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  • Leading article: A wretched situation made worse
    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    It is worth addressing those points in detail. The question of whether Mr Zardari neglected his responsibilities when he travelled to London earlier this month is moot. It is questionable how much the President could have done in practical terms by r...

  • Leading article: The insularity of our national curriculum
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    While maths and science now appear to be on the rebound, the figures for foreign languages offer no such cheer. Entries for French and German are down again, as are entries for languages overall. It is true that more pupils are taking languages such ...

  • Leading article: It's good to talk
    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    This engagement can only be to the good. The country would be ill-served by the kind of hostile stand-offs which characterised relations between unions and the Conservative Party in the Thatcher and Major eras. This newspaper's view is that the Coali...

  • Letters: Exam results
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    It is not just self-esteem classes that give underperforming pupils false expectations (Dominic Lawson, 24 August). Those older pupils whose academic efforts or behaviour are sub-standard receive unrealistic levels of forgiveness. Serial miscreants...

  • Susie Rushton: Step away from the laptop – it's addictive
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    If the addictive quality of the internet means that it can interrupt holidays, it stymies any serious effort to work, think or create. Even the greatest minds confess that they often find themselves struggling in the invisible snare of the world-wide...

  • Leading article: Corporate power faced down
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    Yet that supine attitude from the Indian state towards corporate power now feels like a distant memory. Yesterday, the Delhi government turned down the application of the Vedanta mining company to extract Bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills in the easte...

  • Diane Abbott: The myth of the forgotten middle class
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    At first hearing this appeal sounds like simple common sense. But it is not the pragmatic statement of the obvious that it purports to be and actually masks a different purpose. For one thing it is unlikely that anyone, in any political party, is goi...

  • Sean O'Grady: Mervyn to TUC: I'm on your side. Sort of
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    So Mr King will have to use his best material. His predecessor, the legendarily charming Eddie George, kicked off his address to Congress in 1998, the last time a Governor attended, by acknowledging the abuse that had been lobbed at the Bank from the...

  • Steve Connor: Some time soon, this debate will cease to matter
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    Bill Clinton wrestled with the topic but shied away from proposing that scientists should be allowed to create human embryos in order to destroy them, which happens when stem cells are extracted. The US Congress intervened and imposed an outright ban...

  • Alistair Dawber: Vedanta's failure to speak out earlier could cost it dearly
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    And yesterday another name could be added to that list: Jairam Ramesh, India's environment minister. He claimed that the company is liable for "serious violations of environment protection acts" in its efforts to build a bauxite mine in the Nyamgiri ...

  • Letters: management consultants
    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    Johann Hari (20 August) is exactly right about management consultants. I used to work for a large British company. I'll be discreet and not mention the name, just the initials: BT. Every four years management consultants would arrive at the chairma...

  • Leading article: Viking explorer
    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    The culture which brought you Lego and Lurpak is about to blast the world's first amateur-built rocket into space. If it is successful one of its two inventors, Kristian von Bengtson – who once built the world's largest home-made submarine – hopes wi...

  • Nicholas Dawes: A grotesque law that must be rejected in the name of freedom
    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    With the proposed introduction of statutory regulation of the press and legislation that would dramatically curtail freedom of information, the party and the government it leads is opting clearly for the latter course. At the moment it is the press t...

  • Neva Khan: Things appear hard now – but it will be much more difficult once the world's attention wavers
    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    The fact is that Pakistan isn't geared up for the long-term work. Emergency relief is one thing, but there are already huge challenges facing the government here regardless of the floods. The people who were worst affected, in very vulnerable areas, ...

  • Dr James Thompson: Being part of a group will help them
    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    As far as we know the probe is not very substantial, but it will allow some supplies to be brought in and that is going to be an enormous morale booster. There are two things that this hole has to provide. The first is practical assistance – food, wa...

  • Leading article: The name game
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    All things considered it seems unlikely that Mr Cameron's enthusiasm for public consultation will extend to the naming of his child. Nor, despite his desire to support British businesses, will he be influenced by the positions of the bookmakers. This...

  • Clifford Coonan: Gridlock hell is an everyday event in Beijing
    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    The number of vehicles in the city exceeded four million as of November last year, and getting around can be hell. Beijing traffic is like water, finding its own level no matter how many lanes are on offer. A large percentage of these four million ar...

  • Ben Chu: More power to Sheila Blair
    Tuesday, 24 August 2010

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