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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

  • Leading article: It is time to show some imagination, Chancellor
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    That the Prime Minister used this week's cabinet meeting to grill ministers on the progress of economy-friendly reforms suggests the question is finally receiving the attention it deserves. But primary responsibility still lies with the Chancellor. M...

  • Geraldine Bedell: Our hatred of 'old dears' must be tackled like racism or sexism
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    This is not an unusual experience. The elderly are being let down in large numbers, the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People has concluded. Compassion needs to become central to nursing. Well, there's a revelation.Still, it needed...

  • 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 ...

  • Amol Rajan: Shameful neglect of the elderly threatens our future
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    I still think that the disgusting injustice of our education system, in which mediocre aristocrats can buy their way to a lifelong competitive advantage over the poor, is the most shameful thing about being British. But when you read reports of the c...

  • Simon Kelner: I'm feeling fair to middling about my middle years
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    No matter. The daffodils are emboldened enough to reveal themselves, the snowdrops and the crocuses are putting on a show and, yesterday, I watched mesmerised as a soldier put a sheepdog, possibly a regimental mascot, through its paces. I arrived at ...

  • Letters: Terrorised by 'security' jobsworths
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    Even the Gatwick staff who held David Jones for over an hour because a Muslim colleague was offended weren't claiming that he was a risk to security. But their behaviour is typical of the humourless mindset which prevails in so-called security person...

  • Leading article: Mr Murdoch's humiliating departure
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    In practical terms, it means that, for the first time, there is no Murdoch in direct charge of News International – although the grand patron's interest endures, as was evident when Rupert oversaw the launch of The Sun on Sunday. More to the point, h...

  • Ian Burrell: He came to clean up Wapping but leaves behind a bigger mess
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    Buoyed up by his success as chief executive of the satellite broadcaster BSkyB, where he had greatly increased the subscriber base, he was convinced he could find new revenue streams for the newspaper businesses which his father had acquired over 40 ...

  • James Cusick: Britain was no longer safe territory for Murdoch Jr
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    Britain is no longer safe territory for Murdoch Jnr. Sue Akers, the Iron Lady who now heads the Met's attack dogs, let it be known a few days ago that the ineffective poodles who had previously looked at News International have been replaced with Rot...

  • Thomas Hammarberg: Please end this disgrace, Mr Pickles
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    A powerful illustration is the Traveller site at Dale Farm in Essex. Last October, 86 families, including more than 100 children, were evicted from the site where they had lived for many years, on land they own. But many of those who were removed, or...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Not the sort of help Mr Miliband needs
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    And it is a sad reflection on Mr McCluskey and some of his colleagues that their first response to the approach of the greatest international sports fest has been to calculate how to maximise the advantage for themselves, rather than how best to welc...

  • Deborah Ross: You didn't think just anyone could give marks for an Oscars frock, did you?
    Thursday, 1 March 2012

    Do you need special training to put the ticks and crosses on the Oscar frocks?Yes. On average, the training takes seven years, plus another year if you wish to take an MA and be a serious contender for work of this type and fill numerous newspaper pa...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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