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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

  • Ben Chu: The big economic picture
    Wednesday, 31 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: Sluggish economic growth is no excuse for delay on reforms
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    Although cynics warned of a whitewash when a former central banker, Sir John Vickers, was tasked with crafting reforms for Britain's dysfunctional banking sector, the draft recommendations produced in April were anything but. After a financial crisis...

  • 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: Gaddafi
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    I have never understood the logic of being proud of having clever children in one's family or school, any more than being proud of them having blue eyes or black hair. Of course there is reason to be proud of the hard work done by the children, their...

  • Harriet Walker: Leave dressing up for real life
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    But after the New York Times last week focussed on one fraternity's "back to school" party invite ("dress code: slutty nurse, slutty doctor, slutty schoolgirl or just a total slut") perhaps we rather more grounded and banal Brits can stop worrying an...

  • Leading article: Time to rethink the Green Belt
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    It is not all the Government's fault. Houses trebled in price in the decade to 2007. A global credit squeeze is requiring young couples to come up with £40,000-plus deposits. Waiting lists for social housing are at record levels. And both house price...

  • Leading article: The ANC at a crossroads
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    Today South Africa's ruling party hauls him before a disciplinary tribunal. He is accused of bringing the ANC into disrepute by calling for the overthrow of the democratic government of neighbouring Botswana. The hearing may expel or suspend him. But...

  • Ben Chu: Any delay to reform would represent fiscal recklessness
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    Mr Osborne has long been inclined to be softer on the banks than his Liberal Democrat Coalition colleagues. The Chancellor is reported to have offered to neuter the commission in return for a deal from the banks on curbing bonuses. Only when Sir John...

  • 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...

  • Ben Chu: The case for more quantitative easing
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

     

  • Ben Chu: The big economic picture
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

     

  • Letter from Simon Kelner: Stand up and be counted or sit down and listen up
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    I know they always say how terrifying it can be, the isolation of being there on stage with a room full of people expecting you to make them laugh.And we can feel the stand-up's pain, given that most of us will have experienced the nerve-wracking fee...

  • Leading article: Paper danger
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    There may be outrage in Bury at the cash-strapped council issuing its bin men with iPads to improve their efficiency. But, given the apparent security hazard of ministers let loose with pen and paper, perhaps a similar scheme for the Government might...

  • Ben Chu: China buy up Iceland? They wish...
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    The Icelandic reputation for cool blood evaporated when its banks started buying up half the British high street. And the hysteria lingers. There is now talk of how this deal will allow China to acquire a strategic foothold in the north Atlantic.Mr H...

  • Tom Chatfield: Why do people disappear into virtual worlds?
    Wednesday, 31 August 2011

    Today, that aspiration has been more than realised. The US author and academic Ryan van Cleave has described his pathological relationship with the massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft, in terms that will be familiar to many gamers. P...

  • 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...

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