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  • Editorial: Multinationals must pay their share of UK taxes
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Take Starbucks, for example. The Seattle-based coffee chain has paid just £8.6m in British corporation tax over 14 years, and none at all for the past three, despite turnover estimated at £3bn. The company says that an over-aggressive expansion stra...

  • Editorial: When medicine can no longer help
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    In some ways, it beggars belief that what is no more than basic common decency has to be defined as a right. Given the number of complaints from relatives and others about not being informed, let alone consulted, before a patient is placed on the "L...

  • The sun is setting on the old energy debate. What will the new dawn look like?
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    But it is a risky strategy. Many of those who defend wind power from attacks by Nimbies and rightwing Tories are ardent opponents of nuclear power, for example. The three trade associations clearly risk losing core supporters by this temporary poolin...

  • Editorial: The risk of a new Southern Cross
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    The post-mortem on Southern Cross blamed its risky financial model, with its assumptions about property values and leases not borne out in practice. But the finances of most major care-home owners still rely on very complex structures and loan arran...

  • Sorry Susan, lords stay lords – thanks to Nick Clegg
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Apart from this cutting across the Home Secretary’s plea to MPs not to make remarks that might jeopardise any trial, Ms Jones ought to know that – thanks to the obstinacy of Nick Clegg – it is constitutionally impossible to strip a peer of his peerag...

  • On the streets of the Bronx, they favour Obama. But not with the passion they had four years ago
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Matos, 39, expressed concern that Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney pledged in the first debate to cut back on funding to public television. He said that Republicans were a party that represented “the rich.” He then said that the last Repub...

  • News images are the Old Masters of our day
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The show also asks an updated version of that question: what do today’s practitioners, who use the medium as an art form, make of these early beginnings? The National Gallery’s method is to pair Old Master paintings with Victorian or contemporary pho...

  • Is £624 the price of a rape victim's anonymity?
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Two days ago, yet another case involving abuse on social networking sites came to court and the outcome – paltry fines for a group of defendants – demonstrates the jaw-dropping inconsistency of the criminal justice system. The case also speaks volume...

  • Never mind Obama, can the House of Congress avert a fiscal catastrophe in the coming weeks?
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Researchers at the World Bank estimate that such a massive fiscal consolidation would reduce US GDP by 2.2 per cent in 2013, erasing all the growth that the country would otherwise have registered next year and, in all likelihood, plunging America ba...

  • Love your enemies is the Prime Minister’s gospel
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Few of us would have the grace and humility to support a movement, then sell fighter jets to their most bitter opponents, but Cameron’s so full of Christian virtue he must believe the best weapon he has is to shower the Saudi royal family with love. ...

  • A letter's old-fashioned fraud, but I start to worry when a scam artist in China knows where I live
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The sender, who gives a name, but has not signed, claims to be a business relations manager for a Hong Kong bank and spins a cock-and-bull story about a supposedly long-lost relative who has died suddenly (in China), leaving the proceeds of a large i...

  • As Barack Obama clinches victory, his task as president is clear: fight for America's middle-class
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The Republican heartland has been referred to as Jesusland, but they worship Mammon with the same fervour as they worship the Christian prophet in the Bible belt. When people venture to protest about the excesses of the wealthy, of the “1 per cent” o...

  • Obama V Romney: Watch the whole Presidential campaign to now
    NowThisNews Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Wondering how we got to this point? Nowthisnews run down the whole Presidental election campaign. (That's the whole thing - not just 47% of it)

  • You're wrong, team Romney, fact-checkers are making a difference to the way politics works
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    US politicians and commentators are still using this weapon forty years later, demanding fact-checks on every other sentence that comes out of candidates’ mouths. Like Powell, these vigilante fact-checkers are spurred by dislike of their opponents’ i...

  • Hairswaps and winking weirdos: the 20 craziest photos from this election Campaign
    Buzzfeed Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    With some brilliant PhotoShopping, a bunch of clever observations, and a touch of voyeurism, here's Buzzfeed's guide to the funniest 20 images from this year's campaign. What's your favourite? We just took a look on the desk, an...

  • As America goes to the polls, across New York the impact of Hurricane Sandy is still very deeply felt
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Even worse, explained Leonard, as we walked around her emptied apartment guided only by a flashlight and a few candles, the neighbourhood has become more and more dangerous since the hurricane. “Bullets were flying last night,” she said, as she desc...

  • This government would rather kill the living wage than let it fall into the hands of Miliband
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Following the speech, a rather plaintive sounding Number 10 stuck up its hand to tell on Ed. Altering procurement in this way is all well and good, it claimed, but to do so would be in breach of EU red tape. Miliband has dismissed this as “ridiculous...

