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Thursday, 30 August 2012

  • Amol Rajan: Strauss's lesson: lead from front and mind the KPs
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    Andrew Strauss's surprise resignation from the captaincy of English cricket has been attributed by some observers to the saga over Kevin Pietersen, whose derogatory text messages to South African players entered the public arena. No doubt they played...

  • Lisa Markwell: Forget Clegg's tax idea – let's get the rich into philanthropy
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    Now the iced confections look sickly and disgusting. Parked outside are endless "lifestyle concept" vans and builders' lorries, endlessly dispatching cararra marble and state-of-the art lighting systems within. This "industry" reached its zenith (or ...

  • Leading article: The Lib Dems may need a new leader – but not now
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    On one level, there are good grounds for the introspection within the Liberal Democrats. Their poll ratings are abysmal and threaten to decimate them as a parliamentary party. Mr Clegg's personal ratings are dire. More specifically, Mr Clegg has fail...

  • Professor Richard Sakwa: Both were ‘gangsters’ – but one was cleverer than the other
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    The judgement ruled in favour of Abramovich’s contention that Berezovsky in fact had not really played much of a part in the establishment of the Sibneft oil company. Instead, he had provided political cover, and had not been the prime mover. Instead...

  • Simon Kelner: The Opening Ceremony was a huge waste of money
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    I think the event that launched the Paralympics – impressive in its scope and scale – was a huge waste of money. What is it with these opening ceremonies? They're overblown, overwrought and, now, over here. And there seems to be a cultural tyranny at...

  • Leading article: A fantastic show – but it wasn't the whole story
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    Some eight million people watched the spectacle on television, far more than tuned in to previous Paralympics openings, justifying Channel 4's decision to involve its most high-profile presenter, Jon Snow, in the event. Some grumbled about its advert...

  • Simon Kelner: The 'Irish' cows in Kent that fooled the Germans
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    It was based on an Ipsos/Mori poll conducted in both Ireland and Germany in an effort to understand what the inhabitants of each country think of the other. In Germany, they were asked if they'd ever been to Ireland, and a whopping 91 per cent said "...

  • Leading article: Politics to be sure, but a wealth tax merits a look
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    That there was a doubtless tactical dimension to the Deputy Prime Minister's proposal does not mean, however, that the idea deserves to be dismissed as no more than cynical politicking. It can reflect political calculation and still have merit. And t...

  • Leading article: A Middle East power in the making
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    Iran had seen the new Islamist President's decision to attend the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, which it hosted, as something of a triumph. Its hopes – and Western fears – that he would use it to cement a new alliance between Cairo and Tehran h...

  • Harriet Walker: Margaret Thatcher's suits will outlive Major's Y-fronts
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    Whatever you think of her politics, you can't dispute that Thatcher is an important part of 20th-century iconography. Even the greatest prima donna can become an icon – just look at Mariah Carey. Thatcher was one in the Churchill mode, never seen wit...

  • Alice Jones: Please don't kill the magic of the movies
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    Once inside the auditorium, there was no usher to close the door so light streamed in from the foyer while the sound of Bane's laboured breathing bled through the walls from a screening of The Dark Knight Rises next door. To top it off, he had to sit...

  • Andrew Martin: Against the odds, the Rolling Stones have turned into role models
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    Why? Well, the Stones' story is not so much a rake's progress as a coming full circle back to the much-missed virtues of the decade of their birth, the 1940s. First: reticence.Yes, they are "the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World", but they did...

  • Letters: On the brink of climate crisis
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    In other words, global warming, stoked by their own commercial activities, is opening up new markets. In business this is known as a virtuous circle. By contrast citizens of planet Earth see nothing but dangers. Imagine for a moment what would happen...

  • Leading article: A real problem, but an overreaction
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    There is also no doubt that London Metropolitan University was very lax at keeping tabs on just exactly who was studying under its jurisdiction. According to the agency, 26 in a sample of 101 students at the university had no valid visa and 142 out o...

  • Martin Dougan: A day of action to match thrills of the opening ceremony
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    It's all so fitting after such an incredible opening ceremony. The reception to yesterday's successes and the plaudits for the opening ceremony go to show that Britain is a country that is ready to make disabled people celebrities and to really hold...

  • David Thomas: Unpaid work isn't a disgrace, it's an opportunity
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    You could say I had mixed feelings. I'd started my career on the same paper almost 30 years earlier, when the unions still controlled Fleet Street. God knows there were endless restrictive practices: shutting off the presses at the slightest excuse, ...

  • Letters: Treatments the NHS cannot afford
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    Even in such a culture of inclusion and engagement, Oliver Wright's commentary serves to underline the enormous difficulties faced by commissioners in a world where the gap between demand and available resource is ever widening.Often, it is not simpl...

  • Leading article: First, stop Syria's war spreading
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    Mr Assad may not be winning, but there is no sign of his regime imploding, despite the defection of the Prime Minister and the assassination of key security leaders. The situation is very different from Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi's support suddenly...

  • James Moore: The banker, the go-between, the sheikh and an £11.5bn deal
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    If it failed to get the money it would have to go cap-in-hand to the Government. That could have derailed its ambitions to turn itself into a genuine global player along the lines of HSBC.Barclays feared ministers would demand it deploy its capital t...

  • Viv Groskop: Don't honour Olympians just for doing their job. Except one
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    The Public Administration Selection Committee described the honours list selection process as "opaque" and "mysterious". It hinted that too many celebrities and civil servants are getting honours just for being celebrities and civil servants. "We bel...

  • Caroline Lucas: The Green case against airport expansion
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    Some perspective is crucial. The reality is that endless growth in our aviation capacity is not sustainable. Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and already contributes 13 per cent of our GHGs once non-C02 emis...

  • Laurie Penny: It's not rhetoric to draw parallels with Nazism
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    Once, right-wing thugs only came out to attack immigrants at night. Now they do so in daylight, unafraid of the consequences because there rarely are any. In recent weeks, the number and severity of the attacks have increased – on 12 August, a 19-yea...

  • Leading article: The price of oligarch justice
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    In one sense it is flattering to the fairness and propriety of the English legal system that these billionaire oligarchs should have chosen to air their squabble here, though it was extraordinary that both were so happy publicly to reveal their invol...

  • Leading article: Welcome to a different breed of banker
    Friday, 31 August 2012

    Shareholders might well ask just how strong the shortlist of external candidates really was, and there are minuses and pluses in the choice of an insider. But the switch from investment banker to retail banker is more than symbolic. The rehabilitatio...

  • Leading article: Strauss deserves to be remembered at his best
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    To captain England, in any sport, is never a picnic, still less given the circumstances in which Strauss found the responsibility thrust upon him. But he held the position with distinction for the best part of four years. And he left, as he had led, ...

  • Deborah Ross: Never confuse a lifestyle coach with a National Express coach...
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    A lifestyle coach, to do what exactly? Do I even have "a lifestyle"? If I do, can't it just quietly tick over by itself? It requires "coaching"? I never knew! I never even suspected! I'm such a dolt! If I have a lifestyle, imagine how behind it must ...

  • Alex Duval Smith: Events show the police are both inept and brutal
    Thursday, 30 August 2012

    Let us assume for a moment that it is fine for the prosecution to charge 270 Marikana miners with murdering 34 fellow demonstrators. Let us accept the prosecution spokesman Frank Lesenyego's word that the move is just a technicality to block bail and...

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