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Friday, 24 February 2012

  • Leading article: Ministers must show that back-to-work schemes pay
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The announcement from Poundland that it was to cease its participation in one particular work-experience scheme also lent the whole debate a certain symmetry. It was, after all, with Poundland, and the complaint brought by Cait Reilly, an unemployed ...

  • Letters: Economic crisis in Greece
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The imposed austerity measures are having the severest social and political consequences.Mass unemployment and deepening recession, the humiliation of national pride and the erosion of democracy are producing a darkness and desperation reminiscent of...

  • Leading article: The dark side of The Sun on Sunday
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The publicity blitz heralding its creation has been exceptional, if unsurprising – Rupert Murdoch knows all about striking the first commercial blow and does not do things by halves.What is perturbing, though, is the way in which The Sun appearing on...

  • Alice Jones: Adland's new orthodoxy: cause offence, and then let Twitter do the rest
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    Now, though, an original concept is not enough. If you really want to sell, sell, sell, you just need to shout something rude as loudly as you can. This week a betting firm (no names, no more publicity here) released an advert in which they invited ...

  • Viv Groskop: Poundland may not be a dream job – but it doesn't have to define you
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    This was around the late 1980s, early 1990s, and I was in the sixth form and earning money for driving lessons. The problem was, I was an overzealous stacker, eager to please and wanting to save my co-workers the extra graft of having to restack late...

  • Leading article: Somalia needs more than summit meetings
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    Hundreds of thousands have fled to squalid refugee camps in neighbouring countries. Pirates patrol its lawless coastal waters, costing the international economy billions in ransoms. Rent-seeking warlords fight over its territories. Large tracts of la...

  • Church 'has no right to say who can wed'
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said the Church did not "own" marriage and that the State was entitled to make changes.With the Government due to begin consultations on the subject next month, she acknowledged the issue pr...

  • Leading article: Fewer drinks on the House, please
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The days of boozy lunches are gone, and the bars – with occasional lapses, as we discovered this week – are genteel salons of cross-party fraternisation. Even if MPs have changed their habits to this extent, though, the question remains: should Par...

  • Lisa Markwell: At last, the reason why it's so hard to break bad habits
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    The piece in question is all about marketing, and how the US retail giant Target has such sophisticated methods of gleaning information about its customers, it managed to send promotional vouchers to a young girl for pregnancy products before she'd e...

  • Adjoa Anyimadu: What can the West do to help Somalia?
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    The presence of high-level participants including Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-moon and a host of Presidents, Foreign Ministers and officials from over 40 countries and international organisations has drawn media attention, and offers the hope that the UK...

  • Letters: Gay marriage, yes, but keep the state out of it
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    This doesn't prevent anyone from having a separate ceremony and a stonking big party to celebrate the happiest day of their lives. If a couple (or more, why restrict it to two people?) wants to get married in a church, a temple, or on the moon, that'...

  • Leading article: A new start for the health watchdog
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    Yesterday's Department of Health review of the CQC is surprisingly gentle, even allowing for the muted language of Whitehall. It acknowledges that more could have been done. But, it concludes that, taking into account the difficulties of creating one...

  • Leading article: Deplorable acts of gender preference
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    That such activities are already illegal does not appear to be sufficient. It can only be hoped that the investigation launched hurriedly by the Health Secretary yesterday yields equally swift results, establishing the extent of the problem and setti...

  • Victor Blank: Business must start a giving revolution
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    The untold story is that a significant number of businesses are donating money, time and resources and have been doing so, without fanfare, for years. One estimate published by the City of London Corporation calculated that financial and professional...

  • Boyd Tonkin: This leap is anything but child's play
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    True, some classics of the children's shelves have kept their yarns for youngsters within a cherished closed compartment of their lives. The Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson, author of The Fifth Book of Euclid Treated Algebraically and An Element...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The new regulator mustbe made of sterner stuff
    Friday, 24 February 2012

    She had been chief executive of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, with responsibility for Mid-Staffordshire trust, and was criticised for being "too easily assured" that nothing was amiss. Her credibility was thus compromised from the sta...

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