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Monday, 8 August 2011

  • Leading article: The lessons to be drawn from mindless violence
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    What sparked the unrest was the shooting of a 29-year-old man, Mark Duggan, in Tottenham by the Metropolitan Police's Operation Trident team. The police's handling of the aftermath of that incident looks to have been poor. Mr Duggan's family apparent...

  • Ben Chu: Does fiscal stimulus work?
    Monday, 8 August 2011


  • Leading article: King Abdullah's conundrum
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    King Abdullah announced that Saudi Arabia was recalling its ambassador to Syria for consultation. In a statement read on al-Arabiya television, he demanded that the Syrian government stop "the killing machine" and institute "actual reforms". What was...

  • Susie Rushton: Breaking up the J-Lo way
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    Until this summer, J-Lo had been written off as one half of yet another cosy-but-dull Hollywood happy ending – and there are more of them than you think – with her seven-year marriage to singer Marc Anthony, their baby twins and a career that, if it ...

  • Camila Batmanghelidjh: Caring costs – but so do riots
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    London has woken up to street violence, and the usual narratives have emerged – punish those responsible for the violence because they are "opportunist criminals" and "disgusting thieves". The slightly more intellectually curious might blame the trou...

  • Anthony Seldon: A maths challenge we must answer
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    Is it Australia, Germany, the US, Japan, Singapore or England? No prizes for the right answer. For years, Carol Vorderman has been beating the drum about maths and saying we need to take it far more seriously in this country. Yesterday, her report, c...

  • Deborah Ross: How to build an authentic Crouch End
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    The only question over the project seems to be: will it retain its "authenticity" and stay in N8, or will the action move to America? But does it matter? Maybe not. I believe that if you assemble all the right ingredients you could build an "authenti...

  • Letters: The Localism Bill
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    An end to centrally imposed housing quotas; the empowering of communities to plan for their own futures. But the more detail has emerged, the more the underlying agenda has become plain for all to see: a cynical and sleazy betrayal of our countryside...

  • Leading article: The world's leaders must act with a common purpose
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    The announcement came after the markets had closed. Today we will witness the reaction of investors. The agency is partly right and partly wrong in its judgment on the soundness of US debt. It is justified in concluding that US politicians have damag...

  • Diane Abbott: A tinder box waiting to explode
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    So it was a heart-stopping moment on Saturday night to realise that, 26 years later, Tottenham was in flames again. But in 2011, a lot is different. For one thing, the first I heard about the riots was on Twitter; complete with photographs of burning...

  • Tony Paterson: Finding light in the darkness
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    More than a fortnight after Anders Breivik carried out his infamous 22 July massacre on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya, police and firemen are still struggling to clear up the mess the Muslim- and Labour Party-hating gunman left in his wake.Hu...

  • Letters: Perspectives on taxation
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    A world in turmoil doesn't need income tax cuts George Osborne is planning to cut the 50p tax rate for high earners (report, 6 August). So that leaves us with lower taxes for rich people; rock-bottom interest rates; tax and regulation havens stil...

  • Leading article: A good war
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    When Hitler invaded France in 1940 she was in Marseilles married to a wealthy industrialist. Five years later she had become one of the most decorated servicewomen of the war, first for helping Jewish refugees and Allied airmen escape to Spain, and l...

  • Leading article: An ill-judged absence
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    For anything short of an all-out national crisis, holidays are what deputies are for – which is why it was ill-advised for the Prime Minister and his deputy to be away at the same time. That said, the Home Secretary was right to return; after all, it...

  • An equality test for the able-bodied
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    One night his fellow pupils hid his prosthetic legs and then poured lighter fluid over his metal bedside locker. They woke him with shouts of "fire, fire" and watched from behind the door as he scrambled in vain on the floor for his missing limbs. Ex...

  • Notebook: Finding light in the darkness
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    Hundreds of spent metal cartridges ejected by the killer's frightening assortment of automatic weapons are proving one of the biggest headaches. Police say that in order to find and remove them, they have been forced to use metal detectors to comb th...

  • Letters: This Bill will turn our green land into an urban dystopia
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    Government ministers queue up to beat their chests while uttering the ugliest pro-development rhetoric, salivating gleefully at the prospect of the rape of our landscape to secure a short-term recovery from a severe recession. The cheerleader, the Ch...

  • Leading article: Girl power
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    So says Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. Mr Wales has pointed out that the site's editors are dominantly "26-year-old geeky males" and has called for more women to get involved in order to broaden its coverage. It is tempting to argue that wome...

  • Leading article: The wrong appoach
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    The same special forces unit that carried out the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May is reported to have been on the helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 38 military personnel. Much remains unclear ab...

  • Leading article: A breakdown of trust
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    After the murder of PC Keith Blakelock by a frenzied mob at the Broadwater Farm housing estate in 1985, there was a concerted move away from heavy-handed policing. Serious efforts were made to engage with what had been, until then, a profoundly alien...

  • John Rentoul: The Catch-Up Service
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011


  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Tuesday, 9 August 2011

    When I was last here, life seemed so much more simple: the Prime Minister was packing his Vilebrequins for Tuscany, and the continuing saga of who was hacked by whom, and who knew, was still dominating the news agenda. And I come back, seven days lat...

  • Ben Chu: George Osborne's outer fringes
    Monday, 8 August 2011


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