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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

  • Leading article: A reversal that demonstrates not strength, but weakness
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    This decision is profoundly wrongheaded. Increasing the scope of plea bargaining would be a way of making the wheels of the criminal justice system run more smoothly. More than two-thirds of cases that reach the Crown Court end in a guilty plea. This...

  • Leading article: Intolerant views should be confronted, not silenced
    Wednesday, 8 June 2011

    Another group of ministers – which includes Nick Clegg and Baroness Warsi – reject the idea that there is a connection between reactionary religious attitudes and support for terrorism. They argue that there needs to be a rigid separation between off...

  • Letters: Don't give bigots a platform
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    Those individuals subject to discrimination who have attained the highest positions in society seem to be those who refer the least to any racism they might have experienced. One example is Barack Obama. One could also justifiably claim that he has d...

  • Leading article: Where winter is freezing the Arab Spring
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    Whatever happened in Jisr al-Shughour, however, is just the latest outbreak of violence instigated by a regime ruthlessly clinging to power. And a UN Security Council resolution drafted by the UK and France is little more than an exercise in hand-wri...

  • Martin Hickman: These claims cannot be brushed under the carpet
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    What pours petrol on the flames is the suggestion that Scotland Yard is not investigating – despite apparently having a tranche of incriminating paperwork. The question is: why? Already, the Yard has been scolded for failing to mount a proper investi...

  • Laurie Penny: Jobless young people: good for a laugh, eh
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    Mocking the desperate and downtrodden has always made good television, and this new gameshow will not be the first to exploit the unemployed to boost ratings. Consider The Fairy Jobmother, possibly the ghastliest piece of poverty porn ever made, whos...

  • Letters: Cable and the unions
    Wednesday, 8 June 2011

    After 18 years of Conservative rule, which brought many constraints to trade unions, much hope was placed in the incoming Tony Blair government of 1997. But alas, not one single anti-union law was repealed. Trade Unions have always had a bad press,...

  • Leading article: NHS pledges with a political purpose
    Wednesday, 8 June 2011

    The aim of the speech was transparently political. The Prime Minister needs to calm the troubled waters into which the Coalition's health reforms have recklessly steamed. Despite undertakings from ministers that "substantial and significant" changes ...

  • John Rentoul: Is the Archbish right?
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

  • Stephen Bayley: British design extinguishes the kitsch
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    Designed by the Barber Osgerby duet, the torch happily resists temptations of historical symbolism. Bright metal is fashionable today, so a gold-plated, tapering aluminium-alloy torch is perforated with eight thousand laser-cut holes to represent the...

  • Deborah Ross: I'm not Green enough for my husband
    Thursday, 9 June 2011

    I try to share his outrage. I don't know, I'll say, but I'll check it against all our dental records, shall I? Just give me a minute. Hang on. I think I can tell from the bite pattern that it's our son. Let's put him on trial! Let's get him banged up...

  • Leading article: Elements of surprise
    Wednesday, 8 June 2011

    The thing about these base elements is that only 94 of them occur naturally on the Earth. The others are produced synthetically. The two new ones, just announced by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, arrive and decay in only a few m...

  • Jeremy Laurance: New answers, but there's still the £20bn question
    Wednesday, 8 June 2011

    The Prime Minister rowed back from one key element of the Bill after another. Everything would change, he tried to suggest, yet everything would stay the same. The re-framing of the role of Monitor, the economic regulator, to focus on integration rat...

  • Natalie Haynes: It's not a horror film if it isn't actually scary
    Wednesday, 8 June 2011

    So am I glad to hear there's a horror film, Human Centipede II, coming up, so ghastly that it won't be shown – legally – in the UK? Sadly not. This is because I have seen the first Human Centipede film – don't judge me, I was reviewing torture porn t...

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