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Blame academy: Even schools designed to be free from regulation need some oversight, as a Sutton Trust report shows

If the Government’s educational policy is really as unideological and fact-based as ministers mak.....

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: Britain and France should focus their anger on Vladimir Putin

Public indignation over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 a week ago remains hig.....

Cold case: A renewed effort to discover the truth about Alexander Litvinenko’s death is both practically and politically motivated

It is seven years, 34 weeks and four days since the fugitive Russian secret serviceman, Alexander.....

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow highlight still valuable ties

What is the point of the Commonwealth? Sadly, that is not a question that gets posed very often, .....

The Tesco challenge

Supermarket’s problems go deeper than leadership

No easy way out for Israel-Gaza conflict

In order for any ceasefire to be meaningful, Israel must free Gaza from its straitjacket. That prospect is some way off

Troubled water: Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are spawning in our rivers

We don’t wish to spoil anyone’s summer holiday in our beautiful countryside, but that pretty dapp.....

Miliband's Labour - the man must match the party

Something is going on here, and it can be resolved only by Mr Miliband himself. People want to vote Labour

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: No more games, Mr Putin

Though he cannot have wished it, the Russian President is responsible for this massacre. He must restrain his dogs of war

Burying bad news: The cynicism – and brutality – of Israel’s invasion of Gaza

With the eyes of the world on the catastrophe in Ukraine, the Israeli armed forces have kicked of.....

With crime at its lowest level for 33 years, the scaremongering about it looks ever more absurd

Thankfully, it is not necessary to understand the underlying reason for the latest fall in crime .....

Thumbs down under: Australia’s repeal of the carbon tax is a retrograde step

In his run for office, Tony Abbott proffered a blood oath to the Australian public that he would .....

Compensation to Srebrenica families sets a good example

The conduct of Dutch troops in the lead-up to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre is, and will remain, a.....

Juncker’s Europe: New President will have to make good on a promise of decentralisation to secure Britain’s continued membership

As David Cameron travels to Brussels to try to recoup lost ground, he will at least be able to ag.....

Time we grew up about ageing

We need to recognise that older people can be productive citizens while still caring for those who can't
David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday

Editor's Letter: MPs’ standing has reached a nadir but not all are culpable

The expenses scandal turned us all into sceptics, but we can't blame politicians for everything

Surveillance vs snooping

Mixed results in the conflict between freedom and security

Scotland’s fate will depend on the quality of politicians north and south of the border

These problems will be solved, fundamentally, by political argument between left, right and centre

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