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Sunday, 16 September 2012

  • The hidden victims of a lock 'em up culture
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    There are two groups who suffer most from this lack of interest. One is women. Over the past 15 years, the number of female prisoners has more than doubled, and more than 10,000 women are now sent to jail every year. The five-part investigation which...

  • Rory isn't bunkered by the Northern Irish question
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    For an Englishman from Manchester, the nomenclature, and what it means in terms of identity, is all rather confusing. This topic has been in the news recently with Rory McIlroy, the world's number one golfer and a man born in the Northern Irish town ...

  • Only half marks for Mr Gove
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    So far, so good. But while Mr Gove's (albeit reluctant) eschewing of a new-look CSE may have dodged the most obvious row over social divisiveness, the question about what happens to those not up to the more demanding test has still not been answered....

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (16 September 2012)
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Yes, there are companies that rely on airports to shuttle their executives in and out or to freight in exotic produce. Yes, airports generate large volumes of revenue and, yes, the public loves the possibilities offered by air travel. But are global ...

  • Editorial: Hillsborough – our shame
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    This was a failure of so many people in positions of responsibility, as Paul Vallely writes: the police, ambulance service, football administrators, stadium owner, Sheffield council, coroner, prosecuting authorities, two judges and politicians.But al...

  • Editor-At-Large: Don't fuss, Nick – we're all bigots
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    It was hastily recalled and the offending word altered to "some people". What's wrong with bigots, Nick? We're all bigots, to a greater or lesser degree. If the cap fits, wear it, I say. The Church of England announced that it found the term "very of...

  • The PM's worst nightmare: green on royal blue
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    This poses a real headache for the Prime Minister and the Chief of the Defence Staff, who took the final decision on Prince Harry's latest deployment. Prince Harry is deservedly popular among the British public despite, or even because of, his colour...

  • Young Arabs need less religion and more work
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Decades of dictatorship, corruption and under-employment have created reservoirs of males who have a strong sense of grievance and nothing much to do. In some countries, where unpleasant regimes have recently been overthrown, they have guns. They're ...

  • Public opinion is running the country
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    As we approach the halfway point of this parliament, the arrangement between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats seems unhappier than ever. Both leaders are being stalked by challengers capitalising on resentment in each party against the other. Like...

  • Hillsborough: A few individuals have shown what integrity means
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    "Unable to move for over half an hour, I was condemned to watch them cry for help, throw up, plead for their lives and die," he wrote. "A heap of corpses piled up in front of me." Over 700 others were injured. Thousands more were scarred emotionally ...

  • Richard III: The truth may yet be discovered
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    If the find proves to be Richard's remains, do they deserve a royal funeral? What do we actually know about Richard "Crookback", whose crimes, according to some chroniclers, included treason, murder and even incest? Moreover, why does the physical co...

  • I've got the back-to-school blues
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    We made a "reservation" and off we went. Unfortunately, I loathed – and still loathe – school, so it's difficult for me to do the right thing and pretend to my kids that school is fun and important. I suffer from David Bowie "Kookyitis", in that I lo...

  • Remembering America's deadliest day
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    The name, which is pronounced "An-tee-tum", derives from an old Algonquian Indian word meaning "swift water". But on 17 September 1862, in those same pastures and croplands, blood ran as copiously as water, in the deadliest single day in all American...

  • Dave's demons are closing on him
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    On Wednesday, he discovered that, according to the opinion polls, Boris Johnson is worth a good 1.5 million more votes to the Tory party in a general election than he is himself. Sandwiched between these embarrassments came the unveiling of "Conserva...

  • John Mullin: I always knew you'd win, Andy. Honest
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    You may have supposed that we Scots could at last hold our heads high, our self-confidence and national pride recharged in one sensational night in New York. Not me. I have a confession, and the shame of it I will carry to my grave.We have heard much...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes: John Lewis
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    In the 1970s, when wraparound childcare meant being carried in a hippy-print silk scarf (they're on the ground floor) on your mother's back, my mum took us to the Buttery at our local John Lewis after school. When I bought my first flat, I filled it ...

  • Is this Britain's last Coalition government?
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    On Radio 4’s Week in Westminster, I interviewed the former Defence Minister, Nick Harvey, one of the Liberal Democrats who lost his job in the reshuffle. Admittedly, he is bruised, and openly admits to being disappointed at what happened to him. Yet ...

  • So you're good at exams. So what?
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    You’ll pass or you’ll fail. There will be no re-sitting of individual modules; the entire exam would have to be repeated. Children will be judged on nothing other than their exam paper. This, it has been said, will mean that the “top grades will only...

  • China is flexing its muscles: time to worry
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    On the other hand, I have just returned from a week in Japan, so perhaps I am out of touch with the priorities in Britain (and maybe mainland Europe, too): what to do about the publication of fuzzy photos of the Duchess of Cambridge without her top o...

