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Friday, 19 August 2011

  • Leading article: Volatile markets are the Chancellor's cue to focus on growth
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    The biggest worry is that the spasm of risk-aversion that sucked £62bn out of FTSE 100 shares in a single day this week continues long enough to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Rational or not, economies can talk themselves into slump: concerns ab...

  • Leading article: Celebrate success, but our school system fails too many
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    But this year is also different in another way. The A-level results came out just 10 days after some of the worst rioting in English cities for 30 years, and only a day after the publication of unexpectedly disappointing figures for unemployment. Acr...

  • Letters: Islam has lessons on rights and duties, and our responsibilities
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    The Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (1981) differs in some ways from the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that are controversial. But one difference is highly significant in the present context. Apart from a vague referen...

  • Harriet Walker: Only strippers and their bosses wear G-strings
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    Like a tequila shot on an already turbulent stomach, why did we ever think they were a good idea? Decried at their early Noughties peak as emblems of porn culture, they were really nothing more than yet another false life-enabler for women. Wear the ...

  • Leading article: A waste of expensive prison cells
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    Nor should it. The rioting and looting of two weeks ago seem to have anaesthetised those ministers and others who were insisting only recently that fewer people should be sent to prison, and for less time. The silence of the Justice Secretary, Ken Cl...

  • Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Nicole Kidman answers the great rhetorical question: 'Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?'
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    Yet the fear of butterflies is so recherché that even the online support group ihatebutterflies.com, while claiming a link to the fear of moths (mottephobia), admits there is no official term. Nicole is baffled as to how she developed her violent av...

  • Nicholas Lezard: It's no consolation to me, but some people are buying books
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    There is also the lurking fear that in an age when anyone with access to the internet is happy to write yards and yards of stuff for free, editors will decide that the whole business of paying people to write is terribly quaint when you can get anyon...

  • Harriet Walker: He's right – and we should be proud of them
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    talented young actresses whose bents run to much more than taking their clothes off. In certain circles of European cinemocracy there is a sense an actress isn't an actress if she won't play up her sex appeal. But here and in the US, the more nudity ...

  • Oliver Wright: Time is running out for the Colonel – and the British PM
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    The Prime Minister badly needs a decisive breakthrough in the conflict before three key events coming up in the next six weeks. The first is the UN General Assembly meeting in New York starting on 13 September, which Mr Cameron is due to address late...

  • Lisa Markwell: Make up your mind Sally, do you want your antics noticed?
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    It's like reading a review of a restaurant whose cuisine you actively dislike, or being arachnaphobic and considering a holiday in Australia's outback. However, if the series premiere (if that's not to give it too much stardust) had to be watched, th...

  • Letters: Perspectives on rising unemployment
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    Does university really open the door to the future? The crisis regarding youth unemployment ("Crisis deepens for UK's young", 18 August) is deeply worrying. Graduate unemployment is a particular issue. For the first two decades after the end of t...

  • Leading article: Restraint remains the West's best policy
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    Yesterday, the United Nations suggested that the abuses perpetrated by the Damascus regime against unarmed civilians amounted to crimes against humanity that should be referred to the International Criminal Court. At the same time – and long overdue ...

  • Leading article: Choices for the future
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    Several factors may explain the change, from official encouragement to a growing awareness among pupils of the greater job opportunities that may be open to mathematicians and scientists. The recent increase in maths and science programmes on televis...

  • Melissa Kite: Auditioning for love can be savage
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    The guy who told me we would be splitting the £55 bill for dinner but he would pay extra as he had had the steak and a slightly bigger starter. (He put down £6 more than me in exact money and told the waitress to keep the 50p change.) Or the divorced...

  • John Rentoul: Tories gain in post-riot poll
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

     

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  • Leading article: A sad loss of Autonomy
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    Even for the most assiduous free marketeers, there are downsides to foreign takeovers. Sometimes they materialise almost immediately – such as Kraft's closure of a Cadbury's factory within weeks of promising to save it. Sometimes they take decades, a...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    There he was, off to play golf in a rather fetching caramel ensemble, mobile phone looped on to his belt, and topped off with aviator shades. "Another fashion crime" was how the Daily Mail described it, and certainly he looked rather less like the ru...

  • Leading article: Diets: not for children
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    On the other hand, there is the threat of an epidemic of childhood obesity, and a child who is overweight is likely to grow into an overweight adult, with associated serious health problems, such a diabetes and heart disease. Can this contradiction b...

  • Sean O'Grady: Even grim scenarios are optimistic
    Friday, 19 August 2011

    2008, the gyrations in financial markets have something of the same feel, and much the same cause – the West's massive debts.The news that growth and the real-estate market in the US have failed to show any sustained recovery after trillions of dolla...

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