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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

  • Leading article: Another runway at Heathrow is no solution
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    So they should be. Indeed, the independent review announced yesterday – to be conducted by Sir Howard Davies and report after the next election – is to be warmly welcomed. For too long the vexed question of long-term aviation policy has been held hos...

  • Amos Yadlin: Only bombing Assad's forces will stop the slaughter now
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    Indeed, examination indicates that six arguments propounded by opponents of Western military intervention do not hold much water, and instead suggests that Western inaction is likely to hasten the very scenario that opponents of military intervention...

  • 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 ...

  • Your Voices: Commenting, reacting and debating on Independent Voices
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    CommentsTo leave a comment on Independent Voices, you need to sign up for an Independent Voices account. The easiest way to do this is using a Facebook, Twitter or Google account, but you can also sign up to the site using just a verified email addre...

  • Letters: Cameron shuffles to the right
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    The Lib Dems have been stitched up. Cameron's move to the right requires Labour to take on the mantle of the poor and dispossessed.The Tories not only recognise the realities of our class-ridden society, but they repeatedly reinvent the mantra that t...

  • Leading article: Balls' big idea is a decent first step
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    In the interview published in this newspaper today, the shadow Chancellor dismisses such speculation as "total garbage". And given that both parties were on holiday when the reports surfaced, on a quiet Bank Holiday weekend, he has some cause to feel...

  • Lisa Markwell: Hello, where on earth are you going?
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    The weekly magazine wishes to reposition itself in our minds as a fashion and lifestyle title (no, of course not a more cerebral title), and to position itself in newsagents far, far away from OK!, Now and the other, lesser rivals. Celebrity magazine...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: How the celebrities gave way to the real achievers
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    But then inject a big old measure of Olympian spirit into the atmosphere, and just watch the toxic fumes evaporate. This is what happened at the Royal Opera House the other night. The GQ Men of the Year awards have seen a fair bit of questionable ...

  • Leading article: Farewell to the voices of a generation
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    It's an extraordinary and rather wonderful process. So when two voices whom the Radio 4 audience knows as well as Charlotte Green and Harriet Cass announce their departure from the network, we feel a perhaps surprising depth of loss.The newsreader's ...

  • Deborah Ross: At last! The must-have, to-die-for Deb bag
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    I've already, I believe, fulfilled the first requirement of this particular market by pricing it at £10,000, which sounds steep, and is steep, but if you can afford one, it will save you from having to go about with a billboard saying: "I can afford ...

  • Danny Crates: On your marks for the Games' biggest rush
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    Oscar Pistorius's shock defeat in the 200m earlier this week is one reason. Some 80,000 people in the stadium were screaming for the South African and then Alan Oliveira flew past at the last second. The stadium was stunned into silence. Someone had...

  • Simon Usborne: Stop moaning and bring on the Battered Bounty
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    I felt dirty before walking into the nearest chip shop, dirtier still as I made my order (it had not been on the menu) and as dirty as I ever have while I devoured the thing like a pelican might a herring. But my God it was good. The crisp golden ba...

  • The Sketch: Osborne's detractors take boo cue from Paralympics
    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    Mr Osborne had done something different with his hair. It was very neat, but very swept back, making him look disturbingly like a vampire. He did not move or smile, but everyone was uneasily aware of his presence. Dennis Skinner, called to ask the f...

  • 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...

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