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  • Omar Shahid: Growing up as a young Muslim
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

  • Kim Sengupta: While Tripoli celebrates 'freedom', refugees from Africa fear for their lives
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    But in another part of the Libyan capital the end of the holy month of Ramadan was being marked in a very different way. Huddled together in squalor, amid overflowing rubbish, in tents made out of rags and canvas, dozens of people, black migrant work...

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


  • Leading article: Time to calm the rhetoric and forge a compromise
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    The rhetoric is dramatic, to say the least. On one side stand local residents and Basildon Council, who maintain that Dale Farm is illegal. On the other are the 80 Traveller families who live there, plus high-profile supporters such as Vanessa Redgra...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Don't give in to the banks
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    I'm sure I recall David Cameron warning, before becoming Prime Minister, that a Conservative government would not surrender to "vested interests" when pursuing much-needed modernisation. Oh, of course, he was only referring to the public sector. To t...

  • Letters:
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    It's poverty that makes the choices so hard Mary Pimm's letter (30 August) reminds us that abortion is indeed "a class issue". It also serves to remind us of the limited and individualistic context of the debate. While pro-lifers and right-to-cho...

  • Leading article: The uses and abuses of freedom
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    Stirling University's Institute for Social Marketing, which is part of a wider UK project, has so far resisted the requests, which have been made under the Freedom of Information Act. It has pleaded that its budget does not extend to the staffing tha...

  • Leading article: An entente once again cordiale
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    In one respect, this new entente is more evidence of how hard the Government, in its Libya intervention, has tried to avoid the mistakes of Iraq. France and Britain together took the diplomatic lead at the UN and the military lead at Nato. Eight year...

  • Stefan Wolff: A new Libya will involve difficult compromises
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    To begin with, Libya needs the institutions that would enable the Transitional National Council (TNC) to get the country functioning again. For that to happen the TNC will need to extend its control across the whole country, and to defeat or at least...

  • Mark Avery: It demeans us when we let a species die
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    Fifty years before Martha died, her species was the commonest bird on the planet, numbering maybe 9 billion birds. They formed colonies of millions of nests and the long, winding flocks darkened the skies from dawn to dusk. A harvesting industry grew...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: Is this Britain's worst family?
    Thursday, 1 September 2011


  • John Rentoul: "Great idea, badly executed"
    Thursday, 1 September 2011


  • Letter from Simon Kelner: Carnival hero could be a champion for M&S
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    You can see why they chose the winsome Miss H-W. I suppose the clue is in the name: in the eyes of the creative people who put these campaigns together, she epitomises the solid, well-bred British values with which the store likes to be associated.Th...

  • Leading article: A clean sweep
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    But there is pique amid the triumph at Tesco HQ. The very same day that the final UK stronghold fell, Tesco admitted defeat in Japan. Perhaps the Japanese don't appreciate the pleasure of buying everything in one place while simultaneously bemoaning ...

  • Deborah Ross: Thanks to Beyoncé, I have the fire within
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    I then stepped onto the Tube where the effect was instant. Mostly, I suspect, it was the fire burning within, which is always hard to miss, but there was also this way I now had of being "sexy and elegant yet feminine with an air of mystery". Whateve...

  • Rhodri Marsden: The lesson is: be careful if you take on Apple
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    HP's almost petulant decision to pull out of the market and sell off Touchpads for $99 was odd – but not as odd as its statement that it was "pleasantly surprised" by the subsequent demand for them. We're now in the bizarre position where TouchPads a...

  • Ben Chu: There are worse crimes than exasperating the Treasury
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    But these critics ignore the WikiLeaks revelation that Sir Mervyn warned the US ambassador to London of the "lack of experience" of George Osborne and David Cameron before the last election. It would be odd for a partisan Conservative to brief secret...

  • Jean King: This industry should be kept away from young people
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    Cancer Research UK has always taken a strong position against the tobacco industry. Because smoking kills five times more people than road accidents, overdoses, murder, suicide and HIV put together, it is worth trying to understand this complex addic...

  • Paul Vallely: A spectacle unworthy of the fallen
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    As the years passed, the media arrived in such huge numbers that quiet dignity turned to ghoulish circus. The sense of unease was confirmed when the leader of the BNP turned up and Islamist opponents of the war threatened to hold a counter-demonstrat...

  • Stephen Bayley: Never frivolous, a British classic that has always been a triumph of design
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    Land Rover began when Maurice Wilks, a member of the family which owned Rover, acquired an Army surplus American Jeep for use on his Anglesey farm. Wilks was both an inspired businessman and a dedicated engineer, one of the people who developed the W...

  • Steve Connor: Echoes of climate change battles are no accident
    Thursday, 1 September 2011

    In both cases, researchers were collecting the information in the belief that the data would be used only by themselves or shared with colleagues at other universities or research institutes engaged in the same line of work. In both cases, the scient...

  • 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...

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