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Friday, 23 July 2010

  • Leading article: Dangers lie in David Cameron's hazy vision of social regeneration
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    The contours of the Government's vision are steadily coming into focus. It is clear that local authorities are regarded as an obstacle, rather than a facilitator of local empowerment. The policy of the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is designed t...

  • Leading article: Only a proper investigation will suffice
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    And we need to remember some history. For a long time the previous Government flatly denied that the British intelligence services were involved in anything like this. In the words of the Foreign Office: "The UK's position on torture is clear. We abh...

  • Letters: Education system
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    Anthony Seldon's excellent article ("Our education system is collapsing into a form of mass indoctrination", 17 July) reminds us of New Labour's 1997 commitment to "education, education, education" but claims that "the tyranny of exams has been allow...

  • Leading article: Misplaced pessimism over Kosovan independence
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    The outcome is a disaster for Serbia. Effectively, this terminates Belgrade's campaign to use international law to coerce its former province – over which Nato went to war in 1999 and which declared independence in 2008 – to accept a return to Serbia...

  • Deborah Ross: 'My kitchen food cupboard is terrorising me.'
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    I can't pinpoint when it all began, but I started to notice that even though I knew I had something in this cupboard – black peppercorns, for example – I would buy another packet rather than search for them and when I'd finished, I'd open the cupboar...

  • Sean O'Grady: Celebrating the boom? Me neither
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    No, me neither. Yet the latest figures on the economy suggest that it is expanding at its fastest rate since 2003, an annualised growth figure of 4.4 per cent, well up there with the best boom times since the Second World War. Suggests, that is, not ...

  • Lisa Markwell: I've got just the challenge for adrenalin junkies
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    Ben Fogle was commenting on the terrifying crash his erstwhile reality TV co-star (and erstwhile Olympic rower) James Cracknell suffered this week while pedalling 2,500 miles of Route 66. He was attempting to break an endurance record by running, cyc...

  • Ian Burrell: Prepare for an 'OK!' diet of celebrity gossip and reality TV
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    Mr Desmond began his negotiations to buy Five three months ago in a joint initiative with Endemol, the Dutch-based production company that owns the rights to Big Brother, which it first made in 1999. Although the media baron decided, three weeks into...

  • Letters: Safety in the North Sea
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    That is why MEPs are now demanding some assurances from the European Commission. We must insist on the highest possible standards of safety and security being put in place without delay, while suitable compulsory EU-wide insurance schemes are designe...

  • Leading article: Oblivious to logic
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    The Home Secretary Theresa May's announced clampdown on what is inaccurately termed Britain's "24-hour drinking culture" is a populist gesture, a bone thrown at a couple of right-wing newspapers whose hatred of Labour's changes to the licensing hours...

  • Harriet Walker: Hassled just because I ride a bike
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    But the amount of scrutiny, obscenity and casual lechery I have encountered on my bike in the past month has far surpassed the catcalls I suffered as a pedestrian. From the charming knight of the road who vocalised at length his desire to swap places...

  • Felicity Gerry: A prosecution can be made only if evidence is reliable
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    In this case, consideration was given to charging assault and misconduct, but would have focused on the more serious allegation of manslaughter by way of the alleged unlawful acts of the police causing the death of Mr Tomlinson. Two issues would have...

  • Leading article: Off colour
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    New European Union rules mean that the makers of Irn-Bru will henceforth have to warn parents that it contains ingredients that could cause hyperactivity in children. And the colourings that give Irn-Bru its distinctive look are to blame. Some will r...

  • Leading article: Old spice
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    It is a phenomenal achievement. The bowler with the next highest haul of wickets is the great Australian Shane Warne on 708. And Murali reached his total in 12 fewer Tests. Quite simply, no one comes near the Sri Lankan as a wicket-taker. Before this...

  • Tim Cooke-Hurle: When the secret state crosses the line
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    However, when the secret state makes too strong a demand on power, when it steps beyond the edge of the acceptable or strays into complicity in torture, then trust breaks down and the public sphere bites back. This is what is happening now. A decade ...

  • James Ker-Lindsay: Legal or not, this has not solved issue of recognition
    Friday, 23 July 2010

    The issue that this International Court of Justice (made up of the 15 most eminent jurors in the world) did not touch upon – and the one that ultimately matters – is the question of recognition. Recognition is important because it means entry into th...

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

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