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Monday, 9 July 2012

  • John Kampfner: This is no way to hold the powerful to account
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    I couldn't help laughing when TV correspondents predicted "tough questioning". Political journalists have been doing that for as long as I can remember and, unless my memory fails me, I have yet to see a single occasion when a parliamentary figure ha...

  • Leading article: Politics is a distraction from the Libor scandal
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    There is no question that Barclays behaved shamefully and that Mr Diamond had no option but to resign. Of greater concern for the future is that the political class immediately descended into unimaginative point-scoring. Such behaviour suggests not o...

  • Leading article: Roubles talk in British courts
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    These labyrinthine cases have much in common. They both have their origins in the chaotic carve-up of Russia's natural resources in the "wild east" years after the Soviet Union's collapse. They concern complex business arrangements for which there is...

  • This is what happens when Scientologists come after you…
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    Poor Suri – a 6-year-old girl whose mum and dad are now at war. I feel desperately sorry for her, and her mother. Her father believes he is defending his religion, which he thinks is a force for good. That has not been, to put it mildly, my experienc...

  • Leading article: Don't give up on British sport yet
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    It was as if we had to wait for his defeat to be finally allowed a glimpse into Murray's heart, and his display of emotional candour soothed at least some of the pain still coursing through a Centre Court crowd packed with Murray supporters, many of ...

  • Leading article: Business with Burma must benefit both sides
    Monday, 9 July 2012

     And it was a measure of Ms Suu Kyi's gratitude to Britain for our steady support for her cause that, on regaining freedom, she honoured Britain with one of her first foreign visits – an event that culminated in a historic address to both Houses of P...

  • Laurie Penny: Women 'having it all' is a middle-class myth
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, a high-achieving academic and Washington professional, just wrote an article in The Atlantic on "the myth of work-life balance", breaking the solemn news that even women like her still can't "have it all". What I want to know is...

  • James Moore: Sweetness and light? Relations between Barclays and the FSA were anything but
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    The impression the former Barclays chief executive gave when he appeared before the committee last week was that relations between the bank and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) were harmonious and all was sweetness and light.“The FSA was happy ...

  • Simon Kelner: Passing of a true pioneer who led me from the start
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    Tributes were paid to him via this most modern medium, but within 140 characters, no one could adequately capture the charm, warmth and generosity of spirit of a man who was a formative influence on my career and who provided guidance – both spirit...

  • Amol Rajan: Cruelty and cowardice replace common sense
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    The rules are partly a consequence of David Cameron's cruel, opportunistic and unrealisable pledge before the last general election to bring net migration into the UK down from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands. They target spouse...

  • Letters: Tennis and money
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    I have two sons and a daughter who are all sports-mad and love tennis, I have three cousins who have won multiple Wimbledon doubles titles and I live just around the corner from a tennis club with well-maintained, floodlit all-weather courts. The a...

  • Deborah Ross: Relieve the sporting tension with Auntie Sylvia
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    My Auntie Sylvia will not, I think you'll find, prove much trouble. She has lived through the Great Depression and the Second World War and will, for example, take the least comfortable chair in front of the television while claiming, heroically, "I...

  • Rhodri Marsden: What's the worst that can happen if you take to the dancefloor?
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    Dancefloor aptitude is overrated. You may admire the slick shimmying of strangers and worry that your own untutored frugging doesn't measure up, but there's never been any direct correlation between smooth, rhythmic movement and popularity. You're lo...

  • Natalie Haynes: Secretly, we long for an alien invasion
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012

    It has always baffled me that conspiracy theorists long for alien life to be confirmed, when our imaginings of aliens are so rarely the messianic suffering figure (ET) or the friendly mentor (Chocky), but are so frequently the blow-us-to-kingdom-come...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Hen nights can be amazing – or horribly embarrassing
    Monday, 9 July 2012

     It was all in aid of a forthcoming hen night, she explained, where each attendee would be given an alternative name for the night, chosen from the fruits of her labour. There was also going to be a stripper from the Full Monty school of disrobemen...

  • Simon Kelner: Calm down everyone, it was only a game of tennis
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    Does it signify a lack of patriotism? Or is it because tennis is a sport that fails to get your juices flowing? Or maybe you're just a misery guts. Or perhaps a little bit of all three. If we believe what we're told, the entire nation was in front of...

  • Letters: Maths teaching
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    When those students arrive after school or university to work in science and engineering I find that they are unable to apply even the little maths that they do know to real innovative work in industry.A lot of this could be fixed if bright students ...

  • Leading article: A sobering reminder of the truth about our Afghan 'legacy'
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    The video surfaced as Afghan and world leaders gathered in Tokyo to discuss pumping in another $16bn in aid and as both sides traded polite words on curbing corruption. Speaking in Kabul on her way to Tokyo, Hillary Clinton said Afghans need not feel...

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