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Monday, 17 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...

  • Editorial: Our governance has yet to enter the 21st century
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    For proponents of slimmer government, that was the relative good news. Even if the costs in redundancy and other payments are likely to limit the benefit to the Exchequer in the short term, there should be savings in the longer term. And 900 does see...

  • 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....

  • SamCam: down with the kids in Downing Street
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    One wonders how the representatives who will gather in Birmingham next month for the annual Conservative conference would react if they were told that the Prime Minister's wife is listening to this song, "212", she claims to "love". A sample of the l...

  • Editorial: Time for a free vote on gay marriage
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Today, Independentvoices.com is launching a manifesto demanding that civil marriages should be extended to homosexual couples. There is a cross-party consensus which accepts this. Indeed, the Coalition Government is committed to rewriting the definit...

  • Unambitious? Are you taking the Michael?
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Ordinarily, in a world in which every one of us has an A* in Political Disingenuity Studies, this would qualify as one of those enquiries known to Latin teachers, in the distant era to which the Education Secretary longingly harks, as “a question de...

  • Equalities minister: no reason to delay gay marriage
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Writing about her views on the subject for the first time on Independent Voices the Culture Secretary Maria Miller says she believes gay marriage must be legalised to preserve Britain’s “proud history of freedom and fairness” and ensure that the inst...

  • The British are having more babies. Let's start planning for it.
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    The point is that we focus so much on tiny details, GDP statistics for example, that we tend to ignore wider socio-economic trends. If, thanks to relatively high fertility rates and reasonably strong inward migration, our population goes on growing, ...

  • Thanks, Kate’s breasts: you've shown it's not OK for us to leer
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    But Kate’s tits are still there, online, completely against her will, to be leered at, laughed about or dismissed as somewhat lacking as a masturbation aid. I’ve heard all of these views so far. Kate, darling, your tits’ anonymity did not die in vain...

  • How to win while loathing half the voters
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Obama has blown most of the enthusiasm that won him the Presidency, but Mitt Romney is a genius at finding new ways of being shite, declaring that 47 per cent of voters will always back Obama, because they “think they’re entitled to healthcare, food,...

  • Say g'day to Australia's other muslims
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    It’s OK for us to view the angry mobs burning flags and effigies in a foreign country, far, far away. But when they do it in our own backyard, our heckles get raised. It’s no secret that Australia has an uneasy relationship with multiculturalism. Thi...

  • Let’s speak out for the freedoms that we cherish
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    When, for example, he talks about his second wife as a “woman in a mask”, and when he talks about being unfaithful “because of” another woman’s beauty, and when he talks about the “majestic narcissism” of his fourth wife, and when he talks about the ...

  • Is Romney the most inept candidate ever?
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    The video of Mr Romney describing 47 per cent of the population as spongers and “victims,” who pay no income tax and will for ever vote Democratic, is but the latest of them. Of itself, such frank talk at the home of a wealthy Florida fundraiser, re...

  • The state shouldn't stop people marrying unless there is a good reason. Being gay is not one of them
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    When it comes to same-sex civil marriage there are strong views on both sides. Fully respecting those views is vital. That’s why we have been discussing our proposals with faith groups, LGB&T groups and others through a national consultation.My v...

  • A brief history of equal marriage
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

     Civil PartnershipsThe Civil Partnership Act was announced and passed in 2004, with the first ceremonies taking place in December 2005. The act was designed to give same-sex couples identical rights and responsibilities to those of married, heterosex...

  • My dad the inmate (Part 2)
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    He had been locked up there after being found guilty of a planning role in a campaign of non-violent animal rights direct action against one of the country’s largest practitioners of corporate vivisection. And while I may have utilised the odd custar...

  • Man Utd: still in the red
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Last year chief executive David Gill and co were full of how they’d be raising billions of dollars from Asian investors through a mega float on the sleepy Singapore stock exchange. Asian punters were less dozy than they’d hoped. The plans stalled.The...

