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  • Leading article: Mr Cameron deserves credit for keeping calm in a transatlantic storm
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    Thus far, Mr Cameron has shown commendable restraint. Contributing to this may have been the fact that he had other things on his mind, not least his trip to Afghanistan. Downing Street has also made known that he has a long-standing telephone date w...

  • Alex Kiprotich: I envy the land of Her Majesty - where a fox can be such a big problem.
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    But that was the story that greeted me in every national newspaper this week, my first week in London, where I have moved for two months as part of a placement with The Independent from the Standard Newspaper in Nairobi. When I visited the scene of t...

  • Letters: The oil spill
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    Of course, they are right to be angry at the terrible damage being done to people's livelihoods and the environment, but this is hardly a drop in the ocean when compared to the impact of America's contribution to the pollution of the atmosphere by gr...

  • Leading article: Parliament's shot at redemption
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    But there are now hopes that Parliament might be about to regain some of its lost authority. There is certainly potential for a parliamentary resurgence. First, there has been a healthy personnel overhaul. There are some 226 new MPs in the Commons, u...

  • Michael Bywater: In the dead of night, menacing us on our doorstep. That's Nature for you
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    Well ... a few miles down the road and it doesn't get much nicer than Wimbledon. "Villagey," say the residents. Man and Nature living in harmony. They gesture towards the Common. Birds tweet. Undergrowth soughs in the gentle breeze. The word "bosky" ...

  • Leading article: The unification game kicks off
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    And there will be some who hear a discordant note amid the celebrations. The competition might be the pinnacle of the beautiful game, but one would be hard-pressed to describe Fifa, the World Cup's organiser, as a beautiful organisation. The fears ex...

  • Leading article: Royal relief
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    There is an OBE for the physicist, Brian Cox, who also happened to play in the band responsible for the song "Things Can Only Get Better": a clever way to signal support for the sciences while also bringing the curtain down on the New Labour era. Cat...

  • Deborah Ross: 'There comes a time in everybody’s life when you have to think about your relationship with pre-chopped fruit'
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    So it may come in Asda or Waitrose or any supermarket bar, probably, Iceland, which does not recognise fresh fruit – "nope," said a girl on the till when once shown an apple, "haven't a clue". But don't be too hard on Iceland. It has, after all, rece...

  • Amy Jenkins: Does not understanding a book necessarily make it better?
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    Carey used his speech at the close of the recent Sydney Writers' Festival to point out that we can learn a great deal from great fiction. A diet of junk culture and the untrained, lazy mind it produces actually threatens our democracy, in his view. F...

  • Harriet Walker: Something that cool was never going to last long
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    The same values that spawned the firm are killing it. Known as a bastion of West Coast liberalism and anti-dogmatic fashionable subculture, championing gay rights and celebrating a 21st-century international urban bohemia, AA has apparently eaten its...

  • Ben Chu: Just how British is BP?
    Friday, 11 June 2010

  • Letters: Perspectives on recycling
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Don't scrap the 'bin tax' scheme The Government is wrong to scrap the "bin tax" in favour of financial inducements to recycle ("Bin tax scheme put on the scrapheap", 8 June). Recycling conserves aluminium, plastic, paper and glass but uses signif...

  • Leading article: Mr Willetts's university challenge
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    But there are concerns. First, would it not create a two-tier system whereby employers favoured the candidate who had undergone the full university experience at one of the Russell group universities – which represent many of the leading research ins...

  • Marcus Tanner: A victory for justice, but not for reconciliation in the Balkans
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    The international war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia, a virtual afterthought when it was first established, has proved some of those cocksure men wrong. Popovic, Beara and the others will have years now to reflect on their actions in July 1995, after...

  • Ivan Fallon: Let the vuvuzelas ring out at the World Cup
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Some 500 million people around the world will be watching South Africa's opening match against Mexico this afternoon in the amazing 95,000-seater Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, one of 10 stunning stadiums which will be used (eight of them purpo...

  • Sean O'Grady: They think Africa's dark age is all over... but is it?
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Apart from South Africa, the continent has highly insulated banking systems and limited international capital flows, and has been immune from the worst of the global recession. Steady aid flows and remittances from emigrants also helped. The decline ...

  • David Prosser: BP boss's impossible dilemma: keep the investors happy or the US government?
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Mr Hayward can expect a pretty unpleasant encounter with the Congressional committee in front of which he is due to appear next week. He has no choice but to remain in the US for that hearing, but is now expected to return to the UK once that grillin...

  • Leading article: A sock in it
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    And now we have Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond's 164ft high and 360ft long metal installation at Middlesbrough, the first of five artworks planned for the Tees Valley. Looking like a twisted tube, the "sock", as some have dubbed it, and "Temenos", as...

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