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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...

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Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

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She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

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Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

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