Thursday, 19 January 2012
Leading article: Ethical capitalism must start with shareholdersFriday, 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 airportThursday, 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...
Steve Anderson: In defence of Elly Nowell, the girl who rejected OxfordFriday, 20 January 2012
Letters: Labour must listen to the unionsFriday, 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 unturnedFriday, 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...
John Kampfner: A public mood that won't stand for corporate greed any longerFriday, 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...
Laurie Penny: Anti-sex propaganda doesn't workFriday, 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...
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 quangosThursday, 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 penaltyThursday, 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 victimsThursday, 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 complacencyFriday, 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 reputationThursday, 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 thisThursday, 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...
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Ian Watkins verdict: How did he coerce Woman A and Woman B?
The Anglican and Catholic Churches have finally realised they must change to survive. But is it too late?
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