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Thursday, 12 July 2012

  • Leading article: A parliamentary inquiry that must raise its game
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    The New York Fed will no doubt now face questions in Washington. On this side of the Atlantic, the Bank of England's response to the Geithner emails amounted to little more than a claim that the concerns had been passed on to the British Banking Asso...

  • Tom Chatfield: Smartphones lock us in to our own lives – art can release us again
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    For five years of my life, I walked into and out of one station on the Central Line – Tottenham Court Road – at least twice a day, five days a week, 46 weeks a year. Well over 2,000 visits. Except, of course, the one place you never actually visit is...

  • Leading article: Escape from recession may be the easy part
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    First, the here and now. In the face of so nasty a mix of pressures – chronic and acute, domestic and international – George Osborne warrants a modicum of forbearance. The globalisation of the modern world is such that there is a limit to the impact ...

  • 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: Faster justice is not necessarily worse
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    They spurred debates about the widening gap between rich and poor, about morality, about whether there was a criminal underclass. They prompted a reassessment of the way cities, including London, were policed, bringing a new emphasis on the visibilit...

  • Sophie Heawood: Boring! Capturing yourself in the act is too normal and too easy
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    That happy sight floated back into my mind this week when popstar and TV presenter Tulisa Contostavlos won a High Court verdict against her ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards, who had released a private video of them and sold it online. He denied releasing ...

  • Alice Jones: Even Ascot isn't this fussy about hats
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    Much of the list will be no surprise to anyone who has ever been to an airport – no firearms, no illegal substances, no liquids, aerosols or gels over 100ml (not even if they're in a clear plastic bag). Pets, tents and "soft-sided bags over 25l in ca...

  • Simon Kelner: Is this the thin end of the corporate potato wedge?
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    There, I told you it wasn't an urgent piece of news. But beneath this rather trivial fact is a tale of such outrageous corporate hegemony and cultural imperialism that I feel it my duty to shine a torch, an Olympic torch even, on it. The reason th...

  • Amol Rajan: Decline and fall of that great craft, the Knowledge
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    Earlier this week, I was in a black taxi and mentioned the dreaded rival. The driver, Ray, burst into a torrent of abuse, and reached fever pitch with this assertion: "Them ******** ain't even done the Knowledge!". Two years and four months Ray had l...

  • Letters: Teachers have their own families
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    Even without the present retrenchment being visited on the profession by the government, does he really believe that people will be prepared to neglect their own families for the sake of such an unending vocation?And by narrowing the criteria by whic...

  • Leading article: A chance to stand up to Putin
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    Now, almost three years later, in a rare display of bipartisanship, the US Congress is moving to pass the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, denying visas to Russians implicated in human rights abuses and freezing their financial assets...

  • Owen Jones: Islamophobia - for Muslims, read Jews. And be shocked
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    Mehdi Hasan was right to speak out, but it must not be left to Muslims alone to take on this bigotry. A tide of Islamophobia has swept Europe for many years, and – shamefully – all too few have taken a stand. Even many who regard themselves as "progr...

  • Mike Trace: Eva Rausing helped other addicts to live
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    Eva was involved with our work at RAPt for many years, and quickly grasped our vision – of offering treatment to prisoners with drug and alcohol problems, of the same quality that was available in private treatment centres for those who could afford ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Football remains in the dock
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    The first was that the case was so obviously weak and what is said on a football pitch so much reflects the heat of the moment that the charge should never have been brought. The second – voiced by many black players, among others – was that, even if...

  • Sean O'Grady: Life will be longer, but poorer as we don't produce enough to pay for public services
    Friday, 13 July 2012

    The obvious answer is that everything should be privatised, hived off and sent to private finance, but that services should still be available free or cheaply at the point of use. This is roughly what is happening in the National Health Service now...

  • 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 ...

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