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Monday, 10 September 2012

  • George Osborne is running out of friends, and fast
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    "On one side there is the IMF, the OECD, the credit rating agencies, the bond markets, the European Commission, the Confederation of British Industry, the Institute of Directors, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Governor of the Bank of England, ...

  • Broadcasters must seize on this surge in interest
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Nerves are funny things. Did the excitement and the adrenaline of the last week help to clear a blockage or open a new pathway? Could the Paralympic sports I tried, the wheelchair tennis and basketball which worked muscles I didn't know existed, have...

  • Hillsborough: Will the 96 get justice at last?
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    The expectancy is of the first proper accounting of the negligence and the inefficiency of the police and the emergency services which were so apparent to anyone who was present when a football field turned, on an afternoon of spring sunshine, into a...

  • Don't forget the word 'disability', but don't pity it either
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    It could be said the Paralympics changed that, it could be hoped this is the legacy it left behind. One where disability is not pitied and ignorable, but strong and screaming to life. There was a shift in perception as the athletes took to the centre...

  • Community Standards: What membership of independentvoices.com means
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    As a member of independentvoices.com you can:1. Comment on articles2. React to articles3. Sign individual petitions We won't assume that you support all of our petitions. Some of you may be against our campaign to legalise same-sex marriage, for inst...

  • The Bundesbank is calling the shots now
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    The general expectation is that the court will indeed ratify the plan, though with safeguards of some sort. As so often with legal decisions, the detail will be crucial. But at least we will get a decision, for the court rejected an attempt to make i...

  • Is this the end of men?
    New York Times Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    Forty years ago, men and women adhered to certain ideologies, what it meant to be a man or a woman. Young women today, Rosin argues, are more like clean slates, having abandoned both feminist and prefeminist preconceptions. Men still adhere to the ma...

  • What's so scary about a vegetarian future?
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    But times they-are-a-changin’ and meat is becoming increasingly unfashionable as we gain deeper appreciation of the range of costs associated with meat-based diets. Not only is meat a risk factor for many of our own health problems but its production...

  • Editorial: A final tribute to athletes, volunteers and spectators alike
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    With that last hurrah, the glorious jamboree that was London 2012 has come to an end. And it was such a sensation that Britain will now advise other countries on how to host major sporting events. But the answer is a simple one: recruit 70,000 volunt...

  • Letters: Leveson verdict on the morality of the press
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    My view is that the inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson has been absolutely necessary in the public interest, because it has lifted the lid off many dubious practices which otherwise would have been buried by others intent on protecting vested interests ...

  • How Ryan Lochte went global
    The Daily Beast Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    Welcome to Ryan Lochte 2.0, during which the crowd-pleaser of the London Olympics spins his career as an athlete into that of an entertainment journalist, a reality TV star -- and even a fashion designer. Between covering runway shows for E! and club...

  • Letters: The judge and the brave burglars
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    Tim Lott’s article in Saturday’s Independent is headed “It is possible to be a burglar and be brave. But we can’t stand a paradox”. I struggle to think of a set of circumstances that would justify a judge coming out with such a truism. It is insensit...

  • Edwina, you're starting to sound a bit sex-mad
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    At no point, do you imagine that, she'd sit on her sofa, switch off the video of The Lover's Guide (I kid you not: she admits to watching it on her own), and contemplate whether these diaries make her sound just a little bit like a pompous, self-abso...

  • The real meaning of 'omnishambles'
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    Contemplate the photograph of the new Cabinet meeting for the first time. That is itself tells the story. For little business can be done effectively in such a large group. Moreover some of those attending, such as the Lib Dem, David Laws, and the fo...

  • Edwina, you're starting to sound a bit sex-mad
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    At no point, do you imagine that, she'd sit on her sofa, switch off the video of The Lover's Guide (I kid you not: she admits to watching it on her own), and contemplate whether these diaries make her sound just a little bit like a pompous, self-a...

  • A recipe for my sexy pie
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    'Ingredients: Silky robe Slinky mules (organic, preferably) Six buckets of double cream A shit-load of sugar All the eggs, butter and cocoa there is in the world. A rubbing motion of the kind that would make even a tomato thrill, swell, then explode....

