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  • 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: An omen of how Syria's conflict could spread
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    This is an alarming development. Since the start of the uprising against Bashar al-Assad, there has been concern that the violence could spark a wider regional conflict. Relations between Turkey and Syria have long been strained, with recurrent dispu...

  • Hands of History: McGuinness and the Queen
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012

     

  • Simon Kelner: National Trust's earthy delights for strollers in Soho
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    Or: "We love the outdoors and there are plenty of outdoor adventures waiting for you." Both these exhortations, you might think, apply to a stroll in the woodlands, or across rolling hills. But no. The National Trust clearly has more earthy delights ...

  • Archie Bland: It makes sense to wind down the war on drugs
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    Understandable, then, that the man who appears most likely to win the forthcoming Mexican presidential election – Enrique Peña Nieto, of the long-unpopular Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) – appears to be ready to wind that war down himself. P...

  • Leading article: Two News Corps don't make a right
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    A simple matter of pleasing the investors, then? Perhaps. More likely, though, is that Mr Murdoch is manoeuvring to relaunch his bid for BSkyB, once News Corp's existing stake in the satellite TV company is safely ensconced in an entirely separate co...

  • Letters: The threat to our archive heritage
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    Since 1710, legal deposit legislation ensured the preservation and accessibility of the printed word through six designated libraries, including the British Library and the national libraries of Scotland and Wales. Universal access to our printed int...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: A wise decision from Labour on Lords reform
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    Not only were Tory rebels hoping Labour would help them vote down the Lib Dem-sponsored Bill. There were also plenty on the Labour side keen to stymie Nick Clegg's efforts and up the pressure on the fraying Coalition. Instead, Mr Miliband's party wil...

  • Harriet Walker: Thanks, but I can't say I'll be there
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012

    Bearing in mind I was a chubby 11-year-old with a mullet, the reality of anyone wanting to be my lover was somewhat remote. But, I told myself, one day they might, and the Spice philosophy of "Girl Power" and acting vaguely obnoxiously – as long as e...

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