The Independent | Archive
Home 2012 August

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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - PHP

£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With extensive experience and a...

Barnardo's: Corporate Audit and Inspection – Retail Intern (Leeds)

Unpaid - £4 lunch allowance plus travel to and from work: Barnardo's: Purpose ...

Recruitment Genius: Content Writer - Global Financial Services

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: From modest beginnings the comp...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - PHP

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: From modest beginnings the comp...

Day In a Page

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future