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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

  • Leading article: No more delays, London needs a new airport
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    Indeed, the effects of the current stalemate are already being felt. During the past 20 years, London's status as an international hub has been slipping, and it is increasingly lagging behind rivals such as Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Dubai when it come...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: Miliband is right to attack 'predatory capitalism'
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    He was particularly critical of "surcharge culture", the practice by which companies levy extra charges on customers for services they might reasonably expect to be included in the price. We can all recognise this phenomenon. Budget airlines are wel...

  • Amol Rajan: What's Cameron's Big Society? A lot more quangos
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    The coming Tory government would differ from previous ones in two fundamental ways, he said. First, it would shift "the locus of debate from an econocentric paradigm to a sociocentric paradigm". Second, it would stop "banging on about Europe", as Cam...

  • Letters: Who profits from euro disaster?
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    It is not just the hedge funds that hold Greek government bonds, but the credit default swaps held by those who do not own the underlying bonds. A CDS is essentially a gambling slip at the Canary Wharf casino that many people hold as a way of betting...

  • Leading article: Pubs and the cut-price penalty
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    Of course, there is an element of special pleading. What publican does not believe that there would be more of a buzz in the bar if the price gap between a pint drawn there and one carted home from the supermarket were not much narrower than it is? N...

  • Mark Donne: Shelf-stackers aren't the only victims
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    Yet, according to our study, 86 per cent of employees (interviewed across four regions and 32 stores) are not receiving either the London Living Wage, or, outside of the capital, the UK Living Wage. More than half said they didn't earn enough to live...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: The man who saved Italy's reputation
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    Here was decisiveness, practicality, responsibility, exactitude and concern for human life, all rolled into a few pithy sentences. No wonder his compatriots extolled him. For Italians distressed by an accident that seemingly confirmed so many negativ...

  • Deborah Ross: Happy Birthday! But I'm still going out like this
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    Now, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that the greeting card industry already has every conceivable occasion covered – including, I recently noted, "Mazel tov On Passing Your Driving Test", should you happen to know a Jewish new driver,...

  • The Great Debate: Do we need another airport to keep London in the top flight?
    Thursday, 19 January 2012

    Michael McCarthy Your argument ignores the fact that climate change places a constraint on aviation's unstoppable growth. Carbon emissions from aircraft, which are the fastest-growing of all CO2 emissions, may well be legally limited by future climat...

  • 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, ...

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