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Thursday, 12 January 2012

  • Leading article: Britain's reputation is in the dock over rendition
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    British officials were never accused directly of torture, but rather of turning a blind eye to the practices of the US and its Arab allies, and also of providing the intelligence upon which some maltreated individuals were quizzed. With such vague an...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: Man of the People? Give me my ivory tower any day
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    “Full marks to Simon Kelner,” wrote Edward Williams of Dorset, while Anne Goodchild of Sheffield said of my column: “How reassuring.” In truth, I never thought I’d be on my own in dampening the critical ardour for this film, although when I had admon...

  • Lisa Markwell: New talent comes in more than one shape or size
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    Breasts continue to be debated, frequently in an unhelpful way, most often by people who don’t have them; photographs of women on holiday are making great sport for headlines about shifting weight for the New Year; and – although it’s funny – the vir...

  • Letters: Guantanamo, ugly stain on America
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    Two and half years ago, President Obama condemned Guantánamo as a "misguided experiment". Now he leads a country that passes laws allowing for indefinite detention without trial of "enemy combatants" on US soil and the probable long-term continuati...

  • Leading article: The Arab League must withdraw
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    So much for the Arab League mission to oversee the peace plan the Syrian President mendaciously signed up to in December. Indeed, such is the swagger in Damascus that President Assad now openly scorns the threat of expulsion with which the League pre...

  • Kim Sengupta: Yard may shed light on Blair's role in Libya
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    Those of us journalists who saw the documents in Tripoli after the rebels had swept in were struck by the extent to which the British government was pressing its intelligence service to play a key role in the rapprochement with Gaddafi's regime. Much...

  • Laurie Penny: You can't bully people into non-jobs
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    The Department for Work and Pension's claim that the practice of requiring people on benefits to work menial jobs for substantially less than the minimum wage is somehow about "support" and "help[ing] people off benefits and into work" flies in the f...

  • Ian Burrell: Desmond revels in his role as pantomime villain
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    Unlike previous Fleet Street witnesses, Desmond was his unprocessed self. "Ethical? I don't quite know what the word means," he snapped at Robert Jay QC, counsel to the inquiry.The owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star ridiculed Express Newspaper...

  • Hamish Macdonell: How would the division work? It's complicated...
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    But what will it really be like if Alex Salmond gets his way?BordersThere will have to be checkpoints on the roads in and out of Scotland. Visitors may not need to present passports as they cross over but there would have to be stop-and-search posts ...

  • Nicholas Faith: Denigrating big projects is our national sport
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    The most obvious flaw in the antis' arguments is that the line is all about speed. It isn't. The time saving – especially to Scotland – will be useful, but its primary purpose is as a bypass to relieve the two major north-south main lines, especially...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Full marks to the Lib Dems in the Lords
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    This week, it was welfare reform. Three defeats in a single sitting left the Tory Work and Pensions Secretary's flagship Welfare Bill in tatters, with no little help from his Liberal Democrat partners. When it came to the vote on benefits for cancer ...

  • Oliver Wright: These cynical tactics undermine our faith in the fairness of the tax system
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    To do so at the same time as cutting HMRC's budget by 15 per cent would appear impossible.But a high-profile political target is not an easy thing for civil servants working in the Revenue to ignore. And the suspicion is growing that tax officials ar...

  • Oliver Wright: A future without Scotland could be distinctly uncomfortable
    Friday, 13 January 2012

    Labour under Chuka Umunna has been pushed into third place behind the newly formed English National Party, which has become His Majesty King Henry's official opposition.Despite going through three leaders in 10 years, Labour has been unable to make u...

  • 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...

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