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Monday, 3 September 2012

  • Tom Greatrix and Stephen Timms: Thousands of sick and disabled people face months of worry over this sorry test
    Tuesday, 4 September 2012

    Most people agree that we need to focus not on what disabled people can't do but what they can do. That's why the idea of a WCA is one most people support, and it’s why Labour introduced it in Government. It’s important that sickness benefit claimant...

  • Andreas Whittam Smith: Our democracy is desperately sick. This is your chance to help save it
    Tuesday, 4 September 2012

    One of these, YouGov, surveyed more than 5,000 adults throughout Great Britain in January this year. It asked how well or badly people thought Parliament was doing its job. The YouGov pollsters asked which were the features of Britain's political sys...

  • Leading article: Britain needs boldness, not more of the same
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    The reshuffle, expected today, is unlikely to yield any significant changes. Between the usual internecine struggles and the extra complexities of coalition, the Cabinet's heavy-hitters are all set to remain in place; only second-tier posts, such as...

  • Owen Jones: William Hague is wrong... we must own up to our brutal colonial past
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    Here is an echo of Gordon Brown's assertion in 2005 that "the days of Britain having to apologise for its colonial history are over". It was a straw man argument, because there has never been an apology for British imperialism. The British Empire has...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: When a 'relaxing' lunch leaves you super stressed
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    We ate at Jamie Oliver's latest branch of Recipease, which has just opened up the road from i Towers in Notting Hill. I was quite excited about our jaunt up there as I'm a huge fan of Jamie's food (nosh, I suppose, in Oliverspeak), his TV shows an...

  • Leading article: A final warning that the Pope ignores at his peril
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    The danger of not attending the last obsequies of such a high-ranking prince of the Church is that it might appear cowardly, tantamount to a public admission that a rift had grown up between them. But to attend will take real nerves, and humility, fo...

  • Simon Kelner: Bubbles are the new rock'n'roll, and I'm blown away
    Tuesday, 4 September 2012

    In one corner of a field in Oxfordshire at the weekend, Razorlight were pounding through a high energy set, while, in the other, the celebrated chef Bruno Loubet left his crowd yelling for more after finishing one of his greatest hits, ploughman's lu...

  • Leading article: No easy win for Barack Obama
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    How easy it was four years ago. Back then, a young and luminous Candidate Obama seemed the man for the hour, generating a tide of enthusiasm that carried him to the White House. His victory was never really in doubt; he embodied hope and the promise...

  • Simon Kelner: Health is a safe bet when it comes to the news
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    Perhaps only the really big stuff got a look-in, such as Geri Halliwell and Russell Brand becoming "a couple" or the sighting of a household cat on the loose in Essex. Or maybe news just stopped happening. Now it's September, and soon the world wi...

  • Leading article: End this secrecy over royal powers
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    But a feeling of goodwill towards a dutiful monarch does not make the institution that she represents exempt from scrutiny and reform, which is why the Information Commissioner has been right to demand clarity from the Cabinet Office about when and w...

  • John Kampfner: Time to give the Lib Dems enough rope
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    David Cameron pledged not to tinker with his team every year. Mini-scandals have forced his hand, but he has kept rearrangements to a minimum, giving ministers time to delve into the detail of their briefs, making it harder for civil servants to domi...

  • Rest in peace, Reverend Moon. So what now for the Moonies?
    Tuesday, 4 September 2012

    For this is the headquarters of the British wing of the Unification Church – known to many by its unofficial nickname "the Moonies". Yesterday the house was eerily quiet as followers came to terms with the fact that their founder – a man who describe...

  • Leading article: A vicious parasite that needs to be monitored
    Tuesday, 4 September 2012

    The latest research, published by this newspaper today, suggests otherwise. Indeed, its authors make tentative links between toxoplasmosis and personality changes, even schizophrenia. With some experts warning that much of the lamb on sale in the UK...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Have I got any spare change? It depends what you mean by 'spare'
    Tuesday, 4 September 2012

    My friend Tommy was travelling on the Tube last week when a homeless man gave a speech to the carriage, explaining that he was looking to buy food and wondering whether anyone had any spare change. He then walked down the aisle to total silence and ...

  • Letters: Internships
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    Perhaps he should be asking himself: "Why was my daughter so keen to get an internship at an national newspaper, instead of just becoming an unpaid street-sweeper or shelf-stacker like young poor people do, who don't have well-connected daddies?" He...

  • Laurie Penny: We deserve better than this claptrap
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    In a culture where debates about cupcakes and pubic grooming are still top priority in fashionable feminist circles, Naomi Wolf's new book, Vagina, seems to represent the apotheosis of that philosophy. Going by the extensive interviews and extracts ...

  • Luke Blackall: Man About Town
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    She was, however, late for her own party last week. But before you get the wrong idea, she had a good excuse. She had been running with the Paralympic flame.We spoke at the party, at the Mari Vanna restaurant in London, which was to held, in part,...

  • Leading article: Andrew Marr clearly knows how to ride the wave of fashion
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    In has become an old-fashioned-looking Vespa scooter, painted in a retro mint or duck egg colour – the kind of vehicle that tends to bring to mind vintage Italian movies starring Gina Lollobrigida or Audrey Hepburn.Behind the times? Not a whit. The M...

  • Letters: Exam grading
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    Was this political decision taken? Was it because Michael Gove wants to make political capital and lead the Conservative Party? Abusing pupils' futures for political selfishness is disgraceful and Michael Gove should resign, or David Cameron should ...

  • Peter Popham: Church prefers to gag its critics than listen to them
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    To take a single example: "The question of whether divorcees can receive communion should be turned upside down," Martini said. The correct question is, "how can the Church find a way to help with the power of the sacraments those who find themselves...

  • Deborah Ross: There's a problem when immigrants can invade my breakfast cereal
    Tuesday, 4 September 2012

    If we're not being seriously over-run by foreigners, as MigrationWatch claims, can you tell me why I woke up this morning to find 62 Bhutanian students who had outstayed their visas hiding in my wardrobe, a Somalian family attempting to set up home ...

  • Natalie Haynes: All these TV series set in the 1950s are really contemporary drama
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    The season of mellow fruitfulness has morphed into one of cosy nostalgia. You might already be watching Parade's End, on the BBC. You can try your damnedest to avoid the Downton Abbey juggernaut that will soon demolish all before it. You can head to...

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