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  • 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...

  • Leading article: Britain has experienced its Katrina moment
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    The political ramifications will be profound. This is beginning to look like the Government's Hurricane Katrina. George Bush's Republican administration looked clueless when the levees broke in 2005, engulfing the city of New Orleans. The same can be...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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: How decayed communities fell to looting
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    What the riots denote is just how much communities in the inner cities have decayed over recent years. The latest cuts simply take away the last remaining bits of cement that had been holding the crumbling edifice together. Hope for many young people...

  • Leading article: The police have misled once again
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    Yet the Independent Police Complaints Commission reported yesterday that there exists "no evidence" that Duggan fired at the police before he was killed, and that the bullet lodged in the officer's radio came from a police-issue handgun. This fits a ...

  • Sean O'Grady: Obama shouldn't have shot the messenger
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    Right and wrong, Mr President. The world, let there be no doubt, should be grateful to the United States for a AAA protection of its liberties over the last century – two world wars, plus the Cold War, and in many UN-sanctioned actions from Korea to ...

  • Nikolaos van Dam: The Syrian regime is rapidly running out of options
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    The truth is there are not many options, both for the regime, and for their opponents. The regime could try to talk to the opposition, but the problem is that its proposed reform measures regarding multi party democracy and changes to media law simpl...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: Wish-Fulfilment As News
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  • Ben Chu: Mervyn King's European warning
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  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    This was a first for me and, I suspect, for many, many thousands of others too. Deep into the night, I was able to keep track of developments in real time and, with such a fast-moving, dramatic story, Twitter had a definite edge on the traditional me...

  • Natalie Haynes: If you don't pay for it, you won't value it
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    They have pointed out that musicians get emotionally blackmailed into doing charity gigs for nothing. They stopped short of adding that most musicians are in need of charity themselves. As the mighty singer Steve Earle once observed: tip your cocktai...

  • Nigel Morris: Cameron's response raises doubts over his competence
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    Now he faces a massive test of his leadership qualities as the Government and police attempt to bring the lawlessness under control. If the violence continues, Mr Cameron's reputation will suffer a blow from which it could be impossible to recover.Mr...

  • Amol Rajan: 'Looting opportunists' and hyper youths do not a revolution make
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    Nor is this is a direct response to Government austerity measures. Many of those rioting couldn't spell "austerity", let alone distinguish between the spending plans of Government and opposition.James Connolly, one of the lead youth workers at Prospe...

  • 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...

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