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Thursday, 5 August 2010

  • Leading article: The Bank is right to do nothing now
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    In the end the Committee decided to keep them once more on hold, as they have for the past 18 months. And they were right to do so. The recovery, although strong in the second quarter, is a fragile one. Most of the latest indications on house purchas...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Banks given too much credit
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    First, the Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese (BRIC) economies have huge, untapped markets and investment opportunities for local businesses, based on well-proven products and services from developed countries. Investing in BRIC countries is less...

  • Leading article: A victory for peace and stability
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    With the exception of a grenade attack on a rally in Nairobi, there was little violence. From the simplicity of the question to the orderly conduct of the vote, to the speed of the count, the whole process passed off smoothly. Yesterday brought a for...

  • Victoria Summerley: A moment of unholy glee amid the gloxinias
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    The aim of opening for the National Gardens Scheme – which merits an entry in their iconic Yellow Book – is to raise money for charity, particularly those specialising in cancer support and palliative care such as Macmillan and Marie Curie. Indeed, t...

  • Paul Vallely: On trial for brutalising his country and its neighbour
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    To say "war crimes" understates it. Taylor is accused of being responsible for a decade-long slew of killing across West Africa. The deaths of tens of thousands of people – in an orgy of murder, rape and systematic mutilation in which machetes and ax...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Drug companies must help the NHS reduce costs
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    A stream of new agents has come on to the market costing eye-watering sums running to tens of thousands of pounds per patient per year. Most have limited effects, extending life by a matter of months at best. Many people nevertheless feel it is inhum...

  • Lucy Hodges: Degrees should cost far more
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    Britain needs to move towards a much more flexible higher education system that is closer to the American model. As it is, our system is run on almost Soviet-style lines, where the number of places is fixed by the centre to keep costs under control. ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Just giving
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    Granted that philanthropy has nothing like the following here that it does in the US; granted, too, that our tax incentives for personal charitable giving are inferior, the principle is nonetheless the same. Half of one billionaire's fortune is a lot...

  • Robert Verkaik: Will her evidence stand up to scrutiny?
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    Prosecutors summoned the supermodel to support their allegations that Taylor received blood diamonds from rebels in Sierra Leone and used them to buy weapons, which he allegedly shipped from Burkina Faso to the Sierra Leone junta in October 1997. The...

  • Carola Long: Why the Obama seal of approval really counts
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    As well as more established labels such as Azzedine Alaia and the high-street brand J Crew, the first lady has boosted the profile of designers including Jason Wu, who created the full-length, flower-covered dress she wore for the inauguration balls....

  • Tom Peck: Handing traffic control to 'gatekeepers' would be an evil intervention, say critics
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    The Pacific Telegraph Act, passed by the United States Congress in 1860 to aid communication between America's east and west coasts, stated: "Messages received from any individual, company, or corporation... shall be impartially transmitted in the or...

  • 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...

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