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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

  • Leading article: Even now, mission creep is a danger that must be resisted
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    It should be some consolation, too, that the shadow of Iraq can be detected behind much of what he has said. The debacle in Iraq was one reason, if not the main reason, why the British public was so sceptical about the value of intervening in Libya, ...

  • Rogan Taylor: The truth about Hillsborough is still out there
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    We had visited this particular circle of hell before, back in 1989, just a couple of days after the Hillsborough disaster, when the Sun newspaper published an outrageous attack on the Liverpool fans at the game. Under the banner headline "THE TRUTH",...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Perspectives on electric cars
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Electric transports don't have to be cars For most journeys that most people make most of the time an electric car will be fine (Motoring, 23 August). Having had a drive in a Nissan Leaf, I can vouch for its being a revelation – in a very good wa...

  • Leading article: A problematic homecoming
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Before his arrest, he was the favoured, though still undeclared, Socialist candidate for the French presidency, as the one politician who might be able to beat Nicolas Sarkozy. The charges against him in New York ended those ambitions, both because o...

  • Leading article: The dark side of prescription drugs
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Despite the efforts of campaigners, the blight of addiction to prescription medicines – in particular opiate-based painkillers and benzodiazepine tranquillisers – remains low on the agenda and largely unexamined. What glimmers of statistical light th...

  • Lucy Wadham: Why the French still don't get it
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Since DSK's arrest, a trail of stories confirming his profile as a sexual predator have been made public, most of them stories that were, according to that unique French journalistic tradition, known but not reported. One of them, recounted five year...

  • Stefan Stern: Note to the GCSE generation: time to factor out The X Factor
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Some Independent readers may not realise it yet, but "X Factor fever" has broken out again. The first show was on last weekend and over 10 million people were watching (with 12 million at its peak). "Our Saturday nights are complete," as one fan webs...

  • 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...

  • Russell Razzaque: A victory for patience
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

  • Leading article: Not many dead
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Statistically, the latter was much more likely: it is only 10 years since 9/11, but not for 70 years has so strong a quake struck the Atlantic seaboard. When it came, it was an oddly comforting reminder that the capital of the most powerful country o...

  • Sean O'Grady: Buffett and the French are on their own
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Firstly, the cause of "solidarity" in Britain has never been well supported. It is indeed a long time since a government minister personally (and anonymously) donated a fifth of his own private wealth to the Exchequer, as Stanley Baldwin did after th...

  • Deborah Ross: With all these health tips, I can't go wrong
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    For example, I am absolutely determined to drink a glass or two of wine a day as this will help stave off Alzheimer's (Daily Mail, 19.08.11) while, simultaneously, I shall be giving up wine completely as it is "damaging to older people's brains" (Dai...

  • Alice Jones: Picking the best comedian is a serious problem
    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Still, prizes continue to drive the Fringe and shape the comedy landscape beyond it, particularly the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. This year, the real scrap is for Best Newcomer as more debutants than ever before were eligible for nomination. So far, the...

  • 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...

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