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Friday, 9 November 2012

  • Editorial: Internet witch-hunts must simply be ignored
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    There are two issues here. One is the increasingly hysterical preoccupation with paedophilia, particularly the notion of large-scale networks of high-profile public figures abusing children and pulling strings to keep their activities secret. There i...

  • Editorial: China's new leader must move with the times
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    It is as well not to get carried away. China remains opaque, secretive and deeply authoritarian. This week's Congress is a case in point: not only will every meeting that precedes the "election" of the all-important Standing Committee take place behi...

  • Think Nadine's bad? Look at Naza
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    No, no. After all, Conservatives are all about free market economics and 40 grand is 40 grand. Other serving politicians have done far worse. Take Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev. Two years ago, after occupying the country's highest offic...

  • It's no different to being a minister, says Dorries
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    Alistair Burt is MP for the Bedfordshire constituency that adjoins that of Dorries. It can't be denied that he spends a lot of time abroad. That is because he is a minister in the Foreign Office.Yesterday, Mr Burt seemed a bit put out that she should...

  • Philip Roth is a true great with range and chutzpah
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    The arc of his creative life, from the assured debut of Goodbye Columbus (1959) to the tragic power of Nemesis (2010), is one of extraordinary range and imaginative chutzpah. He has chronicled American life over six decades, and written with assuranc...

  • Why ‘Dad’s Army’ still makes us laugh
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    The storm came and went, and much the same thing happened with the American election, which failed to live up to its billing as a cliffhanger, and about which I read a hundredth of what my newspaper offered me. Yes, yes, the fate of civilisation was ...

  • You don't have to be able to see the future to get the benefit of good timing
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    Lucy Kirkwood's new play NSFW (above) provoked the word in me – largely because of its opening conceit, which has the staff of a down-market lads' mag discovering that the winner of their readers' girlfriends beauty contest – appearing in the current...

  • Let councils sell our great works of art – just don't let them vanish
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    What has happened is that Moore gave his notable work Draped Seated Woman to Tower Hamlets council in London's East End in the early Sixties for a knock-down price of £6,000. He wanted it displayed for the public in East London and wasn't too concern...

  • Letters: The EU is friend of British workers
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    The EU is a system of checks and balances: the counterpoint to its free-market policies are those promoting workers' rights. And which country has steadfastly rejected this objective? Britain, a notable "fight them on the beaches" standoff being the ...

  • Don’t bash the BBC too much. You know you’ll miss it when it’s gone
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Sure, the BBC has a lot to answer for over what seems to have been a systemic failure to tackle Jimmy Savile and others. But for God’s sake don’t give up on the BBC. Bear in mind that, day by day, the extremely dedicated people who have always hated ...

  • This week's big questions: Republicanism, Obama's future and are EU bailouts worth the bother?
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    It depends what you think he was trying to achieve. If you think his aim, for good or ill, was to somehow introduce a full social democratic regime, à la Labour 1945, to America, then, no, he won’t. But his key social achievement, the Affordable Care...

  • Errors and Omissions: Try as you might, there's no way to decapitate a human head
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    I think that should be “wetted” and “wet”. I’m not sure what the whistle in this expression is, but taking a drink must be wetting it. On the other hand, a drink and a nibble before dinner may whet, that is sharpen, your appetite.That all seemed clea...

  • The avant-garde lives on. Just listen to Dizzee Rascal
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Now? The phenomenon known as the Long Tail has meant that even the most recherché musical invention can find its audience. If there are 1,000 people in the whole of the world who want to listen to the most hardcore contemporary practitioner, then the...

  • Wordsworth knew it. Saatchi knows it. There is no getting over death, no moving on
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Obama v Romney – did that matter? For some of us the politics of the heart will always trump politics of any other sort. A three-stanza Thomas Hardy poem entitled “In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’” quietly lays out the priorities. “Yonder a maid ...

  • The delicious irony of chefs who can’t stand the heat of kitchen criticism
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    With that, four-letter war broke out. “Please buy yourself a pair of balls and play with them,” rejoined Bosi in one of his more printable insults. Before long, his Michelin-starred pals joined in, like playground heavies with Tojiro knives in their ...

  • It doesn’t make you normal, Nadine, just silly
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    There is nothing new about minor public figures making fools of themselves. In the 1930s, the Rev Harold Davidson, the Rector of Stiffkey, attracted a great deal of attention for sharing a cage with a circus lion which ultimately resulted in his trag...

  • I can live with jibes about my Big Brother antics, but not this misrepresentation of Respect
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Hardly surprising, given those he chooses to consort with. He's a regular contributor to Harry's Place, whose contributors can be foully Zionist and borderline racist and whose targets have included John Pilger, the two Kens, Livingstone and Loach, A...

  • ‘We are the yid army’ and we don’t need sanctimonious moral crusaders in football
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Its latest project is to re-educate Tottenham Spurs Football supporters and ban chants like ‘we are the yid army’ from the terraces. Last night Spurs fans sang ‘we’ll sing what we want’ in  defiance of the  imperious command to censor their voice. Th...

  • Perfect casting? Photos of Lincoln actors and their real-life counterparts
    Slate Friday, 9 November 2012

    Slate have helpfully dipped into the Library of Congress's photo archive to compare Spielberg's casting choices with their real historical counterparts and the results are uncanny. No doubt prosthetics played the part, but still, if actor Jared Harri...

  • Sketch: We were all rooting for him: go on, Andrew, blow your top
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Well not exactly. He had been invited by the International Development committee to talk about the decision, on his last day as Secretary of State, to grant Rwanda's government £16m in budget support despite complaints that it was backing a murderous...

