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Thursday, 18 August 2011

  • Leading article: Celebrate success, but our school system fails too many
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    But this year is also different in another way. The A-level results came out just 10 days after some of the worst rioting in English cities for 30 years, and only a day after the publication of unexpectedly disappointing figures for unemployment. Acr...

  • Leading article: There can be no place in justice for political expediency
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Two decisions have drawn particular criticism: the four-year prison terms imposed on two men convicted of using Facebook to incite riots in the north of England – riots in fact that never took place – and the six-month sentence for a man found guilty...

  • Letters: Perspectives on rising unemployment
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    Does university really open the door to the future? The crisis regarding youth unemployment ("Crisis deepens for UK's young", 18 August) is deeply worrying. Graduate unemployment is a particular issue. For the first two decades after the end of t...

  • Leading article: Restraint remains the West's best policy
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    Yesterday, the United Nations suggested that the abuses perpetrated by the Damascus regime against unarmed civilians amounted to crimes against humanity that should be referred to the International Criminal Court. At the same time – and long overdue ...

  • Leading article: Choices for the future
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    Several factors may explain the change, from official encouragement to a growing awareness among pupils of the greater job opportunities that may be open to mathematicians and scientists. The recent increase in maths and science programmes on televis...

  • Melissa Kite: Auditioning for love can be savage
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    The guy who told me we would be splitting the £55 bill for dinner but he would pay extra as he had had the steak and a slightly bigger starter. (He put down £6 more than me in exact money and told the waitress to keep the 50p change.) Or the divorced...

  • Letters: Perspectives on taxing the highest incomes
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Listen to Buffett and stop coddling the super-rich George Osborne wants to cut the 50p tax rate for our highest earners, claiming that, as it doesn't generate much revenue and is "internationally uncompetitive", it might as well be ditched. The c...

  • Leading article: Impartiality is part of the deal
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Regardless of growing pressure to commission content from outside the corporation itself, everything that is shown on its channels must meet the same standards, even in the commercial environment of BBC World. Commercial messages may be increasingly ...

  • Leading article: Stimulation good, intervention bad
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Superficially, Enterprise Zones have much to recommend them. It is hard to argue against tax breaks, super-fast broadband and less regulation. The scheme is designed to help rebalance the economy – from banking to industry, from north to south, from ...

  • Laurie Penny: Keeping speech free is one way to rebuild our society
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Four years for faffing about on Facebook might seem a tad excessive. Our leaders, however, have been reminding us for days that when the streets are on fire, the normal rules of law, order and social decency are suspended. This principle now seems to...

  • David Thomas QC: Judges have clear rules for riot-related sentencing
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    The first principle is that a custodial sentence of any kind must not be passed unless the offence or offences were "so serious that neither a fine alone nor a community sentence can be justified". Parliament has firmly stated that a custodial senten...

  • Harriet Walker: If anyone lacks taste, it's Abercrombie
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is a muscled buffoon whose boisterous antics on the "manipulated reality" programme have been closely monitored by cameras for two years. During that time he has made more than $5m in deals with Reebok and rap stars, f...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    There he was, off to play golf in a rather fetching caramel ensemble, mobile phone looped on to his belt, and topped off with aviator shades. "Another fashion crime" was how the Daily Mail described it, and certainly he looked rather less like the ru...

  • Leading article: Diets: not for children
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    On the other hand, there is the threat of an epidemic of childhood obesity, and a child who is overweight is likely to grow into an overweight adult, with associated serious health problems, such a diabetes and heart disease. Can this contradiction b...

  • Sean O'Grady: Even grim scenarios are optimistic
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    2008, the gyrations in financial markets have something of the same feel, and much the same cause – the West's massive debts.The news that growth and the real-estate market in the US have failed to show any sustained recovery after trillions of dolla...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    It seems that Gill's comment was a joke - he ended up giving the restaurant a glowing review - the attacker and victim are friends again, and a healthy serving of publicity for a hitherto unknown venue in Hay-on-Wye has, I'm sure, gone down a treat. ...

  • Leading article: Guantanamo's last Briton
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Despite many official British requests, there is still no clarity from the US authorities about when he might be tried or released, or even about the accusations against him. If, as has been mooted, the allegations are that he was helping the Taliban...

  • Natalie Haynes: There's nothing we haven't seen celebrities do
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    In that case, waking up to find that the evil midget who has your wallet but won't give it back because you can't guess his name is purely imaginary – it's a positive fillip. Right up until you realise that a wallet is rather more easily replaced tha...

  • David Schellenberg: Scientists must furtherscrutinise these findings
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Malaria cases vary from month to month and year to year. Several seasons' data are needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn about trends. It seems unlikely that use of insecticide-treated bed nets for two years would lead to a dramatic change ...

  • Sean O'Grady: Only right kind of jobs will avert a new lost generation
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    OK, many of the rioters had good jobs. Some came from wealthy backgrounds. But many fall into the one-fifth of British youth officially unemployed.Some of those are, as the Government insists, part-time students finding it trickier to find casual wor...

  • Richard Garner: A-level grading system that needs reform
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    As the number of A* and A grade passes grows – we can expect more with the 2011 results that come out today – the argument grows stronger every year. Surely it makes sense, as Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College...

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