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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

  • Victoria Summerley: Help! The A-level results are about to hit us
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    This morning, my daughter gets her A-level results and the magnitude of the tremor depends on three vital initials – A, B and B. That's the minimum she needs to read music at Bristol in October. For the past few weeks, since school broke up, we've be...

  • Simon Kelner: Breaking media taboo about our summer holidays
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    In this case, the "we" applies to we journalists who, in the dog days of August, have had an endless supply of uplifting news stories and human interest tales and countless topics to analyse and comment upon. Day after day, events at the Games filled...

  • Leading article: Time to cap the cost of care for the elderly
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    Quite right, too. Last year, around 40,000 people were forced to sell their homes to pay for care. With a room in a care home now costing an average of £26,000 per year, one in four of them faced bills of more than £50,000. One in 100 had to find £10...

  • 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...

  • Laurie Penny: To hell with the Gradgrinds – go to university
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    The Lib Dems won the hearts and votes of young people by promising to defend open access to university. Their betrayal of that trust, voting through a trebling of university fees while police beat desperate teenagers outside Parliament, was jaw-dropp...

  • Why body hair is on the frontline of feminist action
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    In the two years since I stopped shaving, we have seen a feminist movement build and, frankly, mock the idea that it isn't needed any more. Women today are told to be afraid of our legs and feel guilty for eating on the way to work, to hate our vagin...

  • Letters: Privatisation has been bad for rail
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    Roger Ford and others in Modern Railways magazine have shown that the underlying studies done by the German consulting firm used by Sir Roy and the DfT were inaccurate and that the railways in Britain are not nearly as inefficient as was concluded.Mo...

  • Leading article: No clarity from Standard Chartered
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    In financial terms, the bank has reason to be relieved. Regrettable it may be, but the fine is more than affordable for a company with profits nearing $4bn in the first half of the year. The penalty is also small by comparison with either the $250bn ...

  • Natalie Haynes: Read Richard Burton's diaries and weep for the advent of email
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    And now his diaries, which number some 450,000 words, kept from the age of 14 to his death, are to be published. I love diaries and letters – writings that are often unconsidered and unedited – because they seem to reveal the writer's true character ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Rail contracts are on the wrong track
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    He is not the only sceptic, however. Where Virgin offered to pay £4.8bn to run the line, FirstGroup bid £5.5bn, based on predictions of soaring revenue growth considered impossibly optimistic not just by Sir Richard but by several independent industr...

  • Richard Garner: This bonus for high-flyers could cost the rest dearly
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    It will open up access at some of our most highly rated universities to more students who have achieved academic excellence in their exams. Some academics argue that it will help students from disadvantaged communities who are more reluctant to appl...

  • Lucy Tobin: It looks like the end of the line for Virgin Trains
    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    For the Virgin boss has taken more than £200m out of Virgin Trains since taking over the West Coast Mainline franchise, a joint venture between Sir Richard and quoted transport company Stagecoach. Last year alone, Sir Richard banked £15m from divid...

  • 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...

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