The Independent | Archive
Home 2012 July

Sunday, 22 July 2012

  • Leading article: Leveson must strike a careful balance
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    This newspaper's concerns about the inquiry remain. Its remit is too broad, taking in everything from the specifics of phone hacking at News International through to the entire industry's culture, ethics and practices. Within that, whole areas remain...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: I'd be very happy if you stopped asking if I was OK
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    A quick count from the last week shows about 10 companies that I have bought online from or sorted services through are desperate to know what I thought of them. Some of them ask straight out what I thought of them, others try to sweeten the pill wit...

  • 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: Yes to an amnesty, but not yet
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    It is now six years since the then Home Secretary John Reid, described the immigration directorate as "not fit for purpose", and two years since the Coalition came to power, promising not only to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands", but to g...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Air safety
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    Pilots should be able to retain control of an aircraft experiencing malfunctioning data sensors (including pitot tubes) or instrumentation (including flight directors) as long as they know two essential parameters: the aircraft's attitude (nose high...

  • Leading article: How to calculate the damage from the maths deficit
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    One culprit is the A-level system in England and Wales that requires such early specialisation; on the Continent, maths is compulsory for most pupils until they leave school. But requiring everyone to spend another two years studying maths will impr...

  • Natalie Haynes: I don't want the world to know what I watch curled up on the sofa
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    Why anyone would want this service, I'm not sure, since BBC's iPlayer, 4oD and the ITV player cover this ground quite successfully. I guess the market is technophobes: people who want catch-up telly, but don't want to watch it on their computers, a...

  • Simon Kelner: With GPS, you know where the bodies are buried
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    It's also a way of keeping tabs on you from here to eternity. Literally. We may have reservations about the amount of information that can be discovered about our whereabouts while we're alive, but we can still be on the radar even when we're dead...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

French Teacher

£21000 - £31000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: French Teacher ? Sou...

Geography Teacher

£21000 - £31000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Geography Teacher ? ...

Cover Supervisor

£50 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you an experienced Cover Super...

Cover Supervisor

£50 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Randstad Education is looking to e...

Day In a Page

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album