  • Sex sells, so charities should use it to their advantage
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sure looking at Mel B’s impressive assets in a copycat of Janet Jackson’s 1993 Rolling Stone cover makes me immediately want to strip off and look for lumps.But sorry to feminists out there, I happen to rather like the pic...

  • It’s comforting to move among liberals – but you get fewer laughs
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    It is quite possible, one discovers, to oppose Castro’s locking up of writers, or the despoiling of the British countryside, or excessive nannying of offensive songs or comedy – all apparently symptoms of a right-wing mentality – while also disliking...

  • If we expect musicians to perform for nothing, there won’t be any left
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Since I have never knowingly listened to Ed Sheeran, as he looks too baby-faced and wholesome for my raddled tastes, I can’t tell you if the pirates are making a good choice in their law-breaking. What I can tell you is that Sheeran himself seems lar...

  • Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Cult car crisis
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Virginia says...Which would you rather? Your friendship be over or, if your cousin were responsible for a fatal accident, having that person’s death on your conscience for the rest of your life? It is, to use an expression I’m not madly keen on but f...

  • The market for carbon trading is broken. We must fix it before it's too late.
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Major emitters have lobbied hard against reform of the carbon market - a sure sign they fear significant intervention is a serious possibility. For the sake of all European economies and their citizens, we should hope their fears are warranted. The ...

  • Against the tyranny of consensus
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    In recent months I have found the news utterly maddening. As someone whose main job is to publish newspapers and websites, this is an occupational hazard. But let me give you some examples. First, last week: bigot-gate. Nick Clegg said opponents of ...

  • To stand afore History, yelling Go!
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Over the past week we have launched, a new home for Comment, Campaigns and Community from The Independent titles. What I want us to achieve is a marriage of editorial brilliance, in the form of strong and clear argument, with di...

  • We shouldn't be ashamed to admit when we're being bullied online
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    As a disability rights campaigner who works in online media, I’ve seen quite a lot of that.What I didn’t expect and probably should have done, is that as my profile online increased and in asking for balance, others were not quite so flexible. I’m no...

  • Inside Mitt Romney's campaign cock-ups
    Politico Monday, 17 September 2012

    The long report at Politico concludes: Some Romney loyalists think Stevens never fully appreciated what a good and unique candidate they had in Romney, and pleaded early on to showcase what they saw as a generous, wise and gifted leader. Still, for r...

  • My father the inmate
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Unlike the infants in today’s opening feature on page 6, I was never in jail with my parent, although my Dad did manage to dispense a certain amount of parenting, albeit during visiting hours and from behind half inch-thick, yellowing safety glass. W...

  • Video appeals for organ donors
    Daily Mail Monday, 17 September 2012

    19 year-old Holly Pereira, who needs a double lung transplant, says:"Being put on the list means that my chances of survival without a transplant may mean I only have a few years left to live."The teenager adds: "There is nothing more I can do but ho...

  • Sept 17th, 2012: What’s trending and why?
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    ‏@JeromeTaylor tweets: "#Harwood lawyers say he has admitted his actions were gross misconduct but charge he inadvertently caused #Tomlison death is "grotesque"" and "Lawyers for #Harwood claim #Tomlinson death was "freakish mischance" & "complet...

  • Rick Santorum: Smart people ain't conservative
    Gawker Monday, 17 September 2012

    As Gawker reports: Yes, damn the media and the elites and anyone who has bothered reading a book that isn't the Bible. Those smarts with their logic will never understand Santorum's staunchly anti-gay perspective. Vice Presidential candidate Paul Rya...

  • Exclusive: News of the World hired detective firm linked with murder to spy on Met Chief
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Lord Stevens, who led Scotland Yard between 2000 and 2005, was placed under surveillance by Southern Investigations, a firm of private investigators linked to one of London’s most notorious unsolved murders.Its co-founder Jonathan Rees claims the def...

  • City life means police tape as well as all-night buses
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    But urban living wasn't quite so thrilling when someone was attacked on the pavement outside my flat on Friday. According to the police who taped off the road, a man had been bottled. "Don't worry, he's not dead," said the officer who had covered up ...

  • Porn for women is here to stay
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Until last week I hadn’t actually taken much notice of the Fifty Shades trilogy. I was a man the last time I checked, and apart from the fact that my gender is conditioned (biologically or socially, you tell me) to sexually respond to images more tha...

  • Comment, Campaigns, Community: The Independent breaks new ground again
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    The advent of 24-hour news and the internet has made journalism more accessible and participatory, more divisive and diverse. Far from passively listening to a lecture or reading an article, audiences want to be involved, to engage with the speake...

  • WWW: Wacky World of Winckler (17th September 2012)
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Home and AwayBritish designer Dominic Wilcox invented the GPS shoes "No place like home" are programmed to show you the way home "anywhere in the world." dominicwilcox.comMulti-TaskingOklahoma judge hands down prison sentence, then presides over nupt...

  • Is Occupy dead?
    The Financial Times Monday, 17 September 2012

    "A year in, Occupy is not a political movement; it remains a loose affiliation of largely autonomous interest groups...While some had hoped it might be a liberal answer to the rightwing Tea Party, resistance within the group to being “co-opted” – by ...

