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  • Leading article: Two scapegoats do not add up to banking reform
    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    It is time to calm the hysteria, call off the witch-hunt and resist the temptation to do down one of Britain's most successful industries just when we need it the most.On the matter of Mr Hester, the Prime Minister must take some of the blame. Down...

  • Letters: Stephen Hester's bonus
    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    We're asking the man to rescue billions of pounds of our money that, if mismanaged, could disappear down the toilet. A minute fraction of one thousandth of one per cent of our exposure is a small price to pay for it.John WellsWest Wittering, West Sus...

  • Leading article: The Cardiff police scandal is not over
    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    Even when eight – now retired – officers stood trial last year, more than 20 years after White's murder, for perverting the course of justice by framing innocent men, the prosecution failed for want of crucial documents which were believed lost. Th...

  • Harriet Walker: Harry, Caroline and an age-old debate
    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    Pre-teen fans were thrilled when he tweeted yesterday that their split had been a mutual decision. Thrilled they were no longer an item, that is, rather than the fact he hadn't just callously binned her by text or even pigeon-post.Relationships with ...

  • Tim Lott: I'm proud of my country – the land of Blake, Dickens, Orwell, and Ian Dury
    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    Is he an English Defence League member, a supporter of Ukip, a skinhead thug or simply a Tory? None of the above. In fact, he has never voted anything but Labour. He believes in secularism and the multicultural society. He is a lifelong republican an...

  • Letters: Bishops in the Lords speak up for justice
    Friday, 27 January 2012

    Like it or not, we have a second unelected chamber in Parliament called the House of Lords, and for historical reasons, 26 of the 104 bishops of the Church of England have seats there. Since Parliament still sees fit to legislate for the Church of En...

  • Leading article: Elected mayors are too good a chance to miss
    Friday, 27 January 2012

    Ironically, the very indifference voters often show in relation to anything to do with local government – which many tend to regard as powerless and pointless – would actually be addressed by the appointment of an elected mayor. In the handful of tow...

  • Owen Jones: Gay people have come a long way – but hatred is still out there
    Friday, 27 January 2012

    Both episodes are unpleasant reminders that anti-gay hatred hasn't gone away. But they also offer hope, too, about just how far we've come. Ball's bigoted tirade landed him with a £6,000 fine from the Football Association on Tuesday – the highest the...

  • Ian Burrell: We shouldn't keep victims of dark arts in the dark
    Friday, 27 January 2012

    That gumshoe, Steve Whittamore, was as meticulous in his record keeping as Glenn Mulcaire, the private eye at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World. Whittamore logged more than 17,000 transactions in A4 notebooks colour-cod...

  • Leading article: A chemical stain on the Olympics?
    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    Six months before the start of the Games, both inspired confidence that the planning is on schedule, and that – miraculously, for citizens who have learnt to be jaded about big public projects – London 2012 could be a celebration to be proud of. Th...

  • Alice Jones: Atheists already have temples – they're called galleries and museums
    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    "The call to prayer happens five times a day, and for the first week, it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit, and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thing," he told The Sun in an interview to promote his new film. "There are 4,0...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: Stars should be judged on their talent alone
    Saturday, 28 January 2012

    From Ramon Novarro to Rock Hudson; from Ivor Novello in the 1920s to Dirk Bogarde in the 1950s, there are many examples of actors who have kept their sexuality secret from their fans. They've known that to do otherwise would be to risk their career...

  • Guide Westerwelle: Growth through competitiveness
    Friday, 27 January 2012

    Citizens and investors are asking themselves: is Europe doing enough to prevent the crisis from escalating further? Will we manage to transform the EU quickly enough into a stability union? Are we Germans in particular asking too much of our partners...

  • Simon Kelner: The badge of honour that is refusing a royal gong
    Friday, 27 January 2012

    Yesterday, my Tube train stopped in a tunnel, and immediately the guard was on the public address system: "I'm sorry," he said, "but we're waiting for the train in front to clear. We shouldn't be waiting longer than a minute." That simply wouldn't...

  • Leading article: Talking sense on fair taxation
    Friday, 27 January 2012

    Given that the £10,000 threshold was the centrepiece of Mr Clegg's speech on taxation yesterday, it is fair to assume that the scheme is all but signed off by the Treasury . But while the Liberal Democrats may be able to turn the sliding economy to t...

  • E Jane Dickson: Google, don't put me in a pigeonhole
    Friday, 27 January 2012

    Actually, I quite like the talking dogs. I'm not sure I'd want to employ one, though, and I can't say I'm cheered by news that employers are increasingly ignoring the classic CV and choosing job candidates on the basis of their "online profile". Whic...

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