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  • Leading article: The future of the euro is hanging in the balance
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    There are three likely outcomes tomorrow. One is that a coalition can be formed behind Antonis Samaras's centre-right New Democracy party, in which case the unpopular austerity programme that unlocks financial support from the EU and the IMF continue...

  • E Jane Dickson: A goldfish government that can't recall anything
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    We've had the "Did I say that? Really?" U-turns on policy. We've had the "Oops, where did I leave my daughter?" moment. But the brain-fog hit crisis point at Leveson ( "Coulson? Splendid chap! Tell me again what he did...") and descended into a panto...

  • Leading article: An embarrassing day for the Prime Minister
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    The Chancellor meant to convey that everyone in the UK was "in this together" as the Government grappled with the consequences of recession, but, to judge by Mrs Brooks's text, the people who were in it together were the members of the elite social c...

  • Leading article: Osborne has run out of excuses
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    What cannot be denied, however, is that things have not worked out as Mr Osborne hoped. The Chancellor admitted in the Budget three months ago, and repeated at the Mansion House last week, that his plans to cut public borrowing are now on a different...

  • D J Taylor: Murdoch didn't meddle and Ms Price writes
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    It was a good story, impressively told, but at this stage in the proceedings evidence of Mr Murdoch's titanic interference is approximately as controversial as the idea that Katie Price might not have written the books to which she cheerfully signs h...

  • Katy Guest: Sorry about the naff gift, Dad, but it's all your own fault
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    I'm sorry for the personalised golf tees, the amusing signs and pictures relating to sheds, and I'm really sorry for the hastily put-together calendars made out of photos of your snotty children that you will now have to look at for the rest of the y...

  • Hail Mary, the perjurer's loyal wife
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    Eleven years ago, almost to the day, another court heard from a wife about a diary, obviously in very different circumstances. This was Jeffrey Archer's perjury trial at the Old Bailey when Mary Archer came to her husband's rescue by recalling that t...

  • Paul Vallely: The Russians will help us in Syria only if we help them
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    The violence in Syria has escalated significantly in the past 10 days. The evidence against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, from 23 separate massacres, has mounted steadily to the point where Amnesty International has accused Syria of "crime...

  • Letters: Ridicule could be fatal for Cameron
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    If anything, being threatened with a disputed metaphorical "bucket of shit" poured over your head by Kelvin MacKenzie was substantially less damaging than David Cameron's cringe-making textual relationship with Rebekah Brooks. Cosy invites to "countr...

  • Donald MacInnes: Art through the looking glass
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    It was a photograph of a woman staring at her inverted image in a mirror at Sotheby's in London. What was odd was that said mirror is actually a work of art called (or not) "Untitled" by Anish Kapoor. It will be auctioned on Tuesday and its starting ...

  • Leading article: In praise of the green movement
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    Rachel Carson's passionate polemic against the damage pesticides were doing to America's wildlife did far more than highlight an outrage against nature, although it certainly both did that and brought the outrage to an end. It also awoke, for the fir...

  • Alice Jones: I don't see why the Royal Mail should get a pat on the back for simply doing its job
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    I say sometimes, of course, because this week one sorting office decided to stop delivering to a certain mildly mossy street in Doncaster on wet days after a postman slipped and fell over there.Now the valiant souls have made a pledge: to keep up the...

  • Donald MacInnes: When offal is used as a tool of repression
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    Barnum realised something had to change, as it was becoming increasingly difficult to explain why he was disappearing into a tent with an elephant and a bucket of buns. His third contribution was to invent the phrase: "There is no such thing as ba...

  • Simon Kelner: Does a ribbon on the lapel compromise its wearer?
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    He articulated the point that the bestowing of titles on public figures who already have everything in the way of money, power and social advantage is outdated, antithetical to a modern democracy, and actually demeans us as a society. On this point...

  • Lisa Markwell: It's worth it to spare the torment of a 'no hair day'
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    Will the heat in Ukraine affect the tufts of recent growth? Is the fact that it appears to be a bit blonde a sign from whence it came? I need details. Others may scoff at such a trivial matter but it is not trivial at all to those who are losing ...

  • Letters: Don't you see the irony here?
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    To put it more simply, this show is there to make us think about our expectations and assumptions about visual art, which, naturally, are all over the place. They're hoping that, if everything works out, we might see the light and finally be able to ...

  • Leading article: Another throw of the monetary dice
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    It would be a mistake, however, to expect too much. Given that the scheme will be voluntary, there is no guarantee either that banks will participate, or that they will find businesses to which they can pass on the benefits. There has, after all, bee...

  • Owen Jones: Working-class Toryism is dying and it's taking the party with it
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    A stunning admission, I thought at the time: but this gravy train for the rich also happens to be the most successful electoral machine on earth. At the turn of the 20th century, many on the left thought that extending the franchise to working-class ...

  • Lisa Markwell: A bad-hair day is better than a no-hair day
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    This is a rare moment of sympathy across the sexes. The fact that saggy, wrinkly, overweight men attract very little negative attention – while something as innocuous as Madonna's fiftysomething breast (which appears to be relatively fit for purpose)...

  • Steve Crawshaw: Burma's long road from military state to democracy
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    For more than two decades, Aung San Suu Kyi has responded to the repression of the ruling junta – including 15 years of house arrest and an apparent assassination attempt – with a quiet insistence that justice for her country must eventually be achie...

  • Jonathon Porritt: Where's the energy to keep fighting for the planet?
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    You won't find much poetry in today's environment movement. Some would even argue that it has lost its soul, or at least the intuitive understanding of the deep links between ourselves and the natural world. When the Coalition proposed selling off th...

  • Leading article: Still a snoopers' charter, for all the concessions
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    Some increased powers are, indeed, necessary. Fraudsters, paedophiles and terrorists are too often using social media and online gaming sites to communicate with each other. Law enforcement needs to keep up. And the Government has made some concessio...

  • Jeremy Laurance: 'Plague' still has the power to terrify
    Friday, 15 June 2012

    Improved sanitation, better protection of food stores and control of the rodent population are responsible for its demise. The disease is sufficiently rare today that when infection does occur, it has the power to shock.Fortunately, its bark is worse...

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