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  • Leading article: The care system needs a drastic overhaul
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    There was already a big shortage of foster carers. Some 10,000 were already needed to supplement an ageing foster-care workforce, some two-thirds of whom are expected to retire within 10 years. This growing shortfall, together with the rapidly rising...

  • Michael Brown: Coalition loyalty beats party loyalty
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    So far, neither MP has had to face the challenges which will inevitably cloud their current state of euphoria and I urged both to treasure the present and not to worry, yet, about the future. Far too many politicians obsess about their ability to win...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on Pakistan and Taliban
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    Cameron misses the point For the past four years I have been working as a university college principal close to the Pakistan-Afghan border, and I can understand how galling David Cameron's naive and insensitive remarks about terrorism must be to ...

  • Leading article: Lessons to be learnt
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    BP's success, after months of failed attempts, is not the only good news for the benighted Gulf coast. Although US government scientists now estimate that in total a horrifying 4.9 million barrels of oil have leaked into the ocean, as much as three-q...

  • Michael Brown: Institutions cannot afford to over-recruit despite the demand
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    You might think that, if central funding for higher education is based largely on per capita payments for undergraduates, more students would be recruited and universities' income would increase. But this is not the case. The Treasury has decided, no...

  • Julian Hunt: Stay local to beat global warming
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    Most recently, the US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this week decided to withdraw a landmark cap-and-trade bill in recognition of its lack of support in the chamber. This effectively means that there will be no major US federal climate change ini...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Cngrts!
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    With demand for university places in Scotland expected to be up by about 5 per cent, the 7,000 who have opted for electronic communication no doubt hope to steal a march on the other 153,000 students waiting for their Higher results when it comes to ...

  • Robert Tapsfield: System is in a dire state – and the Government's cuts will make it worse
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    The increase in the number of younger children coming into care has come about after the death of Baby Peter. In addition, a recent clarification of the law around homeless teenagers means that there are now more needing foster care. This comes at a ...

  • Lena Melnikova: Dark rumours in a city suffering a nightmare of heat and smog
    Thursday, 5 August 2010

    The smell of burning gets into your clothes, hair, even the furniture and curtains. It makes your throat itch and eyes water. Most people are coughing, complaining of headaches and nausea. The carbon monoxide level was 10 times above normal yesterday...

  • 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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