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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

  • Climate change: the daily reality for farmers
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    I have yet to meet a small scale farmer who has not noticed the shifts in weather patterns affecting their livelihoods. And who does not fear for the future of themselves and their families. These are people struggling to survive on the edge of a pre...

  • Leading article: A wall of secrecy around our courts is crumbling
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Those whose cases come before the court range from soldiers suffering from brain damage, to people with Alzheimer's disease, to those born with learning difficulties. When the family courts opened their doors to journalists last year, the Court of Pr...

  • Independent’s Dave Brown wins Political Cartoon of Year
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    Published in this newspaper the day after the Coalition government was formed in May, the cartoon shows David Cameron and Nick Clegg in a coal mine with the Liberal Democrat leader as the canary. Speaking at an awards ceremony organised by The Politi...

  • Leading article: A courageous challenge to the conventional wisdom
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    What has always been lacking is a self-confident government minister prepared to challenge the conventional wisdom and to change course. Mercifully, in the Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, we now have such a minister. The green paper he published y...

  • Letters: Perspectives on WikiLeaks
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Keep Assange from the lynch mob Johann Hari is right ("This case must not obscure what WikiLeaks has told us", 8 December). WikiLeaks has performed a valuable service in exposing the nasty underbelly of international politics, as controlled by th...

  • Leading article: Civilised standing
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    The arguments against are well known, summed up in the single word, Hillsborough. But, as Don Foster argues in The Independent today, that disaster was a result less of standing than of overcrowding and neglect. Safe standing areas, as common in Ger...

  • Don Foster: Modern options allow for standing to be safe again
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Clearly, a complete culture shift was long overdue, and seats came with all kinds of benefits. Like rows of barriers, they would prevent surges in the crowd. By giving each spectator their own little space, seats were more comfortable and stopped jos...

  • Stan Hey: Terrace apprenticeship was fun – but not to be repeated
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    I learnt that having spent 6d to get in, I was buggered if I was going to hand over a shilling to a bigger boy to avoid being smacked in the gob. You could act tough, but I also learnt to point to my National Health glasses; I learnt to be self-effac...

  • Ceri Goddard: Publicising pay differential is key to tackling it
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Women in arts and entertainment earn on average 25 per cent less than men; in the financial sector this rises to almost 40 per cent. In 2010, 40 years after the Equal Pay Act, women working in Dagenham – home of the first strikes for equal pay – typi...

  • Letters: University funding
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    For some years vice-chancellors have been clamouring for the power to increase student fees. But now they will have less money, will not be allowed to increase income by recruiting more students (because the Government will continue to penalise over-...

  • Leading article: Mr Obama's depressing realpolitik
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    Last month's Congressional elections changed all that. The resurgent Republicans have demanded cuts for everyone and Mr Obama has had no option but to climb down. With the Republicans now controlling the Senate a new political era of compromise has d...

  • Sean O’Grady: The paradox that could strangle Europe
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    It is as if an indulgent parent "lends" the money for their spoilt offspring to buy a flat in one of the more fashionable districts of London. The loan is agreed in the full but the unspoken understanding of both parties is that it is non-recoverable...

  • Sean O'Grady: With the rescue Eire's troubles really begin
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    The IMF in particular has a poor track record in imposing "solutions" that make matters worse, even though harsh medicine is always expected. Though such judgements are difficult to hand down in the field of economics, the IMF's prescriptions after t...

  • Richard Garner: An indictment of Labour, a challenge for the Coalition
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    If you recall in September, the last major education publication from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – its annual glance at world education statistics – showed the UK sliding down the international league table for graduat...

  • Richard Garner: Culture of hard work pays off in the Far East
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    This year is the first time schools from mainland China have entered the tables and they have walked off with the top ranking in all three subjects: maths, reading and science. So how have they done it? Well, Andreas Schleicher, head of the education...

  • Terri Judd: From shocked victim to murder 'accomplice'
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    On 14 November, Mr Dewani, 31, had to be sedated after hearing that his 28-year-old wife's body had been found in the back of a taxi, apparently another random victim of the 50 murders a day in South Africa. Images of the blissful couple on their wed...

  • Talbot Church: A problem of protocol strikes wedding plans
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    During Prince William's ill-fated visit to Zurich last week, several key members of Fifa's executive committee were offered invitations to the royal wedding. Now, after the failure of England's World Cup bid, friends of the infuriated Prince say he i...

  • John Rentoul: The New Che Guevara?
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

  • Sean O'Grady: PFI firms should give money back
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    That is a harsh judgment on the progress of PFI projects during the Brown premiership, because the banks were not completely controlled by the state for the whole of that time, and these later PFI projects were probably better value-for-money than th...

  • Leading article: Oh, what a tangled web he weaves
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    It related to sexual offences, including rape, alleged to have been committed in Sweden. A European arrest warrant had been taken out in his name, and the judge refused bail on the grounds that he might abscond. Mr Assange is fighting extradition and...

  • Deborah Ross: Nobody wants to bust a gut on Boxing Day
    Thursday, 9 December 2010

    Recipes for Boxing Day are up there with The Contraception Lady who comes to visit you in hospital after you've just had a baby, and wants to talk through your birth control plans, and you are like: "Birth control plans? Birth control plans? Are you ...

  • Leading article: Glad you couldn't make it
    Wednesday, 8 December 2010

    It has succeeded because it has strong-armed Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco among others not to attend the ceremony – from which Liu Xiaobo will also be absent, since he is ser...

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