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Tuesday, 3 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: Time for a fresh look at cancer screening
    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    In an attempt to resolve the problem, the BMJ commissioned Klim McPherson, a respected Professor of Public Health Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, to review the evidence. Alarmingly he has concluded that screening for breast cancer has only ...

  • 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: Boomers
    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    Your revealing and disturbing, but wholly appropriate, report "Millions spent on doctor 'gagging orders' by NHS, investigation finds" (2 August) fails to mention one crucial point that is often omitted when matters of management of NHS hospitals ar...

  • Harriet Walker: The grey area in gender perceptions
    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    Inspired by the likes of models Kristen McMenamy and Kate Moss, fashion-forward females are going grey gracefully and at a time of their own choosing, while the blokes frantically check for rogue wisps in the bathroom mirror, their bottom lips trembl...

  • Leading article: Let's hope for more plain speaking
    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    In the few days between Mr Cameron's trip to India and Mr Zardari's departure for Europe, however, Pakistan was struck by its worst floods for 80 years. Mr Zardari's dilemma was doubled. Having decided to proceed with his trip to Britain despite the ...

  • Diana Jenkins: My support for a fellow Bosnian
    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    Dr Ganic's case wasted time and money and distracted from legitimate international efforts to bring true war criminals to justice – men like Ratko Mladic, the Serbian general who oversaw the systematic murder of more than 8,000 unarmed civilians at S...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: They're off!
    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    So here's to five variations on the theme of not too proletarian (trying too hard), not too bling (too much déjà vu), not staying put (too much different déjà vu), not too long, not too short, not too near, not too far, and trying hard to get it just...

  • Mark Hix: Use it lightly – it doesn't have to blow your socks off
    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    A lot of people are scared of it because of the heat, but used lightly chilli can work in the same way as any other seasoning – to add a bit of life to anything from curries to pastes and marinades. It doesn't have to blow your socks off. And if you'...

  • David Field: Zoos are a vital part of gorilla conservation
    Wednesday, 4 August 2010

    We believe that gorillas in zoos have the potential to make an animal lover and conservationist out of every zoo visitor – and with primates now more threatened in the wild than ever before, promoting conservation couldn't be more important. Many of ...

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