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  • Ben Chu: In praise of Barclays
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011

  • Leading article: Politicians and regulators need to show their mettle
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    The Chancellor told his audience of City of London grandees that he will accept the Commission's ring-fencing proposals. He also said that UK banks should hold more capital than the international minimum of 7 per cent of their assets. But does the fa...

  • Letters: Saudi forces in Bahrain to help
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    Using columns, features and news to publish misinformation in repeated attacks on our people and rulers amounts to libel and will be treated as such in accordance with the law. With reference to Mr Fisk's column on Tuesday, the Kingdom of Bahrain ret...

  • Leading article: Strikes that will only extend the pain
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    The immediate triggers, of course, are particular to each country. Here, it is the public sector up in arms over pay freezes, job cuts, and pension changes. Three months ago, up to half a million people took part in a protest march through London. Th...

  • Stefan Stern: Behind corporate walls, the masters of the universe weep
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    It is almost as though he is adopting the stance first advocated by the Barclays boss, Bob Diamond, a few months ago (and prior to the chancellor’s proposed banking reforms announced last night). Reflecting on the great financial crisis of the past t...

  • Tim Lott: The top of a slippery moral slope
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011

    It was not, to Pratchett's credit, a polemic. The writer, who suffers from Alzheimer's himself and wishes legally to be able to end his life in due course, examined very fairly some of the countervailing arguments. But there was no doubt about the pu...

  • Leading article: Teenage kicks
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    The season's biggest gathering is set to be this weekend on the Gower peninsula, with upwards of 20,000 students. But Newquay in Cornwall is another favourite, with the beach, as it is for Americans, the essential backdrop. When the organisers insist...

  • Deborah Ross: First find your exam-facing teenager...
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    You will need: An exasperated air; a nagging tone of voice; a jabbing finger; a copy of Paradise Lost (or similar. Wuthering Heights works just as well, as does The Tempest). Directions: Turn oven up to max as you may want to put your head in it. Alt...

  • Sean O'Grady: Riot all you want: the economic facts remain the same
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    It is too late now to say that Greece should never have joined the euro at all, as the country simply took the opportunity to borrow at "German" low interest rates but without German high productivity and exports. But it is true that if Greece had no...

  • Sean O'Grady: Commission recommends separation of retail and investment banking
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    The crucial thing in this is that the banks will be allowed to stay legally whole, just as they wish, and not forcibly broken up in the way that, one suspects, the Business Secretary Vince Cable and the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn Kin...

  • John Rentoul: Bugbears and Gobbledegook
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011

  • Ben Chu: In praise of Barclays
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011

  • Leading article: Birds do it
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011

    Darwin, whose theories of natural selection were sparked by the finches of the Galapagos, explained why the occasional male finch might do this: it increases his chances of spreading his genetic material. But why do some females also have a roving be...

  • Jeremy Laurance: This compromise may offer the worst of all worlds
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011

    The vested interests who defended the status quo have triumphed. The result will be a two-tier service, with extra layers of management, fewer new providers and less change. The most bizarre consequence is that we may end up with an NHS less market-d...

  • Andy Atkins: Fortnightly rubbish rounds are a good thing
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011

    Councillor Bryn Morgan of Waverley in Surrey – the self-styled "most Conservative council in the UK" – boasted of the benefits of alternate weekly collections. Their introduction, he claimed, had cut the rubbish sent to landfill by 5,000 tons and the...

  • Natalie Haynes: 2012! 2012! 2012! There, I've said it
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011

    Most Londoners have paid the Olympic levy on their council tax without feeling too grouchy – it is the Olympics, after all. They have stadiums to build and then knock down a month later, and that costs money. But the goodwill is rapidly dissipating, ...

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