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Monday, 2 January 2012

  • Leading article: The Republicans must prove their seriousness
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    Nor, even more certainly, would party bosses have chosen the current selection of contenders to challenge President Obama in November. Many of the potentially strongest candidates – among them Mitch Daniels and Chris Christie, sitting governors of In...

  • Leading article: Growing strife in Nigeria that must not be ignored
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    After terrorist bombs that killed more than 40 people across Africa's most populous country on Christmas Day, President Goodluck Jonathan has now declared a state of emergency, giving extra powers to security forces and closing parts of the country's...

  • Leading article: Dodging the issue on obesity
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    The aim is a laudable one. Britain's soaring obesity levels are a dangerous problem, wrecking lives and costing the NHS upwards of £4bn every year. A quarter of all adults are already dangerously overweight, and, if nothing changes, the number is exp...

  • Leading article: Time to take implants seriously
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    As many as 40,000 British women have implants manufactured by Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) from what the French company now admits was industrial-grade silicone. Not only are there grave health implications if the devices leak, the cheaper PIP models ...

  • Amol Rajan: Forget that veto, Europe is still Cameron's nightmare
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    A version of the above paragraph cursed almost every round-up of the Westminster scene, looking back on 2011 and forward to 2012, in our media over the past few weeks – especially the Europhobic portion, which is to say, the majority. That this asses...

  • Letters: A new year, but the old order is back
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    Yasmin is right. The old order is back in charge. There was some hope of change when we started to get prime ministers from the lower orders, that unbroken line of grammar-school products from Wilson to Major. But that soon changed, courtesy of publi...

  • Leading article: Science comes a step closer to Spider-Man
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    The problem is that spiders' cannibalistic tendencies make any kind of farming impossible. There have been plenty of false starts, splicing spider genes into goats, and even bacteria, in an attempt to find a method of mass production. Finally, experi...

  • Oliver Wright: Struggling entrepreneurs feel betrayed by HMRC's heavy-handed crackdown
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    The Treasury predicted it would raise an extra £7bn a year in tax revenues by 2015 which could be offset against what were already very harsh public sector spending cuts. Mr Osborne trumpeted the move as a break from the last Labour government "where...

  • Michael Petry: Assistants were always used by the greats
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    The 17th-century sculptor Bernini had most of his marble statues carved by assistants who only used his small models – including his Apollo and Daphne (1622-25), which was carved by Giuliano Finelli. They fell out over Finelli's lack of credit in it...

  • Tim Lang: Will this new anti-obesity wheeze work? Fat chance
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    In the past 30 or 40 years there has been an enormous shift in the public consciousness towards food – brought about through culture, advertising, and pricing – so you can no longer walk down a high street or into a bus or train station without going...

  • Rhodri Marsden: In which Rhodri is moved by an ancestral tape recording
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    If I'd grown up in Bridgend rather than Bedfordshire I might have inherited my Welsh mother's accent, except she doesn't have one either. I asked her about this glaring anomaly over Christmas; it transpired that in the early 1950s her grandfather sen...

  • Susie Rushton: The answer to rail-fare hikes is to make cities more liveable
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    The Sevenoaks run is a journey I've endured myself in the past, and despite its relative brevity (a merciful 25 minutes) the drawbacks were enough to firmly cement in my mind a resolution to live in the metropolis. But plenty of Britons still aspire ...

  • Deborah Ross: Not sleeping with George Clooney... one of many resolutions I'll be sure to keep
    Tuesday, 3 January 2012

    I will not sleep with George Clooney or pose nude for Playboy: I am so confident about sticking to this resolution that if you were to ask me at the end of this year if I had slept with George Clooney, or posed nude for Playboy I'll bet you all the m...

  • Letters: New Year Honours
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    Some have boldly breached repressive religious taboos against gambling. Others have given up lucrative criminal careers to become model citizens. They are inspirational icons of normality in a celebrity-crazed world.Many generously eschew opportuniti...

  • Leading article: Can we now have a Hockney portrait of the Queen?
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    We can only hope so, and that the new-found mood might also apply to the matter of a royal portrait. Hockney has in the past also turned down a request to paint a portrait of the Queen, saying that he only paints people he knows. Perhaps now he could...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Clients come second to commercial interests
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    Modern materials in the last 20 years have included soy-bean oil, hydrogel, saline solution and silicone – but problems keep occurring. Hydrogel and soy-bean oil implants were withdrawn a decade ago over safety fears and compensation was paid to thou...

  • Cahal Milmo: Scale of email hacking is set to be this year's biggest story
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    Since it was set up six months ago, Scotland Yard's inquiry into allegations that private detectives were hired by newspapers to target computers of public figures has been overshadowed by Operation Weeting, which deals with the News of the World pho...

  • Ian Burrell: Hail the philanthropists who have offered a future for serious journalism
    Monday, 2 January 2012

    On New Year's Eve, the New York-based ProPublica organisation sent out a message to its 94,000 Twitter followers appealing for tax-deductible donations to help it fund its investigations. This was no desperate appeal. Two years ago this non-profit in...

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