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Tuesday, 4 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...

  • Archie Bland: Why we just can't stomach the truth about organic
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    It was curious, then, to read yesterday a news story that would seem to throw doubt on the idea that organic food is quite so wonderful. Refreshingly enough in a field in which most consumers seem to rely simply on the soothing sound of one word – or...

  • Leading article: A reshuffle tilted towards the Tory right
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    The one major policy issue thrown open by this round of ministerial musical chairs is the future of Heathrow. The outgoing Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, was a prominent casualty, shoved into a less important job because she stuck stubbornly ...

  • 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...

  • Get in touch: Bring our ailing democracy back to life
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    If you would like to be involved in our project and participate in developing these ideas, please email the team at democracy2015@independent.co.uk From your message, we would be grateful to learn: a. The town or village where you live and t...

  • Letters: Empires - not sinful, just powerful
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    The difference between the Barbary corsairs and the armies and navies of the 19th-century European colonising powers was not their mindset – both were filled with certainty in their cultural superiority to those on whom their power was unleashed – bu...

  • Leading article: Belfast riots are price of poor politics
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    The symmetry that outsiders tend to see between Northern Ireland's Protestant and Catholic halves is superficial. The Protestant loyalist working-class community of the past was one where boys left school at 16 and moved straight into well-paid jobs ...

  • Grace Dent: Andy dangles from a rope and we all yawn. It's time to downgrade this expensive blowhard
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    Perhaps this was the moment for us to take stock of the usefulness of Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York. Andrew's not much of a Royal, he's not vaguely a celebrity. Interest in him among the public is negligible. Locate me one solit...

  • 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 ...

  • Simon Kelner: Really, George, what did you think would happen?
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    If ever we needed evidence that the British people have not only lost faith in our elected representatives but are prepared to express contempt for them, here it was. The boos cascaded down from the stands in the Olympic Stadium. Mr Osborne, whose ne...

  • Leading article: Still not enough women in the boardroom
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    The shame is that such laws are necessary. But progress towards gender balance in Europe's – and Britain's – boardrooms has been appallingly slow. And the evidence is that quotas work. In Norway, where rules came into force in 2008, women now make up...

  • Jordan Jarrett-Bryan: It's the upset wins that show things are improving
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    This has allowed our athletes to train and perform at the highest level, to be full-time athletes. This has had an effect internationally, as countries follow Great Britain's example of taking disability sports seriously.Most people watching are newb...

  • Viv Groskop: Anna Karenina stars are proof that dyslexia is no bar to creativity
    Wednesday, 5 September 2012

    But, in the main, these names are a pretty good advert. Certainly aesthetically. Who wouldn't want to find it difficult to read if that's the company you're keeping? And now the members of this most glamorous club can rejoice further as their all-con...

  • 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 ...

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