The Independent | Archive
Home 2010 June

Saturday, 19 June 2010

  • Leading article: Pain, yes. But no to unfair cuts
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    This newspaper agrees that taxes have to rise and public spending has to fall to balance the books, but our argument throughout the election campaign was that it could be counterproductive to cut too early. In this, we thought we were part of an anti...

  • Leading article: Now BP has made its ritual sacrifice, we must regain a sense of proportion
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    It is American and it dates from the California Gold Rush, when miners established places of rough justice to deal with claim jumpers. Seeing the chief executive of BP, Tony Hayward, in front of a US Congressional committee this week, it could be con...

  • DJ Taylor: Unlike the Seventies, motoring on the left has now run out of gas
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    But what form ought a properly left-wing agenda to take if – and this is not a requirement that creators of left-wing agendas have always bothered themselves with – it aspires to appeal to more than a fraction of the electorate? Ms Abbott and her all...

  • Cole Moreton: He was first a hero and then he was a joke. Now, he's a real hero
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    I have a nagging sadness at losing the little boy who once loved me so directly and unreservedly. Not to mention, on those days when all he can offer is a dismissive grunt, the frustration of being unable to communicate like we used to. Oh, and the s...

  • Letters: The 'Lusi' mud volcano
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    In May 2006, a gas drilling operation punctured an underground structure in East Java, Indonesia, which responded by spewing mud driven by pressurised water and gas from surrounding rocks. Ever since then, this "Lusi" mud volcano has churned out 2,50...

  • Leading article: Menacing shades of the Great Game
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    In the past five years, however, Kyrgyzstan has suffered three major ructions. In 2005, the last Soviet-era president, Askar Akayev, was overthrown in the so-called "tulip" revolution. This April, a similar fate befell his successor, Kurmanbek Bakiye...

  • E Jane Dickson: Free schools will be middle-class ghettos
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    And I've got loads of friends who think the same. We may not have huge amounts of experience in running affairs of state, but we're terrifically committed. So let's bypass the bureaucrats and do the show right here! If there is a flaw in this argumen...

  • Amy Jenkins: There's a fine line between the rebellious and the farcical
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    I was in my kitchen making a shepherd's pie, or something equally wholesome, when a friend showed me a photo on his phone that he'd been sent by Sebastian Horsley. The picture was of Horsley in Amsterdam. He was grinning at the camera, naked – with a...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (20 June 2010)
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    On the other hand, the sympathy that Taylor believes the right now extends towards people such as Tony Benn is just their traditional patronising hypocrisy, following the barrage of lies, jeers and character assassination to which they subjected him ...

  • Michael Mansfield: Is nobody bothered that Widgery got it so wrong?
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    The concluding paragraph of Lord Saville's overall assessment was: "The firing by soldiers of 1 Para on Bloody Sunday caused the deaths of 13 people and injury to a similar number, none of whom was posing a threat of causing death or serious injury. ...

  • Andrew Martin: Why I'm glad they've axed free swimming
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    Certainly my local pool was, in my mid-teens, an oasis of healthiness amid a litter of crisp packets, stubbed out Embassy Regals, and other manifestations of my sordid adolescence. This pool was overseen by a monosyllabic lifeguard who was about the ...

  • Paul Vallely: Does it matter how they killed him?
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    It was like the world turned upside down, an inversion of the Hippocratic oath. All the human ingenuity which had gone, over the years, to perfecting processes for giving and maintaining life had been perverted to its very contrary. The drip tubes th...

  • Leading article: Mole music
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    We are brought up to see them less as pests than as friends: lugubrious velvety creatures, all the worthier of our sympathy for their mysterious underground existence and for being blind. It is an affinity that lasts into later life, even when we wak...

  • Deborah Ross: This is not gardening as it is commonly regarded, this is hacking at stuff with whatever is to hand
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    This is strange as my own husband, for example, is very much of this school, and is quite the expert at randomly hacking at stuff when the mood strikes. He may even be one of the world's leading experts, although whenever I put this to him, modesty a...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Meters don't save water – they pump cash from poor to rich
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    The object of the policy, introduced in 1999, is to reduce consumption. People whose water is metered use less than those whose bill is calculated the old way, on the basis of the property's "rateable value". Rates haven't existed since 1990, so this...

  • Rhiannon Harries: If it comes to football vs tennis, it's game, set and match to SW19
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    Contrary to the belief of the marketing community, televised football does not inspire us ladies to run to the nearest purveyor of distracting fripperies. By and large, it just leaves me, at least, indifferent. And the rare moments when I do find my ...

  • The IoS Diary (20/06/10)
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    Isn't opposition grand? Who should be seen at the Garrick Club the other day, breaking bread with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke? None other than his predecessor in the job, Jack Straw. You thinking of joining, Jack? Victory for former heritage sec...

Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Finance Director

£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...

Recruitment Genius: Medico-Legal Assistant

£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...

Ashdown Group: (PHP / Python) - Global Media firm

£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...

The Jenrick Group: Quality Inspector

£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...

Day In a Page

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick