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Monday, 29 August 2011

  • Leading article: For Libya's sake, Megrahi must be allowed to die at home
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    It is to be hoped that those calls will now subside. The spectacle of a television crew arriving at the home of a dying man and interviewing his family is uncomfortable. At least, though, it may help to dispel some of the more scurrilous rumours that...

  • Leading article: A state-owned bank should be setting an ethical example
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    The scandal of raising bonds for Belarus, a country with by far the worst human rights record in Europe, cannot be described as a one-off lapse of judgement on the bank's part. It follows earlier revelations RBS formed part of a syndicate that invest...

  • Leading article: Faster justice does not have to be worse
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Mr Thornhill maintains that magistrates' courts have done a stellar job in the wake of the riots and suggests lessons for the future. Mr McLennan-Murray, whose members have to cope with the consequences of the courts' decisions, says magistrates have...

  • James Cusick: Doubts about prosecution evidence that still linger
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Dr Hans Köchler, who attended Megrahi's trial as a UN observer and has examined his appeal process in Scotland, told The Independent yesterday that he remained convinced that Megrahi "is not guilty as charged". The British Government would soon fac...

  • Letters: Action on obesity
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    A series of articles published in The Lancet highlight a growing obesity epidemic. If the UK continues with "business as usual", by 2030 there will be 11 million more obese adults, with medical costs associated with obesity-related disease treatment ...

  • Leading article: An idea worth exploring
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Income tax has become a toxic subject in Britain in recent years. All the major parties are fearful that they will gain a reputation for profligacy if they even talk about raising income tax, while the Tories look determined to cut the 50 per cent ta...

  • Richard Edmondson: Nothing angers my wife more than sexists who question her career
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    As she told the Edinburgh Festival on Saturday, the question of parental responsibility is never mentioned in connection with her male counterparts. And they are never called male journalists. We (I like to consider myself an integral part of the tea...

  • Amol Rajan: A voice that stands out in a crowd
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Last week I revealed in this space that I snore like a monster. Given the threat to my relationship, my sanity (because of lack of sleep), and the NHS - who would have to fork out more than £1,000 to pay for the operation - I appealed for snore cures...

  • Letters: Exam results
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    The students and I have received congratulations for "all the hard work". I don't want to take anything away from their achievements, because I know they worked very hard. However, I know that despite my attempts to teach maths all year, rather than ...

  • Susie Rushton: This is one tattoo too far
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Peaches Geldof has been complaining that her father should have stopped her from getting covered in daisy-chain tattoos at the age of 14. The actress Megan Fox says she is undergoing painful removal of a large portrait of Marilyn Monroe on her right ...

  • Leading article: More hindrance than help
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    The move appears designed to pre-empt an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill that would enshrine such a change in law. But, as so often where abortion is concerned, another agenda can be divined – one that has to do less with offering good a...

  • Rhoda Koenig: Sorry, nanny, I will have another glass
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    The logical reader may already be performing a Leslie Phillips imitation. "HELL-O!" is indeed the mildest retort possible to yet another emphasis on the ridiculous daily drinks limit (no allowance made for weight, drinking habits or other factors) th...

  • Leading article: Are zoos justified?
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Zoos have not been unresponsive to the challenges of animal welfare in recent years. For example, it is a decade now since London Zoo moved its elephants from their entirely unsuitable concrete elephant house in Regent's Park to the greener and freer...

  • Jerome Taylor: Dictator's grip on power depends on IMF bailout
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Mr Lukashenko has maintained a quasi-Soviet-style economy where the state owns more than 80 per cent of industry. Combined with the fear exerted by his loathed secret police, Mr Lukashenko has been able to remain in power by sheltering Belarus from t...

  • Andrew Martin: Transport problem? Stay at home
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Both the Dome and the Olympics are creatures of Tony Blair of course, and his tone of jargon-ridden can-do machismo combined with political correctness is all there in the website detailing the transport arrangements of the Olympic Delivery Authority...

  • Natalie Haynes: Sometimes a movie is just a movie
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    But health researchers find the whole idea a lot more troubling than I do. Christopher Millett, from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, has been doing the maths, and found a problem. The British government spends twice as much ca...

  • Ben Chu: The Kenynesian Christine Lagarde
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

     

  • Leading article: Honey money
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    The new chief executive of the LSE, a Frenchman, also sees it as helping to boost Europe's depleted bee population. We'll resist drawing parallels between honey production and share prices, but there are plans for pots of LSE honey to be dispensed as...

  • Deborah Ross: Have you ever tried to spend erotic capital?
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    Still, I am on message now, and assuming my zero-spending record must mean I've quietly accumulated a nice nest egg – I did put in a call to the Bank of Erotic Capital (Russell Square branch) to check my balance but, alas, they were all out for the m...

  • Jean Dancer: We don't all want to know our future
    Tuesday, 30 August 2011

    As someone who has spent many years suffering from various illnesses, would I have prefered to know what was coming down the track? The answer is probably no. It is hard to see how I could have avoided the common and not-so-common viruses that have b...

  • Leading article: Lightning blow
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    It was a stunning reversal of fortune for the favourite, and another reminder of how in sport, as in most other fields of human activity, great expectations can so easily end in unpleasant surprises.

  • Janine di Giovanni: Reporters can be mothers too
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Both of us love our son and are, we think, good parents. We had him late in life after we had reported war for more than a decade. I don't think the two things are inconsistent. So I'm confused why Alex Crawford, a Sky News journalist who scooped eve...

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