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  • Editorial: 2013 is the year to rebuild trust in our institutions
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Change is, of course, inevitable. This will be the year, for example, when the number of internet-connected mobile devices will overtake the number of desktop and laptop computers. But on both the economic and the political fronts, the outlook seems...

  • Editorial: The danger if Italy slips back into its old ways
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    His problem is that Mr Berlusconi, whose scandalous private life tends to obscure the fact that he is a political tactician of genius, has already put him in check. Only days after pulling the rug from under him, Mr Berlusconi offered to let Mr Mont...

  • Every woman in India is likely to have experienced some sexual harassment
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    But every Indian woman has one thing in common: they have almost certainly experienced some kind of sexual harassment. If you are an Indian woman in a public space, you are forever on edge, looking out for men standing too close, wondering if that gr...

  • Editorial: No votes are to be had in Syria
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    However, a poll conducted for this newspaper, which we publish today, shows that the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, face an uphill struggle in trying to persuade the public of the merits of siding with the rebels, even to t...

  • Can these men restore trust in our public institutions?
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Tomorrow is the day for them and, let's face it, there's a lot around that is in serious need of resolving. The Olympics and the Jubilee gave a glowing veneer to what would otherwise have been a rather grim 12-month omnishambles with a double-dip rec...

  • The 13 MPs to watch, according to science and TV
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    I was reminded of this in my end-of-year clear-out, when I found a glossy brochure from a public affairs company (euphemism for lobbyist) soon after the 2010 election. It tried to identify future prime ministers among the new intake of MPs, but it di...

  • Out with the old and in with the new, hopefully
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    That's not to say there have been no highs, but they have been maniacal, and the lows have been long and deep. I've bored everyone senseless: one poor man I cornered in a coffee shop, telling him in minute detail about everything, and I mean everythi...

  • Editorial: Britain needs its immigrants
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    All nations consist of peoples who once moved from somewhere else, but we citizens of the United Kingdom are particularly aware of this, not having a simple national name for ourselves. "British" is a fairly recent invention, and even "English" remi...

  • The 20mph limit makes streets safer, so why not enforce it?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    The York zone was introduced just down the road from me earlier this summer and, to be honest, it was only while researching this article that I became aware of it – despite driving through the area at least three or four times a week.Still, now I kn...

  • Why we have to stay and help in this war-torn country
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.This is a desperately poor country with many challenges even in peaceful times: nearly 70 children under five die every day, and 41 per cent are stunted due to poor nutrition. The situation means pe...

  • The lost boys of Sudan's civil war
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.“The one thing I remember is my parents,” says Abraham Kur Achiek. He cannot be sure what year he was born as the people who would know died while he was still a child. His hometown of Bor, in what ...

  • Letters: Aren't we already over the cliff?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    If that is, indeed, the consensus, then why on Earth is our Government in Britain pursuing such policies as a matter of course? Equally, and based on the consensus referred to above, is it not therefore logical to deduce that spending rises and tax ...

  • Editorial: A hunt chasing the wrong fox
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    First come accusations of political motivation, on account of the Heythrop being David Cameron's local hunt and the Government having backed off from the Tory-promised free vote on a repeal of the ban. The RSPCA denies the allegation, claiming – ent...

  • My New Year's Resolutions*, by the people who made 2012 great
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    My achievements in 2012 have made me even humbler than I was before. Yes, I have presided over the most successful Olympic Games ever. It’s true I’ve put the smile and the pride back into British hearts. If there were a gold medal for leadership, I’d...

  • Could Saudi Arabia be next?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    My crystal ball broke long ago. But predicting the region has an honourable pedigree. “An Arab movement, newly-risen, is looming in the distance,” a French traveller to the Gulf and Baghdad wrote in 1883, “and a race hitherto downtrodden will present...

  • If you ask me...I'm sticking with my 'twosie' - a more toilet-friendly outfit by far
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Now, on to the onesie, which I have heard praised to the skies from all quarters. A onesie is cosy. A onesie is just the sort of thing to curl up in. A onesie is so comfortable. A onesie is all the joy that 100 per cent polyester has to give. A onesi...

  • Granta's once-a-decade list of rising novelists is more important than ever
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Before 1983, the promotion of novelists was a haphazard, gentlemanly sort of affair. A publisher might recommend a young novelist to a literary editor, they might acquire a readership, an interview or two might take place, and a small lecture tour of...

