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  • Letters: Truancy and schooling
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    What is the incentive for a child of below-average ability to attend school, only to be constantly told that despite their best efforts they are not achieving "the expected level" in revision tests? Encouragement and support are all-important but "ex...

  • Leading article: Immigration belongs in the electoral mainstream
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    And it should be said that he did a creditable job of handling this trickiest of subjects. It should also be said that from now on it is likely to become more difficult for mainstream politicians to talk coolly about immigration – not just for Gordon...

  • Barbara Stocking: New beginnings in Haiti
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

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  • Liz Hoggard: The workplace can be tough on all of us
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    Ceri Thomas, the editor of the Today programme on Radio 4, is rightly under fire for claiming that female journalists do not have a thick enough hide to cope with the demands of a morning news show. Women can be just as terrifying as men. Look at the...

  • Guy Adams: Siding with the snappers in surf war
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    Every now and then, while exploring local hot-spots, you'll clock what looks like a famous person in the line-up. I'm pretty sure the slightly podgy long-boarder frequenting Topanga Canyon last summer was Adam Sandler. And one of the regulars just so...

  • Leading article: The last closed court is thrown open
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    Since it was set up under the Mental Capacity Act of 2005, the Court of Protection has quietly passed judgment on thousands of people who have been deemed incapable of making their own decisions. Among those whose cases have been heard are people who...

  • Marina Cantacuzino: We can forgive without excusing
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    On the day after the 25th anniversary of the Brighton bombing, Patrick Magee, the man responsible for planting the bomb, spoke alongside Jo Berry, the daughter of MP Sir Anthony Berry, who was killed in the blast. It was an impassioned debate which s...

  • Robert Verkaik: Anti-terror tactics badly backfiring
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    The discovery that the July bombers and their accomplices were home-grown meant the police and the Security Service needed to rethink their counter-terrorism tactics. The subsequent hunt for groups of British-born men who might be planning similar at...

  • Mark Stephens: Family courts too must uphold the principle of open justice
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    One of the problems for the English courts has always been their eagerness to close their doors to public scrutiny in relation to family matters. While there are occasions when a court needs to be closed, there are many more occasions where they need...

  • Time to change the record and co-operate with Muslim community
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    It isn't so much that a Students' Union felt the need to succumb to the "requests" of anti-terror police and give away the names, addresses and telephone numbers of more than 800 innocent British Muslim students. It is more that it felt it could do t...

  • Leading article: Social care needs a rational and fair system of funding
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Yesterday's White Paper is welcome for one reason and one reason alone: it puts the argument about social care squarely on to the electoral agenda. While proposing a National Care Service that, like the NHS, would be free at the point of need, howeve...

  • Leading article: Family values
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    So pity the Queen when she has to argue it all out with her bank manager (with us taxpayers if you want to know). No wonder She, or rather the Keeper of the Privy Purse, wanted it kept within the family. Who would want it known that the Gloucesters a...

  • Sean O’Grady: 'It's a lot of money for overseeing library fines and speeding tickets'
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    Local authorities, after all, employ many thousands of people, their "turnover" and expenditure runs into many millions, and they have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure council tax payers' funds – analogous to shareholders' funds – are spent prope...

  • Paul Whaley: Is it really sensible to wait and see?
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    Which is a stark statement to make about a substance widely found in food packaging, linings of tins and drinks, dental sealant and polycarbonate plastics and which biomonitoring studies have found is present in 92 per cent of adults. Health problems...

  • Femi Alese: Foreign policy could yet be the decisive factor on 6 May
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    As they hone their delivery skills and update knowledge on domestic concerns, it is the response to questions pertaining to foreign policy that will determine who's perceived victorious by viewers. Revelations from the Chilcot inquiry, coupled with t...

  • Nat Wei: How to unleash the virtue of volunteers
    Thursday, 1 April 2010

    My friend Ash works for a charity so dependent on government funding that he is terrified to say anything in public in case it loses its support. Then there is Sally, who got involved in local politics but gave up because there was so much bureaucrac...

  • Letters: Legalising drugs
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Equally damagingly, it leads to a futile and sterile dialogue in which those who oppose a ban, on the basis of 40 years' evidence that prohibition does not work, are characterised as being "soft on drugs", while the prohibitionists claim the moral hi...

  • Jaci Stephen: 'Although my sexual desire has increased, so has my desire for watching TV'
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    After deciding not to take the multiple amounts of medication given to me by doctors for my bad back, I spoke to an osteopath, who put the problem down to the immense bag-carrying I have been doing on my transatlantic travels – usually two cases that...

  • Leading article: Climate change fightback, part 1
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    The first of these inquiries, by the House of Commons all-party Science and Technology Committee, has now reported and it states that the reputation of Professor Jones and the three full-time scientists who make up his unit remains intact. He did not...

  • Michelle Mitchell: Whoever wins election, care must come first
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Almost everyone can agree with the principle of a new national system that guarantees more flexible support, earlier help, and an end to the postcode lottery. And as long as it is fair and affordable, offering free support to everyone who needs it, w...

  • Professor Andrew Watterson: If retailers do not take action, Government must intervene
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    The plastics industry has periodically demonstrated, by its past public health failures, why we need both prevention and precaution. This was the case with its handling of worker exposure to vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) gas in PVC manufacture into th...

  • Robert Verkaik: These royal revelations are merely the tip of the iceberg
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Now Labour ministers, aided and abetted by Buckingham Palace, risk a similar debacle by denying the public access to sensitive and embarrassing documents relating to the funding of the Queen's occupied palaces. Today's disclosure of more than 100 let...

  • Sir Robert Worcester: No serious observer can claim the special relationship is finished
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    In his first formal speech, the new American Ambassador Louis Susman, speaking to the Pilgrims Society last November, observed how strong our two nations' ties are. He pointed out the basis of the special relationship, a term coined by Winston Church...

  • Amy Jenkins: The fantasy that is violent women
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    The film is based on a comic book by the Scottish writer Mark Millar and is directed by Matthew Vaughn who came out of the Lock, Stock stable of British film-making. It's written by Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman – who should be famous for her ...

  • Marcus Tanner: Bosnian Muslims will not forget their suffering
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    On 28 November 1992, I got into Srebrenica, eight months into the siege, with the first UN aid convoy. We drove past a gauntlet of Serbian women, screaming abuse, spitting and shouting "No food for Muslims!" The relief felt in the town was enormous. ...

  • Shaun Walker: 'I know nothing of Chechnya, except they're dangerous people'
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    At both stations where the blasts occurred, impromptu memorial stands were set up. Mourners piled up roses and carnations in the central hall between platforms; some also left Orthodox Christian icons, and lit candles. A makeshift red notice had been...

  • Sarah Birch: Politicians' reputations are so low it doesn't matter what they do
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    Participants in an online study were asked questions about standards in public life, both in April, before The Daily Telegraph began publishing details of MPs' expenses, and again in September. What is most interesting is not the change that occurred...

  • Leading article: Things can only get better
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    But the old pro still has the capacity to attract attention. "How did he get that tan and the blond hair. Did he spray on both at the same time?" And "how does he keep in such good shape?" France has its Carla Bruni and the US its Michelle Obama. But...

  • Our correspondent: Courage in the face of ruthless abuses
    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    X and his family, for example – I'll call him Myint Swe, lifting a name at random from the New Light of Myanmar. Furtive pathways led me to his home in northern Rangoon, a shack close to a rubbish dump. A little beaming bird of a man, he recounted pr...

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