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Saturday, 1 December 2012

  • Editorial: Mexico must renew its resolve
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Left-wingers and liberals may be appalled by the return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, the monolithic party that ruled Mexico autocratically for most of the 20th century, but they are likely to be the least of the new leader's pr...

  • Editorial: Only a free press is democratic
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Instead, we find that the lines have been drawn up on either side of the Rubicon, a nondescript stream that has assumed huge symbolic significance. The whole of the Leveson inquiry, its months of hearings, hundreds of witnesses and revelatory emails...

  • Cameron discovers a principle as he fights for a free press
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    That was why I mocked Ed Miliband when he called for a "full, independent public inquiry" into the whole business. I said that calling for a "Fipi" was the factory setting of the opposition politician. It was over the top, pointless and an attempt to...

  • There is room on a bike for a code of conduct
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    The New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has made a big show of making the city more like London by creating wide lanes for cycles only, and adopting a "Boris bikes" scheme. But there are some things that can't be exported. Britain is a cycling nation....

  • Help us save families from domestic violence
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    A century has passed since she, and many others, fought so valiantly for women's rights. In this time we have put men on the Moon, invented wonder drugs to cure disease, and probed the depths of the ocean. Yet we still cannot guarantee the safety of ...

  • Letters: Don’t make child poverty worse
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    With basic living costs increasing, we know many families are having to make difficult choices; a freeze on benefits and tax credits will make these choices even harder. Far too many families on low incomes live well below the poverty line. We know t...

  • Editorial: An imperial past that the French can't quite escape
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    It all suggests that we in Britain are not quite as unusual as we tend to think in our obsession with a glorious and heavily mythologised past. In France the cult of Napoleon endures, an eternal paradox for a nation that takes pride in its revoluti...

  • What happened to that nice David Cameron?
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Another David Cameron argues against one of the report’s fundamental recommendations – statutory safeguards underpinning a new independent regulatory body – certainly controversial, but manifestly not “bonkers”. The third David Cameron still maintain...

  • Tragic deaths that demand a better response than I witnessed
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    I’ll never forget the moment of collision: although, of course, it was not obvious what had happened until a shaken train guard informed us all over the loudspeaker. Neither will I forget the largely respectful silence that followed, or the woman who...

  • Obama marks Rosa Parks anniversary with picture of himself on the bus where she refused to give up her seat
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    At the time the photo was taken, ABC News reported:"I just sat in there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history but is also part of that long line of folks who sometimes are nameless, oftentimes didn...

  • Diary: Ironically, Archbishop forgives The Sun its trespasses
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Prodigal Sun on Sunday cleric John Sentamu came home yesterday, and was swift to solve the mystery of his prolonged absence from the Sunday Service column. The Archbishop of York originally meant to return after a Lindisfarne retreat in July, he told...

  • Yes, I plugged my friend’s novel. So what?
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    After all, most of us are skint, and many of us are drinking to forget our sales figures. Add the sheer exhaustion of having to pretend that you’re still doing as well as ever, and it’s a miracle that any books are written at all. But we still have C...

  • Both Arab and Jew lived in the original Palestine. Why, Ruth Dayan asks, can't they do so again?
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    On the wall of the flat is a photograph of a beautiful young woman with long, dark hair. She is sitting on a lawn with a handsome young man in British uniform. I am sitting opposite a lady aged 95, the sea glittering behind her Tel Aviv balcony, her ...

  • Crocodile attacks 12 year-old boy in Australia
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    The boy was attacked as he as he swam with a group of people in a quiet lagoon in Port Bradshaw in East Arnhem Land.Other members of the group tried to spear the animal but the crocodile swam away with the boy.Police Superintendent Michael White said...

  • How can the Atos boss get a bonus of £1million while disabled people suffer?
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Thierry Breton’s bumper payout means he pocketed more than £1.9million last year.Details of the obscene sum paid to the head of French firm Atos come as David Cameron draws up draconian new welfare cuts.Atos was brought in to reassess 2.5 million peo...

  • Can The Wanted and One Direction finally bury the hatchet?
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    The British boy bands have both found success in America, but fail to play nice with each other.Max George-Wanted and Zayn Malik-Direction have had public Twitter spats in the past:A source has apparently revealed that “Both of the bands management t...

  • Janine is forgiven for pushing Barry off a cliff as Charlie Brooks is crowned Queen of the Jungle in I'm A Celebrity
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    The Eastenders actress commented how she was used to taunts about playing the murderous Janine Butcher as she'd grown up in the role since she was 17.The final last night featured its two remaining contestants former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, and...

  • Must watch: Chicago TV reports breaking news of plane crash, only to discover it was TV show set
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Chicago TV News Anchors were left red-faced when they reported on a plane crash that was "supposedly right in the middle of the road".The news helicopter showed the devastating footage to viewers, only to be revealed moments later that it was all par...

  • David Beckham plays his final match with LA Galaxy, would you want to see the footballer return to the Premier League?
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Rumours are circulating that he plans to buy a 25 per cent stake in the Los Angeles Galaxy and then play for AS Monaco, that he might open a restaurant with Gordon Ramsey and that Victoria's been on the look out for new homes in London.He and Victori...