  • What if Anonymous hackers had taken down Facebook?
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The group was right about everything, we’re enveloped in the colour. Twitter dictates conversation; Facebook controls our lives. As much as we moan about Facebook being a medium for stalkers to satisfy their desires, not to mention a day-consuming ti...

  • Reckless driver forced to wear ‘idiot' sign for overtaking school bus
    Cleveland Leader Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The Cleveland Leader reports that a bus driver had noticed Hardin scoot past his vehicle several times, and eventually decided to film the culprit.On September 11 police set up a sting and caught her in action.After a brief court case, Hardin was fou...

  • Nadine Dorries is right to go on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. I'd do it again in a shot if they asked
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Just think about it – no emails, no phone calls, very few interviews, a great diet and detox. Rich people pay for that kind of thing, but you’re paid to do it.I am sure that Nadine Dorries believes that this is a way of getting her political message ...

  • What we mean when we say Scientology
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Charting the path of a lowly drifter who falls for the charms of dramatist-turned-demagogue-turned-demigod Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), The Master mirrors, opaquely, the story of L. Ron Hubbard and the blistering ascent of his Scientology...

  • Four more years for Obama as Romney loses the election: American Presidents - The Quiz
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The current President Obama looks narrowly ahead in state polls - but with the popular vote basically tied, independents keen on Romney, and concerns over turnout, the Republican challenger could win.It's not only the reputations of Romney and Obama ...

  • The best, and most delicious, election infographic
    binders full of burgers Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    There's polling charts on historical presidential battles outlined in ketchup and mustard, foreign policy summed up by french fries, and corporate sponsorship depicted via hot dogs.If you're planning to watch events unfold tonight beneath piles of Am...

  • Judge Iran by its people, not its politics
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The turbulence of Middle Eastern countries may seem detached from our daily lives, but with sizeable foreign groups in our midst, there are issues arising abroad that have increasing resonance in our own country too. I believe that a devastating cult...

  • There's no need for more texts to prove just how close David Cameron was to Rebekah Brooks
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Note that this was a survey of adults. There would have been a different result if young people had been surveyed: most of them might not have even realised it was an invention, more of a birth right. But for those of us of a certain age, the mobile ...

  • Does Barack Obama deserve to be re-elected for a second term as President of the United States?
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    What's going on?In case you hadn't noticed, there's an election tonight. The President looks narrowly ahead in state polls - but with the popular vote basically tied, independents keen on Romney, and concerns over turnout, the Republican challenger c...

  • The pundits' final predictions: will it be Obama or Romney?
    The Washington Post Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Eleven of the 19 pundits highlighted believe tonight's vote will see Obama return to office.Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight: Obama 303, Romney 235. "The model estimates that Mr. Romney would need to win the national popular vote by about one percentage ...

  • Gillette, not the best marketing can get
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Gillette have been rolling out a nicely gendered line in product marketing for years now: the different names for what is essentially just a device for removing hair are absolutely hilarious, if by “hilarious” you mean “make you want to plunge a razo...

  • The last English-American election: why Obama's victory over Romney increases Hispanic influence
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Implicitly recognising the scale of his achievement as the first African-American president, Obama spoke to those who would “put their hands to the arc of history and bend it once more”.Tonight's election is an altogether more prosaic affair. The aud...

  • Three Republican excuses for an Obama victory exposed
    The Atlantic Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Popkin pre-empts three myths.1) Sandy defeated Mitt RomneyIf Republicans head for this explanation, it's likely got more to do with their trying to explain away "the fact that all that paid media brought by the Republican Super-PACs was of limited va...

  • VIDEO: Idris Elba in Mumford and Sons video
    The Independent Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Elba was convinced to take on the part, as well as co-direct the video, after an "ale infused" conversation with the band in a London pub."We are, quite obviously, huge fans of Idris Elba's acting work, as pretty much anyone can agree he's the most b...

  • Vigilantes fight harassment on the streets of Cairo
    New York Times Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The New York Times reports that citizens groups have started to patrol Cairo. With the police and interior ministry largely uninterested in offering protection, these groups confront wayward men, either hauling them to a police station or taking just...

  • Why I didn't kill myself today
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    When I speak, my crippling speech impediment irritates everyone and makes me nigh-impossible to understand. On the rare occasions I overcome it, I still sound weak, effete and embarrassingly upper-middle-class. I don't so much lead my life as cling t...

