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Friday, 3 August 2012

  • Linda Grant: The last time so many people enjoyed themselves this much in London must have been VE Day
    Saturday, 4 August 2012

    I too was opposed to the Games, but in the sense of complete indifference and apathy. For the athletically inept, the playground phrase "Now everyone, pick teams" is one of the most stomach-churning in the English language. I don't care about any spo...

  • Leading article: A self-defeating Tory victory on Lords reform
    Saturday, 4 August 2012

    The significance of such a decision should certainly not be underestimated. Reform of the House of Lords was a pillar of the Coalition Agreement. It had been a central demand of the Liberal Democrats and was right up there with a referendum on electo...

  • Boyd Tonkin: Thank God Gore Vidal lost that election in 1960
    Saturday, 4 August 2012

    I would have liked to shake the hand of the long-forgotten J Ernest Wharton. He trounced Vidal and so spared a peerlessly sharp and suave literary entertainer from all the compromises and frustrations of elected office. Since ancient Athens, communic...

  • Linda Grant: The last time so many people enjoyed themselves this much in London must have been VE Day
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    These passionate Olympics obsessives take no pleasure in the Games except to pore over Panorama specials on the negative impact they will have on London, the stymieing of free expression by the sponsors, the corporate junketing, the corruption of the...

  • Leading article: Mark Duggan's death still needs explaining
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the incident which sparked the rioting – the police shooting of a black man, a gangster whom they claimed (wrongly, it turned out) was exchanging fire with officers. It is, therefore, a salutary moment to consider...

  • Letters: Wiggins wins - and suddenly Brits love a cyclist
    Saturday, 4 August 2012

    Sara StarkeyTonbridge, KentAllan Ramsay (letters, 24 July) is right to remind us of the charge-sheet against those motorists whose negligence and aggression have contributed to the injuries and deaths of so many British cyclists. But such negativity ...

  • Leading article: This most dishonourable crime
    Saturday, 4 August 2012

    That the Ahmed parents received life sentences at Chester Crown Court yesterday, nearly a decade on from the murder, is in itself quite an achievement. So-called honour crimes, centring on notions of family shame and often perpetrated against young w...

  • Grace Dent: My ten shortcuts to Olympic fever
    Saturday, 4 August 2012

    2 Marvel at how lucky the Duchess of Cambridge has been in the ticket lottery. Yes, some have suggested the Duchess is work-shy and practically unemployable but when it comes to securing a group booking of 10 for the men's gymnastic finals, she's an ...

  • Simon Kelner: Red-button coverage keeps us abreast of the Games
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    We are almost halfway through these Olympics, and even hardened sceptics or those with no interest in sport must have found something of delight or interest, and not just the fact that you can get from Knightsbridge to Piccadilly Circus in less than ...

  • Amol Rajan: Stigma, not the law, will make me wear a helmet
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    In one of those plunging moments that can define our family lives, my girlfriend heard on the radio that a man "around 30" had been killed near the Olympic Park. She had a sense – not because I'd told her; rather, because she's a genius – that her bo...

  • Grace Dent: It's not just the sport – London 2012 is a festival of daftness, too
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    I loved Pooty-poot Putin swanning in to supervise the judo (we all knew he had his kit in the car) and that footage of the floppy-limbed, disqualified Badminton players playing the game with the enthusiasm I showed in Year 10 before sloping off for a...

  • Grace Dent: It's not just the sport – London 2012 is a festival of daftness, too
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    I loved Pooty-poot Putin swanning in to supervise the judo (we all knew he had his kit in the car) and that footage of the floppy-limbed, disqualified Badminton players playing the game with the enthusiasm I showed in Year 10 before sloping off for a...

  • Letters: A bitter blow for disabled people
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Having already been the subject of intense controversy earlier this week over the way it operates "fitness to work" tests, it is hugely concerning to see that Atos has been given the green light for the Personal Independence Payment contract.Assessme...

  • Leading article: A bout of judo diplomacy
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Sure enough, Mr Putin was duly accompanied to the judo by David Cameron, after informal talks in Downing Street earlier in the day. Given that the Russian President has not been to Britain for nearly a decade – relations between the two countries wer...

  • Sean O'Grady: The German authorities seem to favour management by crisis
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    For the first half-decade of its existence, it developed an enviable reputation as the world's pre-eminent central bank. It presided over first the Wirtschaftswunder ("economic miracle") with growth rates that would not discredit India or Brazil tod...

  • Owen Jones: One tragedy doesn't make the case for compulsory cycle helmets
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    The death of a 28-year-old cyclist near the Olympic Park on Wednesday is a horrifying reminder of the risks of the road. Another cyclist witnessed the moment the poor victim went under a bus; his blog is a harrowing account of a young man's last seco...

  • Kim Sengupta: Syrian anger will echo down through the generations
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Abed al-Rahman, 11, was not a combatant in Syria's civil war. There was no military target in the street where he lived with his family in Al-Bab, just outside Aleppo. No rebel fighters were present when the two missiles were fired. But there were re...

  • Leading article: So gifted, yet so refreshingly normal
    Saturday, 4 August 2012

    Not only is there something gloriously British in the notion of the unprofessional enthusiast crafting a world-beating feat in a garden shed (or its sporting equivalent). The contrast with the usual array of talents that populate the public scene cou...

  • Jasvinder Sanghera: Communities must end these awful abuses
    Saturday, 4 August 2012

    Victims are taught never to bring shame on their families and that it is their duty to obey because of religion or tradition. They live in turmoil, not wishing to hurt their loved ones. They may attempt suicide or try to escape. But although they pl...

  • Leading article: What's a gong, when you've got a gold?
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Barely had Wiggo completed his dazzling time trial win and there were calls for his inclusion in the honours list, "Arise, Sir Wiggo" bandied as the very least a grateful nation can do. It is testament to the champion's refreshing lack of pretension ...

  • Simon Usborne: I survived rollercoaster ride against Jason Kenny
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    I was being trained for the afternoon by Iain Dyer, Britain's sprint coach and the brains behind the blistering speed of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. My competitor for the day: Jason Kenny, with whom Hoy smashed the team sprint world record ...

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