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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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