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Tuesday, 7 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: Don't let vested interests skew the NHS debate
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    A year on from the Bill's introduction, it is more controversial than ever. Most damaging of all for the Health Secretary is the growing queue of medical practitioners' groups – the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: The camaraderie of a 27-hour journey home
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    You will be given nothing more specific than that, but you know what it means: an interminable wait, punctuated only by some mournful meandering around depressing shops and more fast food than is good for you. I wrote yesterday about my reflections f...

  • Archie Bland: The Super Bowl
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    I don't suppose there's a better summary of the American way than the Super Bowl. When I went to my first American football match a few years ago, I was knocked out by the razzmatazz, the organised violence and the courage it required, the sheer scal...

  • Letters: Dickens for children? No, minister
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    The ignorance displayed in this statement, by someone ostensibly in charge of our children's education, is truly disturbing. It's the sort of thing said by a man brought up on a diet of TV versions of A Christmas Carol or Oliver Twist who never qui...

  • Leading article: No time for MI5 to stand in the way
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    There is certainly a prima facie case against Mr Qatada. Videos of him delivering hate sermons were found in the flat of one of the 9/11 bombers. He appeared on the BBC's Panorama programme in 2001 justifying suicide attacks. In 1995, he ruled it was...

  • Julian Baggini: There's a dark side to this piety about 'going local'
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    This is particularly evident in Bristol, where I live. There is an incredible number of local, community-run initiatives, with many small traders coming together in a high-profile "Bristol Independents" campaign. Taking this idea to the next level is...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Tackling fraud needs more than a nudge
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    Unsurprisingly, the Government wants to apply such insights to public life. Trials altering the wording on official forms, it claims, have led to doctors paying £1m more in tax. But the idea that the billions lost through fraud can be reduced using t...

  • Simon Read: Shops have the green light to carry on making fat profits flogging costly cover
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    Instead, shops which flog the cover to people buying TVs, computers and so on will be allowed to continue to do so as long as they improve the information they give to buyers. They will also launch a comparison website.Forgive me for not being ecstat...

  • Arifa Akbar: The day I went for tea with Britain's public enemy No. 1
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    Back then, in the weeks after the 11 September 2001 attacks, Qatada, his wife and their young children dancing around inside were not to know that he would shortly be arrested, imprisoned and held for much of the next decade without charge, suspected...

  • Mark Lynas: It's no surprise that Nasheed is not prepared to rule by force
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    From what I know of him, Mr Nasheed is not only a deeply moral man but also a very canny political operator. For the past three years he looked and spoke like a President, communicating on equal terms with world leaders about issues that mattered to ...

  • Erin O'Connor: The big fashion houses must dig into their pockets
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    I had been working as a model for 10 years and felt I understood how young models needed help, so I founded the Model Sanctuary. We aim to encourage a strong ethic of self-reliance among models. Ultimately we hope to empower them to become less susce...

  • Natalie Haynes: Don't throw away the chance to discover your inner Womble
    Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    The movement's relied on the fact that we will accept that if we take our bottles to the recycling bins, we'll almost certainly save a whale or nurture a panda – we'll feed the poor, or at least leave an inhabitable planet for our children. And if we...

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