Thursday, 5 January 2012
Leading article: An issue of dignity that can no longer be avoidedFriday, 6 January 2012
According to the Commission on Assisted Dying, a terminally ill person with less than a year to live should be able to go to their GP for help in taking their own life – providing that they are aged over 18, of sound mind and have reached their decis...
Leading article: And the winner in Iowa was... Barack ObamaThursday, 5 January 2012
Yet this does not mean that conclusions cannot be drawn from this year's Republican contest in Iowa. Indeed, the first was drawn yesterday with commendable dispatch by Michele Bachmann, who announced that she would not campaign in South Carolina and ...
Simon Kelner: The offside rule, and other male-female stereotypesFriday, 6 January 2012
They were at a restaurant table, and Nancy, by moving salt and pepper pots across the table, was explaining how the offside rule works to Sven. She became increasingly exasperated as her practical demonstration met with bemusement. It was a brillian...
Lisa Markwell: What to expect when she’s expectingFriday, 6 January 2012
It has unleashed vitriol, scorn and quippery across the Twittersphere and beyond. There seem to be enough strands to this story to keep every snarky onlooker happy. There’s her youth (22); her appearance (she seems to be much slimmer than in recent ...
Letters: Hirst is no 'great', nor a craftsmanFriday, 6 January 2012
In stating that Hirst's use of assistants is "a little insulting to craftsmen, skilful craftsmen", Hockney is clearly implying that, unlike the artists cited by Petry (Bernini, Rembrandt and Reynolds), Hirst uses assistants because anybody could exec...
Leading article: Alarming escalation over IranFriday, 6 January 2012
The latest chapter in the controversy was opened by November's report from the International Atomic Energy Agency. It concluded that, contrary to Iran's denials, the programme has a military purpose and it included expert assessments that the country...
John Kampfner: Abbott's law - you must not overreact to TwitterFriday, 6 January 2012
What is more discomforting was the hysteria that surrounded Abbott's tweet. Twitter is used for differing reasons. I relish looking at it several times a day to find out what is being said and written. I find it useful to see what free expression eve...
These Republican primaries are a sideshow – and so is the presidential electionThursday, 5 January 2012
Amol Rajan: Coalition is presiding over the fissuring of EnglandThursday, 5 January 2012
Since the recession began, employment has grown by 2.9 per cent in London, but fallen in most other regions. In West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber it has fallen by 4.5 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively. Output per head in London is 171 p...
Letters: How the new-look NHS should workThursday, 5 January 2012
The problem for acute hospital trusts is that, in a lot of cases, this means primary care providers seeking to avoid admissions by improved treatment in a community setting, leading to a reduction in bed usage, and thus income, for the acute trusts. ...
Leading article: Justice has no place for a lynch mobThursday, 5 January 2012
The Crown Prosecution Service and Scotland Yard rightly deserve praise for bringing an extremely difficult case to a successful conclusion. They, and the loudly braying public and media, must remember, however, that the convictions were achieved only...
Owen Jones: Beware the assumptions the Lawrence verdict gives rise toThursday, 5 January 2012
But it's also true about the fight against racism. Doreen Lawrence has been an inspiration throughout her family's 18-year ordeal. And she has a message for all of us that should be a rallying cry in the aftermath of this verdict: "The fact is that r...
Natalie Haynes: Water-cooler television still countsThursday, 5 January 2012
In other words, we still buy more than three times as many CDs as downloads. And since Michael Bublé's Christmas record outsold every album last year apart from Adele's 21, then we are buying them because we like listening to songs with our friends o...
Leading article: Time to cut back on over-long school holidaysFriday, 6 January 2012
They are wrong. All the academic evidence suggests that long holidays are bad for children, and bad for poorer children, particularly those from ethnic minorities. Put simply, school compensates for disadvantages at home. So while children with diffi...
Harriet Walker: A truth that has rarely been uttered before - women don't want it allFriday, 6 January 2012
A new book published this week and written by Gaby Hinsliff, a former former political editor of The Observer, explores the inescapable tug of war, and of conscience, that most modern women face between desk and duty, career and carer.Half A Wife: Th...
Kim Sengupta: Changes mark shift in US strategy and emphasisFriday, 6 January 2012
"The long wars of the last decade are over," declared Barack Obama yesterday, reflecting not just budgetary realities, but his antipathy to the missions of invasion and nation building he inherited from the Bush administration. All the indications ar...
Simon Read: A shorter summer holiday is a good ideaFriday, 6 January 2012
My boys, aged nine and 12, return from school full of new facts and tall tales or gossip. Conversations get more exciting when they're at school and eager to find out more about dinosaurs and bloody battles.Sure they need a rest from academia but ho...
Leading article: An unhealthy – and corrupt – nexus of interestsThursday, 5 January 2012
The extent of that corruption is now clearer, as are the remedies – including more openness with information – which the new Met chief has promised to introduce. The problem, though, runs much deeper. There is an unhealthy confluence of interests and...
The Oxford sex ring shows how the sexual manners of a new place can be tragically misinterpreted
The penis size study: How do British men fare?
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