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  • Leading article: Money alone may not end child poverty in Britain
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

    Mr Field states baldly that huge class differences can be observed in children's abilities even on their very first day of school. "For many poor children," he says, "life's race is by then already effectively over." Among the remedies he proposes fo...

  • Leading article: The Governor of the Bank of England should know his place
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    Not that there is anything in the Wikileaks documents made available this week that would warrant a sacking or, as some MPs are calling for, a parliamentary investigation into his remarks last February to the US ambassador. Indeed, after all the accu...

  • Letters: Can bid failure help restore sanity to English football?
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

    In the past 20 years the top English clubs have been taken over by foreign billionaires as playthings to be discarded once their owners become bored; clubs throughout the land have seen their grounds sold off and the profits extracted by carpet bagge...

  • Leading article: Let there be summertime all year
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

    There is, of course, a nostalgia issue here. In some ways it would be a pity to lose Greenwich Mean Time, which has such resonance both in Britain and around the world. This, however, is a detail compared with the many advantages that would accrue fr...

  • Donald Macintyre: A smouldering hillside where once was lush green foliage
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

    Inside the kibbutz – closed to the public by the police – it was even easier to understand what he was running from. Perhaps a dozen charred and still smoking buildings were burned out, their contents destroyed. The wreckage of two cars devoured by t...

  • Rebecca Front: My New Year's Resolution to stop explaining myself
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

    Take a look at my opening sentence and you'll see what I mean. I spend my life explaining myself, second-guessing what people must think of me, feeling guilty about everything. Rarely do I mention buying a new item of clothing without adding the disc...

  • Professor Peter Kopelman: More serious public-health measures needed
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

    The most successful approaches have been those backed by legislation, such as seatbelts and the bans on tobacco advertising and smoking in public places. No government has yet been brave enough to legislate in the field of obesity – recently the focu...

  • Letters: Wikileaks saga shows that no data is safe
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    The Coalition deserves praise for dismantling some of the previous Government's ill-judged central databases. ContactPoint would have made information about every child in England available to at least 400,000 people, but was switched off in August. ...

  • Leading article: An honourable bid, and a bitter defeat
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    There will be those who call this sour grapes, and after the outstanding effort put in by the England bid team to bring the tournament to these shores for the first time since 1966, defeat would have been hard to take under any circumstances. But the...

  • Jerome Taylor: Even without its founder, WikiLeaks will go on
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    Like Al Qa’ida – an organisation that the more acerbic US critics have compared Wikileaks to – Assange has spawned an idea, one which will now be copied, developed and franchised by volunteers all over the world. Even if the founding father is silenc...

  • Steve Connor: Atlantic winds normally save us. Not this time
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    However, a large area of high pressure has developed over the Atlantic which acts as a "block" against these relatively mild westerlies. As a result, bitterly cold Arctic air has moved south over much of north-western Europe. Mainland Europe at this ...

  • John Rentoul: "What do we (not) want?"
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

  • Leading article: Snow patrol
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

    In Russia, 300 people freeze to death each year on the streets. In Afghanistan, whole families huddle around stoves for days on end. In Sweden, death by falling icicle is a regular occurrence. For all that Britain has been covered in white this week,...

  • Harriet Walker: Spare us from the vulgar tyranny of thrift tourism
    Saturday, 4 December 2010

    The one thing that seems particular to our current slump, though, is the strange and self-righteous fiscal fervour afflicting, on the whole, the upper echelons. It's hard to decide whether it's to be applauded as a much-needed cultural overhaul of ou...

  • John Rentoul: Verb Oten
    Friday, 3 December 2010

  • Leading article: The difference you can make
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    We know people's wallets are lighter than they were. But last year your willingness to donate even in hard times was powerfully evident and we're confident we'll see a repeat in 2010. This year your donations will be divided between three charities t...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Only fools try to predict what flu will do next
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    Swine flu was not what we were expecting. It came from Mexico, not the Far East, its origin was pigs rather than birds and it was mild (for most people). For a decade the world had planned for a pandemic of H5N1 bird flu which, on the basis of the 50...

  • Sean O'Grady: Cold snap will hit economic growth, but add to our wellbeing
    Friday, 3 December 2010

    But if, as the Independent Petrol Retailers Association warns, petrol stations start running out of fuel, the effects could be much greater, given that so much of the UK's distribution of food and goods relies on road transport. Insurers RSA are talk...

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