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Saturday, 22 September 2012

  • Editorial: 'What's the point?' Truth and justice
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Today's exclusive report raises serious doubts about that inquiry even as it was set up. Jack Straw had promised in opposition to look again at the Hillsborough disaster. When he became Home Secretary, he – or, if he prefers, his officials – took ju...

  • Clegg's apology hands the leadership to Cable
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Nick Clegg responded as he had warned the PM that he would. He withdrew Liberal Democrat support for the changes to constituency boundaries that would have given the Conservatives an advantage. It was politics as gangland tit-for-tat killing. Like t...

  • Afghanistan: We have to see it through till 2014
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    But to leave the connotation aside, the intention is clear: we should bring an end to our operations in Afghanistan as soon as possible, and certainly before the scheduled and publicly announced date of the end of 2014. Both the Defence Secretary and...

  • We all have nipples. Get over it
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    In the 21st century, no matter how much money you spend, how expensive your lawyers, pictures can never be suppressed, banned, wiped or eliminated. They exist in cyberspace until the next even hotter story comes along. The Duchess made two big mistak...

  • Can Barack Obama win again? Yes he can!
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    The morning after was glorious, too, and here at the stadium of the Potomac Nationals, the franchise's minor league affiliate in suburban Virginia, the visitor was FDR's distant successor. Fêting him were some 12,000 exuberant supporters, not a few o...

  • A family snap makes a moment last a lifetime
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Mary Soames is the last surviving child of Winston Churchill: in the portrait she's seated centre, every inch the family matriarch, waving her arm to the camera in distinctly Winstonian fashion. Around her are ranged her colourful and interesting fam...

  • 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...

  • Matthew Norman on Monday: DJ Mike Read, the future of Ukip
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    No one in a post-war government had as usefully qualifying a pre-political career as Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury whose previous role as the Cairngorm National Park press officer inbues him with a heightened understanding of h...

  • Where’s the ‘freedom’ in the freedom to abuse?
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    As do those European nations which have collectively agreed that Holocaust denial is an offence, that minorities should be protected from hate speech, that individuals have the right to privacy and legal protection against libel, that big businesses ...

  • Come on you local councillors. Resist these cuts!
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Last week, I spoke to several Labour councillors in Southampton. Although they felt they had managed the first round of cuts without inflicting excessive hardship – indeed, they have offered to reverse pay cuts imposed by the previous Tory administra...

  • Make that call: Why it's time for office workers to pick up the phone again
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Offices were noisier places in those days. They were performance spaces. Typewriters clacked and dinged, phones rang, fax machines pleaded, while the biggest personalities built their phone conversations into extravagant one-man shows, often for the ...

  • The real tragedy of ‘Gove-Levels’: they won’t help students prepare for study or for life
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    The new English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBCs) announced by Michael Gove this week have two much-trumpeted objectives. One is to make exams ‘harder’, so as to restore faith in a set of tests that many commentators (including the Education Secretar...

  • #Muslimrage: What happens when a hashtag backfires...
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Instead of a slanging match between religious views, ramping up the recent tension and breeding more hatred and extremist reactions, a multitude of moderate voices came together to gently laugh, make jokes and basically just take the mick. Here's the...

  • Tulisa reveals she was sexually assaulted as a teen
    Digital Spy Sunday, 23 September 2012

    In a section of her autobiography Honest: My Story so Far, extracted in The Sun today, she recalls the assault. "When I came round again, I was in a bedroom and my so-called friend was on top of me, having sex with me...I couldn't even move, let alon...

  • New Yorker magazine's Conservative History of the US
    New Yorker Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Did Paul Revere ride to warn the British "that they weren't going to be taking away our arms", as Sarah Palin claimed? Was the Jamestown colony the first socialist venture? And did African Americans fight in the Civil war to keep themselves enslaved?...

  • I don't believe Mitchell called them "plebs"
    The Telegraph Sunday, 23 September 2012


  • Mitt Romney's Tax Return
    National Journal Sunday, 23 September 2012

    As reporters sift through the details of his 2011 return, some interesting details are emerging, says the National Journal: "Mitt Romney paid the Internal Revenue Service somewhere in the ballpark of $250,000 more than he legally needed to last year,...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (23 September 2012)
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Many industrial structures – Cornwall's tin mines, Hadrian's coast-to-coast, 13ft wall, Ribblehead rail viaduct – form an important part of the heritage we now venerate. How feeble that Owen Paterson, the new Environment Secretary, is quoted as sayi...

  • J K Rowling and the Publishers' Moan
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Well, we all know what happened next. Harry Potter waved his wand, and now J K Rowling is worth a billion dollars. On Thursday, she will publish her first novel for adults, and yet another chapter in an extraordinary life will begin. But for all the...

  • Keep calm and carry on tolerating
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Consider the great paradox of faith – and some of faith's detractors – here in our glorious liberal democracy. Tell a Muslim – a certain kind of Muslim, anyway – that his God is a subject for satire and he will quite possibly firebomb your publisher...

  • Mitchell must go. Then we can discuss policing
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Andrew Mitchell, the Conservative chief whip, admits he was rude, but denies using the words "moron" and "fucking plebs". The two officers stand by their story, which is all the more damaging because it fits into the narrative of a Cabinet stuffed w...

  • Help me, please: I'm a stranger in Mummyland
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Yesterday, I had a day off and was looking forward to settling down to a new video game in which I play a sniper, shooting my way through about 1,000 Germans an hour. If my kids wander in, I have to stop as the German-killing is quite graphic. In th...

  • Romney and the royals? They all know better
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    A century-and-a-half after Hard Times was published, Mitt Romney, the Bounderby of his era, is revealed as showing similarly dismissive contempt for the exaggerated expectations of the poorer half of the American population at a $50,000-a-plate dinne...

  • Charlie Richardson - not a Prince of darkness, just a bully
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    One minute the media are reporting in tones of sombre horror the murder of two policewomen and grenade-and-gun lawlessness on the streets of Manchester; the next, the BBC is recalling how Richardson gave his victims a clean shirt to go home in, as if...

  • Embrace error – it makes us human
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    On Sunday evening I had an argument about Coldplay with Victoria. I explained that nothing on earth would make me watch Coldplay at the Paralympics closing ceremony, and that, in fact,I found it hard to like anyone who likes Coldplay. Liking Coldplay...

  • 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...

  • Rant & Rave (23/09/12)
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    This season we will mostly be wearing see-through dresses, leather peaked caps and stiletto trainers, according to reporters on the front line of New York Fashion Week. This will be great news for those who have come straight from a future-themed n...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes (23/09/12)
    Sunday, 23 September 2012

    Poor Nick. On the eve of a tricky autumn conference too, with his poll ratings zooming down faster than a seagull swooping on a plate of chips on Brighton beach. We know when a politician has committed an indelible gaffe: think of Neil Kinnock falli...

  • 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...

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