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Thursday, 8 July 2010

  • Leading article: The demeaning of British democracy
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    The scandal of the non-domiciled peers of the realm continues to grow. Following the example of Lord Laidlaw, Lord McAlpine, Lord Bagri and Baroness Dunn, Baron Foster of Thames Bank has become the latest peer to surrender his seat on the red benches...

  • Leading article: An increasingly American war
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    There is only one respect in which the news he imparted was positive. British troops are to leave the Sangin area, where they have suffered such heavy losses, and hand responsibility there to the Americans. A small additional British contingent will ...

  • Letters: Graduates' prospects
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    When one degree is not enough The 2:1 benchmark for graduate jobs is not a recent phenomenon (report, 6 July). I graduated with a 2:2 Mathematics degree from Oxford back in 1994. Large graduate employers back then were stipulating a minimum of a ...

  • Leading article: Still waiting for freedom
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    We should be pleased that these individuals are going free. But at the same time, praise for Raul Castro's gesture needs to be tempered by the knowledge that not all the democracy activists jailed in a crackdown seven years ago are about to be let ou...

  • Letters: Tailor prison sentences to fit the person
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    For most of us a prison sentence of even the shortest length is enough to keep us on the straight and narrow, but a few commit crimes when detection and a long sentence are almost inevitable. Prisoners who have a stable home, a network of support and...

  • Leading article: Climate change science is vindicated
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    Yesterday, we were able to see the third and most detailed report on the affair, written by an expert team led by Sir Muir Russell. It broadly came to the same conclusion as the two previous reports, by the House of Commons science and technology com...

  • Patrick Cockburn: As Sangin shows, British troops were never geared up to make a lasting difference
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    The area, where a tenth of the British troops in Afghanistan suffered one third of total casualties, is symbolic of Britain's involvement in Afghanistan, as a bit player whose contribution was always going to have little effect on the outcome of the ...

  • Steve Connor: This saga shows that scientists have lost control of science
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    The members of the inquiry repeatedly stated science has to be open to public scrutiny, and this means by the public themselves. In the age of the internet, anyone with a laptop and a kitchen table can and should be able to access the raw data on whi...

  • Susie Rushton: You can't put a price on simple pleasures
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    OK, I'm just kidding. I did actually go to the Great Wrington village fête (and very nice the 15p brownie was, too), but my preposterous neo-con outrage is borrowed from Chicago Sun-Times columnist and US TV economist Terry Savage, who set Twitter af...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The chronic failure of Israeli leadership
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    The reason for Mr Netanyahu's friendlier reception is obvious enough. Mr Obama needs every vote he can get in the mid-term Congressional elections in November when a third of the Senate and all the House face re-election. The Republicans have been se...

  • Kishwer Falkner: Shouldn't the honour be enough?
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    It was as a result of this ruling that five peers – the Conservatives Lord Bagri, Baron McAlpine, and Lord Laidlaw, and the crossbenchers Lord Foster and Baroness Dunn – have decided that the price of a peerage – paying UK tax on their income – is to...

  • Leading article: Coining it
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    One has to admire the ancient safeguards against inflation too. Making money out of precious metals ensured that it retained its value. A useful lesson for the Bank of England perhaps? Another thought occurs. This is the second pile of ancient treasu...

  • Raymond Barker: I've been detecting for years and never found a good hoard
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    I've never really had much luck. Many a time I've been out and come back empty-handed, wondering why I bother doing this. I've been detecting for more years than I care to remember and I've never discovered a good hoard. You do find stuff but it's no...

  • Michael Church: Mikhail Pletnev is a Russian hero and a world treasure
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    Travelling down the Volga with him and his Russian National Orchestra in 1996, I got the measure of him as a pianist, as a conductor and an astute operator. Having founded the first capitalist orchestra in Russia since 1917, he was using it to regene...

  • Simon Usborne: Was I dazzled into defeat by the movie star looks?
    Friday, 9 July 2010

    But, hey, I suppose he is quite handsome, no? In my interview with the Norwegian prodigy, before last December's London Chess Classic, I suggested Matt Damon could play the lead in a biopic. Perhaps I was thrown by his tousled hair and jutting jaw i...

  • Leading article: Embassies Inc
    Thursday, 8 July 2010

    From now on, our men and women in far-flung capitals were told, they would be expected to make their plush residences going concerns. But how far is the diplomatic money-making supposed to go? Ambassadors for commercial hire? Sponsored embassies? Mon...

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