  • The Daily Mail’s fight to get online porn blocked is a bit rich coming from the people behind Mail Online
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    The petition currently holds 125,000 signatures in favour of default porn blocks being enforced by ISPs; an idea that’s been bandied about for quite some time now. Initially raised by Perry back in 2010 during a parliamentary debate, the idea has pro...

  • Murray's made it!
    The New York Times Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    And this game was epic, a 4-hour-54-minute mettle detector of a United States Open Final. Murray beat Djokovic at his own game "by appearing weary and down on his luck then finding deep and decisive reserves of energy". Pegged back from two sets up, ...

  • Real leadership gave South Africa a new future. It can do the same in the Middle East
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    Later, in the West Bank I saw the encroachment of Israeli settlements deep into Palestinian territory and the humiliation local people may endure at the numerous checkpoints whilst travelling even short distances within their occupied country. And in...

  • Oops, we broke the internet
    Atlantic Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    "Overall we're asked to hold keys to 30-40 sites in order to read the news, access our email, or book a haircut. For each of these sites, security analysts recommend using a unique string of 14-characters made up of letters, numbers, and special symb...

  • Editorial: Europe's Dutch barometer
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    The voters that led the way on, for example, the rejection of the EU constitution go to the polls on Wednesday in what is largely a referendum on Europe’s response to the euro crisis.As the economy dips back into recession and the public appetite for...

  • Editorial: Welfare reform cannot be an excuse for cuts
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    So too should the concerns of 70 charities and lobbyists who have warned that the new system will disadvantage the 8m Britons who have no access to the internet and 14 million more who lack computer skills.  Those are not the only worries. There are ...

  • There’s a fine line between being nice and being a complete idiot
    Tuesday, 11 September 2012

    During all this, a couple arrived at the bar to my left and began watching this long-running show entitled "How To Multiply By 0.8". Finally the barman turned and said in my direction "OK, who's next?" and for some bizarre reason I gestured towards t...

  • Democracy 2015: An update
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    The age range of the respondents has been wide, from students to retired people and their occupations similarly varied, from nurses to engineers. A number of students have said that they want to promote the ideas through their university newspapers. ...

  • Letters: Tragedy of our disappearing bees
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Rachel Carson would be horrified – our bees and insect-eating birds become scarcer year by year and there is overwhelming evidence pointing to neonicotinoid pesticides as a major cause, but the UK government's “Advisory Committee on Pesticides” has d...

  • Letters: Don't subject yet more people to flight-path misery
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Why, when planes take off and land east/west, is it thought reasonable to have additional capacity sited east or west of the most densely populated part of the country, ensuring the maximum disturbance to the maximum number of people?Jane Eades(wo...

  • Letters: Don't subject yet more people to flight-path misery
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    It is not often that I agree with Boris Johnson (report, 4 September), but anyone making decisions about whether to increase the capacity of Heathrow should have to spend at least a year living under the flight path. Why, when planes take off and lan...

  • Now we can see the showbiz misery memoir for the fraud it is
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    It will be difficult, for example, to consider bravery – and self-pity – in quite the same way. Reading this weekend an extract from the memoirs of Pamela Stephenson, the New Zealand comedian and shrink, I found myself wondering whether real courage ...

  • An unhappy marriage: union influence may cost Labour election chances
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Here we go again. Union leaders have one chance a year to set the news agenda. They chose once more to place the focus on the threat of further strikes. Many other worthy issues are under discussion at their gathering in Brighton, but they have allow...

  • The French aren’t callous, just different
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Today’s Daily Mail headline offers a hint of the fairly widespread British indignation at the perceived disconnect between our two nations: “Story of the brutal murders of British family driving in the Alps buried by the French press.”Having suggeste...

  • Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: The perils of playing peacemaker
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Virginia says...Playing the role of the peacemaker is precarious.  It’s as if you’re walking a tightrope between the two antagonists, and either one has only to shake a bit their end and you can easily fall off. My feeling is that you should extricat...

  • Nick Robinson: I underestimated Boris
    BBC Monday, 10 September 2012

    Now Robinson is changing his tune. Boris is a threat to Cameron. His decision to criticise the reshuffle confirmed the mayor's position as distinctly and dangerously off-message.Now "everything he says and does...will be seen through the prism of his...

