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Thursday, 7 June 2012

  • Leading article: Now is not the time for Eurosceptic opportunism
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    Senior Conservative members of the Coalition are as egregious offenders as any. George Osborne has already weighed in once, with his oft-quoted identification of the "remorseless logic" of closer European integration (providing that does not include ...

  • Laurie Penny: Don't listen to what G4S say. Look at what they do
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    I mention all this because G4S will shortly be patrolling the London Olympics with more than 10,000 private security agents. The British-based company, billing itself as the "world's leading international security solutions group", will be the main p...

  • Sebastian Faulks: The BBC binds the nation. Don't condemn it because of one bad day on the Diamond Jubilee
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    BBC1 apparently decided its lengthy broadcast would come not in the mould of election night but in that of The One Show, its cosy, early-evening magazine. Editors seem to have feared that six hours of watching boats might become dull. It's easy to se...

  • Leading article: Pensioners' benefits cannot be untouchable
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    About time, too. The case for finding efficient and fair ways to reduce the Government's deficit is overwhelming, though how to go about it is a fraught, complex question. This newspaper has urged the Chancellor to concentrate on measures to stimulat...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Wind power: climate and landscape in conflict
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    Action on climate change is urgently needed. Of the options for renewable energy, turbines can be put in place now, not in the next 15 or 20 years, which would do little to prevent catastrophic global warming.Lesley DockseyBuckland Newton, DorsetYour...

  • Leading article: Why a civilian should police the police
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    The Police Federation appears to have two main objections. The first is that Mr Winsor has never served as a police officer. The second is that he compiled a report on policing that the Federation did not like. Both might be seen by those who depend ...

  • Alice Jones: From the heavens to the seven ticket gates of hell, the internet will find you
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    The innovation comes on top of last month's decision by Virgin Atlantic to permit mobile phone calls on long-haul flights. I was on one a fortnight ago, and while most people used the opportunity to call home and shout "I'm on a plane! I know! In the...

  • Harriet Walker: There are tactics for dealing with 'stranger danger'. But the risks don't go away
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    It's a depressing state of affairs: we can teach women (old and young alike) all the "stranger danger" tactics there are in the book, but while the strangers persist, so does the danger. The inevitable conclusion then is that women must either incorp...

  • Simon Kelner: Everyone knows England won't win, so we just might
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    This makes it all the more impressive that their productivity levels are still higher than ours, but, at the end of this, the shortest working week of the year, I'd like to offer an optimistic thought that will particularly cheer those for whom get...

  • Lisa Markwell: It's a new Olympic sport – the race to sell tickets
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    No doubt for many the early-onset ennui will be replaced with a moderate level of enthusiasm once the Games begin, when it will be permissible to sit in front of the telly all day drinking on-offer supermarket beer and perving over Tom Daley and Vict...

  • Owen Jones: The incoherence of Englishness, and why Ed Miliband's England is a lost country
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    No other demographic in Britain spends more time mulling over what "Englishness" means than a well-connected coterie of think-tankers, political advisers and certain academics. Their efforts came to full fruition yesterday with Ed Miliband's much-tra...

  • Letters: No more reprieves for the euro
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    The euro is a federal currency but without a federal government or federal financial institutions. It was bound sooner or later to encounter problems, particularly as even French and German politicians ignored its budget rules when it suited them, an...

  • Leading article: Could Ukraine grab a late winner?
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    Progress has been patchy from the start, as the newly democratic leaders in Kiev spent more time fighting between themselves than instituting the reforms their corrupt, sclerotic country needed. But under Viktor Yanukovych, president since 2010, Ukra...

  • Lisa Markwell: Why buying tickets is the craziest Olympic sport of all
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    No doubt for many, the early-onset ennui will be replaced with a moderate level of enthusiasm once the Games begin, when it will be permissible to sit in front of the telly all day drinking on-offer supermarket beer and perving over Tom Daley and Vic...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: A bad day for faceless Facebook trolls
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    The practice known as "trolling" can make life a misery for those targeted, and so long as the perpetrators are able to shelter behind the web's vaunted anonymity, their victims have little recourse. That could be set to change, following a High Cour...

  • Leading article: Hats off to the modern-day altruists
    Friday, 8 June 2012

    The former nurse may shrug off her decision as little different from trying to save someone from drowning. But those no longer facing death from renal failure or subject to the tyranny of dialysis might put the case in stronger terms.All that is need...

  • 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...

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