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Friday, 30 July 2010

  • Leading article: Welfare reform and the danger of unrealistic expectations
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    But there will always be such bills, and quite right too. The social safety net is one of the hallmarks of a civilised society. There will always be people who are sick, disabled or who, through no fault of their own, find their jobs disappear. They ...

  • John Kampfner: Witnesses bent on self-exoneration
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    At the end of my presentation, the applause was embarrassingly lukewarm. I feared that even having minded my Ps and Qs, I had overstepped the mark. The questions then came thick and fast. Did I not realise that the military had been woefully under-pr...

  • Letters: The limits of multiculturalism
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    Patterson laments the "ill-mannered nonsense" preached in faith schools, and the sight of three-year-olds in hijabs makes her "sad". While genuine outrage does feature in the article, it is directed towards the barbaric practise of female circumcisio...

  • Leading article: A country of immigrants turns upon itself
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    Clearly the provisions in the original law allowing police to question people they had a "reasonable suspicion" might be illegal immigrants, and requiring them to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws, were a violation of ind...

  • Amy Jenkins: A prime minister who revels in his sense of entitlement
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    None of that is news to anyone with half a brain, but it is news this week because David Cameron has said it and prime ministers don't usually say these things. Not only does Cameron Direct want to deliver a smaller state, right to your door, he want...

  • Robert Elms: End bullfighting and you give in to the neutering forces of accepted taste
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    Twenty-six years and some 300 or so bloody Iberian afternoons later, I was back in that city's handsome bullring, "The Monumental", to watch Jose Tomas, Spain's greatest and most charismatic matador, strut his deadly stuff in front of a packed and en...

  • 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: Historical injustice
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    And we see no reason why it should be limited to American folk heroes. Boudicca, of course, already has a statue on Westminster Bridge. But how about some sort of official recognition of the excellent community work done in Nottinghamshire by Robin H...

  • Deborah Ross: 'One of the seven signs of ageing is surely having pores big enough to host music festivals in'
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    But it's seven for now and I have just purchased this cream in the hope that it will do what is says on the side of the false-bottomed jar, even though I cannot read what it says on the side of the false-bottomed jar, because I cannot find my reading...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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