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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

  • Leading article: Released from a punitive orthodoxy
    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    According to Mr Clarke, "just banging up more and more people for longer without actively seeking to change them is what you would expect of Victorian England". Observing that "it is virtually impossible to do anything productive with offenders on sh...

  • Ben Chu: Why no plan B, Mr Osborne?
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

  • Leading article: An emergency in out-of-hours cover
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    With a few caveats, we agree. On the European Working Time Directive, we would point out that the Government had ample warning of when it would come into force and what effect it could have, particularly on hospitals out of "normal" working hours. Th...

  • Letters: Perspectives on teaching history
    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    Scant time for topics in depth The views of your "experts" on what should be taught in school history lessons, ("Is it time for Hitler and Henry to make way for Cromwell?" 30 June) are fascinating. Sadly, time is the history teacher's main proble...

  • Leading article: To learn from history we need the facts
    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    The nature of the legal advice of the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, to the former government was one of the central debates that raged in those febrile months before the March 2003 invasion. We already knew that Lord Goldsmith changed his mind on...

  • Leading article: A contested President
    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    That Germany needed to elect a new President was unusual in itself. The low-key Horst Köhler, a former managing director of the IMF, was only a year into his second term. But he announced his resignation on 31 May, after saying that the quest for nat...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: Breast or bottle, keep calm and carry on
    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    It's rubbish, of course. Not the study, but the boast: I'm neither cleverer nor possess any of those other laudable qualities that bottle-loathing mothers like to boast about. I'm not less asthmatic, or less allergic. I don't even have better hand-to...

  • Harriet Walker: To tattoo, or not to tattoo?
    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    I speak, of course, of the rogues' gallery of tattoos that emerge when their owners shed their clothes around this time of year. From inscrutable foreign characters and epigrams to swallows and dainty little fairies, here is the modern Book of Kells,...

  • Letters: Wildlife and cuts
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    Dominic Lawson (29 June) argues persuasively that if it is a choice between unproductive public expenditure and expenditure based on personal choice the latter should prevail. However, that is not the choice the Government is making – it is seeking...

  • Leading article: Congo - Africa's disaster
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    Congo has suffered from Western influence in the decades since independence, too. During the Cold War the US used the brutal dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, as a proxy against Soviet-backed Angola. But the greatest disaster to have befallen Congo was the...

  • Michael McCarthy: It's down to Osborne to keep climate change on the agenda
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    This seemed very puzzling, and it was a long time before the quite improbable, behind-the-scenes truth began to dawn upon us all: that Mr Blair was not in charge of the domestic policy of his own government. Gordon Brown was. For most of his time as ...

  • Leading article: Until next year, Roger
    Thursday, 1 July 2010

    Federer's past two Wimbledon singles titles were hard won, going to record numbers of games and culminating in thrilling final sets. This year's finalists – whoever they turn out to be – will have an extroardinarily hard act to follow. Over the years...

  • Leading article: Golden age of television
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    Hosts on Vintage TV (who will include Paul Gambaccini, Debbie Harry and Rick Wakeman) will serve up a variety of music, films and shows for those who find the likes of Russell Brand and James Corden something of a turn-off. It will be interesting to ...

  • Emma Soames: It's time to unlock talent for the older generation
    Wednesday, 30 June 2010

    It seems exciting and I like the idea of all the new music videos, but I would not want to see endless re-runs of The Golden Girls and Bootsie and Snudge. If it produces original programming that is very watchable and not littered with four-letter ...

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