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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

  • Leading article: Playing a risky game on Scottish independence
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    The Government has certainly caused a storm with the proposal that Westminster "lend" the Holyrood Government the legal authority to hold a referendum that would be binding (as opposed to merely advisory), on condition that the vote take place within...

  • Leading article: Ten years on, the shame of Guantanamo remains
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    On 11 January 2002, the first batch of 20 captives, picked up on the battlefields of Afghanistan, arrived at the detention centre on the US naval base on the island of Cuba, shackled, hooded and clad in orange jumpsuits. Initially, to a country still...

  • Leading article: Only a register of lobbyists will do
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    When it comes to the £2bn lobbying industry, the Government should not need telling. Just before the election, David Cameron was warning with much righteous ire that the "far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money" wou...

  • Why Ron Paul is dangerous – and why he’s not
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

     

  • Simon Kelner: What made Worrall Thompson go wild in the aisles?
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

     So when the TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson (not everyone's cup of cappuccino in the first place) was found to have shoplifted some cheese and wine worth £70 from a supermarket, headline-writers at the nation's biggest-selling tabloid went into ove...

  • Letters: Cameron's hypocrisy over Scotland
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    Further examples of Cameron's hypocrisy are pledges on curbing the excessive pay of executives, which will never materialise, but cutting benefits and income for the low-paid, which is absolutely certain. Families with two children are to have th...

  • Leading article: Show a little restraint, Mr Gove
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    The Education Secretary is about to find out. Michael Gove says he wants England's 200 worst-performing schools to become academies, freeing them from local authority control. There is some good sense here. A shift to academy status has helped to tur...

  • Ben Chu: It was lobbyists' influence that fostered this crisis
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    As The Independent revealed last month, senior bankers met Treasury ministers nine times in the weeks after the publication of Sir John Vickers' report on structural reform of the sector last September. David Cameron's personal business adviser, Tim ...

  • Stewart Lansley: Enrichment at the top is deepening the recession
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    But creating what David Cameron has called a "fairer, better economy" requires a much bigger leap – tackling an even more fundamental faultline in the British model of capitalism. From the late 1970s, successive governments have allowed, indeed encou...

  • Plaid Cymru: May the best woman lead…
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

     

  • One hot favourite for the Oscars that left me cold
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    The reception from critics all over the land has been ecstatic. Our very own man in the third row with a choc ice and a notebook, Anthony Quinn, who is not known for effusiveness, said it was "the subtlest and most enjoyable experience of the movie y...

  • Amol Rajan: 'Iron Lady' shows pain of memories
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    As a result, this hugely disappointing film, which is saved only by an extraordinary performance by Meryl Streep, has been interpreted as a politically charged documentary, when it is actually a human drama about a widow's descent into dementia.In hi...

  • Susie Rushton: You can track down every old flame – but that doesn't mean you should
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Julia Cross had met him at Space in Ibiza last September. She remembered Martin as "considerate" and also "tall with quite a posh accent"; they shared a kiss under Mediterranean stars and she gave him her number. He never called. Over the following m...

  • Leading article: It used to be just how much to drink. Now, it's when
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Abstaining twice a week is "a very good sign", says Sir Ian Gilmore of the Alliance, of not being hooked; so by climbing on the wagon twice a week, we will automatically drive the figures down. But if there is anything guaranteed to get the average B...

  • Deborah Ross: In April, you will meet a tall dark stranger – in overalls
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Aquarius: You will find love where you least expect it, but not on the hall table, which is where you thought you'd put it down. (Think, think, where did you last see it?) Pisces: With Pluto ascendant and gas prices also rising sharply, you will gen...

  • Philip Hodson: Teenage antics have all the hallmarks of a cry for help
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Of course, there is quite an element of wanting to steal for fun and kicks. If you aren't able to go mountain climbing, skiing, bungee jumping or all the other adrenalin activities that being overweight and middle aged precludes you from, and you can...

  • Jonathan Portes: The pressure group playing fast and loose with evidence
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    But most published studies suggest immigration has little or no impact on employment or unemployment. Today's research supports that conclusion. For the first time, rather than using survey data, we use actual data on national insurance number regist...

  • Letters: HS2 is good for Britain’s future
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

     France took the bold decision to invest billions in its own TGV high-speed rail network years ago. Now you can travel comfortably and safely from Lille to Marseille in four and a half hours. Ourprizes are more jobs in the underemployed construction ...

  • Rhodri Marsden: A leaky window... and lifestyle tips from Going Live's Emma Forbes
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

     It turns out that Emma has a website, forbesstyle.com, that repositions her as some kind of lifestyle guru. "Lifestyle" is a word that makes my eyeballs bleed, and "guru" doesn't do much to clean up the resultant mess, but I had a look anyway, becau...

  • Susie Rushton: You can track down every old flame – but that doesn't mean you should
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Over the following months, Ms Cross related her "what if" encounter to friends, wondering whether perhaps she'd given him her number incorrectly. Yes, a naïve response. But a perfectly human one. Her mooning might have soon been eclipsed by another c...

  • Leading article: Adding to the confusion on immigration
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    Who is right? Probably both, being as the research took two different angles. But the MAC findings will no doubt be grist to the mill of the vociferous anti-immigration lobby. Sadly, in these economically uncertain times, their arguments are acquirin...

  • Guy Adams: Camp shows hollowness of Obama's rhetoric
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    "There is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay." Those hopey-changey words, on 24 February 2009, today speak volumes for the gap between the ...

  • Michael McCarthy: No sensible person would want this destruction. Yet it's worth it, to give rail a future
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    Not here. In the intimate, closely packed landscape of our island, any really major infrastructure project is going to run smack up against things no sensible person would want to destroy. A wood. A meadow. A tranquil valley. However much the Governm...

  • Ian Burrell: 'Son of PCC' may not be enough to clean up Fleet Street
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    Certainly there is a will – expressed by various senior Fleet Street figures yesterday – to give a successor body to the Press Complaints Commission a host of powers which might ensure something positive comes out of the shameful phone-hacking affair...

  • Natalie Haynes: They're up in arms in the Chilterns. So why not where I live?
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    No matter which way you look at it, the gains (spending 30 fewer minutes on a train to Birmingham) seem pretty paltry for the £33bn cost. For that kind of money, surely we could have just slowed the Earth on its axis, and added an extra 30 minutes to...

  • Harriet Walker: A strong woman should be able to keep her clothes on
    Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    So how did we kick things off? With a naked lady, of course. Actor Lara Pulver was the subject of numerous complaints after she appeared naked and carefully draped before the watershed as Irene Adler in the New Year's Day episode of BBC drama series ...

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