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Friday, 12 August 2011

  • Leading article: Liberalism has improved Britain – its defenders must speak up
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Less predictable, perhaps, was the near-unanimity on parade in Parliament on Thursday, where MPs from all parties vied to identify a malaise that stemmed, as they saw it, from a destructive moral laxity pervading Britain. From parenting to education ...

  • Letters: Punishment of looters
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    There were many wealthy Victorians with a conscience. They led from the front, endowing public buildings, hospitals, company towns such as Saltaire and Bourneville, decent housing for working people. The Peabody Trust was founded in 1862 by a Victori...

  • Leading article: When markets scent blood
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    However, if France, Italy, Belgium and Spain think outlawing "shorting" will answer their problems, they are in for a rude awakening. For one thing, the crackdown will not work: there are plenty of alternatives for traders who wish to continue bettin...

  • Alice Jones: Beware the treachery of the cynically altered image
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Deeply odd not because the princess clearly didn't need retouching – as an enchanted global television audience of two billion can attest – but because of the Frankenstein-style process that led, claim the magazine's staff, to the virtual liposuction...

  • 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: They tore down that wall
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Almost three decades on, with the system that conceived and built it terminally discredited, the concrete blocks and barbed wire were spontaneously torn to pieces by the citizens themselves in one of the most joyous nights of celebration and freedom ...

  • Nick Lezard: Who will ring the bell now to engage in pointless banter?
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    This follows a similar decision from Scottish and Southern Energy. I am old enough to remember rag-and-bone men with horse and cart, French onion-sellers on bicycles, and knife-sharpeners. And now another aspect of the personal urban touch bites the ...

  • Rebecca Tyrrel: Bongo is Africa's second most unforgettably named leader, after Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Whether he inspired his Gabonese namesake to change his own first name from Alain to Ali could be argued both ways. The British Mr Bongo was also a president, albeit of the Magic Circle, whose success stems from his catchphrases. "Uju buju, suck anot...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Real women' keep their clothes on in public
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Model Daisy Lowe has always enjoyed a fairly smooth ride when it comes to intense and perverse physical scrutiny because she is thin (gasp!) but curvy (clap, clap, clap) and therefore embodies The Perfect Woman. What a shame and how regressive it wou...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: The Great Defamation, part 194
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

     

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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