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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

  • Leading article: Argentinian signals that must not be misread
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Ms Kirchner was addressing a commemorative meeting that included a large number of 1982 military veterans. The Falklands War, it hardly needs to be stressed on either side of the Atlantic, was a conflict that Argentina both initiated and lost. It rem...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: When a little nudge is better than an outright demand
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    He wears his cycling outfit for meetings, he tells politicians not to wear ties, and spends much of his time with flow charts. Armando Iannucci, who created Pearson, clearly had Cameron's man in mind: the cycling, the casual wear, the eco-friendly sp...

  • Amol Rajan: Why Ed Miliband wants us to be more like Germany
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    In a global economy, where businesses have instant access to cheap labour, cheap technology, and cheap innovation in emerging markets, Western workers can't compete. If we're not prepared to be much more Chinese, I suggested, your average Brit is goi...

  • Letters: Making the roads safer for cyclists
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Every day more people are taking to two wheels. When you consider that 40 per cent of people over the age of 11 own a bike, and that two in five of all journeys taken in this country cover a distance of less than two miles, then the growth potentia...

  • Leading article: Hacking avoids its day in court
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    When their legal actions began, the civil courts seemed the only recourse. The police had seemed alarmingly uninterested in their complaints – an attitude the Metropolitan Police now admits was a mistake. Then early compensation deals left the impres...

  • Nicholas Shaxson: Why Monaco is the offshore choice for the elite (just don't call it a tax haven)
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Monaco, of course, is a notorious tax haven. Its biggest offering is its lack of income taxes for residents – and it will hand out residency permits to people who have enough cash to impress it and who can afford its property prices. The world's weal...

  • Viv Groskop: Page 3 is a fossil from a bygone era
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Women, in particular, it is implied, should have a bit more appreciation for The Sun's sterling efforts. Come on, ladies, what are you complaining about? We're just celebrating how great you look with your clothes off! And look how healthy our specim...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: From each according to his ability...
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Now, the question will be asked whether HMRC was misguided in pursuing the case. Tax evasion is estimated to cost the public coffers billions and, in pursuing a relatively small amount from Mr Redknapp and still coming out on the losing side, the Rev...

  • David Usborne: Republicans can choose between scary, nuts, or Romney
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    But there is a problem here and it came into focus on Tuesday night. What if the grassroots of the party just can't stomach Mitt whatever the media and the party elders tell them? What will the party do then?This could be the conundrum now. Romney wa...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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