  • America legalises wolf-hunting
    The Washington Post Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    "The wolves are back, with roughly 6,000 in the contiguous United States and 7,700 to 11,200 in Alaska. The Obama administration has declared all but two small populations — Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico and Arizona, and red wolves in North Carol...

  • Diary: Owen Paterson gets badgered for a little more information
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Note his use of the past tense. He has had two badgers; he has them no more. This left information hungry hacks gagging to know the badgers’ names, when and for how long they were in Mr Paterson’s care, and their eventual fate.We can only hope that h...

  • Down's Syndrome abortion is a complex discussion, but at least it's being talked about
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Personally, I disagree with abortion as a choice. Women in the West, particularly, have other options open to them if they find themselves unable to raise their biological children. Children can be placed in foster care, or placed up for adoption.How...

  • If you ask me: This season's absolutely must-have trends
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Meanwhile, stripes will go up, down, across, or diagonally, and spots will be spotty, while the news from Diane Von Furstenberg is: “Prints, prints, prints” and when Diane Von Furstenberg speaks only a fool wouldn't listen. Or, as Elle's Lorraine Can...

  • Winckler's Wacky World: The end of men?
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    What's ap Frenchie?Banana Republic, Levi's, Gap, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, McDonald's, Virgin and Abercrombie & Fitch and soon the famous jeweler Tiffany's: has the United States transform the Champs-Elysees in an American mall? nytimes.comAdult Kill...

  • The Abbey habit has been ruined by advertising
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Whichever way you looked at it, this was a blockbuster, the latest in a long line of successes. Yes, the new John Lewis advert – which viewers of Downton Abbey will have seen twice on Sunday – was a characteristically sweeping piece of work. It wa...

  • Sept 18th, 2012: What’s trending and why?
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    i Editor, Stefano Hatfield, ( @StefanoHat) writes that merely teaching kids just to pass exams is self-destructive, we should be focusing on better education, not just exam grades.Commentator, Annalisa Barbieri ( @AnnalisaB) , writes for our new Inde...

  • Mitt Romney secret video: why remarks to Republican donors tell us he won't be President
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    If you watch the secret footage of him from a Republican fundraiser, in which he dismisses 47 per cent of Americans as freeloaders “who pay no income tax” and behave like “victims”, you see a man trying to energise his base. But James Carville called...

  • S. Korea is world's metrosexual capital
    Newser Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Foster Klug of the Associated Press writes, "The metamorphosis of South Korean men from macho to makeup over the last decade or so can be partly explained by fierce competition for jobs, advancement and romance in a society where, as a popular catchp...

  • How Newsweek's #Muslimrage went rogue
    The Atlantic Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Such was the case when Newsweek tried to publicise their September 24th cover story on the Innocence of Muslims protests, with the snappy "#Muslimrage". "Want to discuss our latest cover? Let's hear it with the hashtag: #MuslimRage", they tweeted. It...

  • Letters: Royals stripping off is hardly news
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Spokespeople for St James's Palace (who are these people?) express the anger of the young couple and their intention to sue, although as yet they have not threatened France with a gunboat or two.Meanwhile, more innocent people are killed in Syria, Ar...

  • Editorial: Watch your back, Mr Obama
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    Quite apart from the human tragedy, the killing of Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya, in Benghazi last week is of huge symbolic value. At first glance, the President might appear to have come out on top. Mitt Romney's too-quick, overly politi...

  • Rhodri Marsden: My first flight for four years... What happens if a wing falls off?
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    I enthusiastically spurn the safest form of transport. I prefer clutching onto the handrail of a bus driven by a sociopathic grudge-bearer, or hurtling up a motorway while being overtaken by someone who's simultaneously trying to find a Jaffa Cake in...

  • 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 independentvoices.com, 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...

  • Editorial: Phone hacking may be just the beginning
    Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    So far, those who may have been implicated deny all wrong-doing. But with eight people charged over phone hacking and the police investigation now winding down, the parallel inquiry into other illegal activities at the NOTW is set to be more shocking...

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