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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

  • Leading article: A chance in a generation to modernise the Lords
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

     His proposals are deeply unpopular at Westminster. They could tie up valuable parliamentary time for anything up to two years. Most important of all, they threaten to expend what little political capital the Liberal Democrats have left on an issue i...

  • Katherine Butler: See this film and then say that bombing Iran is ok
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    She wants to relocate – abroad – he doesn't. She moves out, they hire a home-helper for the old man – a poor working-class woman from the sticks. Bad things happen and a tricky situation becomes despairingly awful for all concerned. And this compelli...

  • Leading article: No resolution as long as Murdoch is in charge
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    The scale of shady relations between journalists at The Sun and public officials – what Ms Akers damningly described as a "culture of illegal payments" to "a network of corrupt officials" – is shocking even to those who had suspicions that money was ...

  • Leading article: All too convenient for Mr Putin
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    According to Russian officials, the Ukrainian security services arrested two people in Odessa after an explosion at a flat in January. The two were shown admitting their involvement. The Russians say they were party to a plot to assassinate Mr Putin ...

  • Ian Burrell: Murdoch has two worries: the reaction of his readers – and the US authorities
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    The terminology, with all its connotations of an organised corporate policy, could hardly have been more damaging for the publishers, News Corporation, which is terrified of the effects of potential legal action in the United States. The timing was e...

  • Simon Kelner: Sentamu should reconsider his new Sunday service
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    It was called "Sentamu's Sunday Service" and it wouldn't be doing the thrust of his column too much of an injustice to say that the Archbishop was suggesting that Rupert Murdoch was doing God's work by publishing "our country's favourite paper" sev...

  • Archie Bland: When it comes to happiness, we're all fantasists
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    This week, curiously, there's a chance to see if the same logic applies to nation states. On the one hand, we have Great Britain, where, according to the results of an ONS survey published yesterday, four out of five of us said we were happy with...

  • Letters: Press and bankers still don't get it
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    How have all these journalists, senior banking and corporate executives acted in ways that are so wrong? We know that in "closed" communities abnormal behaviour often becomes acceptable, with the resulting scandals from prisons and care homes to the ...

  • Leading article: Occupy's valuable message
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    By this week, however, the point had been altogether made. After 137 days of demonstration, costing the taxpayer more than £600,000, it was difficult to see the benefit of the continued presence of a camp that had slid into a series of distracting ro...

  • Britain’s double Chinese betrayal?
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

     

  • Simon Kelner: Nothing much can remain a secret in this viral age
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    I ask this question from the standpoint of someone who was rather underwhelmed by the film, but it's just that, for anyone who hasn't thus far been drawn to this quaint homage to the era of silent movies, how can the reality match the expectation? An...

  • Amol Rajan: Nowadays tabloids are mere vessels of misanthropy
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    It also put the ongoing traumas of The Sun and the launch of its uninspiring Sunday edition in an unflattering context. Mike, who is now the most respected and influential environmental journalist in Britain, briefly transported me to the days when h...

  • Letters: Lords reform
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    The UK's constitutional problem is threefold: the Royal Family, perpetuating class distinctions; the House of Lords, perpetuating privilege; and our voting system, disenfranchising the majority of people because only voters in marginal seats can affe...

  • Leading article: The nurturing of our nature reserves has a long way to go
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    As it stands so far, the scheme leaves much to be desired. The first 12 areas make up but a small part of the much bigger network that is needed. The money is very much at the lower end of what Sir John's report estimated would be needed. At a time o...

  • Susie Rushton: Sneer at Starbucks if you will, but coffee-lovers owe it a very big debt
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    The most damning opinion expressed about Starbucks is that the coffee is rubbish. Connoisseurs dismiss it as "milky", or "tasting of burnt rubber" and "like milkshake for grown-ups". But since when did we become so expert on the ideal flavour of a fl...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Airport security looks like the death of banter
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    Hauled over for an hour's stand-off during which he was asked to apologise to a female Muslim security officer who had been "deeply distressed" by his remarks, he refused to do so on the grounds that he had not insulted anyone, and had nothing to apo...

  • Deborah Ross: Do not leave traditional family values unattended at any time
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    Gays will stop at nothing to get their hands on your traditional family values, nothing! It's even my birthday shortly and, although my husband offered to buy me a 15th traditional family value as a gift, I declined. "Just get me some soap," I said, ...

  • Rhodri Marsden: I've developed an allergy to people all talking at once or too loudly
    Tuesday, 28 February 2012

    But since then I've developed a mental allergy to people all talking at once or too loudly, along with a habit of saying "shush". Although I do stop short of saying "shush" while placing a single finger on the lips of the person who I wish would be q...

  • Leading article: Shame on you, Barclays bank
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    The bank has long been adept at such activities. With 300 subsidiaries located in tax havens, it gave out 30 times more in bonuses in 2009 than it paid in British corporation tax. And yet that was the very year that chief executive Bob Diamond not on...

  • Natalie Haynes: Why have social mobility if this is what it does to people?
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    Their researchers quizzed people on their wealth, education and social backgrounds to divide them into different classes. Then they gave them a set of tasks which would identify characteristics like honesty and consideration for others.Sadly for thos...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The regulator needs to recover its grip, fast
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    Coming weeks after the breast implant scare, it has raised more charges of regulatory failure. During that investigation, in which it was revealed more than 40,000 British women had received the French-made PIP implants, containing industrial-grade s...

  • Tim Walker: Mixed-up casting has lost the plot
    Wednesday, 29 February 2012

    The paradigm for any buddy movie pairing, Holmes and Watson have enjoyed a varied relationship over the years, with Watson portrayed as everything from a bumbler (Nigel Bruce, opposite Basil Rathbone's Holmes) to a brawler (Jude Law, in the Ritchie f...

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