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Thursday, 26 July 2012

  • Michael Bywater: Forget faster, higher, stronger. I'll settle for a more sedentary Games
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    And in the Olympic Village, the people it's all supposedly about do whatever athletes do before they go on. I imagine it's much the same as actors or musicians. Some go into a sort of trance. Some undoubtedly throw up. Some will lie on their beds gro...

  • Amol Rajan: Could it be that Mitt is not such a mutt after all?
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    One such instance came at Labour's party conference in 2010. David Miliband was defeated in the leadership race by his brother Ed. In his victory speech, Ed Miliband addressed the Iraq War, saying Labour was wrong to support it. David, a strong propo...

  • Lisa Markwell: Who's the most scared when children take flight?
    Thursday, 26 July 2012

    Of course, as it turns out, it wasn't. The enterprising (unless you're his parent) lad was an 11-year-old who left a swimming lesson, walked three miles to Manchester airport and boarded a plane to Rome. A chilling tale for those with children.I once...

  • Leading article: To be open for business, Britain needs immigrants
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    It is also evident, albeit in a different form, in the Global Investment Summit (the first of 17 over the coming weeks) that opened on Thursday with a rousing speech from the Prime Minister full of assurances about "getting behind" British business.T...

  • Alice Jones: Hot, ready, legal - Bieber the next teen paradox
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    And yet there it is, splashed across the nascent six-pack of Justin Bieber on the front of Rolling Stone. The Canadian pop star, who was discovered on YouTube aged 14, is the cover star of the August issue. And he looks, frankly, terrified.As well he...

  • The big questions: Is milk too cheap? Are the Games worth it? Should young people work for experience?
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    Absolutely. As consumers, each one of us should say it is unacceptable. How can it be right that a bottle of Coke or water is more expensive than a bottle of milk? I think we should have a fairtrade mark for British goods. We shouldn't just be fighti...

  • Viv Groskop: Why tax breaks for chauffeurs but not kids?
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    All of a sudden a new wave of campaigners is asking a basic question: "Why isn't childcare tax deductible?" No one is suggesting all childcare should be written off against tax. This would be a bureaucratic nightmare – although let's not forget that ...

  • Simon Kelner: It's grim up North – but that's no reason to be regionalist
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    They also have strong opinions, and, as evidenced by our letters column, they're not afraid to voice them. I've been accused of being out of touch, stuck in the past, a killjoy and a technophobe. As a columnist, you quickly develop a thick skin, and,...

  • Leading article: Sit back and let the Games cast their spell
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    Let us forget about the unpopular "Zil lanes", about the incompetence of G4S's security arrangements, and about the irony of promoting sport with cash from the world's biggest purveyors of junk food. Let us overlook the Korean flag muddle, and the si...

  • Simon Kelner: Happiness is a warm survey, unless you're in Arran
    Thursday, 26 July 2012

    Surely, this cannot be right. I don't know very much about the Isle of Arran, but have learnt from its tourist blurb that it has "a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes" and that its "pretty villages... are complemented by a rugged and mo...

  • Leading article: Another blow to the Chancellor's strategy
    Thursday, 26 July 2012

    There is certainly no question that the economy is in a bad state. Less clear – for all yesterday's statistics – is exactly how bad. It is not simply that first estimates of GDP figures are notoriously unreliable, subject to significant revisions ove...

  • Leading article: Time to rethink ties with Rwanda
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    Those who are waiting for Britain to go much further than it has done in delaying a modest disbursement of cash have likely misunderstood London's relationship with Rwanda. Its critics have pointed out the shortcomings of President Kagame's small Cen...

  • Natalie Haynes: Guess I'm just going to have to walk three miles to pay in a cheque ...
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    You don't want to go to NatWest, obviously, because it has succumbed to a second computer glitch – a nice small word which doesn't remotely convey the panic felt when your debit card suddenly stops working, and you don't know how you'll buy food – le...

  • Tessa Sanderson: I won gold - but having the Olympic Games in my home town is something else
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    I am so pleased that in my lifetime the Olympics have come here. It will be quite emotional for me because I’ve managed to get a ticket for my mum to watch the javelin, the event I won. She’s never been to an Olympics before, it will be fantastic for...

  • Letters: Why teach advanced maths to those who won't need it?
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    One problem is that science and engineering students arrive at university without knowing the maths they will need for their disciplines.The solution to this, obviously, is to teach more maths to science and engineering students, not to teach differe...

  • Leading article: A victory for the public interest
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    The latest adjudication is a fine one – and not just because it finds in favour of The Independent's decision to publish covertly obtained details of the working methods of the lobbying company Bell Pottinger. More importantly, the ruling will give p...

  • Letters: 'Hidden' control may have doomed Air France 447
    Thursday, 26 July 2012

    Although the French captain must have had a general awareness of the storm ahead, he was unaware of the exact magnitude through failure to monitor the radar adequately. When the senior first officer took over from the captain, the former checked the ...

  • Leading article: Syria has no future with Assad
    Thursday, 26 July 2012

    Russia and China are still resisting concerted UN action even at the level of sanctions; they believe intervention went further in Libya than authorised. The US is already in election mode, and President Obama will do nothing that might jeopardise a ...

  • Leading article: Paul Chambers and a deserved last laugh
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    Mr Chambers's case became a cause célèbre, taken up by such high-profile figures as Stephen Fry and Al Murray, and their intervention was undoubtedly valuable. In tweeting that he would blow up Robin Hood Airport in south Yorkshire – at worst a rathe...

  • Leading article: One easy way to refute accusations of profiteering
    Friday, 27 July 2012

    Valid points, all; but hardly the whole story. After all, while bills rise quickly to keep up with the market, they fall neither so fast nor so far. And with so many people struggling after years of economic gloom, the excuses from Sam Laidlaw, the c...

  • Leading article: The rest of the UK must follow Scotland's lead
    Thursday, 26 July 2012

    Introducing a Bill, of course, and actually passing it into law are different things, and with fierce opposition from, among others, the Catholic Church, its passage may not be as smooth as its cheer-leaders would hope.Legislation may also be delayed...

  • Tara Conlan: We didn't know back then that the era of big business was on its way
    Thursday, 26 July 2012

    Part of the attraction was the secrecy. It was in the days before widespread mobile phone usage so we had to listen to recorded messages or meet at service stations to find out where the raves were. By 1992, the parties were getting bigger. One we ...

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