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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

  • Leading article: Teachers can do more – but there are limits
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    It is for this reason that the head of Ofsted's message yesterday – that teachers need to go the extra mile, keep their pupils in schools longer, and be rewarded for it – should be heeded. Likewise, his exhortation to future headteachers not to be af...

  • Leading article: Roubles talk in British courts
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    These labyrinthine cases have much in common. They both have their origins in the chaotic carve-up of Russia's natural resources in the "wild east" years after the Soviet Union's collapse. They concern complex business arrangements for which there is...

  • Leading article: Politics is a distraction from the Libor scandal
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    There is no question that Barclays behaved shamefully and that Mr Diamond had no option but to resign. Of greater concern for the future is that the political class immediately descended into unimaginative point-scoring. Such behaviour suggests not o...

  • Archie Bland: Cameron would do better not to take sides in future
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    Only a few months ago he was making cheery political hay by promising to roll out the red carpet for the tax exiles who would doubtless pour across the Channel should the Socialists prevail in France, and making droll little asides about cheese dutie...

  • Simon Kelner: All fun and Games? Not if you ask the taxi drivers...
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    It comes to something when I, a cheerful, upbeat Lancastrian, receives an upbraiding from the other side of the Pennines for my gloomy outlook, but Phil thought that I had outdone even him in my crotchety response to Andy Murray. I am willing to beli...

  • Letters: Disabled deprived of a social life
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    Their weekly routine is centered around their home and short trips to the shops, with three special days when three of them go to a centre where they work stuffing envelopes, putting balloons in plastic bags and packing screws into packets.The centre...

  • Leading article: Two cheers for Russia
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    There is, of course, an immediate, practical effect. With up to $4bn-worth of outstanding military contracts with Moscow, President Bashar al-Assad cannot fail to feel the impact if the comments from a senior Russian official prove accurate. Even mor...

  • The Sketch: Terry meets a Scot attacker who speaks his language
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    With his Scottish accent and quick-fire delivery, Duncan Penny, the prosecutor in Mr Terry's trial, sounds like Malcolm Tucker, the fearsome spin doctor from The Thick of It. Like Mr Tucker, Mr Penny is not afraid of deploying industrial language. "H...

  • Lisa Markwell: With so much choice, why would anyone feel they had to go to M&S?
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    Yesterday's announcement didn't come as a surprise, then. Visitors stream like salmon swimming upstream through the Autograph blouses, turn left at Per Una and out on to the high street. No one stops to peruse the floral-print capri pants; no one st...

  • Shaun Walker: How a punk rock Riot made a big political noise
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    What nobody could have imagined was that, months later, the performance would evolve in to one of the most hotly debated political events in recent Russian history.The incident, captured on a video that surfaced on YouTube, involved five women in bal...

  • Simon Calder: Olympic-sized problem that's going nowhere fast
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    "Every desk will be manned at all peak times," the minister assured the committee. But he was referring only to the Olympics, exactly the period that should not be pre-occupying our politicians. The "international embarrassment" that one of the MPs...

  • James Moore: Sweetness and light? Relations between Barclays and the FSA were anything but
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    The impression the former Barclays chief executive gave when he appeared before the committee last week was that relations between the bank and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) were harmonious and all was sweetness and light.“The FSA was happy ...

  • Simon Kelner: Passing of a true pioneer who led me from the start
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    Tributes were paid to him via this most modern medium, but within 140 characters, no one could adequately capture the charm, warmth and generosity of spirit of a man who was a formative influence on my career and who provided guidance – both spirit...

  • Amol Rajan: Cruelty and cowardice replace common sense
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    The rules are partly a consequence of David Cameron's cruel, opportunistic and unrealisable pledge before the last general election to bring net migration into the UK down from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands. They target spouse...

  • Letters: Tennis and money
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    I have two sons and a daughter who are all sports-mad and love tennis, I have three cousins who have won multiple Wimbledon doubles titles and I live just around the corner from a tennis club with well-maintained, floodlit all-weather courts. The a...

  • Natalie Haynes: Secretly, we long for an alien invasion
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    It has always baffled me that conspiracy theorists long for alien life to be confirmed, when our imaginings of aliens are so rarely the messianic suffering figure (ET) or the friendly mentor (Chocky), but are so frequently the blow-us-to-kingdom-come...

  • Rhodri Marsden: What's the worst that can happen if you take to the dancefloor?
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    Dancefloor aptitude is overrated. You may admire the slick shimmying of strangers and worry that your own untutored frugging doesn't measure up, but there's never been any direct correlation between smooth, rhythmic movement and popularity. You're lo...

  • Deborah Ross: Relieve the sporting tension with Auntie Sylvia
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    My Auntie Sylvia will not, I think you'll find, prove much trouble. She has lived through the Great Depression and the Second World War and will, for example, take the least comfortable chair in front of the television while claiming, heroically, "I...

  • Leading article: A woman's place is with the comrades
    Wednesday, 11 July 2012

    Frances O'Grady's promotion to the TUC's top job is not only evidence of the – albeit slow – increase in the number of women at the top of their professions. Perhaps more importantly, it also sets the seal on the transformation of the workforce. Once...

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