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Friday, 14 September 2012

  • We have the truth, now we need justice for the 96
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    In Liverpool, there have been people who saw people die at close quarters, in unimaginable circumstances and have been walking round for 23 years hearing that in some way they were to blame for what happened. It's hard to understand the psychologica...

  • All the world's a stage, but the RSC should be Shakespeare's home
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    This is an opportune moment to ask for three reasons. First and foremost, in the next few days the RSC gets a new boss. Greg Doran takes over from Michael Boyd, and Doran will, I hope, be preparing a mission statement and pondering in the small hours...

  • Letters: Why the Hillsborough cover-up? Pure prejudice
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    This suited, and was perpetuated by, the establishment, including much of the media, The Sun being an extreme example. Everyone in Liverpool had a connection to events at Hillsborough, such is the nature of the city, and everyone knew that there had ...

  • The police were able to use lies, smears and the legal system to protect themselves
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    The second was the invented story of large-scale drunkenness. These lies, though widely believed by many, were exposed by the 1990 Taylor Inquiry, which concluded a police "blunder of the first magnitude" had caused the deaths. Why, then, were there ...

  • The fanatics have ignited a primitive hate. Now it's time to stop this nonsense
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    This is not the right approach – even for those Muslims that feel deeply offended by the film. Muslims can rationally and quietly argue that the movie is also offensive because it does nothing to encourage the spirit of enlightenment which Islam has ...

  • Editorial: No end to disputes in the China seas
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    China's move follows Japan's recent purchase of three of the islands from their private owners, despite strong objections from Beijing, which claims sovereignty. Now China's ambassador in Tokyo has been summoned to explain himself, and protests outs...

  • Editorial: An indefensible invasion of privacy
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    The Closer editor's defence – that the snaps covering four pages and including several of the Duchess topless are "not in the least shocking" – is, perhaps deliberately, missing the point. And lawyers on behalf of the royal couple are, rightly, stre...

  • Editorial: Cameron and Clegg must beware the enemy within
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    Meanwhile, a similar sequence is unfolding within the Liberal Democrats. There is persistent speculation that Nick Clegg might not lead the party into the next election; Vince Cable is being wooed by Labour and has been known to be in text contact w...

  • Simon O'Hagan: Nothing beats the buzz of booking tickets
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    It wasn't just the other side of winter. It was the other side of spring, and of summer, and of London 2012 – of a whole stretch of life. Who knew what could happen between then and now? None of that was any deterrent. I had no plans to emigrate. So...

  • This is not the first time the police have got it terribly wrong on rape.
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    Let’s be clear: Mr Coleman-Farrow wasn’t just a bit incompetent. He didn’t make a scattering of daft mistakes. Not only did he not bother investigating the cases properly, but he actually falsified information to pretend that he had done. He faked co...

  • This week's big questions: Is Islamism a threat? And should we fear Romney or Boris?
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    There are small extremist Islamist groups that want to attack the West, but since 9/11 we have often exaggerated the dangers they pose. Most Islamist parties are focused on domestic politics, and if they are anti-Western it is largely because the Uni...

  • The French journalists spying on Kate Middleton ought to be wary of vengeful British comrades
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    Since then the magazine’s official Twitter feed has put out a few boastful messages about “un buzz mondial” it has set off, and drab photographs of journalists waiting to speak to the magazine’s editor.My advice to Ms Pieau would be to refrain from m...

  • If you ask me: I once rode roughshod over Christians. Never again!
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    In the end, and being a man not of his word, Clegg actually substituted “some people” for “bigot”, and you know what? I don’t blame him. Who wants to ride roughshod over Christians? I once did, and it was not pleasant, as they are just so wriggly. In...

  • Boning up is the best way to learn history
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    The site of a medieval church in Leicester, now a car park, has been dug up in search of Richard’s remains. In the past few days, a skeleton has been discovered which shows signs of violent death, exactly as reported by contemporary chroniclers. Inte...

  • People with mental health history should be allowed to serve on a jury
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    As the law stands, a respected head teacher with a history of depression would not be allowed to sit on the same jury. Neither would a Macmillen nurse with bipolar disorder controlled by medication, nor would a retired, recovered anorexic.Make sense?...

  • Have we finally grown out of novels that ‘zip along’? I hope so
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home sees a recovering-depressive called Joe and his traumatised, war-correspondent wife having their French holiday invaded by an anorexic stranger called Kitty, who likes walking around naked. Does that blow up your skirt?Wi...

  • Democracy 2015: where our supporters come from
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    The greatest concentration of respondents is in London and the South East of the United Kingdom. People from all over the capital have taken to the campaign enthusiastically, with particularly high numbers of responses from the southeast of the city....

  • Errors and Omissions: A wrong turn in Columbia
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    That was the opening of a news story published on Tuesday. Palpably desperate to grab the reader’s attention, it falls into at least two difficulties. Towards the end, the grammar goes awry: “… can move towards … or shift alarmingly …” fails to conve...

  • A Political Life: Even with the Tories in disarray, don’t expect Boris to waltz in just like that
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    You only have to talk to individual Tories for half a minute to know that many are harbouring a latent rage that could break out at any moment. Some think it despicable that George Osborne played such a role in the reshuffle, promoting friends, denig...

