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Friday, 20 January 2012

  • Leading article: A shameful spinning of the facts on immigration
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    To be clear, the vast majority of the foreign nationals receiving benefits in Britain are wholly within their rights to do so. More than half are people who have since taken citizenship; almost all have come here legally, worked, paid taxes and are n...

  • Julian Baggini: Monarchists are from Mars, republicans are from Venus
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    What passes for intelligent life in this country perceives the world so diversely that communication within it can be as difficult as sending intelligible messages to extraterrestrials. And, as the debate over the proposed royal yacht has shown this ...

  • 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...

  • Kim Sengupta: There were barrels of liquid, protection suits and gas masks
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    But the military camp at Ajaylat, west of Tripoli, yielded something quite alarming even in this anarchic milieu. Stacked up in a single-storey warehouse, with no attempt to secrete them, were rows of barrels with liquid, pale in colour, leaking out...

  • Harriet Walker: Of course it had to be a woman’s fault that the cruise ship hit the rocks
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    Our fascination with Domnica Cemortan, the Moldovan ballet dancer and former employee of the Costa Concordia now wanted by the police for questioning, is like that of those salty seadogs looking for the bit of skirt that caused the problem. We may no...

  • Letters: Shipwreck brings ancient values to the surface
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    As an unmarried and childless man, I agree with the basic assumption that in a crisis, all fit and able men present have a natural duty to look to the safety of any women, children and infirm. There are strong social and historical reasons for this, ...

  • Leading article: More heat than light on lobbying
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    There would be a statutory register that all lobbyists would have to sign and penalties, up to and including prison, for failure to register and other forms of non-compliance. So basic are such requirements, however, that they invite two questions: w...

  • Oliver Wright: Ten pages of 'consultation' that mean only one thing – it's business as usual
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    But the Mark Harper, the Political Reform minister, did not even need that space to outline his vision for the future of lobbying.It could be summed up in three words: business as usual. It's been said before but it's worth restating – there is nothi...

  • Alice Jones: Dear Loser. Now that's what I call a rejection letter
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    Yours sincerely,Alice JonesIs it possible to reject a rejection letter? I hope so. This week, A-level student Elly Nowell (pictured) turned the tables on Oxford University and, following an interview she described as intimidating torture, sent them p...

  • Sebastian Faulks: I'll never forget how my personal Birdsong saga began
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    At this time my second novel The Girl at the Lion d'Or was about to be published. It was set in 1936, but had necessitated some research into the First World War and its effects on France. Being brought up in England and taught at school by people wh...

  • Kim Sengupta: The West knows air strikes will only stir up hornet's nest
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    The scenario, however, is unfolding against a constant drumbeat of war in the background, with hawks in Israel clamouring for capabilities to produce the bomb destroyed before Tehran is in a position to start weaponising.The view in western Europe an...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: English justice – the oligarchs' choice
    Saturday, 21 January 2012

    The initial ruling, that the case could be heard in London, might seem perverse. Why should two very rich men settle their personal duel according to English statute rather than in Russia, which was the backdrop for the dubious business dealings at t...

  • 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...

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