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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

  • Leading article: There can be no place in justice for political expediency
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Two decisions have drawn particular criticism: the four-year prison terms imposed on two men convicted of using Facebook to incite riots in the north of England – riots in fact that never took place – and the six-month sentence for a man found guilty...

  • Leading article: If the future lies in train travel, it needs to be affordable
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    Consumers already struggling with VAT increases, rising food bills and record fuel prices will find Ms Villiers's argument hard to take. Fare rises of up to 13 per cent are way above inflation and will be acutely felt. Recent research shows that pric...

  • Letters: Perspectives on taxing the highest incomes
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Listen to Buffett and stop coddling the super-rich George Osborne wants to cut the 50p tax rate for our highest earners, claiming that, as it doesn't generate much revenue and is "internationally uncompetitive", it might as well be ditched. The c...

  • Leading article: Impartiality is part of the deal
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Regardless of growing pressure to commission content from outside the corporation itself, everything that is shown on its channels must meet the same standards, even in the commercial environment of BBC World. Commercial messages may be increasingly ...

  • Leading article: Stimulation good, intervention bad
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Superficially, Enterprise Zones have much to recommend them. It is hard to argue against tax breaks, super-fast broadband and less regulation. The scheme is designed to help rebalance the economy – from banking to industry, from north to south, from ...

  • Laurie Penny: Keeping speech free is one way to rebuild our society
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Four years for faffing about on Facebook might seem a tad excessive. Our leaders, however, have been reminding us for days that when the streets are on fire, the normal rules of law, order and social decency are suspended. This principle now seems to...

  • David Thomas QC: Judges have clear rules for riot-related sentencing
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    The first principle is that a custodial sentence of any kind must not be passed unless the offence or offences were "so serious that neither a fine alone nor a community sentence can be justified". Parliament has firmly stated that a custodial senten...

  • Harriet Walker: If anyone lacks taste, it's Abercrombie
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is a muscled buffoon whose boisterous antics on the "manipulated reality" programme have been closely monitored by cameras for two years. During that time he has made more than $5m in deals with Reebok and rap stars, f...

  • Letters: Perspectives on banning masks
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    Stop grandstanding and use the law we already have It seems a shame that before his grandstanding about face masks to try and appear tough on disorder, David Cameron didn't think to check with lawyers or the police first. A police officer of the ...

  • Leading article: A very Liberal dilemma
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    But the Deputy Prime Minister was caught between the twin dangers of making the Government appear split if he did not take a hard line and alienating yet more Liberal Democrat voters if he did. In the circumstances, he did a reasonable job of steerin...

  • Leading article: Explanations are required over hacking
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    The allegations could not be more serious. Andy Coulson has said throughout he knew nothing of hacking while editor of the News of the World. But the letter from former royal correspondent Clive Goodman, published yesterday, claims hacking was "widel...

  • Sean O'Grady: Only a fool would call this a recovery
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    Which brings us nicely to the eurozone, now seemingly joining the US and Britain in the great growth slowdown. In the good times, the average interested citizen could go for years without taking much notice of quarterly growth figures in the eurozone...

  • Jeremy Laurance: A misplaced sense of loyalty leads to errors being buried
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    The answer is: with difficulty. Your local trust may publish death rates for different specialties but is unlikely to release them for individual surgical teams, even supposing they collect the data. Your best hope, if you have contacts in the hospit...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    It seems that Gill's comment was a joke - he ended up giving the restaurant a glowing review - the attacker and victim are friends again, and a healthy serving of publicity for a hitherto unknown venue in Hay-on-Wye has, I'm sure, gone down a treat. ...

  • Leading article: Guantanamo's last Briton
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Despite many official British requests, there is still no clarity from the US authorities about when he might be tried or released, or even about the accusations against him. If, as has been mooted, the allegations are that he was helping the Taliban...

  • Natalie Haynes: There's nothing we haven't seen celebrities do
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    In that case, waking up to find that the evil midget who has your wallet but won't give it back because you can't guess his name is purely imaginary – it's a positive fillip. Right up until you realise that a wallet is rather more easily replaced tha...

  • David Schellenberg: Scientists must furtherscrutinise these findings
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Malaria cases vary from month to month and year to year. Several seasons' data are needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn about trends. It seems unlikely that use of insecticide-treated bed nets for two years would lead to a dramatic change ...

  • Sean O'Grady: Only right kind of jobs will avert a new lost generation
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    OK, many of the rioters had good jobs. Some came from wealthy backgrounds. But many fall into the one-fifth of British youth officially unemployed.Some of those are, as the Government insists, part-time students finding it trickier to find casual wor...

  • Richard Garner: A-level grading system that needs reform
    Thursday, 18 August 2011

    As the number of A* and A grade passes grows – we can expect more with the 2011 results that come out today – the argument grows stronger every year. Surely it makes sense, as Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    It was a brilliantly realised, superbly acted, gritty and uncompromising, and set a new standard for TV drama. Without it, we wouldn't have had TheWire. And without NYPD Blue, our fortysomething Prime Minister may not have found space in his imaginat...

  • Leading article: Keep in practice
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    Mostly, these will be surgeons doing very small numbers of operations, possibly as emergencies, for which they lack the necessary expertise. This invites an obvious response – there should be a ban on surgeons doing operations unless they complete a ...

  • Sophie Heawood: Who needs a seat on a train anyway?
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    But when your world has already been whirled around by the ticket price (somewhere between 80 and 300 quid unless you're clever enough to go online for the 10 quid ticket deal and actually find the 10 quid ticket – you know, the one that's available ...

  • Ian Burrell: Latest revelations will have MPs scenting blood
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    In his letter, Goodman challenged his dismissal by alleging that his actions were conducted "with the full knowledge and support" of senior figures at News International and that other members of the NOTW staff actively partook in phone hacking.We no...

  • Sean O'Grady: Self-interest aside, it's right for fares to be increased
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    First, as the Government and the operating companies argue, the funds are needed to protect investment in the railways. The Government has spared a number of economically valuable projects from the cuts, notably the London Crossrail link (about a cen...

  • Oliver Wright: Evidence brings PM a step closer to humiliating mea culpa
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    Until yesterday, the only written evidence linking Mr Coulson directly to any criminality had been emails suggesting that he authorised payments to police officers for information. Those documents – while hugely damaging – could still allow Mr Coulso...

  • Jesse James: In an ideal world I wouldn't have a job
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    To put it into context, the Israelis pretty much got rid of their whole submunition arsenal – which was itself mainly made up of American submunitions from the Vietnam war era. Because those weapons were so old they had a very high failure rate – mea...

  • Andy McSmith: Any politically embarrassing findings can just be ignored
    Wednesday, 17 August 2011

    Then there were arguments like those we are hearing now. Margaret Thatcher refused to countenance any suggestion that the disorder could be explained or excused by social factors such as rising unemployment.Yet, even under her disapproving eye, very ...

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