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Monday, 30 January 2012

  • Leading article: Tilting at the wrong target over bankers' pay
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    The decision was welcome only in that it let the pusillanimous Government off a political hook, and only the right thing in that it scored a point for a signally opportunistic Opposition. Mr Hester's submission to the baying of the mob will have no i...

  • Leading article: Summit that can't shirk the really big question
    Monday, 30 January 2012

    So far, so good. But as European leaders head into yet another make-or-break summit today, it would be a mistake to expect too much. Indeed, if there is a sense of "summit fatigue", dampening expectations of a swift resolution, so much the better.The...

  • Leading article: Confused signals from higher fees
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    There has been a fall of almost 10 per cent in applications from students in England, who will have to pay the higher fees, compared with a much smaller fall for students in Scotland. While the drop in England is not as steep as many had feared – and...

  • Leading article: Not helping to sell the Olympics
    Monday, 30 January 2012

    If only that were the whole story. But efforts to ensure that the benefits of hosting the Games are worth the staggering cost are not just a matter of showbiz, tickets and building contractors. There is also the economic impact, as any number of tour...

  • Amol Rajan: It’s time the luvvies of LA stuck up for animal rights
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    You wouldn’t forgive me, for instance, if I devoted this column to the case for the alternative vote, several months after the British people, in all their fearful ignorance,turned it down at a referendum. But after a canine encounter this weekend, a...

  • Letters: Olympics
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    I detect a commonality with all that is wrong in corporate Britain at the moment. The bosses reserve the cream for themselves and their cronies, the price is picked up by the consumer or taxpayer and the workers, in this instance the athletes, are no...

  • Leading article: Just another round of 'He said, she said'
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    The results reversed the findings of a German survey two years ago, which appeared to confirm the traditional stereotype of men as better parkers. Several possible conclusions could be drawn. One: that women have improved their parking over that time...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Proposing on YouTube – an act of totally insensitive hubris
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    But all around me people are clamouring for attention, making snap decisions about their behaviour based upon a rapid calculation of how many hits it might get on YouTube if someone was filming it. I saw a bloke standing proudly in the middle of a pa...

  • Annalisa Barbieri: A child will learn nothing from being hit
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    You want to teach a child about self-discipline, about caring about others, about "doing the right thing"? Smacking won't do it. All it shows them is that you've lost control, at the very point where you're trying to teach them about control. Sure th...

  • Deborah Ross: Too much time on your hands? This is the book for you
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    Obviously, this has given me my first three chapters – Chapter 1: Overnight Pasta The Overnight Way, Chapter 2: Planning Meals A Minimum of 50 Hours In Advance, and Chapter 3: Watching Cookery Shows With The Sole And Pointless Intention Of Sneering ....

  • John Walsh: Stand by your four-posters, this soap could get steamier
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    Apart from the series' co-creator, Jean Marsh, as Rose the housekeeper, there's a new cast of characters including a butler with "a past", a "brooding" Indian private secretary and a "feisty" debutante. The mix of domestic intrigue, master-and-servan...

  • Susie Rushton: The shock of renting a car in America is that they don't drive like in the movies
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    Americans don't apologise for their machismo. We have stifled resentment and The Bill. But last week while travelling around Arizona in a rented car – my first time driving in the States – I realised that there's one count on which the Brits hit hard...

  • Sarah Harper: Long lives and low birth rates are a problem across the West
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    It is the effect of declining births combined with lengthening lives which is causing challenges for our economic and social systems. At a time when longevity is requiring increased investment in long-term care and pensions, the number of younger wor...

  • Martin Hickman: Short-term drive for profit is behind this travesty
    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    Environmentalists are especially displeased because these 4,000 acres sit within the Leuser Ecosystem, a theoretically highly protected national park, which is home to 91 per cent of the 6,624 surviving Sumatran orangutans. While odd-looking and seem...

  • Buy girly products? I'd rather eat glass
    Monday, 30 January 2012

    While my office equipment isn't as dainty as it could be, at least now I can have a bike that's fit for a princess, thanks to the fairy godmothers at Halfords, who have announced, with the help of cycling's queen of hearts, Victoria Pendleton, pictur...

  • Letters: Bankers pro and con
    Monday, 30 January 2012

    Banks were set up as traders in money, and because of the apparent miracle they perform of lending money they do not have, were granted great legal favours that included being allowed to publish annual reports in a way that disguised their true liabi...

  • Leading article: Distasteful, but unavoidable, talks with the Taliban
    Monday, 30 January 2012

    There is plenty, of course, that could still go wrong. Until now, the Taliban has refused to recognise the Kabul government's legitimacy, even while establishing an office in Qatar from which to conduct international negotiations. And the Afghan Pres...

  • Patrick Strudwick: On Twitter, it's power to the people
    Monday, 30 January 2012

    In the past few days, a Twitter blueprint has formed to win the free speech fight. The template is versatile and inventive. It wins using ridicule, and the latest objects of scorn are McDonald's and Snickers. These totems of nutrition have been imple...

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