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Thursday, 25 August 2011

  • Leading article: Pupils lose out with a system so prone to manipulation
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    A new tendency has emerged this year of schools putting their pupils in for English and maths GCSEs early. This would be all well and good if the pupils were ready to take them and could then move on early to AS-level study. But what seems to be happ...

  • Leading article: Even now, mission creep is a danger that must be resisted
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    It should be some consolation, too, that the shadow of Iraq can be detected behind much of what he has said. The debacle in Iraq was one reason, if not the main reason, why the British public was so sceptical about the value of intervening in Libya, ...

  • Rogan Taylor: The truth about Hillsborough is still out there
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    We had visited this particular circle of hell before, back in 1989, just a couple of days after the Hillsborough disaster, when the Sun newspaper published an outrageous attack on the Liverpool fans at the game. Under the banner headline "THE TRUTH",...

  • Amol Rajan: Jobs is an inspiration to us all
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    By most accounts a generous boss and kind colleague, Jobs felt unable to continue in the post because of ill health, having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and given a liver transplant in 2009. His gaunt features, accentuated by the tur...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the memory of riots
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    Ackroyd's 'harsh' city can be tolerant Peter Ackroyd, in relation to the recent riots in London, describes London as "a harsh city, a dark city based upon money and upon power" (The Monday interview, 22 August) While I understand the context of t...

  • Leading article: The case for a fat tax
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    Swingeing tobacco taxes have made smoking a minority pastime. We should tackle junk food in the same way. The argument that a fat (or soft-drink) tax would be regressive ignores the fact that the ill health caused by obesity (as by tobacco) falls dis...

  • Leading article: The Chancellor's missed opportunity
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    A much better alternative was in the wings. The revised European Union Savings Tax Directive has received the approval of 25 EU states and others could have been brought to agreement. The directive would have required an automatic exchange of informa...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Your products were very good. But they were also overpriced – and overhyped
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    These days it's hard to knock either the function or the form of most Apple products. But while Jobs' tenure as CEO will be remembered for a string of hugely popular, ground-breaking devices, there's an associated legacy that isn't quite as glitterin...

  • Patrick Cockburn: No longer in opposition, rebels must start again
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    Nobody quite knows who is in charge in the Libyan capital, unlike in the Nafusa mountains to the south. It was from here that the best organised rebels advanced to take the city last weekend. Every town has a military officer in charge and there appe...

  • John Kampfner: The wealthy should pay more tax. Why has it taken so long?
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    Since the early 2000s I was among many who had been asking the Treasury (the fiefdom of Gordon Brown) at regular intervals why it was doing nothing about the tax avoidance schemes of non-domiciled citizens, aka non-doms – that class of globalised plu...

  • Letters: Perspectives on electric cars
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Electric transports don't have to be cars For most journeys that most people make most of the time an electric car will be fine (Motoring, 23 August). Having had a drive in a Nissan Leaf, I can vouch for its being a revelation – in a very good wa...

  • Leading article: The dark side of prescription drugs
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Despite the efforts of campaigners, the blight of addiction to prescription medicines – in particular opiate-based painkillers and benzodiazepine tranquillisers – remains low on the agenda and largely unexamined. What glimmers of statistical light th...

  • Leading article: A problematic homecoming
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Before his arrest, he was the favoured, though still undeclared, Socialist candidate for the French presidency, as the one politician who might be able to beat Nicolas Sarkozy. The charges against him in New York ended those ambitions, both because o...

  • Stefan Stern: Note to the GCSE generation: time to factor out The X Factor
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Some Independent readers may not realise it yet, but "X Factor fever" has broken out again. The first show was on last weekend and over 10 million people were watching (with 12 million at its peak). "Our Saturday nights are complete," as one fan webs...

  • Lucy Wadham: Why the French still don't get it
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Since DSK's arrest, a trail of stories confirming his profile as a sexual predator have been made public, most of them stories that were, according to that unique French journalistic tradition, known but not reported. One of them, recounted five year...

  • Leading article: Techno-chic
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    He bequeaths a business model of a company stamped through with its founder's DNA of vision, innovation, quality, perfectionism and marketing genius. The huge consumer allure of its products has allowed Apple to break every business rule. The downsid...

  • Alice Dryden: Spelling matters, as any fule kno
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    "Did you kno that from next year, good writing will count for up to 12 per cent of the gcse english grade?" he ask. "wotever" I repli (all the new bugs sa this i kno not why). "Do this notion not fill you with DREAD, olesworth?" enquire fotherington-...

  • Richard Garner: This is all about school rankings in league tables
    Friday, 26 August 2011

    Thousands of pupils are being put in for them early – a practice condemned by exam boards and headteachers' leaders who say it means teenagers are cramming for exams for months on end and not learning anything new.Figures show the number of pupils ta...

  • Russell Razzaque: A victory for patience
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

  • Leading article: Not many dead
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Statistically, the latter was much more likely: it is only 10 years since 9/11, but not for 70 years has so strong a quake struck the Atlantic seaboard. When it came, it was an oddly comforting reminder that the capital of the most powerful country o...

  • Alice Jones: Picking the best comedian is a serious problem
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Still, prizes continue to drive the Fringe and shape the comedy landscape beyond it, particularly the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. This year, the real scrap is for Best Newcomer as more debutants than ever before were eligible for nomination. So far, the...

  • Sean O'Grady: Buffett and the French are on their own
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Firstly, the cause of "solidarity" in Britain has never been well supported. It is indeed a long time since a government minister personally (and anonymously) donated a fifth of his own private wealth to the Exchequer, as Stanley Baldwin did after th...

  • Deborah Ross: With all these health tips, I can't go wrong
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    For example, I am absolutely determined to drink a glass or two of wine a day as this will help stave off Alzheimer's (Daily Mail, 19.08.11) while, simultaneously, I shall be giving up wine completely as it is "damaging to older people's brains" (Dai...

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