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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

  • Leading article: Labour has questions to answer on Lords reform
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    The result, all too often, is that political expediency takes over. And so it was that although the principle of the legislation passed with a comfortable majority in the Commons on Tuesday night (despite a 91-strong Tory rebellion), when it came to ...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: I don't get this frenetic homage to generic fromage
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    I often fall into this trap myself. I willingly concede that I lead something of a cloistered life and, because I don't have first-hand experience of some of the commonplace aspects of modern life, I am probably unqualified to discuss the tastes and ...

  • Lisa Markwell: This summer hasn't left its Marks on my wardrobe
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    Clearly the designs and range were at fault. For once, the excuse trotted out couldn't be the weather. Yes, the weather is terrible and who'd want to buy a white broderie anglaise dress when it's cold and grey outside, but no one wants to buy a ga...

  • Letters: HIV-stricken Ukraine facing crisis
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    After Russia, Ukraine has the worst HIV position in Europe. The best estimate is that there are about 300,000 people with HIV, three times the number in the United Kingdom.As I saw on a recent visit, the Ukraine government does all too little to prev...

  • Leading article: Ms Gates throws down the gauntlet
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    But in much of the developing world contraception is still either taboo or unavailable, or both. In sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, supplies are short; and it is here that nearly all the countries where women have on average more than five childre...

  • Viv Groskop: At least make your 'mum' taunts funny
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    You can almost smell the horror in their summary. There's even a warning: "Repeated use of very strong language." Hugely enjoyable. Especially if you read it to yourself in a 1940s newsreader accent.This is, however, the only fun aspect of an unpleas...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Betty Boothroyd for Barclays chairman?
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    Best of all, however, would be a chairman drawn, not just from outside Barclays, but from outside the traditional world of non-executive directorships altogether. And, given the dominance of Bob Diamond revealed at the Treasury committee this week, t...

  • Gillian Orr: 'Grim' will be great. I should know...
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    After meeting six years ago, and living together until recently, I know a few things about his reluctance to get out of bed. But he'll be all right. He's legendary for falling asleep anywhere – on one cinema trip together he was snoring by the end o...

  • Liam Vernon: The risks for the labour traffickers are still too low
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    More than half of those were for slavery, servitude and labour exploitation. For this type of crime, the risks for criminals are still too low and the benefits for them in terms of money are still high. That balance needs to be addressed. The Connor...

  • Deborah Ross: Break the 140 character barrier with RealMeet?
    Thursday, 12 July 2012

    "I've had a major hard-on ever since I first heard about it," says the tech reporter from the Financial Times, "and I can't see it going away any time soon. This may even be the most life-changing innovation of our time." RealMeet is unique. It is ...

  • 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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