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  • Leading article: The danger of a wasted generation
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    None of this comes as a surprise. Britain might technically be out of recession, but the economy is barely expanding. Companies are still not hiring at a normal rate. Graduate vacancies are forecast to fall by 7 per cent this year, according to a sur...

  • Leading article: A loss that damages government credibility
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    The Treasury's assertion yesterday that Sir Alan's departure this summer was always expected is scarcely credible. After all, revolutions do not happen every day. Surely the Government would have tried to make a permanent appointment to such an impor...

  • Ben Chu: Nipped in the Budd
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

  • Leading article: Still relevant in a globalising world
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    Success and failure, alike, are the outcomes of the core tension at the heart of the UN system between competition and co-operation. It promotes simultaneously the need for internationalism and the protection of national sovereignty. So it has been a...

  • Letters: Schools, staff and asylum seekers
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    We were disappointed to read a long eulogy on special schools, within the very article that clearly exposes shortcomings of segregated education (28 June). It is intensely intriguing that a man who has, since the age of five, enjoyed a mainstream e...

  • Leading article: Time for action, Mr Obama
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    The log jam has since shifted, a little. Israel has partially lifted its blockade of Gaza, though not as completely as it should, and has put a settlement freeze in place on the West Bank, although it does not include East Jerusalem. Meanwhile, US su...

  • Patrick Cockburn: American politicians face domestic constraints to talking tough with Israel
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    Before yesterday's White House encounter there were particularly loud criticisms of Israel from the US security establishment. The influential commentator Dr Anthony Cordesman of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies said that America's ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: This option would hurt, however you did it
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    Its size alone makes it a juicy target – £105bn for England in 2010-11 – more than education and defence combined. Could it sustain 25 per cent cuts in line with those being demanded of other departments? From one perspective it looks do-able – cutti...

  • Kim Sengupta: Our 1,400 forces do not need to stay on under US control
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    Sangin, however, is where the British military have lost the most lives in the Afghan conflict and there will be those who will claim that the handover to the Americans is betraying the memories of those who have fallen. The handover of other British...

  • Letters: Cuts and Egon Ronay
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    As David Cameron stood at the Despatch Box and boasted of 600,000 forthcoming public-sector job losses, he not only showed smug disregard for the people and families who will be turned out on their ear by this overzealous cull, but also ignorance o...

  • Leading article: End of the road
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    Officials in the little town (population 80,000) have decided that its existing 17 drive-thru, which outnumber sit-down restaurants by six to one, have contributed enough to the nation's weight problem. Instead, as the ban was introduced at the weeke...

  • Ian Burrell: Corporation is still refusing to confront reality of cuts
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    At the conclusion of its Strategy Review, the BBC Trust decided there wasn't, after all, a case for the closure of the digital radio station 6 Music, which was by far the most significant sacrifice being proposed by BBC management in response to crit...

  • Sue Palmer: Early start means that many children fall at the first fence
    Tuesday, 6 July 2010

    As our national culture grew ever more competitive, it was easy to convince parents that an early start is a good thing. In a dog-eat-dog world, no one wants their beloved child to be "left behind" or "held back". So over the last 15 years, we have s...

  • Leading article: Lesser lords
    Wednesday, 7 July 2010

    The instinctive response from most people to the departure of these individuals from public life will be: good riddance. But this episode should also raise a question: what were these characters doing in the House of Lords in the first place? One wou...

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