  • The internet is not free in Azerbaijan: A letter to president Ilham Aliyev
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    As a citizen and former prisoner of conscience, I am glad that Azerbaijan is hosting the Internet Governance Forum. Since freedom of speech is a central issue at such a forum, I'd like to take this opportunity to address you. You once suggested in a ...

  • Editorial: 4Growth sets out a spending plan worthy of this windfall
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Leading scientists, including Professor Brian Cox and the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, have launched the 4Growth campaign. They want the money to fund scientific research into new technologies, with a portion of the estimated £4bn proceeds spent on ...

  • Rhodri Marsden: 'I'm obviously joking. You shouldn't take me so seriously'
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The subsequent reassurance that he was "only joking" felt inadequate. It hovered somewhere between a half-hearted apology and slight contempt for my failure to get the joke – but I didn't come out for a laugh, I came out for some AAA batteries. Call ...

  • Letters: Students turn into consumers
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Three moments during my last bout of marking university exams before I retired a decade ago still remain with me. The first was the comment by a colleague that he could not afford to mark to the standard I felt was appropriate because poor student f...

  • Never trust a Tory: Liberal Democrats make their feelings clear as by-election approaches in Corby
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    One day, she informed him that she was going to have a 4ft-high fence put up to separate their properties, but when built, it turned out to be more like a 7ft one. For more than a year now, there has been a notice on display, put up by her furious ne...

  • Sketch: Getting to the bottom of Starbucks' tax arrangements is a study in exasperation
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    The first problem was that HMRC does not discuss individual taxpayers, if a global giant with 600 outlets in Britain alone, can  be so described, meaning that Committee chairman Labour’s Margaret Hodge took to referring it  as “the company we are not...

  • We need nothing less than a revolution to make the EU serve democracy and working people again
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Labour is rightly championing a living wage, even though it is being too timid about it: for example, it suggests that the Government should only take on contractors paying a decent wage. But No 10 had a surprising objection: “it’s not clear that wou...

  • Where materialism now rules, ‘Marxist morality’ might not find a place
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    The contrast between the United States and China could hardly be starker and tells us something about the much-heralded contest between the two countries for the leading global role.Whatever one thinks of the electoral process across the Atlantic, Ba...

  • The slow work of grieving in a headlong world
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    It tends to be sunny and colourful, full of tender smiles, with a catchy soundtrack and perhaps a few heart-tugging one-liners. We are so used to it that the real thing, when it appears in public, can be something of a shock. It is too uncompromising...

  • A heckled comedian can answer back. But for actors the show must go on - as Sir Peter Hall knows
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    For comedians, it’s just par for the course. People feel like they’re helping out by joining in, and the look of glee on the face of someone demolished by a heckler-squashing maestro (stand-up comedian Daniel Kitson is the king of this) makes everyon...

  • If you ask new book contains everything you'll ever need to know about Downton Abbey
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    What The Characters Are Least Likely To Say, More’s The Pity:Bates: It’s a fair cop. I did it!Anna: I saw him!’O’Brien: Whoever it was, it wasn’t Thomas! Lord Grantham: To hell with the status quo.Anna: Iron your own shoelaces, Lady Mary, you lazy bi...

  • Reflections on not running the New York Marathon
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Six months of marathon training prepares for you most eventualities. But there was nothing I could say to console Kulib Abbas as he stared at his daughter's room that had been ripped from its house and dumped on the beach nearly a mile away. Sifting ...

  • Why do Bond villains need facial scars?
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    I’m referring to the scene where Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem, suddenly removes his dental face implant to reveal a disfigured mouth and missing teeth. It’s implied that although Silva was always a bit dodgy, it took a facial disfigurement to...

  • Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: To divorce or not to divorce?
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Virginia says...You’re not frightened of the first move. It’s the last move that scares you. You're frightened of saying: “It’s over!” You’re frightened of, suddenly, finding yourself alone and in a flat with two small children. And you’re right to b...

  • What Movember says about the British national character and our craving for authority
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    The charity was founded in 2003 and has come a long way from its birthplace, a pub on the outskirts of Melbourne. Last year, 254 000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised over £22 million in the UK, while a total of 660 208 registrants from over 20 different ...

  • Are you man enough to go vegan?
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Admittedly, veganism has been given a bad name over the years, it’s very mention conjuring up images of pale hirsute hippies who zip about on their bikes to spread the love. I remember the only vegan on my course (and quite probably in the whole univ...

