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Sunday, 1 July 2012

  • Leading article: Dangerous referendum talk costs UK credibility
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    Liam Fox's speech to the Taxpayers' Alliance yesterday was just the latest salvo from a wing of the Conservative Party that is trying to take out its frustrations with the constraints of coalition by making common cause with a resurgent Ukip. The cl...

  • Leading article: An inquiry into Libor alone will not suffice
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    That this will be easier said than done was apparent from all the words expended to minimal effect over the weekend. The Government announced an independent review into the workings of Libor, to report by the autumn. The chairman of the Treasury Sele...

  • Laurie Penny: The smoking ban shows the best way to deal with addiction
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    Then there's the compassionate approach. Five years ago yesterday, the Government banned smoking almost everywhere it could. Despite the kvetching of addicts across the land, the cultural change has been enormous and largely positive – even for resid...

  • Leading article: Damn the banks, or be damned
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    The week before last, the publicly owned RBS, which includes NatWest, updated some software only to find that it stopped working. The frustrations of customers were not assuaged by the vast salaries paid out of public money for the supposedly unique...

  • Leading article: The cost of unaffordable childcare has a cost
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    This evidence that the high cost of childcare is not something unique to London should alert ministers to the reality that this is a national problem and should be treated as such. The Government already recognises the value of good early-years educ...

  • David Blunkett: 'Don't end funding for Victim Support'
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    There is little sign yet that the Government has listened to the many thousands of people who have protested about the plans. But I hope that, even at this late stage, ministers will stop this threat to desperately needed support and services for vi...

  • Melanie McDonagh: All hail Alice and her 150 years of quiet scepticism
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    "We had tea on the bank," wrote Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, in his diary, "and did not reach Christ Church again till a quarter past eight... on which occasion I told the fairy tale of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, which I undertook to...

  • Letters: Banking and bankers
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    Ranks close, backs are watched, Old Boys stir themselves. The nods and winks spread the word: we're all in this together. Hold your nerve. It'll pass. A few scapegoat juniors are tipped into the void. A token dispensable senior is persuaded to fall ...

  • Leading article: The more protracted the withdrawal, the costlier it will be
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    President Obama's announcement of a deadline for the departure of US forces always risked giving comfort to the Taliban and others intent on violent resistance to outside intervention. Nor is it easy to identify a trainee soldier or policeman who ma...

  • Natalie Haynes: E-books are ephemeral, real books for life
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    However bad things were in 1979, Adams died before the Brontitall nightmare finally came true. As internet shopping juggernauts its way forward, it has demolished almost all the shops I liked, and now the high streets sell mainly shoes (because, I g...

  • Jimmy Burns: How football can rebuild a nation
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    The colour red is the colour usually worn by the national squad as long as most Spaniards can remember. But until relatively recently, politics seemed to get in the way of a broader acceptance of the word, like the Azzurri in Italy or Les Bleus in Fr...

  • Deborah Ross: Think it's easy being a brow guru? It's a serious business
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    Or can anyone have a go? Could I, for example, set myself up as a brow guru and put a note on my door as follows: "Please ring bell for brow guru. If no reply, am otherwise occupied guru-ing brows, but do try again later"? And would I have to be on...

  • Matilda Battersby: Humankind's best – and most expensive – friend
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    However, my current pet peeve is more literal than that. It concerns an actual pet: Wally, the (now deceased) lurcher dog, to whom Camilla Parker Bowles' niece Emma wrote an extensive tribute in a Sunday newspaper yesterday. Emma Parker Bowles descri...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Dodging the dentist: it's a mix of fear and finances
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    There's nothing like someone telling you briskly that a, you're an idiot, b, such idiocy will cost you half a tooth and £200, especially when you can't answer back because they've got their hand wrist-deep in your mouth. As you can no doubt guess, I'...

