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Friday, 18 January 2013

  • Editorial: David Cameron's mixed signals on terrorism
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    Even allowing for all this, however, and for the difficulty that the leader of any country faces when there are fears for the safety of its nationals abroad, it is not only from Algeria that the signals have been less than distinct in recent days. T...

  • The case for migration is a compelling one, don't let Miliband's introspection on election defeat drown it out
    Saturday, 19 January 2013

    When I was told I was moving from Treasury to become Immigration and Asylum Minister, I was dismayed. I enjoyed the Treasury, and knew I’d now be on a hiding to nothing from both left and right.Labour secured power without anticipating how immigratio...

  • Against the new conformism
    Saturday, 19 January 2013

    The day before, John Mulholland, editor of The Observer newspaper, withdrew from online publication a column about transsexuals by the journalist Julie Burchill. It had been deemed editorially fit to appear in his paper over the weekend, but so outra...

  • PRs rejoice! The Twitter critics are here, and they love your new movie
    Saturday, 19 January 2013

    It has taken a few decades, but, thanks to Twitter, today's producers are finally catching up with Mr Merrick. A newspaper ad for the film The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, has eschewed the normal round of critics and printed mi...

  • The Shard's view is a new joy, but taking the high ground has always elevated the senses
    Saturday, 19 January 2013

    It's hard not to think that there's some biological imperative at work in our passion for this rentable and temporary supremacy – some ancient advantage to having a panoramic view of the surrounding land which flickers within us as we take the expres...

  • PM is not in Holland, and pro-Europeans may prevail
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    In Conservative folklore, the Thatcher speech was the moment when she put her party on the true path of Euroscepticism. But Whitehall whispers suggest that when Cameron aides read the whole speech, they realised the media's inevitable line-by-line c...

  • Letter From the Editor: It's tough, but not as tough as reporting from a war zone
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    As the situation in Mali worsened, I was badgering Jon Bowd, our Foreign Editor, as to who we had there, reporting on the ground. It's not a part of the world blessed with Western-oriented journalists, so the answer, not surprisingly, was, "no one".I...

  • Letters: Why we don't like horse burgers
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    All of Christian Europe followed this taboo until the time of Napoleon. He encouraged the eating of horses on the ground that it was not rational to avoid such a useful source of meat. Dale Serjeantson Research Fellow University of Southampton Repo...

  • Let's give all school children the skills they need to protect themselves from potential abusers
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    It reveals what we all probably suspected (that abuse was always far more prevalent than anyone was prepared to admit) and because it hints at something even darker: the phenomenal abuse of personal, religious, financial and often political power. Ho...

  • There was no contrition because, for Armstrong, losing is dying
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    Only a couple of months have passed between the US Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his titles and his apparently penitential appearance in front of Oprah.For most of the time, Armstrong sat there opposite Oprah Winfrey with ...

  • Editorial: The President must be heeded
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    Nonetheless, the postponement itself also stands as a symbol of the chaos surrounding a speech that was first meant to have been made in the early autumn and then before Christmas. The January date has been changed more than once. Now we await detai...

  • Zero Dark Thirty is already at the centre of a row about the way it depicts torture
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    We are watching, or at least I am, Mark Rylance clown it magnificently as Richard III. My neighbour sleeps through the first half, wakes briefly for the interval, and sleeps again through the second. I am sympathetic. I have slept through many a play...

  • Algeria, Mali, and why this week has looked like an obscene remake of earlier Western interventions
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    And there you have it. Our dead men didn't matter in the slightest to him. And he had a point, didn't he? For we are outraged today, not by the massacre of the innocents, but because the hostages killed by the Algerian army - along with some of their...

  • Should rich old people use their bus passes? How do we get more women in the boardroom?
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    I was glad the US diplomat Philip Gordon spoke as he did. He brought an adult economic and strategic perspective to what often seems a petulant, childish debate here. The Obama administration obviously thinks we’re reducing our influence in Washingto...