  • Star Wars meets Angry Birds
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Angry Birds has seen its fair share of spin offs and tie-ins in the past, but the force is strong with its most recent game, as it's received five star ratings from several publications.Many were a tad annoyed about the recent news that Disney will o...

  • John Lewis's heart-melting Christmas advert launches
    Youtube Friday, 9 November 2012

    In the first scene of the advert - called The Journey - two children make a snowman and snow-woman, but forget one crucial item.When night falls, hubby snowman departs on a risky expedition to set things right.#FailedJohnLewisads was trending on Twit...

  • India’s wealthy elite and its government need to take responsibility for tackling poverty, but it doesn't mean the UK should cut aid
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    During a recent visit to the UK I was taken-aback by the intense criticism being aimed at the International Development Secretary and her Cabinet colleagues for sticking to Britain’s promises to increase life-saving aid to the world’s poorest people....

  • ‘You didn't see them taping you’ Twitter warns of hacking as passwords are changed
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    It's reportedly a security breach on Twitter, and to counteract the breach thousands of people and organisations received emails from Twitter warning them that their account may have been hacked.After the huge phishing attack on its users on Wednesda...

  • This week's wackiest web stories: The Jackson One, 50 shades of brown and the $60 hug
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Ashes to ashes, bust to bustWe know sex sells, but surely there are limits? If so, a Polish casket maker is fearlessly testing those limits. He's currently under fire for using sexy lingerie models to sell his product. nydailynews.comBut Halloween wa...

  • Thank Kevin for an advert that really connects
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    A commercial break used to be the time when the nation went to make a cup of tea, or visited the loo, but the live pause button now means that viewers can watch the programme on a time-lapse and whizz past the ads when they come. So, you could have a...

  • Republicans: Don’t Trust Fox News!
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    As it became clear early on that Obama was going to take this thing, my household quickly switched the channel from CNN to Fox, eager to see  the network’s massive breakdown play out in real time. After all, if the job of Fox News these past four yea...

  • Split result: As Schofield apologises, nearly half of readers agreed with him handing Cameron the list of alleged Tory paedophile names
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Schofield was forced to apologise as he had “misjudged the camera angle” and the names of several former senior Conservative politicians were visible on the card.Downing Street has denounced “trial by Twitter” and a “silly stunt” by the ITV presenter...

  • A ban on Chanel No 5? This absurd EU intervention gets up my nose
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    “For the first time in its 91-year history, Chanel No 5 perfume is under threat”, read a news report earlier this week. “The reason? One of its key ingredients – a naturally occurring type of tree moss – has come under the microscope of a team of EU ...

  • Questionable Time-on-Sea: Damian Green's confused face vs Chuka Umunna's good-looking face
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Damian Green has the best 'I'm Somewhat Confused' face ever...We first got to witness this thing of beauty when David Blanchflower was laying his economic charge sheet at the feet of the Government early on in the show. Now usually, politicians do th...

  • NASA astronaut's amazing snaps from Space Friday, 9 November 2012

    Satellite photos of taken in space might be relatively plentiful these days, but Petit's images demonstrate the difference between any old photo of something amazing and a really great photo of something have footage of his r...

  • Anorexia is not "a statement"
    New Statesman Friday, 9 November 2012

    In Britton's response, she talks about her own experience of the eating disorder, for which she was hospitalised. "The last time I was ill tow years ago followed a rape and subsequent period of severe ill-health...I felt out of control and vulnerable...

  • How the Department for Climate Change spent millions on flights that cause... climate change
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    The single most expensive was a business class booking to London from Cancun, in Mexico – where the climate change summit was held in December 2010 – costing £5,792. And the high ups at Decc do not just fly to foreign parts. When they need to travel ...

  • Ofcom was right to force ITV to stop showing The Only Way is Essex before watershed, but not because of the swearing
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    The offending episode was broadcast on ITV 2 at 1pm on 12 August. The half-hour show contained no fewer than 20 examples of bleeped out language as well as sexual hand gestures and conversations about sexual experiences, binge drinking and sexually t...

  • Men and women CAN be friends - men are just more likely to want more
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    “Men and women can’t be just friends.”The research in question was conducted by April Bleske-Rechek and her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and looked at cross-sex friendships through the lens of evolutionary psychology. They po...

  • Letters: Exams system fails the test
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Too many chief examiners have put their names to texts that, in the rush to publish before a new syllabus is introduced, are inferior to others available. Some even contain factual errors and examination boards have had to accept those errors in pupi...

  • Editorial: An Archbishop and a curate's egg
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    Bishop Welby comes with some apt qualifications for the archbishopric. Eleven years as an oil executive have given him not only an understanding of sophisticated financial products but also experience of managing complex processes and organisations. ...

  • Editorial: Exaggerated reports on the GOP
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    It is true that the American electorate is becoming less white, and that President Obama did well among black and Hispanic voters. Although he also did well among women, and the American electorate is not becoming more female, as far as we know. It ...

  • Editorial: Less aid to India must mean more sent elsewhere
    Saturday, 10 November 2012

    In a way, that was just what this newspaper wanted. We support the ambition of successive British governments to devote 0.7 per cent of national income to the sustainable alleviation of poverty around the world. However, there is no hope of achievin...

  • Editorial: iPrime Minister - there is so much an app could do
    Friday, 9 November 2012

    There is more to the job than headlines and numbers, though. With a little imagination, Mr Cameron's app could be really useful. How about a Political Spellcheck function, to highlight potentially embarrassing phrases in texts to newspaper executives...

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