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  • Leading article: A surprisingly liberal world view
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    Thankfully we have seen little of all that. The first visits the new Prime Minister made were to Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy; relations with Europe are flourishing. And though Mr Cameron has established a good relationship with President ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Perspectives on prison reform
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    What do the Tories believe? At the election the Tories displayed posters saying Gordon Brown let out 200,000 criminals from jail early, thus putting the public in danger. Now we are told that Labour doubled the number of people in prison and that...

  • Leading article: Missing the regulatory target
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    Regulators should take an interest in private-sector remuneration when there is a potential impact of those practices on the public purse. The remuneration systems of "too-big-to-fail" banks, which encouraged recklessness in the boom, clearly enter i...

  • Michael Glover: A welcome addition to our modern cultural landscape
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    He has done it time and time again – bought deftly, and made a name for himself by doing so. And when he hasn't bought well, he has sold again. In the Eighties he bought an old paint factory in north London and turned it into a white-walled exhibitio...

  • AC Grayling: Will this step towards a longer life create yet another divide in our society?
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    There is huge promise in this type of genetic research. If it helps us to cure or detect diseases, to tackle life-threatening problems, then it would be very useful and powerful knowledge to have. Of course there are challenging aspects to this resea...

  • Vincent Magombe: Britain must help defuse the situation – before it's too late
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    Tutsis are not a uniform group. They are split along lines that are crucial to the unrest unfolding in Rwanda now. The President, Paul Kagame, is from the Umwega clan, which has traditionally provided the Tutsi queen. When he became leader of the Rwa...

  • Professor Tom Kirkwood: There are limits to our powers of prediction
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    The study by Thomas Perls and his colleagues claims to have found genetic "signatures" in human centenarians that take us a big step towards this goal. I am unconvinced. What Perls and his team have done is to develop and apply some intriguing and po...

  • 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,...

  • Leading article: Channel hop
    Friday, 2 July 2010

    And what has prompted this change of mind? Apparently it was listening to licence-fee payers. This raises the question of to whom Sir Michael (who is supposed to represent the interests of licence-fee payers) was listening when he opposed the release...

  • 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...

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