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Monday, 25 June 2012

  • Leading article: Alex Salmond's separatists have a head start
    Tuesday, 26 June 2012

    Yesterday's launch of the all-party, pro-union "Better Together" campaign, fronted by Alistair Darling, is to be welcomed, then. It is good, too, that the former Labour Chancellor is committed to accentuating the positives of the unionist cause. He s...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: Trouble finding the net? If only it had been tennis...
    Tuesday, 26 June 2012

    It was an attempt to put into context our sporting aspirations as a nation. All right, there was the utter heartbreak of yet another defeat in a penalty shoot-out. Yes, we'd had our growing belief in the national team crushed once again. And, true,...

  • Amol Rajan: Vocations should not replace academic learning
    Tuesday, 26 June 2012

    Perhaps the greatest failure of the modern centre-left in Britain is its connivance in the systematic dismantling of academic education in the state sector. This has been done under the guise of vocational education, a secular tyranny which consig...

  • Rhodri Marsden: In the internet age, most of us are helpless victims
    Tuesday, 26 June 2012

    This particular fault is so enigmatic and mysterious that it's been referred to by spokesmen only as a "technical glitch". The money seems to be on an inadequately tested software upgrade that's backfired horribly – but it's a glitch that's had prof...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Finding a house involves fearsome amounts of brainpower
    Tuesday, 26 June 2012

    But six months on I've finally found somewhere to live and am in the midst of what's supposed to be one of the three most stressful times of ones life – alongside losing your passport at Gatwick and having your hair cut by someone who doesn't speak t...

  • 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...

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