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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

  • Leading article: Mexico's stark reminder of the cost of prohibition
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    The size of this clandestine market obviously cannot be calculated with precision. But the best guesses put it at $60bn or more per year and suggest that 70 per cent of the flow of illegal drugs into the US is controlled by Mexican cartels, which hav...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Do we all worship the same God?
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    But all three also agree that worship is not primarily intellectual assent, but trust, awe and service. So I can't ultimately tell how you are worshipping, and propositions about God, though vital at times, come second. How different do such proposit...

  • Leading article: IFS 1, Coalition 0
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    The Government's critics were able to get up a veritable head of steam before first the Treasury, in characteristically dry terms, and then Nick Clegg, in rather more spirited style, finally essayed a response. Taking advantage of a public appearance...

  • Liz Hoggard: Tough on the causes of cat crime
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    I adore cats. I own three, all of them totally indulged (they eat gourmet cat food, sit on the furniture). Outside the door are 10 feral bruisers who I'm trying not to feed too much. I have Celia Hammond rescue cats on speed dial. It's brilliant to h...

  • Paul Vallely: An ordeal that won't end when they see daylight
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    Psychologists had suggested that the men, who have already been trapped underground longer than almost anyone in history, should not be told that it could take until Christmas to rescue them. But these miners understand the nature of their predicamen...

  • Amol Rajan: Skills for the poor, schools for the rich
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    In practice, it means allowing pupils to take qualifications like Edexcel BTECs, OCR Nationals, and City & Guilds in place of as many as four GCSEs. Such courses cultivate practically useful habits in subjects like hospitality, travel & touri...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: The Spirit of Ed Miliband
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

  • Leading article: Ban the bags
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    A one-month spot check this May showed that the number might actually be starting to rise again, with the target 50 per cent reduction set by the supermarkets in 2006 actually receding. In May 2009, the target was missed by only two percentage points...

  • 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...

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