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Tuesday, 21 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: Just one move in the eurozone chess game
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    It is an argument that sounds plausible but is missing the point. Indeed, to ask whether the latest bailout will be enough is to start from the faulty premise that there is a resolution to the euro crisis available, if only Europe's politicians would...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: For 40 days and 40 nights, fish will be my new religion
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    I was born Jewish, and although I don't practise, I do feel that my religion is part of who I am. Philip Roth is one of my heroes, and I like to think that I understand things in his prose that non-Jewish readers just wouldn't get. And I believe that...

  • Archie Bland: People hurt other people; sometimes it's that simple
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    A few minutes later Dharun Ravi, the roommate who had watched him kiss another man via webcam and later attempted to stream another sexual encounter to his friends, sent him a text in which he said that "all his actions were good natured". He sent an...

  • Letters: Holiday times are up to parents
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    As a comprehensive school head teacher in Cornwall for nearly 20 years, I was frequently asked to sanction children being taken out of school for a family holiday in winter for this very reason. We provided work for the children to take with them if ...

  • Leading article: Bordering on the farcical
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    The then Home Secretary John Reid's response to the confusion, in 2006, was to create the UK Border Agency. But yesterday's report into recent security lapses reveals a system still characterised by weak management, poor record keeping, and an alarmi...

  • Ben Chu: Only optimists or Eurocrats believe the crisis is resolved
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    It is said that when investors realised European sovereign bonds were not "risk-free", they ran for the exits, knocking over Ireland and Portugal in the process and almost taking down Italy, too.So if it all started with Greece, will it end with Gree...

  • Natalie Haynes: It's cruel to sell fat people a myth about willpower
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    Only now have government scientists at the University of Maryland realised that this advice is inaccurate, because of what most dieters could have told them long ago: as you lose weight, your metabolism slows down. It also makes you think of cookies...

  • Ian McKellen: What's wrong with us? Should we not aspire to happiness?
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    He thinks that same­gender marriages would "undermine the institution" and weaken it "fatally". Does that mean that Lady Carey and he would have been less happy together if I, married to my husband, had been living next door?Marriage has been a benef...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: When will the US learn to take care with the Koran?
    Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    The tragedy is that we have been here before, not least last year when a Florida pastor soaked the Muslim holy book in kerosene and set it alight. At least 10 UN workers were killed in the ensuing protests. Something similar happened after Guantanamo...

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