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  • Ben Chu: Mervyn King’s European warning
    Thursday, 11 August 2011


  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    And a visit to the acclaimed restaurant Roganic – described by i’s food critic Tracey MacLeod as “original, ambitious, artistic and rather bonkers” – offered a welcome respite from destruction and disorder.I am not saying this is an example of my Bli...

  • Leading article: The Prime Minister's draconian gimmicks
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    The most egregious suggestion from Mr Cameron is that the Government will look in to disrupting social media where there are suspicions that these forums are being used to encourage or facilitate criminal behaviour. That is the sort of thing that has...

  • Leading article: Threats from abroad – and also from within
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    Sir Mervyn argued that the biggest risks facing the UK economy come from the rest of the world in the shape of the eurozone sovereign debt crisis and the prospect of a slowdown in the mighty US economy. The market panic yesterday over the solvency of...

  • Letters: This is what happens when underclass values triumph
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    The rioting is not because the "underclass" has been ignored; it is because it has been embraced. It has been embraced by those who set the norms in our society – cinema, television, magazines and even the middle-class intellectuals who write opinion...

  • Leading article: Syria's pressure at home and abroad
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    Four Gulf governments, led by Saudi Arabia, this week withdrew their ambassadors from Damascus. Turkey, which had cultivated Assad for fear he would stir unrest in its Kurdish minority, sent its Foreign Minister to Damascus to warn that its patience ...

  • Anne Penketh: Life without terror threats, serial betrayal and Harry
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    Goodbye Harry Pearce. The MI5 chief was practically the only survivor of the series that kept me on the edge of my seat for a decade, from the moment of its pulsating theme tune, and I can't believe that the next one will be his last. Spooks was beyo...

  • Susan Greenfield: Computers may be altering our brains
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    Yet the mere mention of this possibility has provoked hostility, misrepresentation, and oversimplification of the case. When I suggested in a recent interview that possible connections between an obsessive cyber-life and a decline in empathy should b...

  • Letters: Rich get richer, poor get poorer – riots are no surprise
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    At the same time, we see rich people getting much richer every year. We are told we are all consumers and money is the ultimate value. What self-esteem can someone working on the minimum wage have? Adverts state: "Because you are worth it", so you th...

  • Leading article: This is no time for panicked promises
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    Now, of course, is not the time for any politician even to hint of cuts in police numbers; this would be political suicide. Equally, though, it would be wrong for ministers to yield to the clamour for new spending, whether on additional officers or e...

  • Leading article: Teaching - only the best need apply
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    Ideally, the general job situation, plus generous bursaries for shortage subjects, will help to attract better qualified graduates. The profession should also recognise that improving the calibre of recruits is a way to raise its status. Our entry st...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Libya's ragtag rebels are dubious allies
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    Not so the Libyan rebels. Members of their Transitional National Council (TNC) in Benghazi last month detained their military leader, General Abdel Fatah Younes, on suspicion of treachery, lured him away from his bodyguards and murdered him. This wee...

  • Harriet Walker: Spare us the guilt over all-inclusives
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    In a culture that foregrounds 24-7 working hours and the need to accrue wealth rather than borrow time, the universal bank holidays and bus trips to Blackpool of yesteryear have become an idyllic anachronism. But then so too have the stretched recess...

  • Sean O'Grady: Britain may not be as safeas you think, Mr Osborne
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    George Osborne may be allowed a little self satisfaction that Britain, in spite – perhaps because – of its coalition government, has actually got a more politically agreed deficit reduction plan than America, the eurozone and Japan. Indeed, behind th...

  • Andrew Martin: Tall tales brought back by Marco Polo
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    * According to Selfridges, many of the record number of foreign visitors to London this summer have their minds set on Christmas – which could be why they keep stepping in front of my bike on Oxford Street. Accordingly, the store has just opened its ...

  • Virginia Ironside: The old dear has calmed down at last
    Friday, 12 August 2011

    It was then that he became engaged to Geraldine. He is, apparently, worth millions, and an easy way of avoiding death duties is to leave the whole caboodle to your wife. Were Geraldine not his wife, a huge proportion of his estate would have to go to...

  • John Rentoul: The Catch-Up Catches Up
    Thursday, 11 August 2011


  • John Rentoul: "Planning for war"
    Thursday, 11 August 2011


  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    Not only has Parliament been recalled from its summer recess, but BBC1 will tonight broadcast a special edition of Question Time on the riots, the first time the programme has had its own holiday break interrupted. What a relief! Just when you were w...

  • Leading article: Customer first
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    Our own Office of Fair Trading has investigated nine firms, including some of our largest supermarket chains, over the price fixing of dairy products. And it has ruled that they did collude over prices and, in response, it has imposed fines. Yet the ...

  • Deborah Ross: Here's how to make the streets safer
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    And it couldn't be easier. All you have to do is visit the website, create ane-petition, and if that e-petition receives 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons. I have already been to the site, and have created the...

  • Oliver Wright: The last thing Cameron needs is pressure over cuts
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    According to one person at the meeting the tension was palpable: "It was quite clear that they don't like each other much now."Mr Johnson's decision to openly criticise the police cuts is just what Mr Cameron does not need right now. The public mood ...

  • Sir Hugh Orde: Water cannon make for good headlines – and bad policing
    Thursday, 11 August 2011

    I remain convinced the British model – based on consent, with police largely unarmed, and built up from the grass roots of neighbourhood policing – will prevail. The decisions around tactics are, and must always be, for the chief constables and their...

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