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  • Letters: Goodwin got what he deserved
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    The man has lost a piece of decorative flim-flam. Many, many others have lost or are still losing their livelihoods as a direct result of his actions. We taxpayers are subsidising the giant mess that he created. And if you want an unflattering signal...

  • Leading article: Nursery schools cannot be judged only by cost
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    The NAO, in focusing on money as it always does, asks the wrong question. A direct correlation between cash spent and early academic results is far too narrow a focus. All the research internationally suggests the key question is not the age at which...

  • Leading article: More reason to reform the House of Lords
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    As much as anything, the debacle over Mr Goodwin reveals a gross inconsistency. While this newspaper would argue that the former banker should not have been made a scapegoat by stripping him of his gong, it is nonetheless right that such an option is...

  • Tim Rutherford: Republicans know Romney is their only real hope
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    In this case the opinion polls appear to be tautological: Romney represents the Republicans' only chance to defeat Barack Obama. However, if Gingrich were to concede now, would winning the Republican nomination so early help or hinder Romney in ...

  • Lisa Markwell: Bathtimes of the rich and famous
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    We seem to be between slews of parenting books written by celebrities who believe they are the first woman ever to have a child and who are struck with a burning desire to tell us how they purée organic swede, drop baby weight in a month and reinstat...

  • Leading article: Tax clampdown must start at home
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    Said Danny Alexander: "There is no place for tax avoidance in this government." The minister went on to say that in future Ed Lester would be subject to PAYE – the same, you might have thought, as all public servants. Not a bit of it. Mr Alexander ad...

  • Ian Burrell: Dark clouds gathered over Murdoch mean storms for The Thunderer
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    Despite the determined efforts of Rupert Murdoch's company and its army of in-house and recently contracted spin doctors, the focus of the multi-headed investigation into Fleet Street misbehaviour has switched to The Sun and to The Times, the editors...

  • James Moore: An open letter to the Minister for road safety
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    Cyclists running red lights is bad form, I know, Minister, but some cyclists run red lights because that is one way of avoiding lorries.Of course, lorries are supposed to stay out of cycle lanes and the green boxes with cycles painted on them near ju...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Why spare the drug companies?
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    "This decision is a bitter blow to thousands of men and their families and must be overturned," said Owen Sharp, the chief executive of the Prostate Cancer Charity. It was the same last month, when Nice ruled against three bowel cancer drugs. Mark Fl...

  • Sara Malm: We are all becoming brands, selling ourselves online
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    "I don't want to, I don't want everyone to know what I've been up to in the past" seems to be the general line. Tough luck, kiddo, welcome to the lives of anyone under 23. We are the social networking generation. Our lives have been played out o...

  • Sara Malm: We are all becoming brands, selling ourselves online
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    "I don't want to, I don't want everyone to know what I've been up to in the past" seems to be the general line. Tough luck, kiddo, welcome to the lives of anyone under 23. We are the social networking generation. Our lives have been played out on...

  • Amol Rajan: Stressed at work? Spare a thought for the Chinese
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    But the far more instructive comparison is not between two eras of British workers, but between today's workforces in Britain and China. By that comparison, we're not nearly stressed enough. Last week the Daily Mail reported on the astonishing produc...

  • Letters: Now bankers face a wave of sympathy
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Anthony Bramley-HarkerWatford, Hertfordshire***How many of those who clamoured for Stephen Hester to be denied his bonus would be happy if their contractually agreed salary was changed by "popular" opinion? Anyone whose actions or rewards are deemed ...

  • Leading article: The next test bed for health reform
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Yesterday, Circle became the first private company to take over the running of an NHS hospital – Hinchingbrooke in Cambridgeshire. Circle already runs a hospital in Bath and several clinics, but this is the first time a privately run hospital will ta...

  • Jeremy Laurance: It's a risk – but it could turn the tide of public opinion
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    It was a big day, too, for Ali Parsa, the charismatic chief executive of Circle Partnership, who now has 24 months to deliver on his promise to turn the failing Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon into one of the top 10 in the country.If he succeed...

  • Ben Chu: Why deal with bonuses when you can pick on a scapegoat?
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    The Government's humiliation over the Stephen Hester bonus affair was total. Despite big talk earlier this very month about encouraging shareholders to be more activist over executive pay, when it came to reining in the bonus of the chief executive o...

  • Sophie Heawood: I'm having fun. They're coining it. Fine by me
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Sadly, despite all of our hard and selfless work, it's not all of us who are going to see the money. Indeed, the idea is that now we have told Facebook what we like, where we go and who we know, the data will be used to help us to part with even more...

  • Deborah Ross: A belt is fine as long as it's wielded with tender affection
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    I, too, believe there is nothing wrong with "a loving smack" undertaken within "a loving household" just as, following this logically, I also believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with the caring cane as employed by a caring school, and don't get...

  • Leading article: The rise in cycling demands a new approach to safety
    Friday, 3 February 2012

    It is well established that the more cyclists there are on the road, the safer cycling becomes, and tragedy strikes only a tiny proportion of rides undertaken. That, however, is no consolation to the families of the 30-plus cyclists killed on average...

  • Leading article: A new smile that keeps an old secret
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    If the two were identical in every detail, then it could be argued that the "original" had lost some of its cachet; there could even be a vituperative artistic row about which – the Louvre's or the Prado's – came first. But they are not identical. Th...

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