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  • Leading article: The new world where judges and social media intersect
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    There are those, including Ms Fraill, who find it hard to believe that what she did – contact a defendant who had been acquitted while others in the same case were still being tried, and communicate with others about the deliberations in the jury roo...

  • Letters: Public-sector pensions
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    Your response, if I may paraphrase it, is: "Shut up and take the punishment. Private-sector workers have already lost their rights to a decent pension and a decent retirement age, so why shouldn't you too? And anyway we're in financial trouble." Acro...

  • Harriet Walker: Our brawls are embarrassing, but French boozing is no better
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    But they're also more likely to drink when left unsupervised, its new report warned gravely. So the best way to bring up your kids as happy and balanced teetotallers, we should infer, is to linger in their presence indefinitely, swigging from a carto...

  • Leading article: In state pensions, one age should fit all
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    Pre-emption was the charge flying around yesterday, with the public-sector trade unions accusing the Government, in the shape of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, of pre-empting their talks by insisting on a rise in the pensionabl...

  • Alice Jones: The positively alien world of Planet Apple
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    It’s a place where everything works at the press of a button or languid sweep of a finger. A place where nobody sells things, they “provide solutions” and where the bars are staffed by geniuses. A place, indeed, so bereft of negativity, the word “unf...

  • Jason Manolopoulos: You can blame the Greeks – but they have been betrayed by their leaders
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    The scenes are now familiar to TV viewers across the world: the angry banners, the scuffles or sometimes more serious violence, the petrol bombs and tear gas, the world's media, including battle-tested war reporters, descending. The latest wave of He...

  • Leading article: A crisis in Athens and a looming disaster for Europe
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    The Greek state certainly needs to reduce its spending and to curb its borrowing. Successive governments overspent during the boom years. They also faked their national accounts in order to conceal the true level of public borrowing. There are also h...

  • Susannah Shops: In search of the perfect bikini
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    At this point I can only thank the Lord that internet shopping – not always the most creative or indeed discerning way to buy clothes – exists. How completely brilliant to bypass the experience of gazing in despair at a nearly naked, sun-starved body...

  • Leading article: A long-running show's welcome return
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    Three days and 183 games later, after the longest match in the tournament's history, the two men were not only tennis legends but friends in the making. With each to some extent defined by the other, that happy consequence of a match in which, for th...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the Arab Spring
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    Bahrain: it's time for the UK to get tough Now the US has put Bahrain on the UN Human Rights Abusers list, the Government must take a tougher line and threaten sanctions. To date 1,109 people have been detained and 61 prisoners have "disappeared"...

  • Leading article: A promotion that gives no comfort
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    The West can take some comfort that it has taken so long for al-Qa'ida to announce the succession, despite the fact that Zawahiri was Bin Laden's deputy. The delay may suggest divisions at the top of the terrorist organisation. But al-Qa'ida's new le...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The world cannot afford to ignore this biological menace
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    Less feared, but just as deadly, are organisms which have found a way around our defences by evolving protection against the antibiotic drugs we use to destroy them. It is their indestructibility, rather than toxicity, which makes them lethal. Forty ...

  • John Rentoul: Poll alert
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

  • Leading article: Band on the run
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    You can see why the organisers chose the revamped St Pancras International station as the venue for a six-week summer music festival. More than a million people cross its concourse every week. In an age of ever-dropping CD sales and, most recently, a...

  • Sean O'Grady: IMF had no option in rush to prevent a horror show
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    The first tremor would be felt in the European Central Bank and national central banks. They would be looking at losses of anything north of €30bn and would require recapitalisation from individual governments (those who can, that is). Even an orderl...

  • Ian Burrell: This is a blow to the prestige of 'Panorama'
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    It is particularly painful for the BBC because it damages the reputation of Panorama, which as BBC trustee Alison Hastings pointed out yesterday is more than 50 years old and "held in very high regard". Since the 2004 Hutton report led to the resigna...

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