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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

  • Is tax avoidance really immoral?
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    By taking advantage of laws made by other people, Jimmy Carr was only doing what generations of British wealthy people have been doing ever since tax was invented. That is how they have kept and expanded their wealth down the years. So the gratuitous...

  • Leading article: More reason than ever to reform the Lords
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    It is disturbing enough that one member of the Lords, the treasurer of the Conservative Party and hedge-fund wizard Lord Fink, may have broken parliamentary anti-sleaze rules by arranging to host a private promotional dinner in the Lords for a commer...

  • Kenfrey Kiberenge: The police in Britain understand aggression is not the only option...
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    When I arrived at the Heathrow Airport in London, UK, for my fellowship with The Independent newspaper, I anticipated massive security checks.I figured out that since in Nairobi I have to contend with an average of ten checks per day, then it was onl...

  • 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: Not enough just to scrap GCSEs
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    Of the latest batch of typically radical proposals, there are two that stand out. The first is a structural issue. In future, Mr Gove wants there to be just one exam per subject, provided by a single board. Absolutely right. The current system is a n...

  • Lisa Markwell: I try to keep up at the back while my son sits exams that may soon vanish
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    The end is in sight. Monday sees the last of it: Additional Science Unit 2 B5, C5, P5. What does that mean? You're showing your age but also, perhaps, that you haven't kept up to speed on education reform. Admittedly, this is difficult, as the change...

  • Simon Kelner: Blight on society, fame-craving dolt or role model?
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    None of the above, I'm afraid. According to Dr Helen Wright, a boarding school headmistress and a leading light in Britain's private education system, the moral decay of the modern world is personified by a woman of whom, until yesterday, I knew ve...

  • Amol Rajan: If modern life is all about lack of time , i conserves it
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    The first is price. It's not just that you prefer to spend 20p on a paper to, say, 50p or £1; it's that you feel less bad about throwing a paper in the bin when you've only spent 20p on it. The low price of i removes buyers' remorse. The second i...

  • Nick Clegg: Chamber is affront to democracy
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    It seems bizarre to think that, in Britain in the 21st century, that should still be a controversial statement, and yet the majority of politicians in our own Parliament are not elected. They sit in the House of Lords, a body of appointed politicians...

  • Michael McCarthy: A jamboree that promises more than it can deliver
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    Nobody really wanted it. There was no demand for it from the world community. It was merely an opportunity, 20 years on from the original Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, to mark the anniversary with a similar-sized international get-toge...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Preserving the Arctic wilderness must be a priority
    Thursday, 21 June 2012

    But for how long? Already – as climate change sees the ice sheets melt back farther and farther each summer – countries and corporations are jostling for influence, for trade routes and for natural resources from oil to fish stocks.Greenpeace's Save ...

  • 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...

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