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Thursday, 19 January 2012

  • Leading article: Ethical capitalism must start with shareholders
    Friday, 20 January 2012

    There is certainly no shortage of ideas. Ed Miliband thinks there is mileage in curbing hidden surcharges, cracking down on energy companies and tweaking company takeover rules. For Nick Clegg, the priority is employee ownership, as a mechanism for b...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Labour must listen to the unions
    Friday, 20 January 2012

    Your leader talks of Labour's need to speak to the "middle ground". That in fact is an increasingly empty arena, with mounting unemployment, and relentless downward pressure on wages (except those at the very top) pushing the bulk of the population...

  • Leading article: No Russian stone unturned
    Friday, 20 January 2012

    The James Bond-style bug consisted of a transmitter in a fake rock; as they passed by, Russian double-agents could download messages from palm-held computers. British spies could collect them in the same way. It was a hi-tech variation on the "dead l...

  • Laurie Penny: Anti-sex propaganda doesn't work
    Friday, 20 January 2012

    The facts bear out that logic. In the US, where abstinence-only sex education enjoyed a renaissance under George W Bush, the rate of teenage pregnancy is the highest in the developed world. Logic, however, has never really been factored into the mora...

  • John Kampfner: A public mood that won't stand for corporate greed any longer
    Friday, 20 January 2012

    In some cases, notably banks, popularity is irrelevant. Returns on capital flows and risk are all that matters. If you are Adidas or Gap and modern consumers do not approve of your product or your morals (probably in that order of priority), you'll b...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Kodak's lesson in the dangers of complacency
    Friday, 20 January 2012

    Kodak marketed the world's first flexible roll film in 1888; it turned photography into a mass hobby with its $1 Brownie camera; its easy-load Instamatic became the most popular camera ever in the 1960s; and, in 1975, it even created the first digita...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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