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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

  • Leading article: More reason to reform the House of Lords
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    As much as anything, the debacle over Mr Goodwin reveals a gross inconsistency. While this newspaper would argue that the former banker should not have been made a scapegoat by stripping him of his gong, it is nonetheless right that such an option is...

  • Leading article: Why should we stop with Fred Goodwin?
    Wednesday, 1 February 2012

    This is no defence of Fred the Shred. His hubris and bad judgement drove RBS almost to bankruptcy, forcing the taxpayer to step in with £45bn to prevent the bank dragging the whole economy down with it. But, although undoubtedly incompetent, Mr Goodw...

  • Sara Malm: We are all becoming brands, selling ourselves online
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    "I don't want to, I don't want everyone to know what I've been up to in the past" seems to be the general line. Tough luck, kiddo, welcome to the lives of anyone under 23. We are the social networking generation. Our lives have been played out o...

  • Sara Malm: We are all becoming brands, selling ourselves online
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    "I don't want to, I don't want everyone to know what I've been up to in the past" seems to be the general line. Tough luck, kiddo, welcome to the lives of anyone under 23. We are the social networking generation. Our lives have been played out on...

  • Amol Rajan: Stressed at work? Spare a thought for the Chinese
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    But the far more instructive comparison is not between two eras of British workers, but between today's workforces in Britain and China. By that comparison, we're not nearly stressed enough. Last week the Daily Mail reported on the astonishing produc...

  • Letters: Now bankers face a wave of sympathy
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Anthony Bramley-HarkerWatford, Hertfordshire***How many of those who clamoured for Stephen Hester to be denied his bonus would be happy if their contractually agreed salary was changed by "popular" opinion? Anyone whose actions or rewards are deemed ...

  • Leading article: The next test bed for health reform
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Yesterday, Circle became the first private company to take over the running of an NHS hospital – Hinchingbrooke in Cambridgeshire. Circle already runs a hospital in Bath and several clinics, but this is the first time a privately run hospital will ta...

  • Jeremy Laurance: It's a risk – but it could turn the tide of public opinion
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    It was a big day, too, for Ali Parsa, the charismatic chief executive of Circle Partnership, who now has 24 months to deliver on his promise to turn the failing Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon into one of the top 10 in the country.If he succeed...

  • Ben Chu: Why deal with bonuses when you can pick on a scapegoat?
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    The Government's humiliation over the Stephen Hester bonus affair was total. Despite big talk earlier this very month about encouraging shareholders to be more activist over executive pay, when it came to reining in the bonus of the chief executive o...

  • Sophie Heawood: I'm having fun. They're coining it. Fine by me
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Sadly, despite all of our hard and selfless work, it's not all of us who are going to see the money. Indeed, the idea is that now we have told Facebook what we like, where we go and who we know, the data will be used to help us to part with even more...

  • Deborah Ross: A belt is fine as long as it's wielded with tender affection
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    I, too, believe there is nothing wrong with "a loving smack" undertaken within "a loving household" just as, following this logically, I also believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with the caring cane as employed by a caring school, and don't get...

  • Archie Bland: Forget music – financial wars are the route to power
    Wednesday, 1 February 2012

    The surprising result of this terrible failing in my character is that I find myself in deep sympathy with Newt Gingrich, who has been forced to stop playing the Rocky theme tune at his campaign events after the song's writer found out what he was up...

  • Letters: Entrepreneur touched by the cuts
    Wednesday, 1 February 2012

    In order to help shore up our corporate and banking sectors, and keep executive pay internationally competitive, the Government is helpfully cutting my mum's pension credit by £2 a week. I would like to employ her to do some work for me, but I cannot...

  • Leading article: We shouldn't be comparing apples with oranges
    Wednesday, 1 February 2012

    Having said that, the Government is quite right that vocational courses should not count as GCSE equivalents in school league tables. A focus on rigorous exams in core subjects – particularly English and maths – is essential in assessing school perfo...

  • Leading article: Russia's double game in Syria
    Wednesday, 1 February 2012

    Against this background, efforts to secure a UN mandate for the Arab League peace plan that President Assad so mendaciously signed up to in December are urgent. The draft resolution calls for an end to violence on both sides of the conflict and requi...

  • Harriet Walker: Opting out is easy but some remaining ads still seem suspicious
    Wednesday, 1 February 2012

    It's equally hard to maintain the pathos during an email exchange with your heartbroken friend while the sidebar is shouting about online dating and losing weight. It can feel a little like they're trawling through our subconscious.So opting out of b...

  • Leading article: A new smile that keeps an old secret
    Thursday, 2 February 2012

    If the two were identical in every detail, then it could be argued that the "original" had lost some of its cachet; there could even be a vituperative artistic row about which – the Louvre's or the Prado's – came first. But they are not identical. Th...

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