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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

  • Leading article: Mr Miliband is yet to answer all his doubters
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    Some of the criticisms Mr Miliband faces are more easily dismissed than others. He has noisy opponents both in the media and beyond who will never accept a Labour leader who is more left of centre than Tony Blair. They would still make a noise, even ...

  • Alex Salmond: False claims won't deny us our place in the family of nations
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    Fortunately, times have changed, and we no longer risk the prospect of politicians trampling on the democratic will of the people. The ham-fisted antics of David Cameron and George Osborne in recent days will, I have no doubt whatsoever, only increas...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: Olympic Breakfast may explain Little Chef's decline
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    Apparently, it's two rashers of bacon, an outdoor-reared (yes, really) pork sausage, two free-range griddled (whatever that may be) eggs, mushroom, sauté potatoes, griddled tomato and Heinz baked beans. And you can replace toast with fried bread, o...

  • Letters: Skills crisis in NHS chemotherapy
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    If an NHS hospital needs to dispense the breast cancer drug, Herceptin, that hospital Trust will have to pay 20 per cent VAT on the drug. If the hospital were to contract out the provision of Herceptin to a private provider, who administers the drug ...

  • Leading article: A welcome shot of IT creativity
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    It is to his credit, then, that Michael Gove has grasped the extent of the problem. His remedy is to free schools from the outdated government-mandated computer science curriculum. Instead, teachers will be able to set their own agendas, given extra ...

  • Charlotte O'Sullivan: We need more than just blockbusters
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    First things first. The "incredible success" of the British film industry is largely down to the UK Film Council, which the Coalition abolished as soon as it came to power. Second, most of the films Cameron praised – especially Slumdog Millionaire – ...

  • Rhodri Marsden: This is as absurd as an addiction to electricity
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    While it's evidently true that the internet facilitates activities that can become damaging – excessive use of pornography, gambling or online gaming, for example – the term "internet addiction disorder" (IAD) is unhelpful, implying that persistent u...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: The worrying implications of London's Shard
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    The study from Barclays Capital certainly does not lack corroborative evidence. From the Empire State Building (the Great Depression), to Malaysia's Petronas Towers (the 1990s Asian financial crisis), to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the most recent mel...

  • Deborah Ross: Snatch a bit of milk and you too can get the Thatcher look
    Thursday, 12 January 2012

    The handbag designer Anya Hindmarch, for example, has dedicated the window of her store in Knightsbridge to Thatcher-ish mannequins clutching the Ebury bag (which Thatcher actually owns), while the Daily Mail claims the film "has set the fashion worl...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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