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  • Leading article: Not the time for narrow self-interest in Brussels
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

    For Britain, the central issue is narrower, but no less tricky. Few question the need for a banking union to break the increasingly toxic link between Europe's ailing financial institutions and its indebted national governments. But, for all the Gove...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: She was like cannon fodder sent in by a general
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

    When Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight asked the Treasury minister Chloe Smith whether she ever thought she was incompetent, those of us on this side of the screen could only try to catch our breath. Unfortunately for Ms Smith, it was a rhetorical question ...

  • Lisa Markwell: Thanks, Nora. If only there were more like you
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

     I need not rehearse all of them here, but I must mention the exemplary "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim": the summation of why Ephron herself was such a heroine. She turned her life experiences into witty, insightful entertain...

  • Lisa Markwell: Thanks, Nora Ephron. When will we find such wit and wisdom again?
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

    I need not rehearse all of them here, but I must mention the exemplary "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim". In those 11 words is the summation of why Ephron herself was such a heroine. She turned her life experiences into witty, ...

  • Letters: PFI scandal could be only the start
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

    The construction and facilities management industries are far more commercially astute than most NHS procurement and legal departments, and have clearly run rings round them to generate substantial PFI revenue streams. The worrying thing is that this...

  • Leading article: Beyond this historic handshake
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

    That such a public handshake took place at all, though, sets the seal on changes that are not to be underestimated. The contrast between the Queen's almost furtive Silver Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland in 1977, when protests proliferated and she w...

  • Hands of History: McGuinness and the Queen
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  • 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...

  • Ben Chu: The eurozone crisis is too big a problem for Germany alone to fix
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

    First they set up a "temporary" bailout fund. Then they agreed to establish a permanent rescue mechanism. Then they approved a second bailout package for Greece, having previously said that one was enough. And now European leaders say they are prepar...

  • Leading article: The faintest flicker of humility from the banks
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

    Then yesterday one of banking's most aggressive defenders of stratospheric pay, Bob Diamond of Barclays, decided to forgo his bonus and said "Sorry" after the bank was fined £290m for misconduct. You could argue that a bonus-sacrifice, even of millio...

  • Deborah Ross: Nine questions to discover if your marriage is worth saving
    Thursday, 28 June 2012

    1. When did you first realise you couldn't stand your spouse?A) Just now; B) Around this time yesterday; C) Last Tuesday morning; D). Way, way, way, way back.2. What would you say most keeps you together at this point?A) Kids; B) Pets; C) Money; D) S...

  • 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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