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Monday, 23 January 2012

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron must act the statesman in Strasbourg
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    While arguably unnecessary, there is no reason the Prime Minister should not use his speech to the 47 nation Council of Europe in Strasbourg tomorrow to set out proposals for reform of the European Court of Human Rights, which the Council oversees. B...

  • Nicolas Bratza: Britain should be defending European justice, not attacking it
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    At the same time, the influence of the Strasbourg court on the development of fundamental rights protection in the UK has been overwhelmingly positive. It would, however, be surprising if all its decisions were popular with the Government of the day,...

  • Leading article: The race now changes for Mr Obama, too
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    At its most superficial, this result might seem to confirm a strange set of values. It could be concluded that betraying two wives, and one in an especially cruel way, is less of an electoral liability than being a Mormon or paying only 15 per cent t...

  • Leading article: We want a deal with Iran, not a war
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    The impact of an EU embargo, given the global nature of the oil market, cannot be measured precisely. Beyond doubt, however, it will tighten the squeeze on Iran's economy, already in deepening trouble. Meanwhile, Washington has warned Tehran, both pu...

  • Justus Nyang'aya: An important milestone, but the quest for justice should not stop here
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    But the ICC ruling is just the first step in what should be a marathon of efforts to deliver justice and reparation to Kenyans. The survivors of these atrocities are eager to ensure that full and fair justice is delivered, and that all of the perpetr...

  • Martin Hickman: An investigation compromised by the astonishing deceit of the News of the World
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    Despite the clear evidence of law-breaking, Surrey Police did nothing to prosecute the paper.Had it done so in 2002, it might have rumbled News International's growing use of dark arts and saved hundreds of people from mistrust, paranoia, and humilia...

  • Leading article: A benefits cap is the way forward
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    The Lords, of course, have a job to do, and it is to their credit that so many of them take that job so seriously. In its debates on the Welfare Bill, the Upper House has shown a laudable concern for the plight of those who rely, for whatever reason,...

  • Oliver Wright: A popular reform that will cause real misery
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    But ministers are far more relaxed about these defeats than they were about the savaging their Lordships gave the Government's health reforms last year. This is because, on the issue of welfare reform, they believe they have public opinion on their s...

  • Coincidence: what are the chances of it happening?
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    "It is not a formal research study," said Prof Spiegelhalter, who holds the grand title of Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk. It is more a project aimed to help assess the likelihood of a sequence of events taking place. The professor rev...

  • Amol Rajan: Beware the huge power of the not-quite-so-powerful
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    So the media overplay the chances of the underdog and underplay the chances of the favourite. That gives the underdog an aura of electability they don't actually deserve – but thereby increases their attractiveness to voters and so their eventual cha...

  • Letters: Future of flying
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    To which list will surely be added in future, the "new aviation hub" that you propose (leading article, 19 January). Rising energy prices are driving up the costs of all forms of travel; measures to reduce CO2 emissions add yearly to these costs; and...

  • Leading article: A dreadful silence that the police must account for
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    Surrey Police is now revealed as having been fully aware of how News of the World journalists illegally hacked into her mobile phone, and yet did nothing about it. Phone hacking had yet to become a way of life at the now-defunct title. Had the police...

  • Lisa Markwell: Ads for cosmetic surgery that exploit women at their most vulnerable
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    The intimation is that your flat chest or big nose is all that's stopping you from a life of glamour beyond your wildest dreams – to be lived, invariably, in a white bikini. Have that post-pregnancy tummy flap disappear; create Angelina-like pert bre...

  • Kim Sengupta: World receives very public warnings from its game of gunboat diplomacy
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    But, for the time being at least, an economic rather than a shooting war is unfolding. What was more interesting in the reactions from Tehran to the EU sanctions was not yet another threat to shut down Hormuz, a military gamble too costly for the Ira...

  • Simon Read: Who says that ethical pension funds don't pay?
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    Traditional ethical investments operate on the basis of avoiding firms that are involved in questionable activities. That's not only the tobacco industry, of course. Ethical funds may also avoid firms involved with animal testing, genetic engineering...

  • Julie Bindel: Boys aren't born wanting to wear blue
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    But reading some of the angry comments generated by reports about Sasha's unusual upbringing highlights how obsessively the gender defenders fight their corner. A Canadian couple insisted they would also raise their baby, Storm, as a gender-neutral c...

  • Rhodri Marsden: There are lots of ways to wind down – it's just that they're all so stressful
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    Breathing exercises make me fret about heart rate and lung capacity. Herbal tea is disgusting. Audio-visual entertainment should provide useful distraction, but it just provokes unwanted emotion. My mind spasms violently with anticipation, jealousy, ...

  • Simon Kelner: I heard of Etta's death, but her life just passed me by
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    I am sure many readers will find this confession shocking, and brand me a musical Philistine, but I had this reaction at the weekend to the death at 73 of the R&B singer Etta James. I'm the wrong side of 50, and I have a reasonable working knowle...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Forget the fitness fads – just eat less and move more
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    As I was reading my zillionth magazine this week, I came upon two promotions that made me rage. The first was for Proskins Slim Leggings: "Fancy giving your legs a workout – without any actual legwork? Say hello to Proskins Slim Leggings". Quite apar...

  • Forget the fitness fads – just eat less and move more
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    As I was reading my zillionth magazine this week, I came upon two promotions that made me rage. The first was for Proskins Slim Leggings: "Fancy giving your legs a workout – without any actual legwork? Say hello to Proskins Slim Leggings". Quite ...

  • Letters: information technology
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    For example, aircraft, ships and most buildings have a design life of 40 to 70 years, but for the design software used, the software developers have a business model that sees them rewrite their offering every 10 years. If it were not bad enough that...

  • Sarah Churchwell: So much for Republican 'family values'
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    It seems, for example, a fair description of Newt Gingrich's spectacular hypocrisy, as well as of the generous, philosophical tone some of the Republican faithful have taken toward this abdication of their supposedly foundational "family values". Gin...

  • Tom Peck: A case that highlights the true quality of British justice
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    With total costs estimated at around £100m, a lot of British lawyers have a lot of  spasibos  to say, and there are many more giant pay days to come. Boris Berezovsky has already begun a second, $3bn (£1.9bn) case against the family of his deceased f...

  • Deborah Ross: Classic British films re-sold to the cinema-goers who matter
    Tuesday, 24 January 2012

    Alternatively, though, why not just re-sell classic British films to this demographic with, perhaps, age-appropriate, enticing poster taglines? They could be as follows: Walkabout: "A well brought-up young lady swims in the buff! Seriously!" ("I sni...

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