  • More topless photos of Kate Middleton in Italian magazine, as Wills sets to sue
    The Independent Monday, 17 September 2012

    Set to run in an edition next week, editor Alfonso Signorini said not even a call from the Queen could stop him printing the paparazzi shots. He added:"If I had had more scandalous photos I would have willingly published them."St James's Palace annou...

  • Boris Johnson: Don't be too hard on BP
    The Daily Telegraph Monday, 17 September 2012

    "It strikes me that BP has already paid a heavy price for the catastrophe, and that there is now a risk that the punishment will get out of hand. The company has paid $7.8 billion to compensate fishermen, condo owners and other tourism inter...

  • US Military: one year out and proud
    The New York Times Monday, 17 September 2012

    A detailed report on the impact of repeal states that there has been "no overall negative impact on military readiness or its component dimensions, including cohesion, recruitment, retention, assaults, harassment or morale.” While a small number of s...

  • A sickening welfare reform
    The Guardian Monday, 17 September 2012

    "To be blunt," says Harris,  these welfare reforms are "a war on the poor largely waged by the very rich, and shame on the Labour party and the wider Labour movement for not making nearly enough noise about it.""One statistic makes all coalition clai...

  • Afghan soldiers pay the price as US forces told not to interact with them
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    The line of American soldiers stood facing a jumble of Afghan soldiers. They were trying to get ready to practice some basic drills; clearing rifles and machine guns, applying tourniquets, carrying stretchers and marksmanship. Then the improvised exp...

  • Letters: Exam marking
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Ofqual and the three examining boards should be given notice. In their place Mr Gove should set up a single, arms-length, government-funded agency to examine GCSE (if we really must keep it) and A-levels (or ideally their replacement) in England.The ...

  • The Thick of It: life imitating art imitating life?
    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Nor is this the first such instance. The day after an episode about hapless efforts to get schoolchildren to write mobile phone apps was recorded, the real Education Secretary announced plans so similar that the scriptwriters worried about leaks. Lif...

  • Are Nas and Kelis back together?
    TMZ Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Nas says he and his ex are becoming friends -- following a nuclear divorce -- for the sake of their 3-year-old son. Our luxurious spies tell us... Nas and Kelis were having lots of fun ... getting along great ... BUT nothing seemed romantic. Good for...

  • Not all socialists want to dance on Margaret Thatcher's grave. I want her to go on and on
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Personally, I dread Thatcher’s death. It will be a nightmarish blend of the hysteria that followed Princess Diana’s tragic accident and a month-long political broadcast for the Conservative Party. “She put the ‘great’ back in Great Britain,” our impa...

  • How the man of Straw revisited his finest hour
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Yet, even then, his passion for justice led him to ask Lord Justice Stuart-Smith to review the case. In February 1998 Jack, left, wrote to the Attorney General, John Morris, accepting his lordship’s finding that there was no need for another inquiry,...

  • Mobs in the Middle East, Salman Rushdie's new book, and how progressive Islam fell to the barbarians
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Once, we could say with some certainty that Islamicist fanatics, thugs, killers and mind-benders represented a minority and that most Muslims, quiet and sane were unseen and unheard. Today, I fear it is the opposite. Modernist Muslims, amalgams of th...

  • Introducing: The Contrarian Prize
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    According to a study commissioned by Democratic Audit - an independent research organisation – membership of political parties has fallen to around 1% of the population. It was 10% in 1964. Of those members that do remain, it is estimated that only a...

  • How Michael Gove passed his biggest test
    Mail on Sunday Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Then he goes on: "Gove was hurt that Clegg dismissed the idea out of hand,  seeing this as a breach of the reformist spirit that he believed had to underpin the Coalition. The Liberal Democrat opposition seemed so implacable that Tory strategists add...

  • In Libya, the imbeciles are winning
    Washington Post Sunday, 16 September 2012

    She goes on: "Obama critics have long held that his post-exceptionalist, lead-from-behind model invites only contempt in the Middle East. Since no policy thus far seems to have been very effective, we’ll have to rely on history for more information. ...

  • Reform the Police!
    The Observer Sunday, 16 September 2012

    He goes on: "The police never come quietly. As one former chief constable puts it, there is an "inbuilt conservatism" about the service which makes it "often risk-averse, process-dominated and defensive." It is a big thing for governments to take on ...

  • How (not) to combat aerophobia
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    I like to travel dangerously, or not at all. And if it’s not dangerous, it’s got to be physically and emotionally draining; you won’t catch me hopping on a convenient 90-minute flight to Marseilles when I can spend nine hours and three trains travers...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Can I stop pretending to be sexy now?'
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Don't worry, I'm not about to regale you with tales of deviancy, of being strung up in a Barratt Home and spanked with a middle-class hairbrush or fed chocolate pudding while wearing a nappy by a highly paid tormentor working from a back-room in Ch...

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