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Thursday, 9 August 2012

  • Amol Rajan: How about a reggae anthem to inspire the nation?
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    That my esteemed colleague Dominic Lawson is cleverer than me has long been a source of anguish. But when he wrote in this newspaper on Tuesday that our national anthem should be replaced on musical grounds and that Gustav Holst's "I Vow to Thee My C...

  • Michael McCarthy: If your wish is for the wild, St Kilda will fulfil it
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    What is it that we are looking for? Unspoiled beauty, certainly, and the bliss of solitude, and peace; but I have a sense that there is something more, a hunger or a longing, and perhaps that is to do with the quite astonishing fecundity of the natur...

  • Simon Kelner: The army of uniformed agents are everywhere
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    I have generally ignored the abusive tweets, but they do reveal a worrying trend that, in public discourse these days, there is a quasi-totalitarian imperative to follow popular opinion, and anyone who offers an alternative view is summarily tied to ...

  • Leading article: Time to stop bickering and build some houses
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    But even London 2012 has not been able to entirely mask the intensifying fracas in recent weeks. What was once sniping from the fringes has become thoroughly mainstream, reaching its apogee in this week's contretemps over Lords reform. In return for ...

  • Simon Kelner: Let's direct this surge of pride towards lasting change
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    Certainly, it's not too much of a stretch to suggest that the tourism industry will profit from the image we have presented to the world. Anyone who has visited London over the past couple of weeks could be forgiven for thinking that the city is full...

  • Ian Birrell: It's not just the bad apples – it's our rotten society's attitudes
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    The assaults at Winterbourne View were horrific. But just as shocking were the systematic failures of one protective authority after another to stop them, their bungling and casual complacency ensuring the torture continued unabated. Only when Panora...

  • Letters: Workfare is no way to get people into real jobs
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    Jobseekers allowance is a subsistence benefit; as the QC representing the two claimants in court stated, this is an entitlement provided for those who cannot find work; it is not something that must be earned.To suggest that people should work for th...

  • Leading article: Too much petty officialdom
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    The jury's decision yesterday to acquit Mr Walsh on charges concerning photographs of him engaging in consensual, legal sexual activity is, therefore, to be warmly welcomed. In his summing up, the Judge told the jury: "It is emphatically not your dut...

  • Grace Dent: Soon the only thing uniting us will be Sharon's comeback in Eastenders
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    For example, it turns out that Great Britain and Northern Ireland can win things. Tons of things. And it turns out we loved winning things and could aloud we loved winning without worrying it made us ruthless pigs, impolite oafs, a bit Tory, total Na...

  • Jonathan Fenby: Why Gu Kailai's trial lifted the veil on Chinese politics
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    But the story surrounding the trial is even more revealing. It has lifted a corner of the veil shrouding elite Chinese politics and has illustrated the regime's problems in coping with a rapidly evolving society. A year ago, Gu's husband, Bo Xilai, ...

  • Owen Jones: It's not competitive spirit that poor kids lack, but fields on which to compete
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    This is not to indulge in a crude attack on Cameron's background: after all, we are all prisoners of our upbringings, over which we have no control. But when ignorance generated by hyper-privilege creeps into government policy, it demands a response....

  • Daniel Howden: In Nairobi, business is booming in the gleaming new branches of KFC
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    Most of the diners admitted they had been drawn by the “hype” but a year on KFC is still full and has opened several more outlets. The opening was broadly seen as Kenya catching up with the rest of the world, another signpost on the way to middle-inc...

  • Letters: That elusive Olympic legacy
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    No one said anything about how, when that happened, the nationwide facilities and support needed to help them do that were going to be provided. Which does seem a bit of an oversight.Kate FrancisBristolA colleague took her teenage children to an Olym...

  • Leading article: Hardly innocent until proven guilty
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    According to New York State's Superintendent of Financial Services, the British bank laundered $250bn of Iranian money through its subsidiary in the Big Apple, breaking the law and leaving the US "vulnerable to terrorism". Standard Chartered is, says...

  • Leading article: A murder trial that says much about China
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    The link is Ms Gu's husband, the former Communist Party boss of Chongqing, Bo Xilai, whose lineage and ambition would doubtless have qualified him for a villa at Beidaihe – the traditional summer retreat of China's politial elite – this crucial year ...

  • Deborah Ross: An unforgettable display of Commentatoritis!
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    "Keep the pressure up! You have to believe you can do this. Oh, yes! Marvellous! This has to be full marks!" And it carried on when I saw my neighbour, Sue, putting out her recycling. "Some beautiful movements in that routine," I told her. "A wonderf...

  • Leading article: When rock music meets do-it-yourself
    Friday, 10 August 2012

    An ironic commentary on music in the post-Napster, post-file sharing, post-Spotify era? Perhaps. But it is nonetheless difficult to shake off the feeling that his fans are being short-changed by an album he has not even bothered to record.For all pla...

  • Leading article: What happened to our profusion of cousins?
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    We may have known for some time that, as recently as a few tens of thousands of years ago, we lived alongside Homo neanderthalensis and Homo floresiensis. But three new fossils found in Kenya and dating back nearly two million years now prove that pr...

  • Arifa Akbar: It's a funny, moving read - but Hornby's just not up there with Joyce
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    Hornby now nestles alongside James Joyce, F Scott Fitzgerald and more recently, Javier Marias. It is hard to see a consistency of choice and it is even more striking in Penguin's omissions. If Hornby makes the grade, why doesn't Zadie Smith or Philip...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Treating the symptoms of Parkinson's, but not the cause
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    It is not fatal but reaction to treatment varies. There is no cure but the drug levodopa can relieve the symptoms – though it stops being effective after three to five years and extra drugs are frequently needed. The disease is caused by a loss of ...

  • Elisa Bray: Loudmouth chat trumps music, it seems
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    Of course, Peel is far from the only real music lover on BBC radio – Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson all spring to mind. But the news that Chris Moyles may be taking over kills any lingering hopes that Radio 1 might return the late-night ...

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