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Sunday, 29 July 2012

  • Leading article: Only three days gone – but we're off to a flier
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    First: vying with Beijing. For the opening ceremony, London, in the capable, quirky imagination of Danny Boyle, did not even try. The UK chose a different discipline, but one that played no less to its strengths than Beijing's ultra-regimented extra...

  • Leading article: Cameron's dilemma is Johnson's opportunity
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    A poll conducted by this newspaper of 1,400 Tory party members makes grim reading for the Prime Minister ahead of his summer holiday, and even worse reading for the Chancellor, George Osborne.While none of the poll's results will cheer Mr Cameron – t...

  • John Kampfner: If this feeling lasts, we can dare to hope of a true legacy
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    Two weeks ago these Olympics were being denounced as chaos and fiasco. Suddenly, in the twinkle of Danny Boyle's eye, the coverage has shifted, culminating in ululations of joy in the Saturday and Sunday papers.Forget the lurches. The truth is, inevi...

  • Leading article: Celebration of inclusive Britain
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    We showed the Chinese that we British understand individual free expression. We showed the Americans that we are proud of our "death-panel" NHS. We showed the world that we can laugh at ourselves, even to the point of having our most respected natio...

  • Leading article: Mitt Romney has much to learn
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    Insert Mr Romney himself into the mix, however, and the result has been anything but presidential. Casting doubt on London's ability to host the Olympics successfully was not only mean-spirited (particularly from a man who staged the Games himself i...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: I thought I was too cool for Olympic tat – I was wrong
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    The past 18 months have, of course, been extra specially jam packed with events guaranteed to spawn commemorative objects. Last year's Royal wedding! The Jubilee! And now, of course, the big one: London 2012. I've often walked past the Olympic mercha...

  • Leading article: A vision of Britain that unites us
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    So often we hear it said that it has become impossible to sum up a coherent idea of Britishness – but Boyle pulled it off with energetic but somehow effortless-seeming panache, weaving ancient history, lines from Shakespeare, the story of the Industr...

  • Tanith Carey: Nosey? Maybe, but don't expect PRs to say what's going on
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    After all, in this uber-cautious, post-Leveson age, where the most fascinating revelation we read about celebs is their shoe size, Kristen's confession of a "momentary indiscretion" is the language of an old-fashioned, caught-red-handed sex scandal –...

  • Letters: Immigration
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    The world is awash with international agencies and organisations trying to help "developing countries" develop. Why on earth should these economically poorer countries, that have slowly and painfully succeeded in producing small but critical cadres o...

  • Leading article: Invented the wheel? It'll never catch on
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    It is, of course, brave to stick to one's standards. But there is surely a lesson – about letting the best be the enemy of the good, perhaps? – in the fact that the iPhone went on to sell 250 million plus. And just imagine what else might have been l...

  • Claire Soares: Those who can, can't always teach
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    Only, as anyone who watched Dream School can testify, an expert does not a teacher make. Consider David Starkey petulantly insulting a bored pupil or actor Simon Callow's admission: "I somehow got some sort of silence simply by shouting louder than t...

  • Simon Kelner: Why the opening ceremony took me back to 1997
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    But to me, Danny Boyle's imagining of the Isles of Wonder evoked nothing so strongly as those heady, things-can-only-get-better days of New Labour. For this was, among other things, a perfect expression of the values we were led to believe New Labour...

  • Letters: Energy profits
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    It's a symbol of a growing commitment to a simple idea: locals collectively cough up the capital to fund energy projects which are co-operatively managed to ensure fair energy prices. As an added bonus, profits are reinvested into the project, often ...

  • Leading article: A delicate issue in Franco-American relations
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    The aversion felt by many Americans to consuming organs is well known. Having a good many fatty livers of their own, it is not surprising that they decline to eat those of birds. Nor is the sale of foie gras to California of any economic importance t...

  • Marcus Berkmann: Must athletes all wear headphones?
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    But barely hours into these Olympics, before most of us watching on TV have had the chance to develop bedsores, connoisseurs have witnessed a brand new manifestation of sporting solipsism. Take a look at those swimmers walking out to do their swimmin...

  • Richard Garner: Diaspora School plan deserved much better treatment
    Monday, 30 July 2012

    Teachers Kay Johnston and Anne Broni have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to suggesting remedies to stop the knifings and murders. In one sense, it is not rocket science to come up with the idea of giving every teenager work experience to a...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (29 July 2012)
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    Please, do stop being so unreasonable in asking me to have a "surprisingly good time". To support the Olympics because they benefit us (which I doubt since I do not see any benefit to the little person in McDonald's, Coca-Cola and other multinationa...

  • Jane Merrick: Faster, higher, stronger – yes, that's us
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    There were moments when even the staunchest left-winger would have thought things had gone a bit too far: Shami Chakrabarti carrying the Olympic flag with Muhammad Ali was more Twenty Twelve than London 2012. But there was also the Queen, James Bond...

  • Jane Merrick: The Emperor's New Clothes (29/07/12)
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    I'm sure this scene of tranquillity was what my neighbour had in mind when she hung wind chimes in her garden, some 20 feet from where I sleep. I imagine she wanted to introduce some feng shui into our little corner of south London. But I'm afraid t...

  • DJ Taylor: Coe, the corporate reality softener
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    Thirty years ago, when he appeared on television on an almost weekly basis with most of the world's middle-distance runners flailing vainly in his wake, Sebastian Coe was about the nearest thing this country possessed to the Corinthian ideal: clean-c...

  • Tim Lott: You've got to fight for your right to frown
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    It is so much easier to be cheerful when you are a slack-jawed nitwit. This is something that was not mentioned in the publicity around last week's first publication by the Office for National Statistics of the happiness survey.When I try to visualis...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'As a family, we go to festivals. And work'
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    Well, when it comes to holidays, I am with him all the way. Our children are now 12, 10 and seven, and so far I have managed to avoid booking a package holiday in the sun. I have been tempted, to be sure: in January, while languishing in the gloom, I...

  • Paul Vallely: Power needs more courage than opposition
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    It was bold of McGuinness to have allowed that. Yellow man is the kind of abusive nickname with which he might be labelled by the three hardline dissident Republican groups who on Friday announced that they were merging to re-form the IRA. It was a ...

  • Katy Guest: Why don't men take a stand against wearing a tie?
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    The four ex-prime ministers belong to a class in which men must wear ties, that uniquely pointless instrument of male oppression, and can all get to work in air-conditioned cars. Those who must walk, bus or Tube to work have to come up with more pra...

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