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Sunday, 15 July 2012

  • Leading article: The balance of power in Syria has shifted
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    It would be some consolation to discern here the outlines of an eventual solution, albeit one very far down the line. If Mr Annan judges it worth having further talks in Moscow, then perhaps the Kremlin's position is not as rigid as it seems. And if...

  • Leading article: Distraction will not be enough, Mr Cameron
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    The Budget was not only a fiasco in itself – the pluses leaked, the minuses buried – it was followed by a string of embarrassing U-turns as ill-thought-out policies, from fuel duty rises to pasty taxes, were disowned. Then there was last week's rebel...

  • John Kampfner: The price of our safety shouldn't be our freedom
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    The motivation is, on one level, entirely good. But it lacks proportion and perspective, allowing spivs to charge what they like (and do what they like) as they secure dodgy public-private partnerships, and allowing the spooks to maintain their longs...

  • Leading article: Ten questions for Theresa May
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    Every time we are tempted to say that glitches are to be expected and that some disruption of London life is a price worth paying, it seems that the organisers are ever more determined to make the BBC's spoof Twenty Twelve look like a promotional do...

  • Leading article: Time to right our Kenyan wrongs
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    As if the violence itself was not bad enough, the denials, obfuscations and legal sleights of hand from the British government in the decades since have only made matters worse. Thousands of pages of documents were spirited out of Kenya when the cou...

  • Leading article: The drawbacks of Condi for Veep
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    If, in considering Condi, Mr Romney is recognising his own shortcomings, he earns points for realism at least. But the Republican challenger may also be thinking of polls showing that Barack Obama will keep many of his voters from 2008 – because they...

  • Philippa Stockley: What your red-soled stilettos say about you
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    That Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City seemed almost welded to her towering red-soled Louboutin stilettos, also beloved of real women such as Rihanna, Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham, is well known. But, last week, Homebase reported that sales of te...

  • Letters: M&S
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    More than once in the past couple of years I have visited Marks to try to buy a woollen sweater. It's always a nightmare.Instead of all the woollens and other type of sweaters displayed in one place in the store, I have had to traipse around from one...

  • Leading article: Memo to the BBC... don't leave your tax affairs open to attack
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    The target? The BBC, specifically its practice of paying nearly a third of presenters through "personal service companies". Finance director Zarin Patel gave some credible responses, not least that freelancing is central to the broadcast business. B...

  • Ian Birrell: More people? We should be celebrating
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    The rise is the fastest since 1801, when census figures were first published. That was also when Thomas Malthus was warning that the world could not cope with untrammeled growth in population. He was wrong then, just as Paul Ehrlich's predictions of...

  • Natalie Haynes: All about evil... nasty beats nice at the cinema every time
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    Because they just don't. Virtually every line of All About Eve zings out of the screen and thwacks you right in the solar plexus; the most innocent question is weighed down with subtext. "What would you like to drink?" Bill asks Eve, the ingénue wo...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Lovely local papers show signs of a comeback
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    I love that it keeps me up to date with what's going on in my area (the traffic wardens are revolting – well, they ought to be, their wages are terrible and they get grief every other minute of the day; a tiny nameless street round the corner from ...

  • Donald MacInnes: Read on to see just how far from 'great' we've sunk
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    And although I really don't aim to please, I'd hate you get to the end and have any regrets. You may even want to leave a trail of Smarties behind you, in case you get halfway through and realise that, actually, I'm talking out of my backside. At lea...

  • Letters: Teaching
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    One example I witnessed in my career was how many of my female colleagues' view of their job changed subtly when they returned from maternity leave (as they invariably did from the 1980s onwards) and quite rightly so.With the best will in the world, ...

  • Leading article: Sportsmanship triumphs over sabotage
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    Race organisers are asking police to investigate, after reports that tacks on the road were behind the spectacle of 30 cyclists suffering punctures in a single-kilometre stretch of yesterday's 14th stage.The incident is a depressing reminder – on the...

  • Nicholas Faith: Politicians are falling in love with the tracks
    Monday, 16 July 2012

    Yet today rail is the only form of government spending not to be cut, but benefiting from continuing increases in investment. In one way this is merely a belated recognition of the fact first stated by the great French railwayman Louis Armand 40 year...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (15 July 2012)
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    Local authorities would have to wait longer for loans to the elderly to be repaid. The shortfall in revenue would have to be funded from somewhere, so perhaps we should prepare for further budget cuts and increases in council tax. What will happen...

  • Nick Pickles: The security industry has politicians in its thrall
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    After 9/11, New Labour subjected the public to regular warnings that an attack was imminent and that we had to trust the Government to make decisions about how our liberty should be protected.Every decision, every argument, was framed in the context ...

  • DJ Taylor: Trend alert! Old is the new young
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    One hears this kind of thing quite a lot these days. Promoting his last-but-one novel, The Pregnant Widow, Martin Amis went so far as to prophesy an intergenerational guerrilla war, in which bands of furious pensioners would wreak a deadly vengeance ...

  • Katy Guest: Rings signal messages, not all of them good
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    It's not necessarily because we think they are potential cheats that women want men to be visibly married. Jools Oliver may check Jamie's emails and phone for evidence that he might be playing away Ω as she revealed last week Ω but most women avoid ...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: Why modern travel fills me with horror
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    When the day comes, I remember how much I loathe flying. I seethe at the humiliation of airport security checks. I come over all Prince Charles and fume at Richard Rogers and his ugly, sterile architecture. It's the horrific white blandness of airpor...

  • Lucy Cavendish: Sienna picked my little girl's perfect name
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    "Ottoline?", I said.My daughter looked up, eyes wide, "Ottoline? That's my name."Yes. It is true. My daughter is called Ottoline, and even though I found out later that Miller has actually named her daughter Marlowe Ottoline, the damage is done. A ce...

  • David Randall: The Emperor's New Clothes (15/07/12)
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    That, at any rate, is the popular theory, and you would think that, as a regular commuter on the London Underground, I would agree. After all, on most journeys I have to endure the intrusive racket of an impersonal stereo, or watch as one of the cap...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (15/07/12)
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    Marks & Spencer is blaming the rain, it seems, for the disappointing performance of its summer range of clothes. The retailer can't be unaware, though, that the clothes are also not selling well because many of them are really horrible. Why is ...

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