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  • Leading article: Not every business can be like John Lewis
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    For Nick Clegg, there is also, he hopes, a direct political advantage. As the Liberal Democrat leader casts around for ways to define a unique agenda and prove his party is no mere lackey of its Conservative coalition partners, the challenge of chann...

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron must listen to the call to tax the rich
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    The broad charge of critics of the Lord Glasman variety – which is that Mr Miliband is being too intellectual and donnish for the stomachs of most voters – may have weight. Certainly, his poll ratings continue to languish. But Mr Miliband can rightl...

  • Simon Kelner: Why Clegg's 'John Lewis Britain' is a sensible idea
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    Knowing that it doesn't get much better than this, I suppose Auntie Bertha never saw the need to go to another football match. She was there only because her employers at the time had some spare tickets for the game and distributed them, by means of ...

  • Amol Rajan: Diamond Jubilee is celebration of mediocrity
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    Then again, I've never been Education Secretary. Michael Gove has – indeed, is.A letter of his to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was leaked to yesterday's papers (presumably by the Liberal Democrats, a party united with Labour in having a leader...

  • Letters: Museum must drop West Bank link
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    The firm is Ahava/Dead Sea Laboratories, whose business is manufacturing cosmetics out of mud, which it excavates from the banks of the Dead Sea. Ahava/DSL is located at Mitzpe Shalem, a settlement 10km beyond the Green Line. The collaboration with t...

  • Leading article: Mr Putin must face the new reality
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    That he intended to stand has been clear since 24 September, when he accepted the nomination of the governing party, United Russia. It was a move that at once sidelined the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev and seemed to confirm the theory that Mr Putin'...

  • Rhodri Marsden: A dating ad for singletons who have been there and done that
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    It must be difficult for advertising agencies to come up with a concept that doesn't prompt singletons to violently slam their digital set top box into the oven. The denouement of this eHarmony ad features a beautiful actress, Tilly Wood, and some bl...

  • David Selby: An industry in search of clear blue water
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    But, in the aftermath of last weekend's incident off the Tuscan coast, there will be many people both inside and outside the industry asking how such a huge accident could happen, on such a large, modern ship in this day and age. And wondering just h...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Support for the big beasts of the media is evaporating
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    In the middle sit hundreds of American politicians, some of whom appear to take an almost perverse pride in their inability to grasp technological issues. Six years ago, Senator Ted Stevens was mercilessly mocked for describing the internet as a "ser...

  • Deborah Ross: Who does Madonna think she is to go out looking like that?
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    I am just so massively bored of the usual ways like, for example, the bony hands, even though I accept that, despite the fact she is a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, film producer, film director, fashion designer, author, entre...

  • Katherine Butler: Women! Do everything and then learn how to shoot clay pigeons
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    If the answer to that last question was "No, I wouldn't be seen dead in a Hermès scarf", then you may want to question your determination to succeed. Because, apparently, this is an essential prop if you're ever to become a corporate ballbreaker in t...

  • Omar Waraich: Gilani faces fight of his life to survive this onslaught
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    For the past few weeks, as simmering tensions have risen to a boil, Yousaf Raza Gilani has been nimbly fending off challenges on multiple fronts from a strident opposition, a hostile judiciary and a powerful military. Winning the vote of confidence y...

  • I say Pooh to all this Yanking up the Queen's English
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    I'm not talking about the greengrocer's apostrophe, or even the greengrocers' apostrophe. No, it's those solecisms which, because they weren't stamped out when they first appeared, became accepted. When did "invite" replace "invitation"? Likewise, th...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Every little helps, yes, but so do washing machines
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    Meanwhile, I've been taking a longer view on the pros and cons of Tesco Metros, Extras or Superstores. That's because the book I'm reading at the moment, Among the Bohemians, a history of the early 20th century's arty crowd (written by bona fide boho...

  • Letters: England's anthem angers Scotland
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    In the 1960s, to be a Scottish Nationalist was the equivalent of declaring your religion as Jedi Knight. No one took them seriously. Scots would be desperate for their team to thrash England at Murrayfield, but at the end of the match they were still...

  • Chris Bryant: The Church of England needs to forget its silliness about homosexuality
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    Sadly, the Church of England has got its cassocks so firmly in a twist that it seems completely incapable of coming to the same conclusion, purely and simply because he's gay.In the old days it was all very simple. Homosexuality was a deliberate choi...

  • Leading article: An establishment dilemma
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    If Jeffrey John is feeling impatient, that is understandable. He has, it is understood, been put forward several times for promotion only to be rejected for the same reason: he is openly gay and living with a male partner. When Dr John was nominated ...

  • Viv Groskop: Welcome to modern motherhood, Beyoncé...
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    Her most significant contribution, though? To ignite a debate about the best way to be born. Without intervention via the quickest and, er, most convenient exit? (Admittedly it's not always that quick. Or that convenient. Especially for the owner of ...

  • Leading article: Britannia II will not rule any waves
    Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    You can never quite tell with governments and daft ideas, and it was mooted that such a yacht would not be for the Queen's exclusive enjoyment, but a national flagship available for commercial use around the globe. Fortunately, wiser counsel soon pre...

  • Leading article: Giving Oscars to animals is a beastly idea
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    But this notion raises questions. If the award is just for performance on screen, no good reason exists as to why an animal should not receive the same award as a human. But isn't getting an Oscar also supposed to involve something called acting – co...

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