  • Some people on disability benefits are fit to work
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    The scale of the award, however, is colossal, and deserves to be placed under rigorous scrutiny: 2.4 per cent of GDP is spent on disability benefits, including incapacity benefit and the disability living allowance – more than in the US, France, Ital...

  • Never mind the Hurricane Sandy victims – there’s a ‘Vogue’ close-up to be shot
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    Flooding is in fashion. And the must-have accessory for spring/summer 2013? A fed-up fireman, preferably with charming sooty face and thousand-yard stare. Trust me, he will look so hot with your Narciso Rodriguez pencil skirt in carmine silk. This, a...

  • Errors and Omissions: You may argue we need more P G Wodehouse, but you can't say it's a fact
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    And what about this? A leading article on Monday, hailing the BBC’s new television version of Blandings, opined: “The fact remains, however, that there can never be too much Wodehouse in our lives.”No, a fact is something that exists or has happened;...

  • Be careful where you walk...YouTube video of slippery 'Duke Street hazard' in Norwich
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    Someone in Norwich has kindly decided to film people as they walk - and slip - along Duke Street in Norwich.The video follows many surprised walkers, as they slip and slide on a patch of ice - despite having two red cones there as a warning.Cruel or ...

  • The pain of the twins who chose euthanasia over blindness: thoughts of life without my sister are unbearable
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    The story, both tragic and uplifting, struck particular resonance with me since I too am a twin. In some cultures, being a twin is lucky. Lydia and I have had strangers approach us, praise us, and even touch our hair for luck. Our relationship is so ...

  • Why Labour won't win in 2015
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    But nevertheless I just cannot see Labour winning an overall majority at the next election. I think they have trapped themselves by opposing everything that the government has done regarding the cuts. They have admitted that they would have had to cu...

  • Readers' pictures: What are you doing in the snow?
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    Travel companies have warned of widespread travel disruptions, and around 70 flights were cancelled at London's Heathrow Airport.While the snow will undoubtedly cause disruption - so please take care - some are looking forward to grabbing their glove...

  • Questionable Time: I'm a little gutted that Nigel Farage is finally growing up...
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    When I first laid eyes on you I have to admit that I wasn't impressed. I don't remember the exact circumstances but the chances are that you have been conjuring up wild stories of how the EU had made spherical bricks mandatory or maybe laying out som...

  • Beyonce in GQ: All the ladies! Put your hands up for feminism
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    "You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don't make as much money as men do. I don't understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat? I truly believe that women should be financially independent from...

  • With severe weather warnings, here's one quick step to help rough sleepers get out of the cold
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    The recent bitter evenings make it easy to see why those without a roof do what they can to survive the night, leaving them at risk of exposure to drink and drugs and further compounding the difficulties they face.This way of life is both damaging an...

  • The PM's long European nightmare still isn't over
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    The seeds were sown last June, when the Prime Minister appeared to rule out an "in/out" EU referendum at a Brussels press conference. His surprisingly positive defence of our EU membership provoked hostile headlines in our Eurosceptic-dominated news...

  • Lance was doing the wrong drugs
    Saturday, 19 January 2013

    A long time ago in Glasgow, I used to play five-a-side football with some friends. One day, on the bus across town to meet the guys, I thought it would be a sweet idea to take some LSD which I had bought at a party the previous night. Mere minutes l...

  • Algerian situation made worse by the numbers involved
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    Information on Aqim and the reported leader of the attacks, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, will be coming from a range of international and Algerian intelligence sources, creating a fluid picture of those involved. What is known is that leaders of this group a...

  • Editorial: A confession is not enough
    Friday, 18 January 2013

    The only advance made by this much-anticipated encounter was that the viewing public heard from his own lips what so many had claimed for so long, that his glittering career had been fuelled by banned drugs and techniques, over a very long time. Yes...

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