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Thursday, 29 July 2010

  • Leading article: A nettle that needed to be grasped
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    Another common fallacy in this debate is that the old need to be purged from the labour force to make room for the young. The number of jobs in an economy is not fixed; both young people and older people can contribute. Indeed, the experience of olde...

  • Leading article: The revelation has been in the detail
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    George Bush and Tony Blair were set on regime change in Iraq from very early on, before July 2002. Mr Blair misrepresented the nature of the claim that Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes. There was no proof of any links b...

  • Letters: Perspectives on global warming
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    Seabirds hold the key to change You depict the marine food web which is bound to suffer the seismic shocks of the 40 per cent decline in global ocean phytoplankton attributed to global warming ("The dead sea", 29 July). But apart from the obvious...

  • Leading article: How to make friends abroad
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    But Mr Cameron has chosen his words with deliberation. All he has said in India and in Turkey fits perfectly with the post-election foreign policy manifesto which William Hague set out at the start of the month. What is clear is that the Government w...

  • Kim Sengupta: These are deliberate statements of policy
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    Pakistan's High Commissioner in London said he hoped the comments were a "slip of the tongue," while David Miliband accused Mr Cameron of being a "loudmouth" who should think "through carefully what he is going to say". Those familiar with how the co...

  • Harriet Walker: Young vs old: this could turn nasty
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    We whippersnappers have been patiently waiting out our work experience, our part-time waitressing and the dole queues in the knowledge that the oldies would at some point shuffle off their vocational coils and leave a neat opening for someone younger...

  • Letters: Perspectives on Gordon Brown
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    The real man shone through May I say that Christina Patterson's Gordon Brown interview (26 July) really was superb, not only a joy to read as a delightfully quirky personal view and an excellent piece of journalism, but also sympathetic, and extr...

  • Leading article: Social workers need support
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    The 180-page report is the first serious case review into the death of a child to be published in full following reforms introduced by the coalition Government. It makes grim reading, concluding that Khyra's death had been preventable and that some p...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: Farewell, Twitter's grande dame
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    Dubbed "Twitter's oldest user", Mrs Bean and her missives from the Hillside Manor Residential Home near Bradford were the stuff of cyber-celebrity. On the face of it, one struggles to see why. In many ways an unremarkable woman, Mrs Bean's place amon...

  • Marlon Lewis: The vast majority of action in the sea is carried out by these microscopic organisms
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    For most of the ocean, removed from the direct influence of land, these changing colours – and dramatic changes in ocean transparency which accompany them – are the result of changes in the concentration of microscopic algae and bacteria, the phytopl...

  • Josep-Anton Fernàndez: Like Britain's hunting ban, this is a battle of cultures in society
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    In fact, though, the so-called "bullfight ban" did not initially have such connotations. The ban itself is nothing more than an amendment of a previous Catalan animal protection law that made a convoluted exception for bullfighting, an exception that...

  • Anthony Seldon: How Brown and Clegg let it slip
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    It is said about Brown that, firstly, he was reluctant to resign, and secondly, according to Peter Mandelson, that it was Nick Clegg who finished Brown's political career by insisting that he go as part of any coalition deal between the two parties. ...

  • Jonathan Heawood: Libel law's victims are stacking up
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    Yet, apparently, literature does not have the power to withstand the European law of libel. One of the bookseller's wives has sued Seierstad in the Norwegian courts and won 250,000 kroner (£26,276) for inaccuracy and breach of privacy. The bookseller...

  • Steve Connor: A clear picture of accelerated warming that shows no sign of levelling off
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    It has also found that something like 93 per cent of the extra heat has been taken up by the oceans, so it is hardly surprising that this additional warming may be having a detrimental impact on the microscopic plant life that forms the base of the m...

  • Leading article: Sounding off
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    But now boffins have invented the sound equivalent of CGI imagery, and Hollywood's Foley artists – who take their name from Jack Foley, the man who dubbed the sound on to Universal Studios' first talkie, Showboat – find their days are numbered. Perha...

  • Michael McCarthy: Inspectors wanted islands kept on the list. So what happened?
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    Fifteen of the politicians on Unesco's World Heritage Committee may well have given the priceless archipelago a clean bill of health, but that is assuredly not what came out of the monitoring mission to the islands in April, by a team of Unesco offic...

  • Kate Hughes: Once the novelty fades there's little to entice savers
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    The instant and young savings accounts are not nearly competitive enough to attract savers purely interested in getting the best deal, and while its mortgages have a competitive arrangement fee of just £500, they are only really an attractive option ...

  • Claire Soares: The denial that can drive women to infanticide
    Friday, 30 July 2010

    The most notorious case in recent years is that of Véronique Courjault, now 41, jailed in Tours last year after admitting murdering three babies and keeping their bodies in the family freezer. In November 1984, Jean-Pierre Leymarie and his wife Rolan...

  • Leading article: A fattist issue
    Thursday, 29 July 2010

    Perhaps they could agree on curvy, which is the approved word to describe the actress Christina Hendricks, who plays the hip-swaying super-secretary Joan Harris in the television drama Mad Men. The Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, has held up...

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