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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

  • Leading article: Labour must stand up to the unions
    Wednesday, 18 January 2012

    The opening salvo came from Len McCluskey. The general secretary of the Unite union has attacked the shadow Chancellor's admission that, given the economic circumstances, he cannot promise to reverse the Coalition's freeze on public sector pay. Mr Mc...

  • 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...

  • Archie Bland: The elder Kim who chose lifestyle over compromise
    Wednesday, 18 January 2012

    I'm always at a loss as to why the likes of Mubarak and Gaddafi didn't just cash in their chips and head off for the luxury villas that surely could have been theirs; the only explanation can be that if you're the sort of person who wants to be in ch...

  • Letters: Royal yacht not useless enough
    Wednesday, 18 January 2012

    To have a privately funded yacht that has facilities for nautical training and for the disabled does not impress other governments. Would it not be much better to spend the money on some of the worthy charities to which the Queen is patron? Vaugha...

  • Leading article: Mere words will not secure peace
    Wednesday, 18 January 2012

    Yet the EU's eloquent warnings that the "window is closing" on a two-state solution raise a disturbing question. What are European politicians going to do about them? Israel is all too used to repeated declarations of anguish from Washington, Brussel...

  • Ian Burrell: How times have changed at the court of the all-seeing Sun King
    Wednesday, 18 January 2012

    "When you work for Rupert Murdoch," he wrote, "you are a courtier at the court of the Sun King – rewarded with money and status by a grateful king as long as you serve his purpose... All life revolves around the Sun King. All authority comes from him...

  • 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'...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • Leading article: There ought not to be a question over gay marriage
    Wednesday, 18 January 2012

    It is not just a matter of abstract notions of equality, although they matter, too. There are also strong sociological arguments supporting marriage as beneficial for both individuals and society. It is an institution that fosters social cohesion, br...

  • Natalie Haynes: It's about time we did some remembering for ourselves
    Wednesday, 18 January 2012

    But today, I fear can't help you. Because today, Wikipedia is due to be turned off for 24 hours in protest at draconian new plans to combat piracy in the United States, so I can't double-check my facts. I am relying on the powers of my memory alone, ...

  • 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...

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