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Monday, 15 August 2011

  • Leading article: Finally, a real party political debate about what matters
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    On the face of it, Mr Cameron's was the easier task. In decrying the "slow-motion moral collapse" of parts of society, he was preaching to the long-convinced. His audience might even have been tempted to ask what took him so long. There was not a fli...

  • Stefan Stern: Marx was right about change
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    If you think you know for certain what will happen next to US unemployment levels, their budget deficit, the eurozone, Chinese inflation, or the price of oil, wheat or copper, you are either a genius (sorry, but that is unlikely) or deluded (I'm tend...

  • Leading article: An immoral loophole
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    So indiscriminate and inhumane a weapon are these munitions that a global treaty outlawing them, the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), was adopted by 107 countries in 2008. It is shameful then, that some of Britain's biggest banks, including two...

  • Chris Atkins: The day I decided to confront RBS about the blood on its hands
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    I was asked by Amnesty International to make a short film about how several of our high-street banks are profiting from cluster munitions. The chances are that you have an account with a bank that has been secretly making money out of several US comp...

  • Letters: Riots and the working class
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    When Samuel Johnson first came to London in the early 18th century, he was shocked by the casual violence of the city: “Some frolick drunkard, reeling from a feast, Provokes a broil, and stabs you for a jest.” At the end of Johnson’s life, the Gordon...

  • Leading article: 'Zero tolerance' – a siren song that must not be heeded
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    With a Downing Street e-petition demanding that those involved in the disturbances should suffer cuts in their benefits and housing provision, and a London council threatening to evict a tenant whose son admitted theft, the idea of punitive social, a...

  • John Bird: Fashion has become a weapon on the streets of London
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    But for me one of the most significant is the shorter, weaker, white boy being made to strip while a bigger black boy, or man, watches. The uniform that the white boy, and many white boys wear, is being taken from him. He is no more a human being. He...

  • Letters: Perspectives on seeking law-enforcement advice from the US
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    Zero tolerance? Not easy with zero funding The budget reductions for the Home Office and Justice Ministry make David Cameron's planned campaign of "zero tolerance" policing facile. To conduct such a campaign would require hundreds of millions of ...

  • Leading article: Perverse effects of higher fees
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    This forecast comes from the head of a leading exam board, who warns that newer, mid-ranking universities could then find it hard to survive. This in turn could prompt closures, consolidation – or a wider spread of fees. If some fees are reduced, thi...

  • Leading article: Keep saying 'no'
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    The brutality is both appalling, and it is escalating. There are reportedly some 30 more dead since Saturday, after the government turned its gun boats on the port city of Latakia. While the options may be limited, that is no excuse for inaction. For...

  • Andy McSmith: Suddenly Miliband sounds different from Cameron. It may work
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    The Conservative leader is the man who rescued his party from its "nasty" image by avoiding hardline talk on law and order, of the "prison works" type, which the party faithful love to hear.He made a much misquoted speech on youth crime five years ag...

  • Natalie Haynes: The Tube map is misleading – that's its beauty
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    It does not, however, tell you everything you might want to know about London, above and below the pavement. It rudely makes stations look much further apart than they are in real life, especially if they're on different lines. The addition of the ov...

  • Shashank Joshi: Leader cannot survive but road ahead is strewn with danger
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    Victory at Zawiyah is a double blow. It sits atop a key coastal road from Tunisia to Tripoli, over which arms and millions of litres of fuel may have been transferred daily. That will dry up fast, but the regime is also likely to quickly lose its onl...

  • Susie Rushton: Holiday reading is hard work
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    The holiday library is also limited by practical considerations. I've only got room for a couple of volumes in my bag, and have small patience with the e-reader (it's not safe for the inflatable ring position). So this time around I've been doing dee...

  • Michael McCarthy: Shell needs to come fully clean
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    This does not look like a disaster: it is small, for example, in the context of last year's giant spill at BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, with just over 200 tonnes of oil having been released so far, compared with between 300,000 a...

  • Leading article: Underwhelming in Iowa
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    This is why Ms Bachmann's victory in this weekend's Iowa straw poll is sounding alarms on both sides of the Atlantic. The consolation is that is far too soon to panic. This straw poll may be the first set-piece event of the US presidential election s...

  • Leading article: An unedifying blame game
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    It is disingenuous for the police to insist that they went on to the offensive all of their own accord, while chiding ministers with their absence. The original misjudgements are theirs; when a man was shot dead during a police operation in a sensiti...

  • Hermione Eyre: What use is a barcoded bottom?
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    Last week, the most prestigious sporting site in London – a purpose-built arena between Horseguards Parade and The Mall – was given over to a women's sporting event. Excellent news. The sport in question, however, required its participants to wear br...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    There he was, enjoying a nice bowl of linguine al vongole and a glass of vino rosato in a 15-bedroom villa in Tuscany, reminiscing about the times when he used to create mayhem with his host, also an Old Etonian and a former member of Oxford Universi...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    The start of the football season (I know what you’re thinking, but I don’t think it comes around quickly enough!) coincides with a new phase of the moon, and I found myself yesterday reflecting on some of the more unexpected changes to our landscape....

  • Leading article: How to achieve
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    Sir Michael Wilshaw, who draws the comparison in an Independent interview today, has proved this at Mossbourne Academy, an east London comprehensive where no fewer than 10 pupils received offers from Oxford and Cambridge this year. More to the point...

  • Charles Nevin: A dentist's chair is better than the floor
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    * Tomorrow is 34 years to the day since the death (or not) of Elvis. Did you know that he called his manhood Little Elvis? He did. On the question of size, Thursday is the 219th anniversary of the birth of Lord John Russell, that great and Whiggish r...

  • David Buik: Eurobonds are the only answer
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    Two issues are indisputable. Firstly the ECB is grossly undercapitalised to be the "garage of last resort" for billions of toxic bonds. How dare the EU leave Olli Rehn and Jean-Claude Trichet to hold the fort. If they are serious about preserving the...

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