  • If we want to prevent the kidnapping of children like Atiya, we must tighten UK border controls
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    And this did indeed seem to be a case where the rights and the wrongs were clear, unlike that of the Scottish 12-year-old, Molly Campbell, who chose to live with her father in Pakistan and recently returned to the UK. It was unusual, too, in the read...

  • Forty years on, the benefits of EU membership are no longer compelling
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    I may be missing something; but there do not seem to be any such celebrations, either in Brussels or Blighty, to mark the 40th anniversary of what must be accounted the most significant moment – at least symbolically – in post-war British history. Th...

  • Virgina Ironside's Dilemmas: I ran off with my husband's best friend. What now?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Virginia says...The two options you give yourself are typical after a separation. One is to take your husband for every penny he's got. A horrible idea. The other is to see yourself as the guilty party (or, in this case, your current partner: I find ...

  • I dreamed a dream... the master of the house liked musicals
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    A friend of mine, who I shan't name because I value my kneecaps, got me thinking about it. A nice chap, bit of a lad, into his footie and clever American novels, has been avidly awaiting the release of Les Miserables at the cinema (less than two week...

  • An Ode to 2012
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    For a few golden weeks in the sun We showed the world how to swim, jump and run Our Olympians soared The crowds cheered and roared (But mainly when a Briton had won) Yes, we felt proud once more of our nation Lord Coe took a standing ovation An...

  • The wealth gap may not be growing, but wealth continues to be redistributed upwards
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Static but unequalRentoul is correct in part. For the bulk of the population, the income gap has remained pretty static both up to 2007 and between 2008 and 2010/11 ( the latest year of available data ). Incomes amongst the well off ( just below the ...

  • The best US politics memes of 2012
    Politico Monday, 31 December 2012

    So did they matter? Politico makes a good case that the "Texts from Hillary" meme succeeded where teams of spin doctors failed and gave Hillary Clinton the hip, youthful makeover necessary to make her a serious contender come 2016. In retrospect, it'...

  • PHOTOS: Children's bedrooms around the world
    Mother Jones Monday, 31 December 2012

    As revealed in this extract on motherjones.com, however, the insights these photos reveal - about global poverty, mental health and cultural difference - are much more complicated. 9-year-old Jaime from Fifth Avenue New York is one of the lucky ones....

  • Kimye reactions: Kim Kardashian is pregnant with Kanye West's baby
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    The Kardashian family are predictably excited. Little sister @KhloeKardashian tweets "Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!! LOVE is everything!!!!"Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons was ...

  • We must help the children of war
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.During a motorbike journey across Africa with Charley Boorman, I travelled to a place called Gulu in Northern Uganda. Charley and I had the opportunity to talk to children who had been forced into t...

  • Does Arab progress founder on an ossified language?
    Monday, 31 December 2012

    But the French version also takes the definite article ‘les’ – so it can’t be the Arabs’ fault. Or does this all come about because the language Arabs speak and the language they write is not the same. Does it lack clarity? I hear this all the time –...

  • Letters: But why would anyone want to get married?
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    I believe that gay people should have the same rights as heterosexuals. I also believe that I have no right to dictate to others about their way of life. But I am saddened that so many apparently decent people still subscribe to the view that marria...

  • Editorial: Let's honour our fine words about Paralympians
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    The committee undoubtedly faced dilemmas in awarding honours in a year that saw so many triumphs. At the same time, there is no point talking about parity of esteem if, when it comes to handing out those honours, that principle is cast aside. We sho...

  • We interviewed nearly 15,000 young people - here's what they had to say about the world
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    How do they feel about the planet they are to inherit? In the year that the Occupy protest movement spread from Wall Street to the world, and riots gripped city streets from Athens to Madrid, the frustrations of the millennial generation have come in...

  • Sexual violence is not a cultural phenomenon in India - it is endemic everywhere
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    We do know that, after getting on a bus home after watching a film with a friend, she was tortured so badly that she lost her intestines. Six people – including the bus driver – have been arrested; they have been widely denounced as “animals” on soci...

  • The cultural surprises of 2012: JK Rowling’s new novel, Salman Rushdie’s pompous memoir and hero Danny Boyle
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Oh and a satnav from my beloved son so I can drive to places without always getting lost. Unanticipated gifts bring frissons, a rush, and these did. Dare I wear that purple thingy? Or obey a disembodied voice when I obey no others? Yes, because both ...

  • In talks with the men who steal children
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.There are an estimated 2500 child soldiers in the Central African Republic, spread across several different rebel groups. Most of these militias have pledged to release the soldiers, servants and se...

