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Thursday, 20 September 2012

  • Senior GP: don't act too gay if you want to be a doctor
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    The RCGP launched the inquiry after it emerged that Dr Una Coales had written a guide setting out ways in which minority candidates can "neutralise bias" from the college's examiners.Dr Coales, a member of the college's council who came third in this...

  • Editorial: A misjudged apology, and a leader in retreat
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    More fundamentally the act of contrition was too clever by half. Students and some other voters are angered by the entire sequence of events – the pre-election pledge and the policy that followed, the tripling of tuition fees. There is little evidenc...

  • Editorial: No rush, but don't rule out arming the police
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    The second, the arming of the police, is more complicated. For while it would patently be wrong to take such a decision hastily in the wake of the latest killings, there are dangers, too, in stubbornly wanting to preserve the British exception for it...

  • Bumps on the road to British cycling nirvana
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    Or so you might think, but earlier this week, in a story printed in The Times, a few of our summer’s two-wheeled stars revealed their frustrations on Britain’s streets. “When people give you three inches of space when overtaking, I often think, ‘If y...

  • When a ‘sacred’ text is not so much the word of God as the word of man
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    In the past week, two of the world’s big religions – Islam and Christianity – have each been exposed to a potentially explosive “text”. The first is a crude and almost childishly irreverent trailer for a film that depicts the Prophet Mohamed as a nas...

  • Errors and Omissions: Don’t try telling George Osborne that 36 per cent is a majority
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    The most important thing when writing a headline is to read the story carefully. A news report published on Monday began thus: “For the first time in a decade, public opinion has started to turn in favour of seeing more spent on public services, even...

  • Have the Greeks lost their marbles (again)?
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    What governments possess is naturally going to come to mind when a country finds itself on its uppers. Like one of those daytime shows where contestants are invited to hawk their dusty gewgaws to the auction house, governments in dire need are going ...

  • So where’s the UK's equivalent of Jon Stewart? We desperately need one
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    Both clips are rapid responses to current events, cooked up in the hours after the original gaffes. Both are brilliant. The difference is where they came from. ElectroClegg went viral via the satirical website The Poke. So far it has had just under h...

  • This ‘Anna Karenina’ has overlooked virtues. Not least that it is true to Tolstoy
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    You could read that as a reference to the Rousseauian cult of feeling, an affectionate attack (playfully tempered by Anne’s consciousness of her own priggishness) on soppy men, or a hint as to how Jane Austen would like her novels to be read. If the ...

  • This week's big questions: Iranian nuclear weapons, blasphemy and can Tony Blair save the Middle East?
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    The protesters fell into the exact trap set by those who launched it. The Salafi literalists tried to mobilise the people against “The United States” by promoting a type of religious populism based upon a simplistic and dangerous generalisation: Amer...

  • The ‘reality’ of the Valleys bears no resemblance to what MTV wants to show. Just ask those who live there
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    I’ve been attacked for not seeing the fun side of this. After all, what does is matter that the first episode has everyone stripping off and one of the women urinating in the shower? Fine, I love a bit of banal entertainment and I could hardly compla...

  • Is Chris Grayling a liberal in disguise?
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    It doesn’t, of course. There are few more glaring examples of state failure than our prison system. We lock up more people than anywhere else in Europe, yet even as giant new jails open to accommodate them, crime seems to be rising again. The same pe...

  • Corporations like ATOS don’t have feelings – why should they be able to sue for libel?
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    This isn’t an academic question, as Dr. Pete Wilmshurst found out. For four years he battled with now bankrupt US corporation NMT Medical in a case that nearly cost him his career and his home. Wilmshurst, a senior NHS cardiologist, made critical com...

  • Good on Andrew Mitchell for apologising. Now, might anyone persuade Gordon Brown to follow suit?
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    Brown’s behaviour seems to have been due to several factors. First, I feel, was the appalling strain he was always under after the loss of one eye and the certainty that the sight of the other would deteriorate with time. But there was another, more ...

  • Today's Twitter trends: One Direction, LWWY video, #Newsnight, Top Dog Model #hollyoakslater
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    Featuring a video of the boys frolicking, and  the lyrics: "I know we just met, but lets pretend it's love....tonight let's get some, and live while we're young/ hey girl it's now or never, yeh it's now or never, don't over think just let it go..." i...

  • Don't give up on foreign aid
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    Out on a walk in a park you see a child drowning. You must decide whether to leap in and save the child, even though doing so would mean the ruin of an expensive pair of shoes you’d just bought. Of course this is an emotional full-nelson. The idea is...

  • Two voices, one question: Should this be the end of Page 3?
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    FOR: Ruth Whippman "Page 3 is the equivalent of a Gregg’s sausage roll"It’s pretty clear that the prominent daily presence of a woman in her knickers in Britain’s most influential national newspaper is sexist, by any definition.  Even the most invent...

