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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

  • Lisa Markwell: Waiting game that's a new experience for children
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    Yup, GCSE results day is *of importance* in the Markwell household. The past two months (to say nothing of the past five years) have been leading up to this point. My son's right to privacy precludes me from going into detail about how things might l...

  • 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...

  • Owen Jones: Getting rid of George W. Bush wasn't enough. The US remains a bully
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    Many will shudder remembering that dark era: the naked human pyramids accompanied by grinning US service personnel in Abu Ghraib; the orange-suited prisoners in Guantanamo, kneeling in submission at the feet of US soldiers; the murderous assault on t...

  • Harriet Walker: Harry is bringing the Royals into reality-TV era
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    Is this the first time we the plebs have seen the constitutional body in all its glory? Harry certainly isn't the first prince to have disported himself in such a way – it's just that Nell Gwynn, Mrs Fitzherbert and Lily Langtry didn't have camera ph...

  • Leading article: Greece's prime minister deserves a fair hearing
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    Yesterday, Mr Samaras took his plea to Jean-Claude Juncker, who heads the group of eurozone finance ministers; on Friday he will meet the German chancellor, on Saturday the French president. He is adamant that Greece is not after more money. His gove...

  • Chris Blackhurst: How the Sultan of Berkeley Square fell off his throne
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    In less than 10 years, from 1982, he built a business empire – turning Polly Peck from a company with a stock market value of just £300,000 to one of £1.7 billion. Investors clamoured to grab a part of his success – the Square Mile was littered with ...

  • 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...

  • Nina Lakhani: Tony Nicklinson wanted to die, but he also wanted to leave a legacy in law
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    His death yesterday morning came as a shock to most of those who followed his case. We knew his health had deteriorated in recent weeks and that he was suffering more pain and discomfort than before, but there was no suggestion of anything life-threa...

  • Harriet Walker: Prince Harry, a truly modern royal made flesh
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    Is this the first time we, the plebs, have seen the constitutional body in all its glory? Harry certainly isn't the first prince to have disported himself in such a way – it's just that Nell Gwynn, Mrs Fitzherbert and Lillie Langtry didn't have camer...

  • Letters: Exporting the NHS 'brand'
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    The NHS is more a concept encompassing "care free at the point of delivery" than a brand. As we veer towards an "any provider" model of care delivery, I see constant reminders of the huge variation in the quality, organisation, IT systems, management...

  • Leading article: No cause to duck reform of the SFO
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    The 10 guilty verdicts far outweighed the two acquittals, finally bringing to an end a case that had long stood as a reminder of the SFO's lack of competence. And that is to be welcomed. But one high-profile conviction does not dilute in any way the ...

  • Lisa Freedman: GCSEs are not too easy – they're just irrelevant
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    In order to achieve today's outcome of 10 GCSEs, he sat 25 exam papers in May and June. Earlier in the year, he spent a further two weeks preparing for and writing two "controlled assessments". And that's not to mention the voids that were Christmas ...

  • Ben Chu: The news has got gloomier, yet the outlook is brighter
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    Two months on, things feel different. The sense of impending doom has drained from financial markets. So what has changed? Strangely, in the case of Greece, not that much. Indeed, things have actually worsened. Its economy is shrinking even faster t...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: MPs must ensure no one else is denied right to die
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    But the heart-rending entreaties of his family, his determination to appeal and, above all, his own anguished response to the judgment will long outlive him. Nor is his predicament – a stroke left him with a life that, in his view, was not worth livi...

  • Deborah Ross: My reproductive system would like to join the rape debate
    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    In the light of Akin's remarks, can a woman's reproductive system think for itself? Or is this simply the sort of convenient, scientific illiteracy so beloved of pro-lifers?A woman's reproductive system can certainly think for itself. My uterus, for ...

  • 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...

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