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Sunday, 10 June 2012

  • Leading article: The right move – but it still may not save Spain
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, yesterday insisted that the loan intended for his country's weakest banks had lifted the overall threat to Europe's fourth-largest economy. With Europe deploying the financial equivalent of heavy artillery o...

  • Leading article: No quick fix for broken families
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    The transition from one view to the other happened, rather slowly, under Labour. Tony Blair, who as leader of the opposition condemned the Tory broken society, admitted in his memoir that he had been wrong, and that it had taken a long time to shift ...

  • Leading article: Playing politics with immigration
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    The Home Secretary seems positively anxious for a punch-up. Insisting that the right to a family life as interpreted under the European Convention on Human Rights is being abused, and is not an absolute right but requires qualification, she is courti...

  • John Kampfner: Euro 2012: How can we lecture other people about racism?
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    It is entirely right to focus on this problem, and for the authorities to come down extremely hard on perpetrators and anyone turning a blind eye. However, what sticks in the craw is the culturally condescending sub-text. It permeates far beyond the ...

  • Andrew Martin: A nice cup of tea beats bottled water every time
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    Again, I am tempted to call his bluff. I ought to spend the first five minutes of my speaking time tipping the contents of these bottles down my throat. But, in practice, I never touch them. It just so happens that I have never been gagging with thir...

  • Simon Kelner: Ciggies and swearing enough for me to feel grown up
    Monday, 11 June 2012

    We will come back to those later, but I must say the headline findings made me feel very old. I am of a generation which grew up rather more quickly: by 26, I'd been working for seven years, was on my second mortgage, my third car, and hadn't even...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: I'll sponsor your event... if you cough up for mine
    Monday, 11 June 2012

    While I'm sure most of us dream of logging on to find a clutch of exciting job offers and a cheering message about Lotto winnings, mine is usually littered with LinkedIn invites (even though I'm pretty sure I visited the site, just once, about three ...

  • Letters: Pensioners' benefits
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    If we chose to spread means-testing further through the system, it would be both costly and inefficient as a way of helping the majority of pensioners who really need the extra help. Only around two-thirds of eligible pensioners actually claim Pensio...

  • Leading article: Once more unto the breach... but where is everyone?
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    Why the subdued atmosphere and absence of St George's flags? The fact that Donetsk doesn't sound like a very glamorous destination could be one factor. Another is timing. Euro 2012 has ended up sandwiched between the four-day festival of flag-waving ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (10 June 2012)
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    Clay-pigeon shooting is environmental vandalism. Corporate-eventers and townies far outnumber local country dwellers, blasting away from dawn to dusk in a selfish denial of the right to the quiet enjoyment of the countryside. It is big business, bu...

  • Patrick Mercer: Thinking the unthinkable? Not the MoD
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    A succession of defence secretaries over the past few years have overseen a patchy system of mergers that have left some regiments almost unrecognisable and others untouched, all in the name of efficiency, and the current incumbent seems to be cut fr...

  • Matt Chorley: Whatever it is, the over-enthusiast is right behind it
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    There are those who will enjoy the Euro 2012 tournament, and there are those who will be seen to enjoy it. The latter will have very little idea what is going on, but will have relentless optimism that everything – everything – to do with the tournam...

  • Katy Guest: Those pesky diet ads are as irritating as midges
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    Now that Facebook is a public company, I expect to see a lot more of these targeted adverts, so I'm trying to find a way of not being insulted every time I log on. I think that I have a pretty healthy body image, but there's only so many times you ca...

  • Patrick Cockburn: America is deluded by its drone-warfare propaganda
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    The attraction of the drone for President Obama and his administration five months before the presidential election is self-evident. The revelation that he personally selected targets from the top ranks of al-Qa'ida for assassination by remote contro...

  • Harriet Walker: Beware the broth of over-attentive guilt
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    When I installed myself on my friend's sofa last weekend at 11am to eat a sort of hungover lunch-breakfast that began with eggs, ended with Haribo and was washed down with cava, her male flatmate was pottering around the kitchen. Defrosting chicken b...

  • DJ Taylor: The BBC defied gravity, and now it's adrift
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    The question "When did the BBC lose its ability to handle great events?" would make a good subject for a media studies degree final exam. The corporation's coverage of the 2010 general election was a nightmare, full of celebrity interviews from elect...

  • Simmy Richman: The Emperor's New Clothes (10/06/12)
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    And so it is with the notion – fast becoming accepted as gospel truth – that the singer/rapper/film director Plan B – real name Benjamin Paul Drew – is the voice of his generation, a Dylan of the disenfranchised, the Kerouac of the crack addict, the ...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (10/06/12)
    Sunday, 10 June 2012

    I'm very worried about this new research which shows that women who worry perform worse in tasks. According to Michigan State University, anxiety affects more women than men, and makes them muck up even more spectacularly the things that they were wo...

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