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Friday, 22 June 2012

  • Leading article: Not the way to tackle fears over immigration
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    The Labour leader's speech on the subject yesterday was therefore a key moment, an opportunity both to ditch a troublesome legacy of the party's past and to put his own stamp on its future. As a piece of political positioning, it was passable enough....

  • Alice Jones: Why we like to get more Bard for our buck
    Saturday, 23 June 2012

    Going to see Gatz takes longer than the average working day. It starts at 2.30pm and ends at around 10.45pm, and in between there are 48,891 words. The performance itself is a little over six hours long. The rest of the time is taken up with interval...

  • Letters: Exam reform
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    You really must stop making up policy on the hoof. I am not sure my nerves can take it any more and, as most teachers' careers last longer than that of our Education Secretaries, you really should be more thoughtful about the mess you will leave behi...

  • Leading article: A populist blunder from Mr Cameron
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    Whatever the reason, the home audience was treated to the spectacle of their Prime Minister, at a gathering of world leaders, discussing the personal finances of a stand-up comedian. Jimmy Carr's tax-avoidance arrangements were, he said, "quite frank...

  • The big questions: What is poverty? Is it OK for doctors to strike? Would you flee to Ecuador?
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    Households can live on £13,000, especially with housing benefit added. But there's no way of getting round the fact that poverty is bound to be relative to the general wealth. It would be absurd, for example, to say there is no poverty in Britain bec...

  • Julian Baggini: Which of us can say we wouldn't avoid tax, given half a chance?
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    Jimmy Carr didn't when his financial adviser put exactly this suggestion to him. Even when tax evasion is illegal but easy, I'd like to know how many readers can honestly say that they have bypassed the opportunity for any reason other than fear of b...

  • Marina Cantacuzino: Let's leave 'evil' out of the Anders Breivik case
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    The interpretation of evil has not been under deliberation in the Norwegian courts, only the question of his sanity – in other words, whether at the time of the attacks the accused was experiencing a psychotic state of mind, and, therefore, unable to...

  • Harriet Walker: On the neuralgic subject of yummy mummies, Cherie Blair has a point
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    So when Cherie Blair spoke about working mothers this week, she must have known she would wake the kraken. "One of the things that worries me," she opined, foot in mouth and spade in hand, "is you see young women who say 'why do I need to bother? Why...

  • Owen Jones: Awful, soulless workplaces are self-defeating for the boss class, too
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    I'm not trying to play working-class hero here: it was a summer job from which I could easily escape, and I did. But millions of workers are in jobs that have unpleasant working conditions, lack basic rights, and even pose a threat to their health. W...

  • Ian Birrell: Labour's cowardice on immigration is sickening
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    The organisers, who stage events around the world, say such problems occur time and again with Britain. I hear similar complaints endlessly from musicians, angered at being prevented from performing in this country; one band in London this week had t...

  • Victoria Summerley: A taste of the Wright stuff
    Saturday, 23 June 2012

    Reactions seem to range from "Oh, go away!" (the younger female ones) to smirking references to Kim K's curves (the older male ones). I agree that Dr Wright's comments might seem a bit over the top at first glance, but let's look at it from her point...

  • Leading article: The scourge of a poor body image
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    The 14-year-old bulimia sufferer whose suicide a coroner this week explicitly blamed on the penchant for stick-thin models is a particularly tragic example of a life unnecessarily ruined. But Fiona Geraghty was not alone in her struggles. There are a...

  • The Comment Matrix: Ed Miliband, white-collar professional jobs under threat and the Rio+20 summit
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    The vast bulk of new jobs created here since 2000 have been taken by foreign born workers. (David Blackburn, The Spectator)Top jobs and family life – why women still can't have it allI always assumed that if I got a job in the White House, I would st...

  • Simon Kelner: I don't really see what Carr has to apologise for
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    Jimmy Carr was forced to apologise for his tax affairs yesterday after David Cameron had questioned his moral rectitude. "I now realise I've made a terrible error of judgement," he announced through Twitter, adding that he will in future conduct his...

  • Lisa Markwell: The education reform that is testing for everyone
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    The end is in sight. Monday sees the last of it: Additional Science Unit 2 B5, C5, P5. What does it 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 chang...

  • Lord Baker: GCSEs came in on my watch – and improved British education
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    Children of broadly similar abilities were achieving widely different standards from one part of the country to the next. I was sure that a national curriculum would narrow the gap.I agreed wholeheartedly with Rab Butler, who said that all children s...

  • Andrew Grice: David Cameron may live to regret speaking out about Jimmy Carr's tax
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    Mr Cameron had read the reports on his iPad and decided not to pull his punches. He said some such schemes "are frankly morally wrong", accusing the comedian of putting money raised from his hard-working, tax-paying fans into some "very dodgy tax avo...

  • Lord Steel: Most of my fellow peers accept the need to end the indefensible
    Friday, 22 June 2012

    Meantime, my own Lords Bill is due to go before Parliament at the end of this month. It is limited to the three purposes: 1) encouraging peers to retire instead of hanging in there for life; 2) removing those who rarely attend; 3) removing those conv...

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