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  • Leading article: A sickness in our schools
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    Those on the other side cite improvements in teaching and deny that an increasing pass rate must mean easier exams (pointing out that no one complains when an increasing number of people pass their driving tests each year). Assertions are traded, mot...

  • Paul Vallely: We couldn't see very much. But we saw the Pope
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    But there was no doubt among this particular group of Catholics who travelled from England to Scotland to be present at the Pope's first Mass in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow of the historic nature of the occasion. This was not just the first official...

  • Leading article: Responsibility and power
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

    The concentration of power in Threadneedle Street in recent years has been remarkable. Today the central bank not only sets interest rates and monetary policy, it administers the Special Liquidity Scheme (a covert bail-out for the banks) and will, in...

  • Letters: Perspectives on education
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    Long road to equality May I comment on Edwin Webb's gloriously anachronistic letter of 13 September on our education system and whether it favours girls or boys? When I was at university in Toronto in the early 1960s, men outnumbered women and th...

  • Leading article: Despicable politics
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    M. Sarkozy's invitation to Viviane Reding to "take the Roma with her to Luxembourg" was provoked by the Commissioner's comparison of France's mass expulsion of gypsies with the policy of Nazi Germany. In one sense the comparison was just: targeting R...

  • Simon Calder: Call this a Third World airport?
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    Let's start at the airport, because that was where Cardinal Kasper – like tens of millions of other new arrivals – formed his opinions. Touching down at Europe's busiest airport is never likely to be a joyful experience, because most of the location ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on Ryanair and CO2
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

    Discredited claims of climate deniers Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary's interview (10 September) didn't disappoint. In his now familiar tone Mr O'Leary dismissed man-made climate change as "bullshit" and suggested a global conspiracy by thousands of ...

  • Leading article: Tea-time in Delaware
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

    To equate primary victories with actual congressional seats or governships, however, would be not only premature, but wrong. In presidential elections it is always said that in the primaries, candidates have to win over the party base – which means c...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Cosmetic surgery - welcome to choice
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

    Two decades on, in the era of patient choice, demand for cosmetic surgery is soaring. But with high demand go high risks. Cosmetic surgery is not like other areas of private medicine, which supplement NHS provision. It is exclusively provided in the ...

  • Harriet Walker: What those we despise can teach us
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

    When Buller was caught on CCTV beating up a fellow drinker with his man-bag in Withington's Red Lion pub, police were unable to identify him. But when he finished second to last on the gastronomic reality show Come Dine With Me a year later – getting...

  • Jonathan Brown: Old enmities at risk of being resurrected in city divided by faith
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

    A priest of 30 years standing, the Monsignor has witnessed Catholic church attendances overtake those of the Kirk in an increasingly secular Scotland – the change fuelled in part by the arrival of Eastern Europeans and Africans over the last decade a...

  • Ben Chu: Simon Jenkins' two-party thinking
    Friday, 17 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: The Politics of the Morgue
    Friday, 17 September 2010

  • Leading article: Knuckle wrap
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    It is true that there has been some progress in recent years from the large retailers in this area. Marks & Spencer now charges customers for plastic bags. Others have encouraged the public to buy re-useable ones. The big supermarket chains have ...

  • Harriet Lamb: The bitter truth about a sweet taste the world adores
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    Some 70 per cent of cocoa comes from West Africa. Weighed, then sold to traders, most cocoa is exported, either as raw beans or as cocoa butter or liquor. This is where the value of cocoa is multiplied as it is then blended with milk and sugar to mak...

  • Guissou Jihangiri: Fame, fortune and a female force in Afghan politics?
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    What is ironic is that the 25 per cent quota of seats in parliament guaranteed for women by the current constitution was something that the international community wanted, because the plight of women under the Taliban was such a sensitive issue with ...

  • Martin Stephen: You can't have exam boards that need to make a profit
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    My evidence is anecdotal, but you can't have exam bodies that have to make money. They have to make a profit and they're not going to say: "By the way, our exams are much harder than anybody else's – you must try them." There are advertisements from ...

  • Austen Ivereigh: Message was a powerful one: remember our spiritual history
    Friday, 17 September 2010

    Why does this history lesson matter? Because of a narrative that pits human rights against religion, freedom against faith, justice against the Church. In this narrative, societies broke free from the shackles of their inheritance somewhere in the 18...

  • John Rentoul: He said what?
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: "A Man of Conscience"
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

  • Amol Rajan: Aaronovitched!
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

  • Leading article: Fitter, but fatter
    Thursday, 16 September 2010

    It will make you fitter, if you really go regularly, rather than kidding yourself that you go, and it may make you feel happier. But the one effect you will have hoped for will elude you – because the bad news is that, where weight loss is concerned,...

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