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Friday, 31 August 2012

  • Editorial: Harsh winds must blow through the City
    Saturday, 1 September 2012

    Ed Miliband's tough talk at the weekend was, therefore, half right. In fact, the Labour leader's threats to introduce modern-day "Glass-Steagall" legislation to split banks' retail and investment operations can largely be chalked up to politics. On t...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Foreign students in border fiasco
    Saturday, 1 September 2012

    There should be two major barriers to bogus students. The first is visa issue; the second should be the UK border control as the student arrives. UK visa issue has been subject to cost cutting to the extent that virtually no visa applicants are inter...

  • The big questions: Should Atos be sponsoring the Paralympics? Is a wealth tax a good idea?
    Saturday, 1 September 2012

    The Government's fitness for work test is massively flawed and having a devastating effect on people's lives. Sponsors play a big role in making these great Games happen, but they get a lot of kudos out of it. So the fact that the company running the...

  • George Keleny: Every Thursday night, Dad's there with his trusty OED
    Saturday, 1 September 2012

    Well, it has no name in our house. From my point of view, it's a bit like a poltergeist: you never know if it's there, and you do your best to avoid talking about it, but every so often it gets in the way of using the internet. To my mother, on the...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

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