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  • Leading article: Care is not a luxury
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Most of us will be lucky, and will enjoy reasonable health until shortly before we die. But a growing minority will need expensive help for many years towards the end of our lives. The cost of such care is such that, as we report today, many local ...

  • Harriet Walker: The Olympian epics of the everyday
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Will similar etiquette be observed at the Olympic pool? Will the men all splash far more than is necessary just to exert some sort of patriarchal authority over those of us with chemically treated hair that we don't want to get wet? Will they swim do...

  • Sophie Heawood: Plastic does decompose but we just won't bury it
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    My mum suddenly stepped in and said, "You can't get that. It's too much." In an instant, I knew what she meant – and it wasn't about the price. This wasn't pre-teen rebellion; I wasn't buying something punk or avant-garde or rude. I was just buying t...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (8 July 2012)
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Our NGOs work all over the world to bring family planning services to millions of women and men every year. We know family planning not only saves lives but that it is one of the best investments a government can make in its people. This week's Lo...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Libyans have voted, but will the new rulers be able to curb violent militias?
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Throughout the Libyan crisis, human rights organisations have on the whole performed better than television, radio and print press in describing what was happening in Libya. Too many journalists and media outlets decided early on that Gaddafi's force...

  • Daniel Pinto: If it's your money at stake, you don't gamble
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Systemically important institutions such as UBS or Société Gé*érale can lose billions at the hands of unscrupulous 30-year-olds who can wreck the lives of tens of thousands of depositors and fellow employees at the push of a button. Even the mighty ...

  • Jane Merrick: You can call me Madam, Mr Diamond
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    So, the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire was not Mr Norman but "Jesse". Andrea Leadsom, a Conservative MP from the 2010 intake who so electrified the hearing that, for some Tory MPs, it stirred memories of a young Margaret Thatcher, did not lo...

  • Katy Guest: Hair power is just another load of old follicles
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Ms Brady, on the other hand, piles into the vol-au-vents and wears whatever she looks good in, which she reckons achieves the same effect as losing 10lb. I'm with Karren Brady! As long as she doesn't come between me and a mini Yorkshire pudding with...

  • DJ Taylor: Let 'em choose, and they choose wrong
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    The old-style liberal, if closely questioned, would probably proclaim – rather like that great modern liberal Tony Blair – that he (or she) believed in the lightest of light-touch regulation, whether fiscal, social or moral; that he held to the desi...

  • Rebecca Tyrrel: Had fate taken a different course, Matthew Perry would be at Wimbledon right now
    Saturday, 7 July 2012

    Being the third-best teenager in Canada was, however, a pretty big deal for a 15-year-old and it would certainly have been worth a British passport if he had been thinking along Greg Rusedski lines. But he suffered a crushing defeat in his first big ...

  • Letters: Now split off the casino banks
    Saturday, 7 July 2012

    When I lived in and worked in the US in the 1960s I could forget about runs on the bank, because the 1933 Roosevelt legislation ensured that the local bank where my salary resided could not speculate with my dollars. It also ensured that my local ban...

  • Dan Gledhill: No one thinks the City is a picnic. But this was brutal
    Saturday, 7 July 2012

    Now I doubt many people thought trading floors were a sanctuary of civility, gentility and compassion. Based on my experience at Bank of America in the 1990s, I would say they are Darwinian environments where large egos prosper and sensitive souls su...

  • The big questions: Can education ever be fair? What next for the BBC? Do we need the HS2 link?
    Saturday, 7 July 2012

    The best arguments usually win and union leaders, like others, tend to want to be on the right side of the argument. The two most radical reforms I pushed forward – Teach First and the creation of academies to replace failing comprehensives – both ha...

  • Hugh Montgomery: Rant & Rave (08/07/12)
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    It's the most divisive Wimbledon fixture this side of John McEnroe. Installed in 2009, the Centre Court roof has enjoyed a star turn this year as it has rolled back and forth to keep play going come rain, wind or darkness. But what has been desirab...

  • Lucy Cavendish: The Emperor's New Clothes (08/07/12)
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    True, he was Scottish, not English like Tim Henman, and we Home County types quickly labelled him a "dour Scot" – not stereotyping or anything – but we were prepared to overlook that because he could seriously play tennis. Murray then went on to ups...

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

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Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment