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  • Amol Rajan: The evidence of how smashing Great Britain can be
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Let's start with some counter-factuals. History generally remains a remembrance of all the things that didn't happen, rather than contemplation of all the things that did. But it's a valuable exercise to think about what didn't happen over the past f...

  • Leading article: These elections will just hold back police reform
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    The latest is the subject of a protest letter, submitted by independent candidates, who object to the lack of funding for mailshots. They fear, first, that their details will not reach those without an internet connection, and second that those candi...

  • Simon Kelner: PM should look to the BoJo effect – and take notes
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    First was the ovation given to Boris Johnson when he came on to hand the Olympic flag to his mayoral counterpart from Rio. It seems incredible that, even in these happy-clappy times when we get all misty-eyed about anything or anyone who represents B...

  • Leading article: With the Olympic Games over, the trickier task begins
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    That Lord Coe has been appointed as legacy "tsar" should hardly come as a surprise. In experience, commitment and sheer drive, he is an obvious choice to play a central role in ensuring that the Olympics were not just 16 days of awesome sporting and ...

  • Simon Kelner: Proof that the printed word is alive and kicking
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    But bear with me, because I have news for you: while print is considered an outdated medium, not capable of matching the speed, accessibility and versatility of digital channels, it still occupies a central place in our culture.That much was clear fr...

  • Archie Bland: You're a posho, Benedict, just shut up about it
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    Benedict, I am here to tell you: just shut up about it, seriously. You are wrong. As your wild popularity proves, no one is anything more ominous than benignly amused that your name sounds like Fiddly-Dee Ponky-Tonk, and the ones who feel more hotly ...

  • Viv Groskop: In the night market - how French refuse to surrender to the recession
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    Meanwhile, in Bordeaux, home to the Groskop in-laws, many French brand stores were boarded up and Galeries Lafayette was deserted. As you drive through the surrounding countryside, many tiny shops look as if they're struggling to survive.Contrary to ...

  • Letters: After Olympic glory, back to politics as usual?
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    Now we hand the country back to our politicians, who seem ever more out of touch with the heartbeat of Britain. The old divisions of class, race, religion, and economic inequality will soon fill the front pages once more, as our politicians continue ...

  • Leading article: Time for a re-think on rail fares
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    The Government argues that the extra money will help fund the huge investment needed to make up for decades of neglect. In the past, the cost of the railways was split roughly 50-50 between passengers and taxpayers. But at a time of deficit reduction...

  • Nina Lakhani: The message is clear - speak up, but be ready to pay the price
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    Yet the long and inglorious history of NHS whistleblowers suffering serious detriment as a result of their determination not to turn a blind eye as patients or the taxpayer suffers has continued at a pace since Steve Boslin’s NHS career was destroyed...

  • Letters: Police flaws in Tia Sharp probe
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Later, as an operational inspector, I visited all major incidents in my division to secure the scene for forensic examination. One of my biggest problems was to prevent the area being invaded by officers whose presence served no useful purpose.Now, w...

  • Leading article: The weakness exposed by Paul Ryan
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Plumping for Mr Ryan suggests Mr Romney felt the need to cement support on his party's right wing – a job he should have completed in winning the nomination. The custom is for candidates to lean to the extreme during the primaries, then move to the c...

  • John Kampfner: The Pussy Riot trial won't bring down Vladimir Putin
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    The church is now at the heart of the struggle for freedom of expression in Russia. In March, the three members of the punk band, Pussy Riot, sneaked in to perform a guerrilla gig, denouncing the former KGB chief for muscling his way back to the top ...

  • Leading article: We really don't need to talk about Kevin Pietersen
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    It is not as if the current brouhaha is an isolated incident. Mr Pietersen has a penchant for grabbing the limelight, for good or ill – not least with his recent threats to retire from international cricket, complete with hints about problems in the ...

  • Simon Calder: The answer to this problem is staring us in the face
    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    From the bickering between passengers' groups and Government over who should bear the pain, you might conclude this is a binary issue with more cash required from either travellers or taxpayers. Yet a solution to the rail price crisis is waiting, neg...

  • Leading article: A welcome challenge to the monopoly of universities
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    This alone will be welcomed by the Government, which had hoped that giving universities more freedom to set their own fees would lead to more competition than it has. It should be equally welcome to aspiring students, who will also have the option to...

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