Like alcohol, can these chemicals not be taken in the right way, at the right dose?
The Tory drive to make teachers and carers chase after statistics has hindered rather than helped
Arguments about what kind of music is best, what will survive the test of time, miss the point
While the 2010 Equality Act seems to be discouraging prejudice, it has also come under attack for limiting freedom
We still view European history as taking off with the Renaissance and Enlightenment, but this position gets more out-of-date the more we learn
There's so many prizes today's writers aren't bothered about who wins. The purpose awards serve now is to tell readers what to read.
Instead of an outright ban on activities deemed "undesirable" - like getting off your head on booze - the state is trying to render them socially inacceptable
Now be against the political institution in its current form is apparently to be anti-peace as well as anti-European
As religious observance is on the wane, people's desire to connect at some higher level faces a quest for new forms
People expect melody and emotion from their music; but just because modern classical doesn't conform to this doesn't make it worthless
A fresher on the joys of exchanging a rigid and prescriptive curriculum for learning through free-form debate.
There's a risk that in using choirs for everything from helping fragmented communities to stress relief, we drag them down to the level of the mundane
A dearth of real engineering ambition is holding back the sector. Big, ambitious projects are needed to put us back on track.
The knowledge and understanding of subjects has no moral purpose. It may lead to discontent.
Unlike past protest movements where ideologies came into conflict, today's uprisings are raw and reject traditional political structures
Whichever the year, whoever the artists, the Turner Prize always brings us back to the same old, endlessly fascinating question: what makes great art?
As a Muslim, I oppose gender segregation in universities. But its advocates have every right to their opinion
Myriam Francois Cerrah
The easiest way to get rich quick is to work for the banks and badger the vulnerable to buy insurance
The Independent's Christmas charity auction: Part two
The Daily Cartoon
Poverty is the defining problem of our age
Andreas Whittam Smith
Speak English or lose benefits: Government to introduce tougher tests for migrants
Unemployed told to leave Ireland in desperate move to slash welfare costs
‘UK’s stale energy market makes it easy for Big Six to hike prices,’ says new study
The Government doesn't want to be seen as a soft touch on immigration
Pope Francis attacks huge salaries for the rich while poor survive on 'crumbs'
Jack Whitehall crowned king of British Comedy Awards
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