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  • 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 ...

  • Letters: There are two sides to tennis clubs
    Saturday, 14 July 2012

    For an extra £7, their parents can take out a membership that allows them to play with their children only. Full adult membership is £130. I do not consider these fees expensive.We have four all-weather courts, two of them floodlit, and we need to pu...

  • John Mann: Andrew Tyrie must leave his committee to do its job
    Saturday, 14 July 2012

    As ever politicians remain susceptible to flattery and pretensions of power. Andrew Tyrie has half his conclusions already written as he usurps the powers of his committee. But has he got the bottle to ask the big questions? Are RBS and HSBC even mor...

  • The big questions: Was John Terry wronged? Do we need the Lords? And would you jail bankers?
    Saturday, 14 July 2012

    If we are going to have criminal prosecutions at all, surely they should be related to the damage that the offender causes. By that yardstick, venal bankers who have caused misery for millions should face far greater punishment than those (primarily ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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