  • Coffee shop laptop snobbery
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    In my left hand, the debit card, poised and waiting so as to not disrupt the hushed speed and order of it all. In my right, a battered, stained laptop case.Flat white upon me, it’s out the door, fast. It’s nearly always to go. I can’t possibly sit do...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (2 December 2012)
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    The Queen would no longer be the head of the Church but a member of the congregation as she is in Scotland. Future coronations would be secular with participation from all religious groups, as would events such as Remembrance Day. Breaking the tie wo...

  • Movember is over. You may kiss me now
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    1. Some people won't like it …"What I look for mostly in a man," the Oscar-winning actress Sally Field once said, "is humour, honesty, and a moustache." It's a sentiment with which, I now realise, many of those closest to me would violently disagree....

  • Everyone's a winner on the level playing fields of sport
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    That was back in 2002, when George W Bush was preparing to invade Iraq, to the horror of most of the Old Continent. But it encapsulated broader assumptions about fundamental trans-Atlantic differences, between a US that practised a pure and virile ca...

  • Rwanda's dark past is no reason to withhold aid
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Our policy is to give aid to countries making efforts to improve democracy, root out corruption, promote peace and respect human rights. Aid works better in those conditions. Rwanda is – like Uganda and Ethiopia before – a "donor darling". It has lif...

  • Our right to die young is under attack
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    It was all too much for the Daily Mail, which not only ran an inflammatory headline about "nanny watchdogs" interfering in our lives, but produced a character named Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of something called the TaxPayers' Alliance, to fu...

  • Shame on the UN for creating the deadly cholera epidemic that's killed 7,500 in Haiti
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Not any more, thanks to the UN. The disease was carried to the island in 2010 by UN troops from Nepal, where cholera is endemic; and it first appeared near their camps. In the past two years, it has ravaged Haiti, killing 7,500 people and making 600,...

  • Raise booze prices to save lives
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies reckons a minimum pricing of 45p a unit will cost an average couple up to £100 a year. On the other side of the fence, the medical profession is campaigning for the change, claiming it will cut hospital admissions by ...

  • Churchill had the right idea, sartorially
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Yes, the "onesie" is now fashionable. It has been decided by whoever decides these things that it is now acceptable to wear these all-in-one zip-up outfits and not be immediately thrown into the Jimmy Savile camp by anybody spotting you in one. Man...

  • How to do your Christmas shop: go out, buy stuff, go home. Easy
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Some of you might think that internet shopping was invented to save time, stress and energy. That means either that you haven't done it very much, or that you work at home. Because it's not the shopping itself that causes all the trauma – the interne...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: Shopkeeper are the real revolutionaries!
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    Prof Scott points out that when American wage slaves, tied down to factory jobs, are asked by opinion polls what sort of work they would prefer, most say they yearn to run their own shop, restaurant or farm. Prof Scott goes on to say that, "the desir...

  • Nick Boles wants to build on the greenbelt, but it's too soon for us to admire man-made landscapes
    Saturday, 1 December 2012

    Which for an enormous number of people these days is fighting talk. Boles knows it, because his interest in aesthetic theory isn't entirely disinterested. He's trying to relax planning regulations so that more homes can be built and he knows he will ...

  • Mick and Sonny are still rockin' on, but will Madonna and Robbie last as long?
    Saturday, 1 December 2012

    That's the thing with jazz musicians. We expect them to be old and carry on performing until they drop. Likewise blues singers and guitarists. No one would dream of saying that it's time that 87-year-old BB King made a dignified exit from the stage. ...

  • World AIDS Day: Health problems do not discriminate based on where people live
    Saturday, 1 December 2012

    But when it comes to health, favouring development assistance for countries based on income will be disastrous for the HIV epidemic as our new report published this week ahead of World AIDS Day demonstrates.HIV rates of infection are increasing in vu...

  • Letters: Leveson squares up to the press and the Tories
    Saturday, 1 December 2012

    At present only the wealthy have access to the English legal system, and newspapers have acted with total lack of concern for those they know cannot afford to take them on. The statutory body is intended as an insurance policy for those that are wron...

  • It's unfair on the ordinary taxpayer
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    It calls into question the amount of debt that football clubs carry and whether it is sustainable. I would like to know how much deferred tax is collected by HMRC and what happens when clubs get into difficult times. What safety mechanisms are in pl...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes (02/12/12)
    Sunday, 2 December 2012

    The letters have gained this terrible reputation because alarming numbers of folk have used them as a form of social point-scoring – school playground boasting, only with better grammar. You know the kind of thing: "Lavinia got straight A-stars and ...

  • Editorial: Aids treatment is a success story, but more must be done
    Saturday, 1 December 2012

    Today, that same course of drugs can be had for $100 a year. Thanks to one of the most effective lobbying efforts to fight any disease ever, eight million people throughout the world are now receiving treatment. Deaths and new infections are down. M...

  • What's a Beckham to do after football
    Saturday, 1 December 2012

    But rather than quit the game altogether, the Leystonstone hottie says he wants one last challenge before he gets someone to lace up his boots for him for the last time. As TFTWC went to press, favourites to acquire the services of the grandiosely-in...

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