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Friday, 21 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: The Litvinenko inquest must inspire public trust
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    The long delay is one reason for fearing that the whole truth about this shocking and extraordinary case may not emerge. However vivid certain details remain – the image of an assassin slipping polonium-210 into his victim's cup of tea at a London h...

  • 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...

  • These Bronze masterpieces are pure gold
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    Emotions aren't supposed to be odd in art galleries, of course. They're meant to be indispensable. But they're usually associated with one work at a time. You feel something discrete in front of a single object or artwork, and it would almost seem li...

  • Thoroughly moral Millican's principled protest is just the ticket: Booking fees must go
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    Second, and particularly significantly, the comedienne Sarah Millican declared that on her next national tour she would not appear at theatres owned by the powerful Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) because of its high booking fees – the accumulated ch...

  • Letters: Any impediments to gay marriage?
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    Within a few years of Jesus' death, the Church tried to exclude non-Jews from membership, but the Bible records their final decision – to judge questions of exclusion by primary reference to God's overwhelming love. That's why the Church can now acce...

  • Editorial: We risk creating the felons of the future
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    The second is that imprisoning so many mothers is doing such harm to their children – about 17,000 of them every year, all innocent of any crime – that we risk creating an even larger generation of criminals to fill our jails in decades to come. A t...

  • Nick Clegg's apology may look wise in six months' time
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    Nick Clegg's unexpected mea culpa on university tuition fees was different: he didn't have to do it. Indeed, some of his own advisers thought it would merely remind people of the fateful broken promise and smack of desperation and weakness rather tha...

  • Nick Clegg's apology plays well for Lib Dems, too
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    The Deputy Prime Minister's team freely admit it is a welcome fluke that the apology has been transformed into an iTunes hit, with the earnings going to charity. From now on when the broken student fee pledge is thrown in their faces, all Lib Dems wi...

  • Europe and oil prices will settle our recovery chances
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    So even in a boom there will be sectors and regions that are finding it tough, and even in a slump there will be pockets of growth. If the pluses outnumber the minuses that is growth; if they don't that is recession. The flip between the two is alw...

  • 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...

  • Editorial: Singalong with Nick Clegg, and other reasons to smile
    Saturday, 22 September 2012

    When Nick Clegg apologised for breaking his election promise on tuition fees, he adopted the sad eyes and poker face familiar from a string of other people's staged sorrys. As one wag instantly realised, though, something crucial was missing – and th...

  • 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...

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