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Sunday, 3 June 2012

  • Leading article: A voice of euro-fatalism that must be challenged
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    To describe his intervention as ill-timed would be an understatement. It was worse than ill-timed, it was irresponsible. European leaders need no reminding about the scale of the crisis they are confronting, and they especially do not need a deadline...

  • John Kampfner: We need a head of state. And the Queen can't be bettered
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    I was hosting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Turner Contemporary, the new gallery in Margate, which has taken the UK arts world by storm. I say admittedly with a certain bias, as I am chair of the board. But it's not every day that the royal ...

  • Leading article: Darkness starts to fall on the Egyptian spring
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    Judge Ahmed Refaat may have made the right noises, celebrating the end of "30 years of darkness" and lauding "the sons of the nation who rose up peacefully for freedom and justice". But Mr Mubarak's crime was ruled to be one of omission – in failing ...

  • Leading article: A puny Olympic legacy
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Yes, we know that the Games will cost more than the original bid. Quite a lot more. But, since the present budget was set at a realistic level in 2007, it has been held steady, and, as far as we can tell, the management of the project has been exempl...

  • Leading article: Prison and paid work do mix
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    While acknowledging that there are legitimate concerns here, we believe that the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, is right in wanting to double the number of prisoners in paid employment. Not having a job, at least a legitimate job, is one reason why s...

  • David Thomas: Who needs a knighthood when you can be a National Treasure?
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    It doesn't seem so long since he was just the chubby one in a boy band aimed, in a not entirely comfortable way, at the twin markets of teenage schoolgirls and adult gay men. Then Take That split, Robbie Williams took over the entire known universe a...

  • Leading article: Time for a rethink on technical skills
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    There are signs of progress. By near-doubling the number of so-called "university technical colleges" last week – bringing the proposed total to 34 – the Government has put a rocket under a scheme, started under Labour, that is a radical departure fr...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Why war is marching on the road to Damascus
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    I spent the last week in Damascus and the atmosphere reminds me of Beirut in 1975 at the start of the 15-year civil war. Again and again in conversations, people realistically laid out for me the nasty things that are all too likely to happen, but fe...

  • Harry Mount: A little of what you fancy does you good. Cheers!
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Well, if the new wave of Puritans have their way, we're all going to live extremely slowly, die very old, and leave pretty ugly, ancient corpses – with pristine livers.Last week, scientists at the University of Oxford declared that the Government's g...

  • Letters: Diamond Jubilee
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    Regrettably, so many of the anti-royal letters published in The Independent contain nothing more than expressions of envy combined with Cromwellian-style puritanism and a quasi-communist desire to educate people away from their traditional cultures a...

  • Leading article: Why isn't the torch relay more like the Big Lunch?
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    We recognise the need for generous corporate sponsorship, without which the modern Olympic Games would not be possible, and great efforts were made to ensure that the torch would be seen in every corner of the UK. But if commercial might squeezes out...

  • Mark Avery: When Tory shooters call the shots
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    The volte-face on this issue was forced by a public outcry, but it is possible that its sheer suddenness was also related to the revelation the previous day in The Independent – something I previously had missed – of David Cameron's closeness to the ...

  • Charlotte O'Sullivan: A tennis Grand Slam used to be so hard, but not in our globalised world
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    But even refuseniks have a tough time ignoring Wimbledon. One, because it's as much cultural as sporting. Two, because we've grown to know the cast. It seems extremely likely that this year it will be won by either Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Rog...

  • Letters: Diamond Jubilee
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    At a time of unprecedented social change and fragmentation, not to value an institution that has been a force for stability and cohesiveness would be quite irrational.Nor is it just about a person. In celebrating a jubilee we are recognising that – d...

  • Leading article: Nothing could have been more British
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    There may be those in Britain who do not approve of hereditary monarchy. There may also be those who remain aloof from all spasms of national mood, unmoved by World Cups, Royal Weddings and the Last Nights of the Proms alike. But there is, surely, no...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Comic-book joy for less than €1.3m
    Monday, 4 June 2012

    The first three Tintin albums – which take the heroic reporter to, respectively, Soviet Russia, the Belgian Congo, and the United States – are a hodgepodge of clumsy stereotypes and chaotic plotting. The accusations of racism that the more easily-off...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (3 June 2012)
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Malini MehraLondon I was shocked by the way your newspaper dealt with the recent events in Syria. The front page was exploitative, with its implication that if you didn't look inside, you were turning away and ignoring what is going on. I felt that...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: My own little mutiny on the bunting
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    There's vintage bunting, Cath Kidston bunting, Union Jack bunting... Plus there's all the rest of the vintage iconography: flowery teapots, cake stands, trestle tables and stripy tablecloths flapping in the wind. It's as though Oliver Cromwell never ...

  • Martin Bentham: Helen is quiet and shy – but focused on helping needy children
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    She was reticent: she blushed when I took a picture of her, but she had a focus, level-headedness and maturity beyond her years. I was hugely impressed.Helen, now 28, believed the work Medair was doing, treating thousands of malnourished children in ...

  • Paul Vallely: Spain – too big to fail, not too big to bail
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Spain is in its worst financial crisis for a century. The gallows-humour gagsters who brought you Grexit or Grout as terms for a possible disorderly exit by Greece from the euro have two more bits of japery on offer. "Spanic" is meant to encompass th...

  • Matt Chorley: Why can't the Brits hack it at the seaside?
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    There we are, standing essentially in our pants with nowhere to put loose change, averting our gaze from the pert bottoms and fat backs in the queue for overpriced ice creams.There is so much pretending. We pretend we can hear the sea over the sound ...

  • Katy Guest: I've read the future, and it doesn't work (or smell nice)
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    I make that sound so simple. What I really did was: took my ereader out of its box... Figured out that its battery was dead... Realised I had lost its lead... Ordered a new lead from the internet... Discovered too late that the delivery needed to be ...

  • DJ Taylor: Banged up abroad, ganged up on at home
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    If "neighbourliness" of the kind advertised in television soap operas, and indeed the Ten Commandments, is not actually a myth, then it is definitely a working-class construct. As a child growing up in an exemplary middle-class home, I was conscious ...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes (03/06/12)
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Though initially associated with a chain of oyster bars for City gents, the drink that James Pimm perfected in 1840 to wash down shellfish has, in more recent times, become seen as a traditional seasonal indulgence. And at up to £20 a jug (Wimbledon)...

  • Hugh Montgomery: Rant & Rave (03/06/2012)
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    It's one posterior we won't easily see the back of. Yes, the nation's favourite "scene-stealer", Pippa Middleton's bum, is back in the headlines, determined as the tabloids are to make it the sine qua non of any future royal coverage. Notionally, its...

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