  • How can it be that a disabled man needs to go on hunger strike just to get heard by Atos?
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    When I hear the words 'hunger strike' I certainly don't think of first-world, Western countries like Wales, towards the end of 2012.Yet today, as I type this article while sipping a hot cup of tea, there is a man in his thirties on hunger strike in W...

  • Third party candidates mean there's more to this election than Romney or Obama
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    The Commission on Presidential Debates stipulates that candidates must consistently be polling at least 15 per cent to take part, meaning that no other candidates were allowed to challenge Romney and Obama. This, despite a clear majority of Americans...

  • Should Prime Minister David Cameron be forced to reveal all his text correspondence with Rebekah Brooks?
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    What's going on?As our reporter Martin Hickman - author of Dial M for Murdoch - writes this morning: "David Cameron will come under fresh pressure this week to reveal the content of "salacious" messages between him and Rebekah Brooks. The Prime Minis...

  • Dragons make for an uncomfortable drive
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    There are also Sat-navs, although I haven't quite got to grips with those yet. At present, my husband stands in for a Tomtom and I only have to ask him which lane I should be in every five minutes. I have also changed – I used to be perfectly confide...

  • The lost art of making plans - and sticking to them
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    This is going to show my age, but I remember the days when you’d organise a time to meet up with someone, agree on a time and place, and then – you won’t believe this bit – actually have to turn up as planned. Old school, I know. There were no last m...

  • Why are they trending? #toryname, Obama and Romney, #election2012, America, Ohio, Nadine Dorries
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    @Caitlinmoran tweets: "Today, @heawood is live-Tweeting the Fox News coverage of the US election, so you don't have to watch it."@IndyWorld tweets:"An unshaven, down-on-his-luck voter from Canton is the one Obama and Romney have been fighting over." ...

  • Bloomberg was right, Sandy focuses the mind on climate change
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    This is New York, remember, where they really thought they were masters of the universe. Extreme weather can make believers of us all and at the very least it can make us believe in climate change. I dare say there are many thousands of New Yorkers w...

  • Pervy Verizon employee shares customer's nude pics
    Gawker Monday, 5 November 2012

    Josh Stuart made illegal copies of the steamy pictures he found, then gloated over them with at least one other employee.He was caught out when a male customer entered the store and overheard Stuart perving.Shop-worker Stuart then shared his haul wit...

  • Toddler mauled to death by dogs after mother dangled him over the zoo railings
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    It has been reported that the boy fell 3-4 metres into the dog enclosure, and was attacked by the pack.When the boy fell, zookeepers called off some of the dogs, and seven of them immediately went to a back building. Officials say three more eventual...

  • All white on the night for Romney
    Slate Monday, 5 November 2012

    According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll, Romney claims 60 per cent of white votes to Obama's 37 per cent - an advantage of 23 points."What is it with these white men?", asks Scocca. "What are they seeing that ordinary ...

  • Apple hides latest apology to Samsung
    Gizmodo Monday, 5 November 2012

    TheNextWeb reports that Apple has infused its page with Javascript that ensures users have to scroll through a barrage of Apple product ads to reach the apology.Gizmodo points out if "you were forced to run a public apology you didn’t agree with to o...

  • VIDEO: Gwen Stefani goes Native (American) in controversial video
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    In the video the No Doubt lead vocalist, born in California, wears Native American garb and sings while bound to a wall at gunpoint."Looking Hot" was pulled after just one day live on No Doubt's video feeds after the Native American community and oth...

  • Man mauled to death cleaning grizzly bear enclosure
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle Monday, 5 November 2012

    The bears were kept by Animals of Montana, a casting service that provides exotic animals for photo-shoots and films.Authorities were called to the centre on Sunday morning at 10:24 a.m. and the sheriff's office reported shortly after that a man, ori...

  • National School Meals Week: My daughter Martha Payne showed that if you feed children well at school, they perform better in class
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Writing a note to inform Martha’s class teacher that her blog had gone viral overnight, was the unexpected consequence of supporting her desire to write every day about her school dinner. It seems she couldn’t have picked a more emotive topic. Everyo...

  • Editorial: A pro-Europe voice that will be missed
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    While all this is as it should be, too little attention has been paid to the collateral damage. Not only is Rotherham losing an effective MP, and a doughty campaigner against racism, but Westminster is losing one of its most impassioned and articul...

  • It was the Governor wot lost it for Mitt, moans Murdoch
    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Some lay down markers for rigged voting machines in Ohio and other electoral fraud, and some pre-emptively moan that it was Superstorm Sandy wot won it for the Marxist Manchurian from Mombassa, but no one was quicker out of the traps than Rupert Murd...

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