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Friday, 13 January 2012

  • Leading article: We play a risky political game in Saudi Arabia
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    As uncertainty rocks regimes across the Arab world, it is a game that is becoming even more difficult to play. And the moral trade-offs only look more squalid than ever.There is little that can be said in favour of the Saudi Government. It is a ste...

  • Letters: Fatcat salaries
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    The reality is that very few companies lose the existing advisory vote. Since it was implemented in 2002, thousands of reports have been submitted to shareholders. The number voted down is far less than 1 per cent. There is no reason to expect this t...

  • Leading article: Time to rethink stop and search
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    There are three basic problems with stop and search. The most glaring is that, used randomly, it is highly inefficient: barely one in 10 searches results in an arrest, and in some areas the rate drops as low as 2 per cent. Even so, police use of the ...

  • Alice Jones: You can't buy Tequila Mockingbird on Amazon, can you?
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    Meryl Streep started the trend in The Iron Lady, ageing by a couple of decades to play Margaret Thatcher in her dotage. More showy is J. Edgar, released next week. Leonardo DiCaprio, 37, below, plays the FBI director from his twenties up to his death...

  • Shashank Joshi: A relationship with strategic – and business – motives
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    The desert kingdom mounted its own counter-revolution. It took advantage of buoyant oil prices to spend billions of dollars on social spending and dispatched a pan-Gulf force to quash Bahrain's uprising.So it's more than a little awkward that Saudi...

  • 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: A rare case of executive humility
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    The timing of Mr Horta-Osorio's announcement is certainly telling – just days after David Cameron's promise to stop executives undeservedly "filling their boots". And the Lloyds boss will still receive his £1m basic salary.No matter. Mr Horta-Osorio ...

  • Harriet Walker: Why should puffed-up parents be granted more respect than teachers?
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    But his new plans aren't simply about employment rights and performance – they highlight exactly what is wrong with the way we view the profession more generally.In our enlightened society of getting what you pay for, when you don't like something, y...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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