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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

  • Editorial: Retail habits change, but shopping goes on
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    There are reasons to be wary. High street sales before Christmas were said, in the guarded language of the British Retail Consortium, to have been "acceptable, not exceptional". But it is not clear how far even those sales were achieved by dint of a...

  • Editorial: Better flood protection is not the only answer
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    One immediate, and regrettable, result will be that repairs and maintenance to many railways, scheduled – so it seemed – with unusual efficiency this year, will be postponed, as emergency work takes precedence. But the news is not all bad. It is hea...

  • Come on BBC, open up those cupboards
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    The BBC exists in a dimension beyond normal brand loyalty. Many people regard it as an extension of the public utilities, magically providing services that they simply wouldn't know how to get otherwise. That's why it's not really surprising to see t...

  • With all the fuss over Kate Middleton's baby, have we learned nothing since Princess Diana?
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    But at least in HRH's Christmas speech, One did do something every republican – and sensible monarchist – should applaud. One did not mention Kate Middleton's pregnancy. And quite right too. Because this should be our new year's wish for 2013. That t...

  • So you think the wealth gap is growing? Wrong
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    It is part of a bigger political puzzle, which is why the Coalition seems to want people to think that we are not all in it together when they have every right to claim that this is precisely where we all are. What were David Cameron, George Osborne ...

  • Letters: EBacc plans are unfair on the arts
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    The EBacc proposals discriminate unfairly against students with ability in the visual and creative arts. Why should the thousands of students with talent in these areas be denied the opportunity to develop and gain confidence in their abilities at sc...

  • Editorial: Egypt's revolution is not yet lost
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    The low turnout in the referendum may reflect growing weariness and cynicism among voters for whom casting a ballot was once a novelty. And the fact that the referendum had to be held over two weekends was a direct result of the Brotherhood's inept ...

  • Manchester United’s plea to free the children of war
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.Manchester United, arguably the biggest football club in the world, have thrown their weight behind The Independent’s Christmas Appeal to raise money for the rescue of child soldiers by Unicef in on...

  • Why commute when you can beam to work?
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    But this week, I read that telepresence robots are now for sale (albeit at $16,000 each): they beam you into your office to hang out with your colleagues. I hesitate to point out that for that kind of money, you could probably pay a student to go in ...

  • Letters: The right to bear a flintlock musket
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    When this amendment was introduced, the only firearms available were single-shot, muzzle-loading muskets and pistols. Rifling such weapons was only beginning to be developed and breech-loading, multi-shot weapons were more than a century away. In t...

  • Editorial: The Archbishop's unseasonal note
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    Instead, Archbishop Nichols turned his attention to the politicians, decrying the fact that "there was no announcement in any party manifesto, no Green Paper, no statement in the Queen's Speech". "From a democratic point of view," he told his flock,...

  • Even non-believers can find the wisdom in silence
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    She might have thought she was, but she wasn’t. She might have thought that she only knew how to talk about God and art. But when this woman, who has been a nun for 67 years, started talking to the director, Randall Wright, about God and art, and the...

  • A decade on from the failure of the Iraq War, are we any wiser about when, and when not, to intervene?
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    So did George W Bush and Tony Blair get it so badly wrong in the principle or execution? It is important to revisit this question, not for a historical reckoning (the much delayed Chilcot report is supposed to do that), but as a reference point for f...

  • The best magazine essays of 2012
    New York Times Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    You'll have noticed over the past few months that we are major fans of New York Times columnist David Brooks.Well, every Christmas, he collates a selection of his favourite magazine essays from the year just gone. And this year, in a ceremony called ...

  • Editorial: How the uneatable became unbeatable
    Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Now, with the Environment Secretary's admission that there is unlikely to be a repeal debate in the coming year, because a free vote cannot apparently be won, the increasing likelihood must be that the ban is here to stay. So much for David Cameron'...

  • Editorial: The Prince and the commoner's Christmas
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    They must have worn silly hats, and followed up with games taken from Pippa's party playbook – after all, William was with the experts here. If the Middletons can't indulge in carpet bowls and Consequences after Christmas dinner, who can? And even i...

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