  • Tagg Romney: abortion clause in surrogate contract
    TMZ Friday, 21 September 2012

    The website goes on: "The twin boys -- David Mitt and William Ryder -- were born on May 4, 2012.  We've learned Tagg and his wife Jen, along with the surrogate and her husband, signed a Gestational Carrier Agreement dated July 28, 2011.  Paragraph 1...

  • UK restraint over topless Kate Middleton pictures proves power of PCC
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    The press - so often lumped together as one entity - stands collectively accused of the most grotesque failings: regular invasions of privacy, misleading readers on a grand scale, discrimination against minority groups; and that's just scratching the...

  • In Lear and life, everything comes from nothing
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    First, as my dear supervision partner Brooke Lewis, now taking over New York, said all those years ago, the thing about Lear is that it's not so much tragedy as comedy gone horribly wrong. The play is full of comic structures – the letters of decepti...

  • Shit Girls Say: Should we be laughing?
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    So Shit Girls Say has made it. Not only is it a massive internet sensation loved by heaps of both men and women, it is now also a book. Is it sexist? I think it quite unarguably is. It’s also so timidly inoffensive that it’s hard to see why anyone wo...

  • Sorry Nick, I'm not sure an apology will be enough
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    Marr was caught recently on camera in a rather compromising late-night clinch with a colleague, but at least he had the excuse of being drunk. Clegg, who one assumes was sober when he pledged before the last election that the Lib Dems would block any...

  • Winckler's Wacky World: Amish hair crime
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    He's just not that into you Submarine Commander Faked Own Death to Escape Lover. On Sept. 5, Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II was found guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman, dereliction of duty and adultery (an offense in the unifo...

  • Gate-Gate: Andrew Mitchell's fruity language furore
    The Sun Friday, 21 September 2012

    So it will come as no surprise that Government chief whip Andrew "Thrasher" Mitchell, has been caught out in a foul-mouthed tirade to police officers stationed on Downing Street, when they dared challenge his inalienable right to cycle wherever he da...

  • West Wing cast reunite for political broadcast
    Mashable Friday, 21 September 2012

    And the cause that has reunited President Bartlett, CJ Cregg and Josh Lyman et al? It's Bridget Mary McCormack, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who's running for Michigan's Supreme Court on a nonpartisan ticket.McCormack also hap...

  • Exclusive: GP 'straight' talk
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    The RCGP launched the inquiry after it emerged that Dr Una Coales had written a guide setting out ways in which minority candidates can “neutralise bias” from the college's examiners.Dr Coales, a member of the college's council who came third in this...

  • Letters: Clegg apology won't save Lib Dems
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    But who would vote for such a party? In a two-party system, both parties are coalitions. Individual parties sort out their differences and present the electorate with an agreed policy. The indications are that voters prefer the old politics to the ne...

  • Editorial: Hospital death rates we can't ignore
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    It is too soon to be sure of the reasons. So far we have only the raw data. Perhaps some of the variation can be explained by differences in demographics and in the health of local populations. But that is unlikely to explain all of it. And what is u...

  • I read this, and wanted to weep
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    A senior member of the Royal College of General Practitioners was under investigation last night after advising medical students to act less “overtly gay” to ensure they passed exams.She is acknowledging that there is an underlying homophobia or raci...

  • Paris Hilton's 'homophobic rant': Take our 'Spot the Bigot' quiz
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    Paris Hilton has been criticised after being caught on tape apparently crudely remarking on gay men who have sex with strangers. The heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune was heard saying:"Gay guys are the horniest people in the world. They're disgusti...

  • Nick Clegg still has time to make a gracious exit as Liberal Democrat leader - with head held high
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    Well, it tells us that traditional politics feels ever more anachronistic and formal to an audience craving authenticity and emotional connection. Most politicians don’t know how to make voters smile or feel warm inside – the sort of feelings people ...

  • Where have UKIP's absent MEPs really been?
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    When MEPs take a vote, it is as likely as not that UKIP’s energetic leader Nigel Farage will not be anywhere except in the European Parliament. He has missed 447 votes in three years, almost half the total. When MEPs are ranked by the number of votes...

  • There's hypocrisy in the way our culture salivates over Kate and Page 3 - but scolds others for doing so
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    Turning the page, the historian will become even more confused. The same princess whose breasts should not have been photographed is shown descending steps from an aircraft, a gust of wind blowing up her skirt, revealing her legs. The newspapers whic...

  • This isn’t a case of ‘good’ Islam vs ‘bad’ Islam
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    These riots have little to do with grand struggles over religious change and modernity. Still less are they “caused”, as the BBC persists in saying, by the anti-Muslim film made in California and posted on YouTube, although the French cartoon may inc...

  • A disabled woman with an unwanted pregnancy wants a choice, too
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    Pro-life campaigners are seeking a repeal of what they call “the discriminatory section” of the 1967 Abortion Act. That’s the bit that allows termination on the grounds of physical disability. Post-Paralympics, their argument goes, we now have to ret...

