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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

  • Leading article: A hard-won revolution that will reverberate far and wide
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    In fact, fierce, though localised, fighting continued, with troops loyal to what must now be described as the ancien regime deploying tanks to defend the leader's compound. Whether Colonel Gaddafi himself was still there was uncertain; not even the l...

  • Leading article: When smoke clears, rebels must become nation-builders
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    It was perhaps understandable, in the smoke of battle, that the rebels seemed to claim greater control of Tripoli than the situation on the ground warranted. But the announcement by the rebel Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) that it had cap...

  • View from Amol Rajan: The inconvenient truths that spoil a good headline
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    Yesterday I noticed, for instance, a small story almost hidden away on that notorious organ of truth, the Daily Mail website. Excuse me if I reproduce a bit of it. "Toxicology results confirm there were no illegal substance in Amy Winehouse's system ...

  • Lance Price: The question Cameron missed
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    Historically the most successful prime ministers have enjoyed that level of trust – Thatcher, Blair, Wilson, Macmillan. The failures have not – Major, Brown, Eden. It's not a guarantee of electoral success but its importance cannot be overlooked. As ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: No one doubts that Gaddafi has lost. The question is: who has won?
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    Out with the old, in with the new: click here to download graphic (300k) While it is clear Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has lost power, it is not certain who has gained it. The anti-regime militiamen that are now streaming into the capital wer...

  • Letters: Perspectives on cycling
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    Terrorists of the towpath take no notice of us Your article and comment on the resurgence of cycling (22 August) speak of it in terms of unalloyed benefits. In this part of the world we are privileged in the variety of waterside walks which it ha...

  • Leading article: Keep dodging, Prime Minister
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    Regardless of what details emerge as to News International's usual severance agreements, the revelation that Mr Coulson was still on the (very generous) Murdoch payroll after he started as the Tory head of communications in 2007 looks bad for the Pri...

  • Leading article: Britain's boardrooms have much to prove
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    When Lord Davies concluded his review of gender inequality in corporate boardrooms in February, his failure to recommend compulsory quotas to address the issue met with scepticism from equal rights campaigners. Instead, the former Trade minister took...

  • Sean O'Grady: Instability will keep gold on a high, for now
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    Should gold be as high as it was in 1980s? Geopolitically, the ultimate horror of nuclear holocaust is that much more distant than it was three decades ago. With the Cuba crisis of 1962, the early 1980s was the nearest the world has ever come to topp...

  • Ghazi Gheblawi: We've been liberated from our fear
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    As one of a generation that grew up under Gaddafi's repressive and brutal dictatorship, I know what it feels like when the basic goal of your existence becomes survival. Libyans like me who opposed his regime (whether subtly or overtly) had to develo...

  • Letters: Perspectives on bigotry and faith
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    Religious fundamentalists are ganging up on gays I thought that the Equality and Human Rights Commission protected gay people from bigotry, prejudice and discrimination? If so, why is this taxpayer-funded organisation supporting four cases which ...

  • Leading article: A much needed incentive to keep traffic moving
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    To many, the most surprising aspect of the consultation launched yesterday is that it has taken so long. City dwellers in particular are already well aware that the cost of roadworks – in time, money and aggravation – is out of hand. The Government's...

  • Deborah Ross: I go away for two weeks and Britain's broken
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    A lamp, I could forgive. Who hasn't ever broken a lamp? Or a mug? But a broken Britain? With its "broken" society and "broken" families and "broken" morals? Do you have any idea what it feels like to come home and find it all broken in this way? Do y...

  • Andrew Martin: It's only a holiday if you are working
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    You do have to admire his commitment to relaxing. Last week he was interviewed at The Oval by Jonathan Agnew for Test Match Special, and Agnew couldn't keep the surprise out of his voice when he observed, two hours before the interview was due to sta...

  • Susie Rushton: This isn't art, it's a focus group
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    As of this weekend, those two words have been illuminating a dark corner of a Downing Street stairwell, just outside the door to the Terracotta Room (I don't dare imagine its decor; have they never heard of Farrow and Ball?). According to one unimpre...

  • Leading article: Unfair terms
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    An imposta di soggiorno is being added to hotel stays in Venice by the local council. In return for the extra €10 (£6), tourists get a sticker on their bill reading "Thank you for being a sponsor of the splendour of Venice". It is, of course, one of ...

  • Libya Sketch: Full of confidence and defiant, Saif is in no mood to surrender
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    But there was no doubting it: Saif al-Islam was there and in a mood that could hardly be considered defeatist. The man who once looked poised to lead Libya towards a more liberal future was described as "brimming with confidence" and "pumped full of ...

  • Sophie Heawood: You aren't brave until you've done a Kate
    Wednesday, 24 August 2011

    Of course Richard then ruined this amazing tale of bravery by saying something about how obviously his mother can walk really but this did help speed things up a bit and nobody was hurt and stuff, thereby ruining my dramatic visions of a helpless Mis...

  • Letter from Amol Rajan
    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    Tabloids often squeal of the need to take into account the feelings of victims when meting out justice; yet victims, still hot with anger, are ill-qualified to dispense justice coolly. But in the case of the Hillsborough files, I find myself persuade...

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