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Saturday, 21 July 2012

  • Leading article: Wiggins sets the perfect tone for London 2012
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    There will be those who see in Wiggins' trophy proof that Britain has gained the upper hand in a new chapter of the old cross-Channel rivalry. There was more than an element of national one-upmanship when Britain beat France to host this year's Olym...

  • David Jackman: Business won't be ethical until it shares society's values again
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    Oh yes, and, as if Barclays' and HSBC's antics are not enough, we find a large company like G4S can fail to fulfil a major commitment at a time of intense national pride and yet still collect their management fee from the taxpayer. Are we being mugs ...

  • Leading article: Ready, steady... go!
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    There has been plenty to complain about over the past seven years, since that sweet-and-bitter moment when the London bid triumphed over Paris's, followed the next day by the deadliest terrorist attack on bus and Tube. Our ComRes opinion poll today...

  • Leading article: Gun control alone is not the answer
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    Tighter gun laws – and their proper enforcement – however, are not all that these tragedies are about. And it is simplistic to believe that more rigorous licensing, background checks and restrictions on purchasing, while perhaps cramping the style of...

  • Alan George: Power vacuum in Syria favours Assad
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    Sixteen months and 16,000 deaths on, Assad's delusions persist. Interviewed by German television this month, he asked: "If the people were against me, how could I still be in my position?"The considered response is that he might not be "in his positi...

  • Andrew Gimson: We're all going on a summer holiday...
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    Yet some of us are unable to give more than two cheers for the holidays. Far be it from me to cloud the brow of anyone, young or old, who says, with Nat King Cole, "Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer/... You'll wish that summer could alw...

  • Leading article: Mr Cameron's green tinge risks turning dark blue
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    The appearance was deceptive. As Prime Minister, Mr Cameron has not made a single speech on the environment. Far from bonding the two parties, environmental policy is fuelling fresh and potentially explosive tensions. So far the division has not been...

  • Rob Penn: Forget your sorrows, touch the gods – all you have to do is get on your bike
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    When I first commuted by bike in London 20 years ago, people in my office thought I was, at best, odd. My route went through Hyde Park. I knew the names of all the other cyclists who habitually rode down Rotten Row at the same time each morning – tha...

  • Letters: M&S
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    Each store displays their own brands in a different area so if, for example, you are looking for a jacket, you have to visit all the areas to see what is available. What’s the problem with having to do that in M&S too?Mr Bedale-Taylor’s letter se...

  • Leading article: Who said Ed was the wrong Miliband to lead Labour?
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    Nick Clegg's unguarded remarks at the weekend about not being averse to taking Liberal Democrats into a Labour-led coalition suggests he could be thinking along similar lines. The tide of British politics may not have turned, and the next election is...

  • Francis Wheen: The country's not the place for a quiet life
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    "Fans switch off as Archers turns to the dark side" was the headline in yesterday's Mail on Sunday, reporting "widespread anger from the show's more traditional fans" at how the show has been "sensationalised" since a former EastEnders producer arriv...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (22 July 2012)
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    I was an army wife for 23 years, supporting my husband's and family's needs before my own while he was on exercise and active service in places like Northern Ireland and Iraq. The very week his redundancy was announced, my husband announced that he ...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Don't ever look ropey – just in case!'
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    I felt genuine sorrow for her. It's one thing to be accidentally caught looking off-duty by a friend or an ex-friend or even a frenemy – at which point I like to run and hide. Recently, having spotted someone I really, really, completely and absolu...

  • DJ Taylor: Pro or anti? What the Games say about us
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    Looking for a point of comparison in our recent national history, the social commentator would find it not in the 1948 Games – run on a shoestring and christened the "Austerity Olympics" – but in the 1951 Festival of Britain. This, too, though billed...

  • Jeremy Hunt: The greatest show on earth from UK plc
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    With the eyes of the world upon us, London 2012 has the potential to be one of the greatest moments in our country's recent history. We are confident that we are all set to stage a safe and spectacular Games which will do the country and the world's ...

  • Katy Guest: There are 24 hours a day, and women get one
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    Last week, the counter-argument gained ground when City University London revealed the results of a recent study. Researchers watched the BBC's Ten O'Clock News for a week, and discovered that nine out of 10 "experts" on the programme were men. This...

  • Letters: Libor 'massage' may not be fraud
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    The purpose of Libor is to enable banks to recover the cost of funds they lend. If they allow the rate to be talked down for an orderly market they pay a price but benefit from the stability. Those betting against Libor may suffer a loss but they are...

  • Leading article: A cynical trade union gold rush
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    It all began when the RMT union secured bonuses for a variety of transport staff for working through the Olympics – that is, for doing the job they are paid to do. It continued when London Underground workers threatened to strike unless they were awa...

  • Alice Jones: French dinosaurs make our MPs look modern
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    The rumble began as soon as France's new housing minister stood up from her seat. By the time she had mounted the podium and taken a firm grip of the mic, the house of power was vibrating with the sound of 100 men rubbing their thighs, smacking their...

  • Natalie Haynes: Pity our poor ministers forced to go by Tube to the Olympics
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    The deprivation must be almost unthinkable. And it doesn't end there: even if they are prepared to buy a ticket for a family member to accompany them to an event at which they are supposed to be working, they can't. Purely because some nasty-minded ...

  • Natalie Haynes: Yes, ministers, the hair shirt rules are a daily reality for most people
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    The deprivation must be almost unthinkable. And it doesn't end there: even if they are prepared to buy a ticket for a family member to accompany them to an event at which they are supposed to be working – insofar as one can work at, say, a diving eve...

  • Shashank Joshi: Minorities are rightly fearful as Islamists step in to fill power vacuum
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    Defections and assassinations have hollowed out the core of the regime. But Western states – having repeatedly demanded Assad's departure – are now worried about catastrophic success. If this week's bombing was a suicide operation then one concern i...

  • Angela Neustatter: You can be a feminist and be happy at home
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    I plead not guilty. I never said women should return to the 1950s and I certainly don't advocate it. Indeed, it seems to me that hearts and minds are largely won over to seeing the benefits of men and women both contributing skills and talents in the...

  • Rebecca Tyrrel: 'For such a bastion of Home Counties values, Lord Coe has quite the gene pool'
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    The couple later returned to Delhi, where Mr Lal ran one of the city's grander hotels. But interracial marriage was no more a picnic in India then than in England, and an unhappy Vera returned to London with Sebastian's mother, Angela, and his aunt S...

  • The big questions: Do problem families need visits? Will we get an Olympics legacy? Talk or text?
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    Teenage boys like the ones in the south London gang I befriended are rarely at home. They are on the road committing crime or hanging around street corners with nothing to do. The home visitor envisaged by Casey will join a long list of people – teac...

  • Matt Chorley: The Emperor's New Clothes (22/07/12)
    Sunday, 22 July 2012

    It is almost a national sport to hate garden gnomes. True, they are the ceramic equivalent of a sign that says "You don't have to be mad to work here... But it helps". It advertises zaniness, when the occupants are often rather zaneless. But at leas...

  • Leading article: Our narrowing options in Afghanistan
    Saturday, 21 July 2012

    David Cameron's visit to Afghanistan this week, his first for 12 months, served to cast the problem into sharp relief. He had to defend a war that still claims soldiers' lives, long after it has lost its point. Military officials may describe this ye...

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