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Monday, 20 February 2012

  • Leading article: Gay marriage will lift the last barrier to equality
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    The introduction of civil partnerships was one of the most welcome – and successful – reforms enacted by Tony Blair's Labour government. The social climate turned out to be generally favourable, and for those who took advantage of the new provisions,...

  • Leading article: No time for games in dealing with Greece
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    Indeed, the stakes could hardly be higher. Greece must pay back €14.5bn next month. Without the €130bn loan, it cannot do so, raising the spectre of disorderly default and a forced withdrawal from the single currency. Such an outcome would be catastr...

  • Leading article: Plenty of water to go around
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    Water shortages are far from new. Neither are they simply a matter of two unseasonably dry winters in succession. The average person now uses 150 litres of water every day, almost 50 per cent more than 25 years ago, and consumption is set to rise by ...

  • Patrick Strudwick: If I were Lord Carey, I'd be right behind this change
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    But when it comes to the ruination of marriage, I am all too aware of one undeniable reality: heterosexuals have beaten us to it. The facts, of course, have been discarded by Carey and his new "Coalition for Marriage". Since 2005, when civil partners...

  • Leading article: Antibiotic overuse threatens us all
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    The implications are dire indeed. If bacteria can no longer be controlled by antibiotics, then common infections that are now largely harmless may become deadly diseases. But if the consequences of drug-resistant bugs are daunting, avoiding them is h...

  • Simon Kelner: An ugly face-off that highlights fight game hypocrisy
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    It sparked a discussion on Radio 4's Today, during which James Naughtie used a word I'd never heard before. Remembering a similar incident from the past (believe it or not, this was not the first time boxers had been badly behaved after taking thei...

  • Amol Rajan: A brutal price still paid for daring to challenge faith
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    In the Daily Mail last week, A N Wilson launched a nasty attack on him, comparing him, among other things, to a "spotty adolescent". The lead interview in The Sunday Times was one long personal attack on his character, rather than an examination of h...

  • Lent to be observed by more than one in five UK adults
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    An online poll has shown 23% of adults will do something for Lent, but nearly one in three of those who say they will take part, at 32%, do not know what they will do yet to mark the season.The survey has been released on Shrove Tuesday when pancakes...

  • Letters: Atheism and the Church
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    I am as committed an atheist as the next man, but wouldn't Mr Dawkins (I was a huge fan of the science writer of that name some years back) be well advised to renounce his job as Archbishop of the Evangelical wing of the Atheist Church, spend less ti...

  • Leading article: Talk of slave labour is unjustified
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    But the far bigger error, amid the furore that followed, was the Government's abject failure to defend a rather sensible, if limited, effort to tackle youth unemployment.The suggestion that people were being asked to work for nothing led to a storm o...

  • Stefan Stern: Not levelling down but making it fair
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    What a mess "we" have made of education in this country. Good intentions have not been in short supply. But party politics and the violent pendulum swings of fashion have done their worst. The admirable, if idealistic, policy of getting half of all 1...

  • Susie Rushton: You can't reheat a soufflé – unless you're running a TV cookery contest
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    Of course, I'm cooking away from the glare of TV cameras, so I can afford to be sanguine. No doubt young Tom the Plasterer, the bearded Sean Penn lookalike who is a favourite to win the current series of MasterChef, was horrified when his pineapple-a...

  • Nigel Morris: Home Secretary may be set for departure if border problems return
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    Three months ago the UK Border Agency admitted losing contact with more than 124,000 asylum and migration applicants. Just a day later it emerged that managers had routinely relaxed border checks in order to prevent massive queues at Heathrow and Cal...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Let me tell you about the dream I had last night. Wait… come back!
    Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    To be fair, she did always ask, "Can I tell you my dream?" and I'd say, "Sure," before dozing off as she gave a detailed account of eating canapés on a chimney stack with Rudyard Kipling, except it wasn't Rudyard Kipling because he had the body of a ...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Why I'm turning my nose up at vin de Barrymore
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    While this week he's been alternating between sad Whitney tweets and shout-outs to his kids, his usual output is inspirational quotes interspersed with fulsome praises of Ciroc, the vodka brand he is ambassador for (sample tweet: "Peach Ciroc is Fina...

  • Simon Kelner: You don't need to be wealthy to enjoy sport of kings
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    I am an unashamed fan of National Hunt racing – that's the one where they go over jumps – and it has long been my dream to be among the other owners in the paddock before the race, remarking on how well my horse looks "within himself" (whatever that...

  • Letters: Smart meters
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    I cannot say the same for my home use. After the initial obsessive period, when you go round changing bulbs for lower energy ones, cook a hotpot after Sunday lunch to use retained heat etc, it rapidly dawns on you that most of your electricity use is...

  • Leading article: A welcome return of the undead
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    The studio first slid aside the dusty coffin lid in 2008. But it was not until the remake of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black, which opened this month, that the comeback was ensured. With Daniel Radcliffe for some star quality, and not a severed head ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Others have survived such cold – but not for so long
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    Given a plentiful supply of water – of which Mr Skyllberg had no shortage in its frozen version – an adult human can survive for many weeks without food. Pictures of the inside of his car show an abundance of wrappers and other detritus which suggest...

  • Andrew Martin: You're being mean-spirited over term time holidays, Mr Gove
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    This amounts to a tax on having children, and I am all in favour of having children. That said, I like to give my own a wide berth, which is why I am often unaware the school holidays have begun – my first indication being that my wife will say, at a...

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