fashion loves the super-thin
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    Although Moss doesn't exactly frame this as an overtly political comment – she attributes her low weight to the fact that "when I was doing shows and flying economy, nobody ever fed me", when really, how much trouble is it to buy your own sandwich be...

  • John Kerry: When our country is wrong, we must set it right
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    Never in modern history has an administration squandered American power so recklessly. Never has strategy been so replaced by ideology. Never has extremism so crowded out common sense and fundamental American values. Never has short-term partisan pol...

  • Letters: Defining Britishness
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    However, I was reminded by last week's series of articles in The Independent regarding the decaying state of Bletchley Park that I have never felt so proud to be British as when I visited this historic site some years ago. The Station X story tells o...

  • Leading article: Don't try to buck the housing market
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    But to historians, there will also be nothing surprising about the fact that these companies are now lobbying for state help to deal with the fallout. The directors of these construction companies know ministers are as nervous as they are about decli...

  • Richard Garner: So where do fish and chips come from?
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    Eyebrows have also been raised in the same quarters that more emphasis is to be placed on the work of William Wilberforce, the MP who campaigned to abolish slavery, as teachers are asked to spend more time discussing slavery and the history of ethnic...

  • Hillary Clinton: If you supported me, then support Barack Obama
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    I ran for president to renew the promise of America, to rebuild the middle class and sustain the American dream. To promote a clean-energy economy that will create millions of green-collar jobs, to create a universal, high-quality, affordable health-...

  • Guy Adams: A ghost in America's security machine
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    This week, the "Crockefeller" circus arrived in LA, after police in San Marino began using radar to search for bodies under the patio of his former home. Apparently, he's now a "person of interest" in a local murder case going back to 1985. To my min...

  • Michael McCarthy: When is a sparrow not a sparrow?
    Friday, 29 August 2008

    This week, browsing through an advance copy of a stylish new history of ornithology, The Wisdom of Birds, by Tim Birkhead, I came across an intriguing reference to the most famous sparrow of all, the one that belonged as a pet to Lesbia, lover of the...

  • Leading article: Happy days
    Thursday, 28 August 2008

    Now the British Household Panel Survey has tried the same thing. In this case, though, they asked residents questions about their "subjective wellbeing" such as whether they get uninterrupted sleep at night and whether they feel confident in their da...

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