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Monday, 30 July 2012

  • Guy Adams: I thought the internet age had ended this kind of censorship
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    A fourth thing they do not want people to see is the email address of Gary Zenkel, the executive responsible for this shambles. And a fifth thing is my Twitter feed, which over the weekend contained a couple of dozen occasionally uncouth observations...

  • 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...

  • Wendy Higgins: Animal testing is the beauty industry’s well-kept ugly secret
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    The campaign to end cosmetics cruelty has its roots in Britain, where public outrage at the suffering of animals for vanity products like lipstick and shampoo grew throughout the 1970s and 1980s, leading a newly-elected Labour government to end the p...

  • 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...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Love is all you need... apart from a devil-may-care attitude to lists
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    I find businesslike attitudes and streamlined organisation to be deeply alluring, but you can't admit to this any more than you'd confess to a dogmuck fetish. Take a glance at any internet dating website, and you'll see that we inhabit a world where...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Delhi is a city where connections count for a lot
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    VIPs living in the white bungalows of New Delhi designed by Edward Lutyens almost never have to think about power-cuts. Coming under the control of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, they enjoy a steady supply of power and benefit from additional ...

  • 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...

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