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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...

  • Leading article: The Pope should reconsider his state visit to Britain
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    It is a robust defence. As an archbishop, Vincent Nichols clearly has a duty to mount a defence against the rising criticism of the "Holy Father". As a man who must understand just how serious this crisis is to the standing of the Church and the fait...

  • Sean O'Grady: Get ready for Vince in Number 11
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Look at it from Brown's point of view. In a few weeks his political career could be over. For a man who, more even than most prime ministers, lives for politics and politics alone, that is death. In any case, Brown has come a long way from his past. ...

  • Dr John Sentamu: Prison's purpose should be to rehabilitate, not just punish
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    One of the key points from the Easter story is the relationship between Jesus and the two prisoners alongside him on the cross. One of them asks Jesus to remember him when he comes into his Kingdom, and as a result is forgiven for his past sins, give...

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

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Hunting ban
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Everyone knows about cigarettes and smoke emissions through knowledge and experience – so they can make a judgement. Very few people who wish hunting banned have a clue about predators and prey; about the need for fox and deer dispersal; about a bala...

  • Leading article: A victory for fair comment
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    The judge who gave the original ruling, Mr Justice Eady, has made a number of rulings which suppress freedom of speech. He was the judge who found in favour of Max Mosley in his privacy battle with the News of the World. The implications of his rulin...

  • Pam Giddy: The scandal of appointed Lords is holding up democratic reform
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    It seems barely a week goes by these days without some new dose of sleaze and scandal spewing from the red benches. From cash-for-peerages to cash-for-amendments to the outrage of non-dom donors, the Lords, and its system of appointments, has been on...

  • Roger Middleton: These elections are essential for peace throughout the region
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Most analysts did not expect Arman to win but he could have forced a run-off vote. Sudan's other main opposition parties have now also pulled out but it was unlikely any candidate other than Arman would have got close to al-Bashir. Only the SPLM has ...

  • Jerome Taylor: Mothers confused by mixed messages on BPA risks
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Following The Independent's revelations earlier this week that a number of high street retailers, including Boots and Mothercare, were continuing to sell off old-stock baby bottles that contain BPA, internet forums have been filled with discussions ...

  • John Kampfner: For once, a court decision that gladdens the heart
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and his appeals panel have not just ruled against a critical aspect in the case brought by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). They have set a precedent that should make it considerably harder for organisat...

  • Andy McSmith: Brown will be fuming over Tory letter-writing campaign
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    But having the chief executives and chairmen of 23 large companies step forward and endorse what he has said makes Osborne's job much easier, and puts Labour in the uncomfortable position of arguing that people like Simon Wolfson, the chief executive...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Lines on a map
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    But they are precision tools of the present too, as a modern 1:50,000 map of any contemporary British city will show, which is why the OS website nearly went into meltdown yesterday when the public was allowed free and unrestricted access to most of ...

  • Rhiannon Harries: If Banksy were a west London Tory...
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    But if the oversized alphabet comes as a nice surprise on an unassuming Hackney shopfront, finding it behind the glass of Knightsbridge boutique is more a mild shock. It appears that the man behind the typeface, Ben Eine, has now lent his talents to ...

  • Peter Greenaway: Time to bid the fondest farewell to the art of cinema
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    Much pop music and film-making activity came out of art school. I was at art school with Ian Drury and another school down the road was attended by the early members of The Pink Floyd. Ostensibly, people went to art school to paint, draw and design, ...

  • Harriet Walker: The innovator and the nostalgic
    Friday, 2 April 2010

    When Net-a-Porter launched, it was part of an optimistic wave of dotcoms seeking to establish a new realm for retail. A decade later, with many of those start-ups having failed before they even began, Net-a-Porter remains at the forefront of internet...

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