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Friday, 10 February 2012

  • Leading article: An impression of drift that Mr Cameron must dispel
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    But even the ConservativeHome verdict that the Health and Social Care Bill should be scrapped – a view it claims is supported by no fewer than three Tory cabinet ministers – is not the most serious of the Prime Minister's problems. What should be e...

  • Letters: The rising cost of energy
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    As the campaign launched by Compass in The Independent yesterday argues, with the average dual fuel energy bill having increased by 75 per cent since 2004, more action needs to be taken at a time when incomes are squeezed.However we have to ask wheth...

  • Leading article: Policing does not need a Prescott
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    But by throwing his hat into the ring to become the elected police commissioner for Humberside, he has managed at a stroke to highlight a great deal that is wrong with the whole idea of elected commissioners, both in practice and in principle. In s...

  • Laurie Penny: Decoys in boardrooms and pulpits won't fool the women of Britain
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    It's the latest Tory must-have accessory: just a little coy nod towards gender and equality can sex up even the dowdiest of political outfits and draw attention away from your worst features, like not having any actual plans to prevent a double-dip r...

  • Harriet Walker: Andrew Marr's fawning at the Queen's cottage sums up our new Dark Ages
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    It was OK to laugh at them, to point out their pointlessness, to roll your eyes whenever anyone mentioned the Queen's exhaustingly hectic schedule of opening hospitals and inaugurating high teas. But, while that sort of reaction might not get you thr...

  • Leading article: Boardroom equality won't happen on its own
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    When the Prime Minister moves so tentatively towards his declared goal, do not hold out much hope for significant change. Mr Cameron spoke in Sweden, where women hold a quarter of the boardroom posts. In Norway, where quotas came into force in 2008, ...

  • Sir Elton John: We must end the greed of these corporations
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    The cost of those drugs had fallen from nearly $500 a year to just $70 – thanks to the growth of the generic drugs industry in India. It meant that international donors could help Stella and four million other HIV-positive people in the developing wo...

  • Archbishop to renew his evolution battle with Dawkins
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    The leader of the Church of England, Dr Rowan Williams, will meet Britain's most outspoken non-believer to take on the complex subject of "The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin". The pair, who are unlikely to find much ...

  • Leading article: A coup of more than local significance
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    There is more to what has been going on than a bit of trouble in tourist paradise. After weeks of unrest, the country's first democratically elected leader in four decades, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned on Tuesday with a gun to his head in a coup led b...

  • Alice Jones: Why can't the BBC treat women as normal people
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    Newsnight dedicated almost an entire edition to the PIP breast implants scandal, with mixed results. Jeremy Paxman prodded some silicon chicken fillets, riskily toyed with the word "tits", quizzed Katie Price, aka Jordan with a baffled sneer, and fai...

  • Simon Kelner: A renaissance man and a much-overlooked sport
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Britain has had its share of table tennis heroes: those of a certain vintage will remember the maverick champion Chester Barnes, and then there was Desmond Douglas, a torch-bearer for black sportsmen. More recently, the man who put the zing into ping...

  • Lisa Markwell: Who are the waiters in restaurants these days?
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Temperatures were well below freezing on Wednesday night and all right-minded souls were either at home with a slanket and soup, or heading there – for once delighted by the warming crush of the commuter train. But foodies in the capital have decreed...

  • Letters: Time to end the Big Six energy fix
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    In recent months energy companies have once again been exposed for overcharging customers and making excessive profits at the expense of ordinary people. Energy is an essential human need – we all require affordable energy to light and heat our hom...

  • Leading article: Time to end the Big Six's energy fix
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    More than 5.5 million households are now in fuel poverty – spending 10 per cent or more of their income on heating. With bills set to rise for the rest of this decade, as suppliers replace worn-out plants and invest in renewable energy, action is nee...

  • Caroline Lucas: A three-point plan that would fit the bill
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Something is going very wrong and it's time we did something about it. That's why today more than 100 public figures have launched a new cross-party campaign called End the Big Six Energy Fix. We are proposing three simple and sensible solutions. Fir...

  • Martin Hickman: Unbridled greed of Big Six cannot be tolerated in hard times
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    That they have become so dismal is probably not their fault: any industry dominated by so few players would be inclined towards mediocrity. The blame lies with Labour politicians and the regulator Ofgem, which was asleep on the job until 2010. For mo...

  • Joan McVittie: Plan might work for his pupils – but not for mine
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    However, many schools like my own are 11-16 only. My students are with me for five years and then move on to further education colleges, apprenticeships and jobs. These students would have no measure of attainment, externally validated, to mark the e...

  • Ben Chu: Nation takes its medicine – but condition may worsen
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Will there be a sharp recovery of confidence in the markets in response? There wasn't much sign of it yesterday. A Greek deal had been pretty much "priced in" by investors, meaning there is unlikely to be any impressive rally from financial markets. ...

  • Patrick Strudwick: Ken's accusers are making a big mistake
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Countless right-wingers have decided that the "it" meant homosexuality. It didn't. But cold facts are the enemy of opportunism. And, so, in a jubilee of hypocrisy and idiocy, his opponents – from Louise Mensch MP to Brian Paddick to the Conservatives...

  • Deborah Ross: Support the women who always get it in the neck (except one)
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Members thus far include Madonna, of course – "One day," she says, "I would like to breathe in and out, or put one leg in front of the other in the manner of someone walking, without getting it in the neck" – and Victoria Beckham, who always gets it ...

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