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  • Leading article: Spanish brinkmanship just delays the inevitable
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    There are strong arguments in favour of concerted action from the ECB. With the very existence of the single currency at stake, the euro's problems need all that can possibly be thrown at them. But, as the central bank president noted last week, mone...

  • Leading article: Bonds to help reconcile debtors and savers
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    Such bonds may be what many others have been looking for, too. While Britain's huge number of debtors – those with mortgages, overdrafts and unpaid credit cards – are still benefiting from ultra-low interest rates, there are others being hammered by ...

  • Grace Dent: Diamond Jubilee: Of all the things the Queen doesn't love, 'boats' must be top of the list
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    Plus, it's not like our expectations were managed. Settling down to watch Sunday's Thames Pageant, Britain had been primed – by Huw Edwards, Ben Fogle, Tess Daly and assorted other goody-two-shoes Beeb sorts – to expect an event so spectacular and ot...

  • Simon Kelner: Dogs reflect back to us the good and the bad in life
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    I am not exactly a disinterested party when it comes to dogs: I have a long-haired dachshund so, for me, the picture we printed of a United Nations debating chamber peopled, so to speak, with dachshunds was a joy to behold. It's a piece of travelling...

  • Avraham Burg: Even I – an Israeli – think settlement goods are not kosher
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    After a meeting of the EU Council of Foreign Ministers last month, several European member states now appear ready to follow the British initiative. Denmark has already announced it will do so. Member states also committed to ensure that settlement p...

  • Amol Rajan: Focus of any election can determine who triumphs
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    Carville's pithy phrase has infected Western politics so much that it is now the conventional wisdom that elections are won or lost according to the health of the economy. There is strong evidence for this, including basically all the recent election...

  • Ben Chu: A banking union will not be enough. We need growth
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    That's encouraging, since it suggests that the euro cent is finally dropping for Europe's leaders. It has dawned on them that not all of Europe's problems can be solved by spending cuts and tax rises. Ireland's massive sovereign debt pile is not a co...

  • Letters: A Jubilee North Korea might envy
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    I have no animus against this elderly lady, but my mind does grind to a sort of shuddering stop when an interviewer asks one of the adoring masses if they had sandwiches with them to sustain them while they waited to see boats floating down the Thame...

  • Leading article: A gentle warning from Wisconsin
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    A jubilant Mr Romney said that the result would "echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin", and show that "citizens... could prevail against the runaway government costs imposed by labour bosses". But his words also illustrated, no doubt unintentionally,...

  • Phillip Blond: Leave the profit motive out in the cold
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    The unemployed or those not in work can give as much if not more than anybody else, and respected charities including Tomorrow's People, who placed these volunteers with Close Protection (the firm delivering the staff to the river pageant), have long...

  • Simon Kelner: Flagging up a decline which patriotism can't arrest
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    Did you wonder at the light show when Madness were playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace? Did you despair at the tide of bilge that floated down the Thames with the royal party, manufactured by the flotilla of TV commentators and pundits? Did y...

  • Archie Bland: People aren't less dead because Obama gave the order
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    It was always pretty easy for your average British liberal to object to the Bush administration's anti-terror policies. George W Bush never carried our hopes and the easy distaste for Guantanamo and waterboarding aligned perfectly with our sense of h...

  • Letters: We need wind farms - but where?
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    Your poll showing a virtual 3-1 majority in favour of building more onshore turbines shows that it is only a matter of time before the "anti" stance is overcome as the younger generation have their say. But for the time being David Cameron's desire t...

  • Leading article: A last hurrah for a vanishing age
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    Here, truly, was a Britain, whose like will not be seen again, because it is passing so swiftly into history. It was not just the carriage procession from Westminster Hall, or the cavalry, or the massed military bands, with their air of empire and an...

  • Stefan Stern: Gulfstreams are neither big nor clever. So why bother with them?
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    With Victor, you can book your slot on a six-seater plane at a less extravagant rate by chartering the whole aircraft and selling on spare seats to other travellers. As its founder Clive Jackson says: "There's a smarter way of flying private jets." A...

  • Ian Birrell: Our national sport shares our national blindness
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    Perhaps this is why amid the festivities, self-congratulatory clichés about tolerance poured down harder than the rain. Yet rumbling away on the back pages of newspapers has been a story demonstrating the lack of room for such complacency, showing ho...

  • Harriet Walker: Stamina? Divas of a certain age show how it's done
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    But what really lit up the stage was the sight of Grace Jones, 64, gyrating across it, irreverent and shameless, sassy and other-worldly, as she performed "Slave to the Rhythm". And Shirley Bassey, 75, belting out "Diamonds are Forever" with much mor...

  • Leading article: The taekwondos and don'ts of Olympic selection
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    Definitive selection at national championships or trials may seem ruthless, and unfair to an athlete who has a bad day, but it is transparent and ensures that factors other than performance do not come into play. The prospect of winning gold for Grea...

  • Deborah Ross: Memory loss - the perfect way to kill time
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    Keys:* Place car keys firmly and deliberately in hand* Answer telephone* End telephone call* Now search for car keys.Car:* Drive to local shops* Walk home* See car is no longer parked outside* Now call police.Glasses:* Put on reading glasses to read ...

  • Natalie Haynes: Pity the students whose parents still hover
    Thursday, 7 June 2012

    But demands for re-marking seem to have got beyond a joke. Oxford dons, it's reported, have reminded colleges of the strict rules for exam grade appeals, following a doubling of requests for them. Fair enough, you might think. Those ivory-tower dwell...

  • Leading article: With conflicts of interest, perception is all
    Wednesday, 6 June 2012

    Lady Warsi's case also poses a separate question. She admits she was accompanied on an official trip to Pakistan by a relative with whom she shared a business interest. She says that neither of them stood to profit. At a time when government policy i...

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