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  • Leading article: An issue of dignity that can no longer be avoided
    Friday, 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 Obama
    Thursday, 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 stereotypes
    Friday, 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 expecting
    Friday, 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 craftsman
    Friday, 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 Iran
    Friday, 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 Twitter
    Friday, 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...

  • Amol Rajan: Coalition is presiding over the fissuring of England
    Thursday, 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 work
    Thursday, 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 mob
    Thursday, 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 to
    Thursday, 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 counts
    Thursday, 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 holidays
    Friday, 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...

  • Simon Read: A shorter summer holiday is a good idea
    Friday, 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...

  • Kim Sengupta: Changes mark shift in US strategy and emphasis
    Friday, 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...

  • Harriet Walker: A truth that has rarely been uttered before - women don't want it all
    Friday, 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...

  • Leading article: An unhealthy – and corrupt – nexus of interests
    Thursday, 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...

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