  • Paul Conroy: The bombing in Homs shows we need a treaty
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    The survivors of the attack in February – myself, Edith Bouvier, William Daniels and Javier Espinoza – were hidden in a house close to the field hospital where we endured a lengthy bombardment. It gave me an opportunity, as a former artilleryman in t...

  • Letters: Banking
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    The argument that high pay and lavish bonuses are needed to attract the best talent has surely now been exploded in an industry where such incentives have coexisted with such disaster. What shareholders like me need are steady, reliable, sensible an...

  • Leading article: After Euro 2012 – what Ukraine needs to do next
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    And two of the chief fears – that there would be overt racism among crowds in Poland, but especially in Ukraine, of the sort now mostly banished in the rest of Europe, and that the facilities and organisation would not be up to scratch – were for th...

  • Phil Wilson: Big Society? My party has a prior claim
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    If the communities we represent are to continue to support Labour, we must live in their image and not expect them to live in ours. We must look to ourselves and build a Labour movement which reaches out beyond party and trade union to employee and ...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'Do women consider the ukulele sexy?'
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    As I write, Twitter is dominated by comments from feminist columnists declaring that they are going to pursue the newly single Johnny Depp. I was tempted, by way of response, to tweet my intention to leave my family and jump on the Eurostar in order ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (1 July 2012)
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    Jon P Baker Sheffield Emily Dugan, in her article on teenage crime, quotes a 14-year-old boy who found out that stealing was wrong only when he got caught. The Butler Education Act of 1944 made only one subject in the curriculum compulsory – RE (re...

  • Patrick Cockburn: How Julian Assange's private life helped conceal the real triumph of WikiLeaks
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    These criticisms tell one more about the conventionality and herd instinct of British opinion-makers than they do about Assange. Ignored, in all this, is his achievement as founder of WikiLeaks in publishing US government cables giving people across ...

  • Paul Vallely: How to change the Bollinger mindset
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    The scandal of bankers rigging inter-bank lending interest rates is, apologists for capitalism insist, down to the criminal acts of a few individuals. Yes, it's big and important, because the Libor interest rate they fiddled is used to set the price...

  • DJ Taylor: Everyone wants to be Scottish now
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    All this – Mr Salmond's wiliness, the value of the North Sea hydrocarbons, ancestral sentiment and hard economic reality – raises the wider question of what English people think about Scotland. A hundred years ago, this enquiry could have been answe...

  • Katy Guest: It's official - housework makes men happier
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    The scientists don't know whether to attribute this to the men feeling less guilty, or to the women not nagging them so much, but the important point to remember is this: it is scientifically proven in a large-scale experiment conducted by a real liv...

  • Joanna Moorhead: Adele has the right idea - have children young
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    Now, though, my Adele admiration is at a new zenith. At 24, she's pregnant. What a sensible, sussed, clever woman she is. And what a great role model for girls like my own four young daughters. Because the reality is my generation of women left it ...

  • Leading article: The wrong Barclays head has rolled
    Monday, 2 July 2012

    Senior management there was aware of the deception, which was designed to calm market jitters about the bank's stability, the Financial Services Authority investigation has found. When Mr Diamond, who has a reputation as a very hands-on manager, appe...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (01/07/12)
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    Evan Davies had to apologise on the Today programme last week for accidentally saying that the Euros are "over". The football tournament is only over for the England team, unfortunately. For the rest of us, it is still going on. When that stops, a...

  • Laura Sandys: Heavy industry must lead the renewables rush
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    But let no one say that energy-intensive industries are not committed to lower energy inputs. They are the ones biting the hands off producers of technologies that reduce their energy consumption; they are at the forefront of trying to reduce energy...

  • Simmy Richman: The Emperor's New Clothes (01/07/12)
    Sunday, 1 July 2012

    I've tried to get into it. I've sat for hours watching events with enthusiasts only too happy to explain the tactical intricacies. Over the course of a stag weekend, I've attended a live race, thinking that the sights, sounds and smells might finall...

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