  • The violation of Kate Middleton: what this furore tells us about who we've become
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    I don’t often feel much sympathy for the Duchess of Cambridge. You won’t find me wringing my hands at how exhausting her schedule must be, at how taxing it probably is being that smiley all the time, how damn hard life is when you’re expected to be c...

  • Thatcher's "boot boys": When the unholy trinity of police, press and government took root
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    When the report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel this week revealed the extent of the cover-up operated by the South Yorkshire force, Labour former home secretary Jack Straw asserted that Thatcher’s support for the police (almost her first actio...

  • We British are not suddenly such a lovely people on account of all our medals
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    No sooner, anyway, had we poured into the streets for yet another orgy of national self-congratulation – not just on the abundance of Olympic medals we’d sweated for and won, and the crowning glory of Andy Murray’s marvellous victory at Flushing Mead...

  • Even a £300m house comes with a bongo-playing bloke in the basement
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    Nor, it seems, would anyone else, given that the property has been on sale for several months and hasn’t shifted. I imagine people have been put off by the address: 2-8a Rutland Gate. That a implies a b. And that b implies a basement flat with a blok...

  • How not to be a feminist
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    The UK Feminista course, by marketing itself as a “UK Summer school” plays into the current idea that to be a feminist you must first learn how to be one. The press release is peppered with exciting words like “tactics” that make it sound like you h...

  • Gluttonous for gluten
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    With a quarter of all adults currently classified as obese and a dramatic increase of obesity related diseases from diabetes to hypertension, Professor Stephenson, a spokesman for The Royal Medical Colleges believes, “Obesity is a much bigger problem...

  • Manifesto for a new Mercury Music Prize
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    The nominations are always led by a couple of big names, immediate favourites whose record sales and public profile are in a different universe to the experimental indie, folk and jazz bands who cling on to the bottom of the list. It is those artists...

  • Gadget litter: it's the greed of tech companies that fills our drawers with outdated plugs
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    With every passing month we are introduced to new methods of communicating with our mobile devices, thanks to the power of WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G/4G networks. We can even power our devices through inductive charging Technologies, just look at the lat...

  • Forget Kate's topless pics, these royals are the real rebels
    Independent Voices Friday, 14 September 2012

    Prince Harry’s Nazi outingClarence House were forced to issue a statement in 2005 in response to Prince Harry sporting a Nazi costume to a party. It read: “Prince Harry has apologised for any offence or embarrassment he has caused. He realises it was...

  • Why Osborne’s dash for gas is not all it is cracked up to be
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer has put himself firmly in this camp. The Energy Bill currently going through Parliament and recent battles within the Coalition over the role of gas show how these views are pushing UK energy policy further towards ano...

  • French Closer pics of topless Kate Middleton are just vulgaire
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    This morning there’s another set of pictures of the princess doing the rounds. This time they are long lens, grainy photos taken without her permission on a private holiday, where she was sunbathing topless.  We’ve seen all sorts of nude royal body p...

  • Tell it like it is, Nick. There are bigots everywhere
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    Anyway, I was accused of insensitivity to mental health issues, which – in the atmosphere of heightened understanding of disability – was not terribly clever. In fact, I was called “an idiot” by one correspondent. Of course, my intention was to hurl ...

  • Why is breast cancer awareness made so sexy?
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    Apparently, “the sexy shot of Mel and her husband was taken to raise awareness of charity CoppaFeel! ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness month.” I’m not even sure quite where to start with pointing out everything that is cringeworthy about this statemen...

  • Do you have to be black to play Obama?
    Slate Friday, 14 September 2012

    So it's no idle speculation to wonder how the replacement of Fred Armisen (Venezuelan-German-Japanese-American) with Jay Pharoah (African-America) as SNL's go-to Obama impersonator will play nationwide."The more interesting question than how accurate...

  • France prints topless Kate pics
    The Independent Friday, 14 September 2012

    The French edition of Closer magazine is expected to publish long lens shots of the Duchess of Cambridge, taken while she was sunbathing topless beside a private swimming pool, on holiday in Provence.The Duke and Duchess are currently in Malaysia. Ye...

  • Mitt Romney is no film critic
    New York Times Friday, 14 September 2012

    In The New York Times today, Timothy Egan writes "Romney's craven attack was fundamentally dishonest, riddled with errors, and premised on notions that a kook would harbour. His response was no more accurate than the film."

  • Letters: Despite Hillsborough, police cover-ups go on
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    The media are still every bit as enthusiastic about endorsing the police's denigration of those who die as they were then. Look at the cheerful dissemination of the untruths told by the police about Harry Stanley, Jean Charles de Menezes, Ian Tomlin...

  • Anas Sarwar, Alex Salmond, and how the Olympics fan the flames of independence in Scotland
    Friday, 14 September 2012

    Labour's deputy leader in Scotland, Anas Sarwar, has written to Alex Salmond protesting that "Scots cheered on the whole of TeamGB, and Scotland should not be denied the chance to celebrate the success of Jessica Ennis or Mo Farah". But Scotland's Fi...

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