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Friday, 16 July 2010

  • Leading article: An inadequate reform act, but a political victory for Mr Obama
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    There are some sensible elements in the new legislation. The creation of a new agency to protect ordinary borrowers from predatory lending should help to prevent a repeat of the sub-prime debacle which saw dirt-poor Americans force-fed giant loans wh...

  • Letters: Graduate tax
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    A graduate tax will deter many from an ordinary background, especially now the message is clear that a job does not flow from anything but the best results, in a vocational subject. It will also greatly increase state control of academia, at a time w...

  • Leading article: This burka ban does not translate
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    It last erupted four years ago, after Jack Straw disclosed that he asked women to remove their face covering if they came to his constituency surgery, as he felt uncomfortable talking to people whose face he could not see. The argument went to and fr...

  • Anthony Seldon: Our education system is collapsing into a form of mass indoctrination
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    Genuine education has never been more necessary than now, and Education Secretarry Michael Gove must take heed, because the true mantra of the past 13 years was "instruction, instruction, instruction". Under a succession of Education Secretaries, som...

  • Amy Jenkins: Whether back for good or not, Robbie's return could be magic
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    Are you wayward and unpredictable with a tendency to depression and the odd flash of genius? Or are you a solid and dependable hard worker, the decent one who eventually wins through? I put myself more on the Robbie side of the equation – although I'...

  • Tehmina Kazi: Inconsistency in enforcing laws just breeds resentment
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    If a woman makes an independent decision based on the religious texts, then who are we to question that? When women make an independent choice to wear these garments we have to support their human right to make that choice. But my colleagues and I at...

  • Leading article: A proposal worthy of exploration
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Tuition fees have been the answer thus far. And it has been a moderately successful one. A combination of subsidised student loans (repayable only when the individual's income passes £15,000 a year) and generous grants for those from less well-off ba...

  • Leading article: All-American rise and fall
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    He denied and denied he was romancing a campaign worker, then denied and denied she had borne his child, even deputing someone else to claim paternity. It all came to grief in the most spectacular way, as so often in American political society, and n...

  • Robert Verkaik: Ministers can no longer afford to ignore abuse by the Army
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    The horrifying case of Baha Mousa, kicked and beaten to death by British soldiers in 2003, shows that if only a handful of the 100 Iraqis alleging abuse are found to be telling the truth, the political fallout will swamp anything uncovered by an inqu...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Statistics are not gathered to benefit the few
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    This week the Prime Minister was reproved in a letter from the head of the UK Statistics Authority for repeating Conservative claims about increases in violent crime. In the Commons on 7 July, David Cameron said gun crime and violent crime "went thro...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Some days I wake up laughing at men, go to bed laughing at men, and as for the hours in between...'
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    Apparently, men today feel they are not being taken seriously in the way women felt they weren't being taken seriously when Woman's Hour was founded 50 years ago, and if some reverse sexism is afoot, then we must all fight it, although not today, as ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on banning the burka
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Let French make own decisions Contrary to Adrian Hamilton's assertion in "Banning the burka is a lot of hot air" (15 July), there is no current "impassioned debate" in France about the proposed burka ban. All the passion is coming from hectoring ...

  • Leading article: The right to the wrong opinion
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    No 10's intervention to get Facebook to remove web pages that have voiced support for the gunman Raoul Moat, and his own emphatic condemnation in the Commons of the views expressed, is a reversion to classic New Labour posturing. The Prime Minister's...

  • Kim Sengupta: It worked in Iraq, but success in Afghanistan is less certain
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Unlike Iraq's "Sunni Awakening", the bands in Afghanistan will not be composed of militants who have "turned" and will instead be raised from tribal levies. However, a parallel project of attempting to reconcile the lower-level Taliban is also under ...

  • Martin Hickman: A cautionary tale of corporate hubris and high-handedness
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    The problems have arisen because even the human tornado of the company's driven, egomaniac chief executive, Steve Jobs, cannot sweep away the flaws in its latest star product nor distract from its secretive and sometimes high-handed approach. In many...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Eradicating this biblical plague is becoming possible
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    The achievement of Michael Riehle and his team at the University of Arizona is impressive. But by their own admission, they have done the easy bit – create a genetically modified mosquito that cannot transmit malaria. To help with controlling the dis...

  • Leading article: Back for good?
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    It all puts us in mind of another widely successful band from the 1990s, whose story we have been reliving through Peter Mandelson's memoirs this week. They started off as ambitious unknowns. For many years they were as close as brothers. They conque...

  • Mark Hughes: A hard act to follow – especially with fewer police
    Friday, 16 July 2010

    Ministers would have hoped that yesterday's statistics might show an increase in crime – allowing them to blame the previous government and giving them some cover if crime goes up in the face of public sector cuts. They didn't, and now the Government...

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