  • Will John Lewis dare to lead by example?
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    A living wage increases the wealth of poor people without recourse to the law, and by taking those people out of benefits reduces the burden on the rest of us. There is no evidence that it stymies employment, and over the past few years it has taken ...

  • Rushdie: the fatwa and me
    New Yorker Monday, 10 September 2012

    He needed to choose a new name “pretty pronto,” and then talk to his bank manager and get the bank to agree to accept checks signed with the false name, so that he could pay for things without being identified. The new name was also for the benefit ...

  • Losing the War on Drugs
    New Internationalist Monday, 10 September 2012

    The "supposed  remedy" of armed confrontation with drug cartels is "at least 100 times worse than the supposed ills of consumption". In Juárez, a trafficking hotspot, the war on drugs has led to "extreme criminality" and made it impossible for many c...

  • Why women don’t need cosmetic surgery
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Though operations amongst men are on the rise, last year’s statistics show 90% of cosmetic procedures are performed on women. And in a world where Cheryl Cole’s itty bitty proportions are headline news, it’s easy to see how you’d be tempted to try a ...

  • A reputation Marr-ed
    Sunday Mirror Monday, 10 September 2012

    The Sunday Mirror printed pictures of the 53-year-old BBC political editor kissing a women (not his wife) on Saturday night by a fence outside a bar in Fitzrovia.He has since claimed the embrace was a drunken farewell with a colleague, and said his w...

  • Independent Voices: What's new
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    When we started working up the ideas that would become Independent Voices, we had two things we wanted to address: the general unsuitability of newspaper websites to show comment journalism in a form that was properly digital, and the gap between how...

  • Rihanna kissed Chris Brown at MTV Awards
    Jezebel Monday, 10 September 2012

    They're still "good friends," and it's been rumored throughout the summer that they've been canoodling in on her yacht in St. Tropez. This is particularly unsurprising because of Ri-Ri's turn on Oprah's Next Chapter, where she sort of defended Brown ...

  • Sport has real value in our lives: it separates the genuine from the phoney
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    We will all have our favourite moments from this summer, whether they be individual moments of triumph that illuminated a bigger picture – the victories of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis that portrayed Britain as a wonderful, polyglot nation – or simple,...

  • Republicans turn to the White
    The Guardian Monday, 10 September 2012

    To win, Romney needs 61% of the white vote from a white turnout of 74%. That's some target. John McCain got just 55% in 2008.In search of that total Romney has embraced campaign messages that play to the prejudices of the "angry white guy" demographi...

  • Who's afraid of Vagina Wolf?
    Daily Beast Monday, 10 September 2012

    It could be that she learned the wrong lesson from The Beauty Myth’s success. Generalizing from her own preoccupations, she was able, in that book, to tell a story with wide and enduring resonance. Perhaps the experience led her to overestimate the v...

  • Gaza: looming catastrophe
    The Guardian Monday, 10 September 2012

    Our prescription to avert this looming but avoidable catastrophe is simple. While the UN has condemned the rockets many times, we continue to demand a lifting of the blockade, which is costing the international community hundreds of millions of doll...

  • Instead of passing the torch, it'll be passing the park
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    For the audience and the athletes the closing ceremony last night was the end of the affair, but for an anonymous army, it's just the beginning. Over the next six weeks, 5,000 Locog contractors will be advancing on the Olympic Park to "commence overl...

  • Wheels of Change
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Stanford's mother was a wheelchair user and his childhood was "blighted" by taunts and misplaced pity. The sight of these Paralympians , however, has dissolved the "artificial boundaries between non-disabled and disabled people" that gave rise to suc...

  • Jeremy Hunt and privatisation are no recipe for saving the NHS - but try telling the Blairites that
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    Here is a man who, throughout the Murdoch scandal, proved an instinctive champion of corporate power. A pamphlet he co-authored in 2005, Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party, called for the NHS to be denationalised and replaced with a na...

  • March of the digital door-knockers
    Monday, 10 September 2012

    How nice! But the post wasn't by or even endorsed by anyone I know: it was an advert for the Mormon Church placed in my feed (where I don't remember ever seeing advertising) as part of an online mission of such scale it would be the envy of its most ...

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