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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

  • Leading article: The storm clouds are gathering over Egypt
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    There were always going to be hiccups. After six decades of military rule, three of them under Mr Mubarak, dismantling the old power structures – the so-called "deep state" – could hardly be expected to run entirely smoothly. But all the signs sugges...

  • Laurie Penny: Austerity and prejudice are ruining the lives of the mentally ill
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    Dr Sarah Wollaston, Tory MP for Totnes, spoke of her post-natal depression, others of anxiety, obsessions and panic attacks. It takes guts to discuss mental ill health in many workplaces, never mind the House of Commons, so let's drop the delusion th...

  • Doctors' protest at raid on their pension scheme
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    The Government wants to change a sustainable pension scheme for the purpose of raising much-needed funds for the national economy. But why single out doctors, when there are plenty of civil servants on similar incomes being spared such changes to the...

  • Leading article: Still far from a solution to the eurozone crisis
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    First, Greece. It is a matter of no small relief that Sunday's ballot did not return the leftist Alexis Tsipras, whose imprudent plan to force a renegotiation of Athens's bailout terms looked dangerously likely to pitch the country out of the euro al...

  • Deborah Ross: Feed me! The mantra of a student who hasn't eaten all term
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    The mother, being motherly, wishes to feed him up, and so it is roast chicken and shepherd's pie and lasagne and pasta and apple crumbles and endless biscuits and sandwiches, and she is gratified when she begins to see the colour return to his cheeks...

  • Grace Dent: It's class war at Ascot – so give me Aintree's finest fillies and their £38 fascinators any day
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    God speed you glorious British womenfolk who've been planning that Ascot outfit since last February, peeing with the loo door ajar in fear of missing a Yodel delivery and traipsing the length of the high street looking for a duck-egg coloured, strapl...

  • Leading article: Rio+20 - limited hopes are still better than none
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    For all the warm words, however, expectations of real progress are low. Not only are some prominent world leaders – Barack Obama, for example – not attending. The precedents are also far from promising: in the two decades since the world signed up to...

  • Viv Groskop: Don't bash A-Levels until you've sat one again
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    It's with this climate in mind that exam regulators at Ofqual have just proposed reforms which could kick in from September 2013. "Modules" are to be replaced with end-of-year-exams. So no more coursework. AS Levels may be scrapped. Any qualification...

  • Leading article: Our Army must learn to adapt
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    But this is no time for sentimentality over historic cap badges. And the Army faces new challenges. After years embroiled in Afghanistan and Iraq, there will be little enthusiasm for British boots on the ground in any protracted expedition for many y...

  • Leading article: More power to the shareholders
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    There is simply no justification for the spectacular rise in directors' pay in recent years. Last year, for example, FTSE 100 chief executives earned an average of £4.2m in salary, bonuses, share incentives and pension contributions – an increase of ...

  • Simon Kelner: An ancient philosopher for the Twitter generation
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    In yesterday's i, among the 10 best self-help books we featured was a collection of the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius, who, as well as his day job as Roman Emperor, was a devoted student of philosophy. Some of the pieces of knowledge he bequeathed were...

  • Archie Bland: It feels like we are missing some British heroes
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    With our serious public life so divided, the only available repositories for uncomplicated adulation come in the lesser category of national treasures (who are, correspondingly, a notch above mere celebrities). David Attenborough and Victoria Wood...

  • Peter Popham: Aung San Suu Kyi meant to leave Britain for a few weeks – not 24 years
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    When she left the family home in Park Town, Oxford, on 31 March 1988 and flew to Rangoon to nurse her gravely ill mother, it was a mercy dash, no more. She was going away for a few weeks or months, not 24 years.Oxford had been her home twice over: in...

  • Letters: Doctors defend principle, not greed
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    The doctors' stance has been taken not through greed but through principle. You can't sell a house, exchange contracts, then tell the buyer you've removed the windows, doors and conservatory.Many of today's younger doctors paid for tuition fees and l...

  • Leading article: Doctors, call off your strike now
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    Put simply, with life expectancy rising, gold-plated state retirement schemes are no longer affordable. Regardless of the bald facts, however, doctors are so incensed at the proposed changes – which will see monthly contributions rise by up to six pe...

  • Amol Rajan: Press hysteria and superstition that stops progress
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    What actually happened is worthy of an international long weekend. Over to the Sydney Morning Herald: "In separate breakthroughs, researchers have created a calf that, when it becomes a cow, will produce milk that can be drunk by people who are lac...

  • Deborah Ross: Gay marriage and the Apocalypse – you have been warned
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    In fact, moments after Stig Elling married his partner Steen Andersen in a Copenhagen church last Saturday under new Danish laws allowing such a ceremony, didn't the citizens of Copenhagen hear a low rumbling sound, followed by a terrifying ripping a...

  • Simon Kelner: I know nothing about cars, and I'm not ashamed of it
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    I imagine that the various car salesmen I've been meeting over the past few weeks have a very similar reaction when I enter their lives: it's the first time I've bought a car for more than two decades and it has to be said that I must be the motor wo...

  • Letters: Tax and the economy
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    If there is to be any semblance that "we are all in this together", equality of taxation has to be a priority. If the period of "abundance" is over then we can no longer afford the self-indulgences of the untaxed rich who choose to reside here free o...

  • Leading article: Open the gates and spread the knowledge around
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    The proposal that all state-funded research be made freely available is not just a matter of cutting out the expensive middleman. It would speed the dissemination of the latest scientific knowledge, both to other researchers and also to industry.Acad...

  • Natalie Haynes: I've seen Jaws 10 times and still I'm terrified
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    Jaws is a blockbuster movie with an art-house sensibility. It has big action sequences, but Carl Gottlieb, its screenwriter, once remarked that he and Spielberg used to refer to it as "Moby Dick meets Enemy of the People". I can't imagine Melville or...

  • Rhodri Marsden: I'm a middle-class, hand-wringing liberal – so I really mustn't grumble
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    This guilt I experience over complaining must be related to being a hand-wringing, left-leaning liberal. Thinking about those less fortunate than myself overshadows everything I do. I feel the opposite of entitlement. A deep sense of unentitlement, w...

  • Leading article: Tony Nicklinson deserves the right to die
    Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    Mr Nicklinson is asking two things of the court. He wants any doctor who enables him to die to be able to cite the common-law defence of "necessity" if subsequently arrested. And he wants the law forbidding assisted suicide declared incompatible with...

  • Leading article: An A for Ofqual's efforts to tackle grade inflation
    Tuesday, 19 June 2012

    After much prevarication, the exam watchdog is finally proposing to tackle the problem. In future, only a single re-sit will be allowed, so A-levels can no longer be re-taken over and over again. The single end-of-year exam is also to be reinstated, ...

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