  • Why I'm backing equal marriage
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    From the very start, the Virgin group and I have been committed to furthering the cause of equality around the world, and gay rights is a crucial part of that battle.In fact, my involvement started back in 1967, when a few friends and I founded a cha...

  • My dad the inmate (part 4)
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    Years later, he would often shudder at the memory of his time in Barlinnie and vow never to do anything that would put him back inside. He enjoyed life (from time to time) and didn’t want to be locked in a cell when one of those higher times came cal...

  • Let’s brainstorm Europe’s common social ills
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    A new pensions system is coming in that will make contributions automatic for most employees in the hope of safeguarding the next generation’s retirement. Meanwhile, Iain Duncan Smith is still worrying about how to make work pay without forcing big f...

  • Georgia's Abu Ghraib: The horrific stories of prisoner abuse
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    The see-no-evil crowd of government apologists were quick to leap to her defence until a new video emerged later in the day. This footage clearly showed the sexual humiliation and rape of prisoners held in the same facility.  In one scene, a young ma...

  • Here's the thing. They are bigots!
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    Richard Reeves, who until this summer was Nick Clegg’s director of strategy and helped draw up the Coalition’s proposals to legalise same sex marriages, said that the Government needed to “stand up to the forces of conservatism”.And he added that he ...

  • Democracy 2015: A question and answer session
    Thursday, 20 September 2012


  • All white on the night, but tainted by their history
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – named after a man who fought in the civil war alongside a key associate of General Franco, of whom more later – is the home of Real Madrid, giants of European football and one of the world's richest sporting organisati...

  • Another Lindsay Lohan arrest: Somebody please call these celebrities a taxi
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    It probably makes me, like, a real drag, but I find the repeated drunk/stoned antics of young Hollywood stars in their cars really rather dispiriting. Just yesterday Lindsay Lohan (who already has a charge sheet thicker than her last script) was alle...

  • Was Jesus Married?
    Slate Thursday, 20 September 2012

    The question of whether Jesus married, Haglund points out, is not definitively settled in the Bible. "Certainly some of the people I went to church with growing up believed that Jesus was married. That’s because I grew up Mormon...and some high-profi...

  • Winckler's Wacky World: Aliens Attack
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    First Space TriathlonThanks to NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, pathetic earth-bound triathletes have lost their bragging rights. She's completed the first triathlon in space, running, biking and "swimming" along with athletes in the Nautica Malibu Tr...

  • Exclusive: We've seen enough breasts - why I started the No More Page 3 campaign
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    During the Olympics I picked up a copy of The Sun to read on the train. The Sun was shining and Britain was a place to be proud of. I noticed that there were no bare breasts on Page 3, or on Page 5. "Wow," I thought. "They’ve dropped the boobs while ...

  • Arctic ice hits record low
    Washington Post Thursday, 20 September 2012

    "We are now in uncharted territory," says Mark Serreze, NSIDC director, quoted in the Post. “While we’ve long known that as the planet warms up, changes would be seen first and be most pronounced in the Arctic, few of us were prepared for how rapidly...

  • Needy Men: Man Up!
    Jezebel Thursday, 20 September 2012

    The old relationship between the genders is no longer viable, writes Hugo Schwyzer for Jezebel, and men are finding it harder to adapt."However imperfectly the ideal was lived out in practice, the goal was usually the same: men provided, women soothe...

  • Video: Nick Clegg "sorry" - the remix!
    The Poke Thursday, 20 September 2012

    Clegg released the original video yesterday evening. But what exactly is he sorry for? And does he really mean it? Or is it a cynical attempt to hold on to the leadership of his party?The video begins with a brag about how the Coalition"put aside our...

  • Letters: Too dangerous to give the police lethal weapons
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    As a former police officer in the Metropolitan Police, I served with Chris Head, who, on 12 August 1966, with his colleagues David Wombwell and Geoff Fox, was callously gunned down in Shepherd's Bush by Harry Roberts and his associates. In the afterm...

  • Editorial: More care is needed, but so is a cure
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    But it is not only sufferers who stand to lose, as the disease strips them of their dignity and personality. The human and financial cost is rising as populations age, imposing an ever-greater burden on the rest of us. Governments are starting to res...

  • These pictures turn all women into objects
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    I am very pleased to hear that another generation of women are standing firm and objecting to the Page 3 phenomenon. Visitors from most other countries are completely shocked to find that such pictures are distributed in mainstream newspapers sellin...

  • Editorial: BSkyB is not out of the woods yet
    Friday, 21 September 2012

    This does not mean, though, that the TV company should be considered out of the woods. Ofcom was highly critical of James Murdoch's performance at News International. Police investigations into phone-hacking and illegal payments are not over, and alt...

  • Editorial: A free press is a responsible press
    Thursday, 20 September 2012

    While his desire to espouse the cause of a free press is commendable, it's impossible to escape the conclusion that he's behaving irresponsibly. His work is designed to offend. Worse, it will almost certainly spark more violence and deaths. Censorshi...

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