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Monday, 28 July 2008

  • Leading article: The PM and the curse of his disloyal courtiers
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    Few, of course, were prepared to put their names to their individual and collective votes of no confidence. Gordon Prentice, MP for Pendle, was an honourable exception. Paul Kenny, leader of the GMB union, was another who dared to put his head above ...

  • Leading article: An important victory. But there are more battles ahead
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    Through its "fair tips, fair pay" campaign, The Independent has sought to expose and outlaw this shabby system of exploitation, which abuses the intentions of diners as well as those who wait on them, many of whom are foreigners and thus unlikely to ...

  • Leading article: India must reject the forces of extremism
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    Ethnic, religious and social tensions have always been present in India. Partly they are a legacy of partition in 1947, which left behind a huge Muslim minority whose discontent seems to be growing. But while Indians today turn the spotlight on radic...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Good news, but think twice before popping pills
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    Add to that their newly emerging role in preventing dementia, possibly slashing the risk by as much as half, and the question for every middle-aged man or woman becomes not "should I be taking it, Doc?", but "can I afford not to take it?" The Governm...

  • Letters: Oxbridge admissions
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    The plain fact is that the better independent schools provide a far superior preparation for aspiring Oxbridge entrants to that available at most comprehensive schools. If you want top academic grades together with a well-rounded portfolio of activit...

  • Leading article: Collision course in Turkey
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    But this battle for Turkey's soul is not merely taking place in court rooms. There is blood on the streets too. Two bombs exploded in Istanbul yesterday, killing 17 people. The main suspects are Kurdish separatists. The country's stock markets have t...

  • Boyd Tonkin: 'Even Her Majesty loves Canada – its tourist board knows where to find the next face of its campaign'
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    Not quite every author has welcomed this perk of victory. The anti-monarchist Mark Haddon declined his royal tête-à-tête as a curious incident too far. But a line of quizzically post-imperial Indians, defiantly republican Aussies and charmingly bemus...

  • Daniel Howden: The world's most important political project
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    The emergence of a democratically elected government, with its roots in political Islam, in a country where 99 per cent are Muslim, has coincided with enormous political, social and economic progress. The engine for much of this progress has been the...

  • Ellie Levenson: British men and the art of seduction
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    After all, the potential for errors is vast. I know a woman who won't date a man if he has an apostrophe in the wrong place, and we all know that the sweetest sentiment whispered in your ear in a romantic moment can look somewhat trite written down. ...

  • Simon Calder: One British tourist is murdered every week
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    Each such tragedy makes the headlines, but some resonate especially strongly with the public. The attack on Catherine and Benjamin Mullany in Antigua will be one of those. It was a dream honeymoon that turned into the worst nightmare: a bride and gro...

  • Letters: Population growth
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    P J Stewart Oxford Will Mr Lawson please name the "people behind" the OPT who supported India's forced sterilisation in the 1970s? OPT was not formed until 1991, and most certainly does not believe in state control over the right to have children, or...

  • Leading article: The brain needs quality time
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    The senator confided that "should we be successful, that actually the most important thing you need to do is have big chunks of time during the day when all you're doing is thinking." Without that, "you lose the big picture". Many great leaders would...

  • Joanna Briscoe: Green is the new black, but fashions change
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    Yes yes yes, I can see it's the most pressing issue of our time on a global scale. Without urgent action, we'll all collapse into a heaving pit of floods and flames that'll swallow half of us while forming a carcinogenic sun bed for the other; there ...

  • Sarah Churchwell: The message is clear. We are all under suspicion
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    Since moving to Britain, I have been called licence cheat, fare-dodger, and benefit thief – and all when I was just sitting on the Tube, minding my own business. "Get one or get done!" barked a TV Licensing poster. Then the tone changed from thuggish...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Gujarat's bloody recent history of sectarian strife
    Monday, 28 July 2008

    It is not a hotel and it has no regular electricity or running water. Rather, it is a wretched shanty town on the edge of the city, home to at least 8,000 Muslim families who have nowhere else to go. Most have been here since the 2002 violence – for ...

  • John Laughland: International justice is power without responsibility
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    In democratic nation-states, the criminal justice system is embedded within the other structures of statehood, especially the legislature. Rules of procedure in British courts are rightly a matter for solemn debate in Parliament. Not so the existing ...

  • Susie Rushton: Katie's too good for polo
    Tuesday, 29 July 2008

    Yet this week the organisers snobbily banned Katie Price from paying for tickets to attend the England vs Australia match, billed as the highlight of the polo season. The glamour model (and accomplished horsewoman) was deemed "too chavvy" to tread th...

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