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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

  • Archie Bland: It may drive you mad, but Ryanair is right to charge
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    So was Suzy McLeod, from Newbury, who was recently charged an extra £237 to print boarding passes for her family of five. McLeod posted this on Facebook, where it has clearly struck a nerve: 350,000 people have "liked" her comment, and 18,000 have wr...

  • Amol Rajan: Horrific case shows how lucky we are in Britain
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    He followed Pickles for several miles. When Pickles finally pulled over, his pursuer smashed his head with a crow bar. Pickles was left for dead. He survived, but fell into a coma from which he is yet to emerge.Thai police were able to identify the o...

  • Donald MacInnes: Why aren't all women, not just my bride, truly equal?
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    Well, no. Poisonous tribalism is a rich, fecund swamp; it's alive and kicking. And marching. Read the paper. We absolutely do not all agree that our disparate faiths and colours are equal and all deserving of a chance in life. But maybe that will alw...

  • Laurie Penny: If you really believe in WikiLeaks, you must want Assange to face up to justice
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    When the Wikileaks founder finally appeared on the balcony he praised the crowd for their courage. Nobody mentioned his being wanted for questioning in Sweden on alleged counts of rape and sexual assault. For Assange and his supporters, his persecuti...

  • Leading article: Regional pay is about more than equality
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    According to Bristol University's research, state secondaries in wealthier areas are struggling to recruit and retain teachers because national pay agreements do not allow them to offer more generous salaries to reflect higher local living costs. Mor...

  • Stefan Stern: Civil Service buckling under strain of Coalition
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    There is a weary inevitability to the life-cycle of politicians' relationships with civil servants. The euphoria of the Cameron/Clegg Downing Street press conference of May 2010 seemed to be reflected in initial murmurs from officials. The new Govern...

  • Matilda Battersby: Opportunity to at least ask 'why' is so important
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    It was London's first taste of Tottenham riots, and like last year's, shone a spotlight on huge economic and social inequality, as well as serious problems in the police force. Winston Silcott, Mark Braithwaite and Engin Raghip were convicted of the ...

  • Leading article: MPs must update our laws on life and death
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    This is the distressing plight of Tony Nicklinson, whose anguished plea for help to end his life was rejected by the High Court last week. Mr Nicklinson has been paralysed from the neck down since a stroke seven years ago and he says that his life is...

  • Grace Dent: It's been a long time coming, but at last they're reining in the chuggers, the scourge of our high streets
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    While the girls tend to extract money through tactical simpering, the boys are more assertive, favouring an Elizabethan fool-style jiggle on the spot and the warcry "How are we doing folks!?". The answer, of course, being: "I was better before you pr...

  • Letters: Drama at the Ecuadorian embassy
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    The Scandinavian countries are among the best governed in the world, but if Wikileaks' activities have revealed one important thing, it is that international affairs are not always conducted in accordance with formalities.One wonders, moreover, just ...

  • Leading article: Ethiopia faces an uncertain future
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    Mr Meles was far from perfect. In his later years he became increasingly intolerant of dissent and presided over human rights violations. To his credit, however, was his transformation of one of the poorest countries in the world into a place of mode...

  • Oliver Wright: In the Chancellor of the Exchequer we do not trust
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    A new poll yesterday showed that trust in the Chancellor is at an all-time low, with just 16 per cent of people believing that he is the right man to see the country out of the current economic woes.They may well be right. Because the problem facing ...

  • Letters: 'Lazy' workers and greedy bosses
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    According to them it's the workers' fault we're in the mess we are, because we dare to want decent wages, trade unions and a care system that looks after those in need. And if only we weren't all so lazy, according to the people who are now enjoying ...

  • Leading article: Swim with the tide, Prime Minister
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    The case in favour of the Severn Barrage, always persuasive, is now more compelling than ever. Britain not only needs more green electricity and improved energy security, our ailing economy also needs a shot in the arm from large-scale building schem...

  • Oliver Wright: Boyle's tribute to the NHS becomes reality
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    As the Los Angeles Times sports writer Diane Pucin put it: "For the life of me I am still baffled by the NHS tribute." But even though Mr Boyle and the millions who watched his homage didn't know at the time, the world is about to hear a lot more ab...

  • David Thomas: Come and share my Eton playing fields
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    No kidding. The vast gulf between state and private provision has just been forcibly illustrated by the fact that the Olympic rowing was held at Eton College's private rowing lake. For decades, the school made do with the Thames. But the river is clu...

  • Rhodri Marsden: I've spent 40 years not being naughty and I'm now terrible at lying
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    I've now spent 40 years adhering strictly to regulations and the only time I found myself in a police cell – having my bum probed for class A drugs by a Belgian border guard – I could proudly allow him to perform his duties in the knowledge that ...

  • Natalie Haynes: We may be fat, but we don't like the Government going on about it
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    According to its recent research, we don't like being told what to eat or drink by the Government, or at least 48 per cent of us don't. And since the Government's consumption advice is rarely to have a second plate of chips and a chunk of cheese, who...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: The critics carped but audiences loved Scott's action-packed movies
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    "Soft and aimless," complained The New York Times about his 1990 thriller Revenge. "Borderline incomprehensible," LA Times critic Kenneth Turan groused about Domino, his 2005 biopic of female bounty hunter Domino Harvey. Many of his other features w...

  • Leading article: Any resemblance may not be purely coincidental
    Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    This time, the comedy's creator, Armando Iannucci, was approached by real political aides offering real political secrets. With great discretion, Iannucci declines to say whether the politicos wanted to dish the dirt on their rivals or spin the reput...

  • Leading article: George Galloway is anything but gorgeous
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    With a dismissive "these things happen", Mr Galloway is trivialising one of the more unpleasant crimes that one human being can commit against another. He is parroting the outdated view that a person's body is their own only up to a point. Worst of a...

  • Nick Helm: It's all in the delivery (honest...)
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    Did I think it was my best joke? No. I don't think anyone in the audience would even think that it was the best joke in the show. It's ridiculous to choose just one joke out of all of the millions here in Edinburgh. It's such a personal thing. Last...

  • Tim Walker: Ridley's enduring bond with the brother who smoked cigars for breakfast
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    When I interviewed Ridley Scott, Tony's older brother, this year, he said, "Tony's very macho. He'll still climb bloody El Capitan; I tell him he's a f***ing idiot." El Capitan is a 3,000ft vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park: a dauntin...

  • Deborah Ross: Must-read for tourists: the rough guide to getting out of London alive
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    If such tourists do so, every single indigenous Londoner – easily identifiable as anyone not wearing cargo shorts or money belt and who would prefer to be shot in the head than ever voluntarily visit Oxford Street – would be extremely grateful. Here ...

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