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Sunday, 24 June 2012

  • Leading article: After jubilation in Egypt as Mohamed Morsi wins election, the real challenge begins
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    The outcome itself is also a matter of some relief. The much-delayed final tally, granting the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi a convincing victory, was met with jubilation by thousands of supporters thronging Cairo's Tahrir Square. But there was ...

  • Alastair Campbell: The politics of posh
    Monday, 25 June 2012

     

  • Leading article: The simple way to beat tax dodgers
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    Politicians have been talking tough on the subject of tax avoidance for decades. Nearly 20 years ago, the then-shadow Chancellor, Gordon Brown, pledged to "rewrite the rules" to introduce some much-needed clarity; in office, however, his tinkering d...

  • Laurie Penny: The violent prejudices of dinosaur David Starkey
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    The Bigotaurus can be found waddling free in the more exclusive watering-holes of London even in the early years of the 21st century, and although most at home in oak-panelled environments, can often be seen on Newsnight and Question Time hunting the...

  • Leading article: A Tory dog whistle on welfare
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    Taken in isolation, Mr Cameron's basic premise is a sound one. The benefits system should indeed encourage work, rather than stack the incentives against it. And the current arrangements are both expensive and badly designed, too often entrenching so...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (24 June 2012)
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Support will come from the vast swathes of disillusioned workers who have dropped out of the political system. Real cuts in the cost of living for ordinary families will increase consumer and thus corporate spending and investment. Heavily subsidised...

  • Leading article: Why Blair must be questioned again
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Because, more than any that a government can make, the decision to join military action is the most serious. Millions of British people believed at the time that they were being taken to war on a false premise. They, and The Independent on Sunday, ...

  • Leading article: Our great British summer of hope
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    You do not have to be very interested in football, or even sport generally, to appreciate that there is a tingle of national expectation in the air. We do not know how it is going to end. Even the most stolidly utilitarian – or Scottish, Welsh or N...

  • D J Taylor: There's just no getting away from real life
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Mrs Lane, a part-time accounts clerk from Blackpool, was found to have channelled the money into her own and her future husband's bank accounts. In a denouement drawn from a Victorian novel, the fraud was detected a few days after the couple's weddin...

  • Paul Vallely: The planet looked to Rio again, and Rio looked away
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Twenty years on, with Brazil's population up by 50 million, that same highway runs through a sprawling conurbation of high-rise flats, some measure of the increased toll humankind is exacting from our planet. A lot of high-flown rhetoric ushered in...

  • Jimmy Carr: The hypocrite! He failed to live up to our principles
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    One wouldn't wish to be Britain's most acerbic stand-up this week. His Twitter page contains, possibly for the first time, an apology to everyone (underneath, comments range from suggestions that he give the money back to assertions that we'd all dod...

  • 'Everything that is wrong with Western society today can be summed up in one symbolic photo'
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    She walked down the stairs, wiggling and waggling, and then she turned round, gave me a pout and stuck her bottom in the air.I was shocked. It seemed such a sexualised thing to do and I couldn't understand where Ottoline had got this action from. I d...

  • Letters: Tax avoidance
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    Then and now, I have employed accountants to assist me and I believe the civil servants who draft tax legislation are less competent in their work than the staff of the principal accountancy firms who regularly identify flaws for the benefit of Jimm...

  • Leading article: Not such a bad start for Roy Hodgson
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    In fact, judging by progress so far, there is much to be said in Mr Hodgson's favour. Notwithstanding their rather lacklustre performance against Italy, England have, on the whole, played decent – albeit not world-beating – football. And they did be...

  • Deborah Ross: And what's more I couldn't find anyone to stone me
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    I mean, hasn't KP read the leaflet from the committed Christian lobby group Keep Marriage Special, which exists to defend "the biblical teaching that marriage can only be between one man and one woman" and warns of the "consequential impact" of put...

  • Natalie Haynes: It's not Latin's fault that toffs and Tories studied it
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    Well, since he asked, I would like to answer that studying Latin or Ancient Hebrew leaves you admirably prepared for facing the modern world. I'm not suggesting for a moment that everyone should be forced to study a dead language, and be banned from ...

  • Michael Williams: Reporters need the right to say 'No'
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    Hopefully, the worst excesses are now in the past as Lord Justice Leveson has shone a spotlight deep into the nasty bits of the popular press. Over the next couple of weeks, the first "Leveson generation" of young journalists will graduate from Brita...

  • Simon Kelner: A happy non-ending for the (continuing) life of Clive
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    The broadcaster and writer Clive James will have had a bittersweet few days, having to reassure the world that he was still alive, while being able to reflect upon the esteem in which he is held by those who knew him and his work. At the weekend, he ...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: I've never been to a supermarket so often in one week
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    Anadin, bananas, coffee, disposable razors, Evian, fruit smoothies, grapes, hand cream, ice cream for my nephew, junk food, a KitKat, lots of tea bags, magazines, newspapers, omelette ingredients, pay-and-display tickets. It sounds like the game you ...

  • Owen Jones: Are the Tories trying to make young people hate them?
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    The list of cuts is long: to local authorities, with youth services often first for the chop; the Aim-Higher scheme promoting access in universities; the Future Jobs Fund, even as youth unemployment soars. For some groups, the situation is bleaker: o...

  • Letters: Doctors' strike
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    This strike is not about my desire to earn more. It is about the expectation for most of my working career that I would retire at a decent age, having committed the best of my working years to medicine. To ask me to work as a surgeon until I am 68 is...

  • Leading article: Not the way to preserve BBC independence
    Monday, 25 June 2012

    True, a squeeze on the licence fee has slashed the BBC's budget by a fifth. And the Global News division is a private company that exists specifically to further the corporation's commercial interests. Moreover, the BBC denies that the plan will comp...

  • 10 women who are great role models for my daughter
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    But when I turned 15, she was replaced by Kate Moss, who was edgy and stylish. She also made smoking a cigarette look cool, so I started smoking, too.The potentially dangerous allure of skinny models in magazines is nothing new, but perhaps it is get...

  • Jane Merrick: Her tiny hand is frozen, and it's an absolute disgrace
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    But, like the football in Donetsk, it was a row about technology that overshadowed the evening. As the overture began, the heavy stage curtains failed for the first time ever, thanks to an electrical fault. A stage assistant, without a microphone, em...

  • Matt Chorley: I'll buy fruit in laybys when it starts raining cream
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Drowning in a slick of double cream, gobbled by a tanned tennis lovely, washed down with champagne. Strawberry heaven. Other strawberries would remark: "What a way to go. It's what he would have wanted." Others would settle for bowing out on top of...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes: The Italians
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Surely, in the face of such a stylish onslaught, our footballers, lovely (but not necessarily lovely to look at) English boys all, do not stand a chance in Kiev tonight. Or so runs the received wisdom. This column begs you to think again. The land o...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (24/06/12)
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    We're all in favour of encouraging people to dress up nicely, but Ascot really ought to spare a thought for those of us who look rubbish in hats. Anyone with a small head, a big head, short, long or curly hair has experience of looking charmless in...

  • Harriet Walker: 'You can never escape the phone...'
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Brilliant advancements in technology and smallening since the days of those two-handed telephones Jimmy Stewart so liked to use also mean that, should you happen to find yourself sitting at home waiting for your phone to ring, you can simply switch i...

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