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Monday, 2 August 2010

  • Leading article: Our education system sullies all
    Tuesday, 3 August 2010

    The Investigatory Powers Tribunal was therefore not wrong yesterday to rule that Poole Borough Council's use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to spy 21 times on a family suspected of trying to cheat a school's admission policy was...

  • Leading article: Cameron must clear the air with our ally
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    The Prime Minister was right to speak out on a subject that has frustrated British and American intelligence for several years, even if his choice of location from which to deliver his sermon, namely India, was questionable in terms of sensitivity to...

  • Leading article: Force them to lend
    Tuesday, 3 August 2010

    It's good news for the British taxpayer, who can expect to get back some of the £200bn state loans to Lloyds and RBS sooner rather than later, and to be able to gain a handsome profit when the state sells its shares in the two banks. But it does not ...

  • Richard Garner: All that parents want is a decent secondary school
    Tuesday, 3 August 2010

    That said, the problem remains that hundreds of parents do bend the rules to try to parachute their children into the school of their choice. They rent rooms for a short period in the catchment area of the school; turf tenants out of homes they have ...

  • Letters: Retirement cut
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    Forcing people out of employment when they want to work, save for their pensions and pay taxes is ridiculous. It's based on the incorrect belief that there is a finite number of jobs in a "one-in one-out" market. But as your leading article points ou...

  • Leading article: The wrong way to protect children
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    After a previous home secretary, John Reid, unveiled a pilot scheme, put into operation in four areas in Britain in 2008, it was always likely that a politician with Theresa May's populist instincts would move to roll it out nationwide. No one doubts...

  • Rhoda Koenig: The true cost of free speech
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    Boy, was that man ahead of his time. Nowadays everyone lacks the conviction that it can ever be wrong to say whatever you want. Lots of people do not like this state of affairs, and do not contribute to the visual and verbal sewage they encounter eac...

  • Letters: Bullfighting
    Tuesday, 3 August 2010

    Mary Ann Sieghart (Comment, 2 August) calls for more lateral thinking about Britain's nuclear deterrent. So it's worth noting that the report she quoted of the Royal United Services Institute, suggesting that the number of nuclear submarines be red...

  • Susie Rushton: So, what is the truth about Ken?
    Tuesday, 3 August 2010

    Ken's six-pack was exuberantly defined. His hair, first made from felt, then plastic, then rooted with real fibres, has over the years never been anything less than abundant. If Barbie made little girls insecure about their bodies, Ken's physique was...

  • Leading article: Base notes
    Tuesday, 3 August 2010

    The British have a great tradition of curmudgeon among their grand old men. It was no less a figure than the Duke of Wellington who described the soldiers who won the Peninsular War as "Scum of the earth, born to drink". It is a mode of celebration w...

  • Kieran Yates: Pity the poor arts graduate
    Tuesday, 3 August 2010

    For many arts graduates, quangos act as a career compass, steering people in the right direction. Not to say that these bodies wave a magic wand that ensures employment, but at the very least, they serve to show that the path you have chosen can be p...

  • David Colquhoun: These misleading beliefs are curing no one's ills
    Tuesday, 3 August 2010

    The scientific advisor to the Department of Health and the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor say much the same thing. Even Boots' Professional Standards Director agreed but felt, ahem, professional standards were maintained by selling them anyway...

  • Leading article: Instant fame
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    But when the US rapper Kanye West, for reasons unknown, made Steven Holmes his only Twitter follower, the young man from Coventry certainly saw his audience leap dramatically in hours, from only 60 or so to more than a thousand. Fame is always welcom...

  • Alex Kiprotich: Politicians want this referendum to further their own ambitions
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    For President Kibaki, there is also a desire to leave a legacy. He is not eligible for re-election when his second term expires. But as the last referendum on constitutional change in 2005 showed – a vote won by the "No" campaign – political ambition...

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