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Monday, 6 February 2012

  • Leading article: The world must not abandon Syrians now
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    But if the accelerating death toll is sickening, perhaps more appalling still is that the surge in government-sponsored violence is so predictable. Russia and China, by vetoing an Arab League-inspired UN resolution on Syria, have freed President Assa...

  • Leading article: What Whitehall could learn from Washington
    Monday, 6 February 2012

    One striking result is that a majority of ministers have been in their current jobs longer than their most senior civil servants. Both in principle and in practice, this need not necessarily be a bad thing. A perennial complaint from outsiders who ha...

  • John Kampfner: For Russia and China, the Arab Spring only offers a warning
    Monday, 6 February 2012

    Beijing's approach to diplomacy, while less strident than Moscow's, is transparent – an onus on state-imposed "stability", hard-headed national economic benefit and non-interference. From the suppression of dissent to trading partnerships with emergi...

  • Leading article: A proposal with some merit
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    But all that should not be allowed to obscure the important points Mr Dacre made on the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary journalism. He rightly suggested that a broader debate is needed on the definition of "the public interest", even if i...

  • Leading article: Snow does not justify a third runway
    Monday, 6 February 2012

    Looking through the same metropolitan lens, we should say, for fairness's sake, that the capital managed to keep the traffic and public transport moving. This was an improvement on last year – helped, no doubt, by Sunday morning traffic being relativ...

  • Simon Kelner: Smartphones and Arsenal in deepest Tanzania
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    Air travel has contracted the world alarmingly and modern communication tools have developed to such an extent that it's sometimes possible to feel you've hardly been away at all. It's not been uncommon recently to have phoned someone back home and...

  • Amol Rajan: One bonus that would have offered value for money
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    Ms Greening's would have been only one of 80 votes cast, and non-binding. What particularly irked her, and her masters in government, was the proposed £340,000 bonus to be awarded to Network Rail's Australian chief executive, Sir David Higgins, on to...

  • Letters: Falkland Island
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    While one can have no quarrel with the emphasis on the right to self-determination of the islanders, it is important to remember that the United Nations links this right closely to policies in favour of decolonisation.Furthermore, it is grossly unjus...

  • Leading article: Capello is doing little for team unity
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    Capello might reasonably argue that Terry – who faces criminal proceedings on a charge of racism – is innocent until proved guilty, but there were still sound reasons for the FA to make the decision that it did. For the sake of team unity, Capello sh...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Dickens always was a struggle
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    This can make us despair. We think of all the distractions available to us – distractions that are almost forced upon us, in fact – and wonder how on earth a long-dead writer, who indeed wrote at great length, can compete. Whether Tomalin actually ha...

  • Deborah Ross: You too can adopt French-style parenting – just say 'Non!'
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    Have I ever played any of those Baby Einstein DVDs to my baby, as recommended from three months even though, at this sort of age, babies cannot focus properly, let alone sit up, and would say if they could: "From where I was lying, it was just fuzzy ...

  • Susie Rushton: I don't care about the 'Buzz Queue'. I'd just like some food
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    The Buzz Queue is only too happy to wait 60 or even 120 minutes on its feet before being shown to a precious table. Replacing the boom-era three-month waiting list as the best way to torture the eating public, a Buzz Queue is supposed to be democrati...

  • Rhodri Marsden: If your team play like androids, it's not your fault. Probably
    Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    This conclusion was based on laughably flimsy evidence, but I turned off the telly anyway and went back to bed, pondering how ludicrous it was to pay Rupert Murdoch a monthly fee for the privilege of watching my favourite team, but now being unable t...

  • Sara Malm: You can't teach your children how to be street smart
    Monday, 6 February 2012

    Over-protection is the most horrific of the non-criminal ways of abusing your children. Trust me, I attend university with many a result of it. The NSPCC seems to disagree with Chris Cloke, head of child protection awareness, dishing out advice suc...

  • Is it me, or does a Smartie sarnie sound tasty?
    Monday, 6 February 2012

    If I sound obsessed with what's in your lunchbox, it's because I am. I love to know what people are having – I ask my husband every evening (Pret sandwich, FYI). Even in the office cul-de-sac where I sit there is plenty for the dietary anthropologist...

  • Letters: The Falklands
    Monday, 6 February 2012

    Flood the disputed territory with privileges, invitations to important national events, encourage all kinds of contacts, free movement etc. and target the younger generation in particular rather than those in power at the moment.It will take time but...

  • Leading article: Moscow learns how to keep out of the news
    Monday, 6 February 2012

    In the past, several things might have happened. The anti-government protest would have been banned; the riot police would have crack ed heads, and the pro-government marchers would have been co-opted as an advance guard. The result would have been v...

  • Patrick Strudwick: Time to teach pupils how to fail better
    Monday, 6 February 2012

    But if the school were to offer other similar themed weeks then I would mark them up to an A* with a big smiley face in the margin. Here then is my alternative national curriculum for Generation Y Me?The joy of loneliness. By 2031 almost a fifth of B...

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