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Tuesday, 3 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: Justice at last - but this chapter in our history is not closed
    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    It would be tempting to conclude that now justice has been done, the Lawrence family can remember their son in peace and the country can put the whole sickening business behind it. But justice is not complete, and even if it were, the one does not – ...

  • Brian Cathcart: The killing of Stephen Lawrence ended Britain's denial about racism
    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    But this case did not gain its hold on modern Britain simply because of its status as an unsolved crime. Sadly, there are lots of those. The name of Stephen Lawrence would not be known, as it is, to millions of people who weren't even born at the tim...

  • 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...

  • Richard Wolffe: Mitt Romney's underwhelming performance does not fully explain Iowa's extraordinary three-way split
    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    But his underwhelming performance does not fully explain Iowa's extraordinary three-way split in the first real contest for the Republican presidential nomination. No, the real culprit is the confused state of American conservatives.Romney's pretzel-...

  • Letters: IT 'skills shortage' is largely a myth
    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    I agree that young people should be able to study computer science if they have the interest and aptitude, but as an IT professional I must question his rosy view of the industry.When I joined the IT industry in 1987, it was expanding rapidly and the...

  • Alex Wheatle: A hope I feel in spite of so many wrongs
    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    Those views are understandable. The fact that not one police officer has ever been convicted of a black death in police custody or supervision lays bare a raw mistrust that many black people have of the Metropolitan Police. Concrete ceilings still ha...

  • Ben Chu: If we want to get tough on banks, Europe should set a better example
    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    But this stereotype of Britain soft/Europe hard is grossly misleading. In fact, the opposite is arguably true. Consider the evidence. Britain is reforming its domestic banks. The Coalition is forcing large financial institutions to throw a ring fence...

  • 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...

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