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  • Amol Rajan: Patriotism makes me a republican, not a lack of it
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    The stupidest thing said about republicanism is that republicans lack patriotism. I've said a few times before here, and will doubtless say again: I'm not a republican despite being a patriot, I'm a republican because I'm a patriot. I love my country...

  • Laura Davis: Private images should stay out of the public domain
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    After the private video was released on the internet earlier this year, the High Court ruled in July that her boyfriend (at the time of making the video in 2010) was responsible for causing its publication, without the knowledge or consent of Tulisa....

  • Simon Kelner: Demonstrating your Britishness? Join the queue
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    We may be sinking deeper into recession, but we certainly know how to put on a show. And maybe there is something in the idea of Britain as a giant theme park to attract visitors from all corners of the globe. The Olympics proved we could do it. We m...

  • Leading article: Mr Miliband must not let history repeat itself
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    Rumblings in Westminster as the summer recess draws to a close suggest that, while the focus has been on George Osborne and the considerable potential for rifts within the Coalition, the Opposition front bench has quietly experienced its own difficul...

  • John Kampfner: Don't refurbish the Palace of Westminster. Abandon it
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    One cannot blame architecture for everything, but buildings do affect behaviour. The House of Commons and House of Lords manage the twin feats of being pompous and inefficient. Most of their members jealously guard their privileges and status, while ...

  • Luke Blackall: Man About Town
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    But that's Ok as I was, of course, joking (unless, that is, someone actually wants to do it... anyone?). The move from journalist to restaurateur is not so far fetched, I discovered this week as I went to the launch of the Draft House Charlotte, pict...

  • Letters: Quiet rural roads safe for cyclists
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    I have also covered hundreds of miles in many beautiful areas of the country, the Black Mountains, mid-Wales, the Cotswolds, the Malverns, the Chilterns, the Lake District, the North Downs and large parts of Surrey, Sussex and Kent.These roads are am...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Conversations in the pub aren't what they used to be
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    During a lull in the discussion, a local chap was persuaded to get up from his chair and sing a rousing version of "Calon Lâ*". This kind of impromptu hymn-singing doesn't happen in England. If someone got up in my local Wetherspoons and started gett...

  • Steve Connor: This isn't just natural variation – it's caused by global warming
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    Rising to the bait, I asked him what he thought about one of the most obvious manifestations of a warmer world, the continuing retreat of the Arctic sea ice in the summer months. How do you explain that? I asked him.Simple, he said. The sea ice varie...

  • Oliver Wright: No simple remedy for the big healthcare dilemma
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    How much is two months of extra life worth when the cost is many thousands of pounds and there is no hope of recovery? How do you decide whether a cancer drug which is only effective in 5 per cent of patients should be given to everyone just in case...

  • Leading article: Melting ice in a still-warming world
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    The earlier record-shrinking of the ice in September 2007 shocked the entire scientific community – not even the most pessimistic computer models had predicted its suddenness or its extent – and now this retreat has been substantially exceeded.In the...

  • Patrick Strudwick: There's a wild beast at large in Essex - snobbery
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    And so, Twitter has seen "lion" and "Essexlion" become its most discussed topics, as the incident is used to deride the people of this county. Essexism, it seems, is the last unchallenged prejudice.First, countless supposedly hilarious pictures of th...

  • Letters: We must invest in education now
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    Government education cuts risk causing huge problems both domestically and to our global standing. Despite having just 1 per cent of the global population, UK universities produce 7.9 per cent of the world's research publications and 12 per cent of a...

  • John Lichfield: The night I saw a real-life Dan Dare make history
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    My memories, 43 years on, are as vague as the flickering, black-and-white television images of the time. But I do remember that I nearly missed the moment. It must have been around 4am, North Staffs standard time, before Armstrong emerged from the E...

  • Leading article: Even a mega-star like Sir Richard Branson must respect the rules
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    Whether you like FirstGroup or not – and it is not only Virgin asking whether its numbers add up – it won the franchise after a tendering process that was conducted according to established rules. If Sir Richard believes those rules were bent or brok...

  • Deborah Ross: Come fly with DebonAir, the new low-care airline
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    The Shoe Club: This is a pioneering initiative for discerning flyers who wish to wear both their shoes on the flight rather than storing one in the hold, as our current health and safely policy dictates. Cost: £70 (any size up to 37); £90 (size 37 an...

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