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Monday, 9 January 2012

  • Leading article: Playing a risky game on Scottish independence
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    The Government has certainly caused a storm with the proposal that Westminster "lend" the Holyrood Government the legal authority to hold a referendum that would be binding (as opposed to merely advisory), on condition that the vote take place within...

  • Leading article: Just talking about 'fat cat' pay is not enough
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    But recognising the problem with executive pay and actually doing something about it are two different matters. It is all very well for Mr Cameron to admit that there has been market failure, but his pledge to address this with market-based solutions...

  • Leading article: Only a register of lobbyists will do
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    When it comes to the £2bn lobbying industry, the Government should not need telling. Just before the election, David Cameron was warning with much righteous ire that the "far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money" wou...

  • Leading article: At 100, the ANC has lost its way
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    In the four short years between Mandela's release and the first all-race elections on 27 April 1994, brilliant and dedicated men and women laid the groundwork for a remarkable constitution – introduced in 1997 – that was to become the envy of the wor...

  • Plaid Cymru: May the best woman lead…
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

     

  • One hot favourite for the Oscars that left me cold
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    The reception from critics all over the land has been ecstatic. Our very own man in the third row with a choc ice and a notebook, Anthony Quinn, who is not known for effusiveness, said it was "the subtlest and most enjoyable experience of the movie y...

  • Amol Rajan: 'Iron Lady' shows pain of memories
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    As a result, this hugely disappointing film, which is saved only by an extraordinary performance by Meryl Streep, has been interpreted as a politically charged documentary, when it is actually a human drama about a widow's descent into dementia.In hi...

  • Susie Rushton: You can track down every old flame – but that doesn't mean you should
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Julia Cross had met him at Space in Ibiza last September. She remembered Martin as "considerate" and also "tall with quite a posh accent"; they shared a kiss under Mediterranean stars and she gave him her number. He never called. Over the following m...

  • Leading article: It used to be just how much to drink. Now, it's when
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Abstaining twice a week is "a very good sign", says Sir Ian Gilmore of the Alliance, of not being hooked; so by climbing on the wagon twice a week, we will automatically drive the figures down. But if there is anything guaranteed to get the average B...

  • Deborah Ross: In April, you will meet a tall dark stranger – in overalls
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Aquarius: You will find love where you least expect it, but not on the hall table, which is where you thought you'd put it down. (Think, think, where did you last see it?) Pisces: With Pluto ascendant and gas prices also rising sharply, you will gen...

  • Philip Hodson: Teenage antics have all the hallmarks of a cry for help
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Of course, there is quite an element of wanting to steal for fun and kicks. If you aren't able to go mountain climbing, skiing, bungee jumping or all the other adrenalin activities that being overweight and middle aged precludes you from, and you can...

  • Jonathan Portes: The pressure group playing fast and loose with evidence
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    But most published studies suggest immigration has little or no impact on employment or unemployment. Today's research supports that conclusion. For the first time, rather than using survey data, we use actual data on national insurance number regist...

  • Letters: HS2 is good for Britain’s future
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

     France took the bold decision to invest billions in its own TGV high-speed rail network years ago. Now you can travel comfortably and safely from Lille to Marseille in four and a half hours. Ourprizes are more jobs in the underemployed construction ...

  • Rhodri Marsden: A leaky window... and lifestyle tips from Going Live's Emma Forbes
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

     It turns out that Emma has a website, forbesstyle.com, that repositions her as some kind of lifestyle guru. "Lifestyle" is a word that makes my eyeballs bleed, and "guru" doesn't do much to clean up the resultant mess, but I had a look anyway, becau...

  • Susie Rushton: You can track down every old flame – but that doesn't mean you should
    Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Over the following months, Ms Cross related her "what if" encounter to friends, wondering whether perhaps she'd given him her number incorrectly. Yes, a naïve response. But a perfectly human one. Her mooning might have soon been eclipsed by another c...

  • Politicians should be wary of the dangers of Twitter
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    Ms Abbott's observation, provoked by what she saw as patronising comments about the "black community", that the white elite likes to divide and rule, would surely not have touched the sides in an age less infantile and hysterical than this one. It ma...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: January blues replaced by retail rage
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    OK, so January is always an emotional rollercoaster ("Hooray! Look at all my lovely new stuff. Sob. Limp and unloved Christmas trees abandoned on every corner. Arrgh! My bathroom scales have broken. Or perhaps my eyes have...") but last year's black ...

  • Letters: IT skills
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    These digital industries can scale to online global markets but without our young people being equipped with the right skills, how can we expect them to create the next Facebook, Google, Twitter or Zynga in the UK? In our Next Gen report (www.nesta.o...

  • Leading article: No strings attached to this War Horse
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    Still, you would think that even he, upon seeing a production whose sole serious artistic merit was the extraordinary virtuosity of its puppetry, would think twice about directing an adaptation which leaves out exactly that. The whole point of War Ho...

  • Dominic Prince: The horse lover's view: this film is a dead cert
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    They have stood as comrades in arms through wars, industry, on the hunting field and on the racetrack, too. For many, horses are an obsession; an all-empowering salve in a distressing world. I am one of those who have succumbed to that special bond.I...

  • Ian Burrell: If Rupert Murdoch's on Twitter, then what's the point of his online paywall?
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    The initial assumption had been that this Twitter experiment was a PR exercise, an attempt to soften Rupert's image after a humble pie year in which his personal reputation has faced an onslaught unparalleled even in his own extraordinary saga. But i...

  • David Thomas: Birmingham's a great place for romance
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    But that's not what the people at The New York Times seem to think. They cite Birmingham on the grounds that "England's second city could be first in food". And they're not just talking about such local products as balti curries, Typhoo tea, Bird's c...

  • Simon English: We need a bold move on pay, not just tough talking
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    Most large investors are absentee landlords. The City fund manager invests our money rather than his. If you oversee a pension fund worth billions, it isn't particularly concerning to you whether a chief executive is paid £2m or £10m. The only thing ...

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