  • Meerkats top most popular adverts of 2012
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Vinny appears in the British Heart Foundation's CPR advert, and came in second place.Showing an increasing affection for our four-legged furry friends, animals star in four of 2012’s top 10 ads – compared to just two in both 2010 and 2011. But accor...

  • A year in break ups: The best autocorrects from 2012
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    In April, celeb romance royalty Seal and Heidi Klum as well as Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced they were calling it a day. June saw Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes end their marriage and we also witnessed Robert Pattinson and Kirsten Stewart’s ...

  • What is your New Year's resolution for 2013?
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    From losing weight to giving up smoking, what New Year's resolution are you making for 2013?  Quizzes by Quibblo.comResolution not on the list? Comment below.

  • Some things to look forward to in 2013
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Glastonbury's back on - and the re-sale will take place in AprilBoth a partial lunar eclipse and an annular solar eclipse will occur in early summerAustin Powers 4 could potentially be hitting our screensThe Lions tour and the Ashes will keep the spo...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (30 December 2012)
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Have her children been taught, as I was, that their immortal soul is intrinsically sinful and the central purpose of this life is to obtain everlasting life through Jesus Christ their Saviour? Are her children taught silently to commune with this Je...

  • The Republicans need a dose of Lincoln's human factor
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    But the cliff-talk obscures the real story: how this impasse has been reached because the Republican Party, prisoner of its extreme conservative wing, for whom tax cutting is all, has simply gone off the rails. If you don't believe me, then consider ...

  • The slow, grinding impact of being worn down, day after day, should not be underestimated
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Within weeks of moving in together, however, his true colours started to show. He started telling me what to wear and how to do my hair. He was jealous of me seeing my friends and family, and would make it difficult for me to see or speak to them. T...

  • Give me liberty, or give me Eric and Ernie
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    That this rapt pursuit of homogeneity is a delusion can easily be proved by a glance at the statistics. These reveal that in 2012 a paltry 9.6 million people watched the festive EastEnders and 8.6 million Coronation Street. Meanwhile, in what is sup...

  • No, Minister. It's stick-thin celebs you should target
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    It all sounds reasonable enough – until you go to the news-stand and look at what's actually there. I trawled through the magazines on offer at my local branch of WH Smith and, in fact, fad diets and fitness myths make for lean pickings. "Smart healt...

  • It's good to have child accidents on record
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    But this doesn't mean that Dan Poulter, the new Health Minister who is also a hospital doctor, is wrong to announce plans for casualty departments to start recording accidents of all children on a national register.When the Labour government tried to...

  • Man takes on schnitzel... and schnitzel wins
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    I am up here with my wife and kids and her twin brother and his family. They live in Costa Rica and my wife's brother was very keen that his kids have a Canadian winter experience. At first they were bewitched, diving into snowdrifts and chucking th...

  • Kate Winslet's third attempt: The importance of being married
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    "What are you going on about?" said Kate Winslet's dad the other day, when asked by a reporter about his daughter's secret third wedding, which had already taken place in upstate New York. Asked much the same thing, Mr Rocknroll's dad said: "I know n...

  • Syria is many conflicts rolled into one. It is also at the centre of two regional struggles
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Our conversation was not of a high intellectual calibre. After an acerbic exchange, I asked why, if he felt so strongly, did he "not stop being rude to people like me, go to Aleppo and fight beside the rebels instead of spending all your time in the ...

  • 2012: A year I won't forget, for all the wrong reasons
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    The most nauseating document released from national archives under the 30-year rule was a letter from Jimmy Savile to Margaret Thatcher, as she then was, thanking her for lunch in 1980 and telling her that "my girl patients" pretended to be "madly je...

  • Harriet Walker: Whatever happened to New Year karma?
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    That's what I normally do on New Year's Eve. But I never know the specifics until the last minute. And I invariably start feeling anxious about not knowing these specifics in about mid-August, a feeling that doesn't leave until the midnight chimes ha...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes (30/12/12)
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    The answer to the first is easy: a lot of people do a lot of remarkable work. If you find reading 1,350 names in tiny type across eight pages of the newspaper boring, pity the Queen and Prince Charles having to come up with 1,350 pithy things to say...

  • It's time to look beyond the statistics
    Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Data to be published in 2013 seems likely to show that net migration in 2012 fell to around 160,000, and we might expect to see it fall to around 140,000 in 2013. One reason for this is a decline in student migration: 26 per cent fewer study visas w...

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