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It’s time elderly Greek women paid for the years of profligacy, say bankers

Greece crisis: The shameless double standards of the IMF and ECB bully boys

The bankers understand it's time people faced up to reality and accepted that the people who did more than anyone to ruin the world economy were old women in rural Crete

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated

It has been one of the biggest economic policy disasters since the Second World War

Ballot papers are prepared for the Greek referendum on whether to accept bailout conditions

If EU can't restore prosperity to Europe, it's finished

The infuriating thing about Europe's current underperformance is that it ought to be doing so much better

McRae said he wouldn't have softened the invective had he known Craig Oliver was in the audience

Vine, winning and song: Tom McRae takes aim at the Tories... but who is in the audience?

Jeremy Vine's companion got more than he bargained for at an album launch show

Ernest is an obstructive administrative force whose fame derives from his bureaucratic zeal

Everyone agrees that he would have made a wonderful civil servant

Middle Class Problems: We need a strategy for turning down summer social season engagements tactfully

To be inundated with social engagements is no bad thing for the ego – but come summer, not an eve.....

A love of sport needs to be sown early if children and adults are to live healthily

From inspiration to inaction: If we nurture school and grassroots sport, the entire country will benefit

There is a grim predictability about the dramatic decline in children taking exercise

Before summer's joys can begin we must go through the ordeal of school speech day

Cecil Parkinson droned on about good morals. About a week later, he resigned from the Cabinet

South Carolina lawmakers have requested that the Confederate battle flag be removed from the state house

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past

So far in 2015, 153,000 boat people have arrived in Europe

Mediterranean migrant crisis: Where has Britain's altruism gone?

The Government's refusal to take any of the boat people arriving on European shores is a symptom of a broader malaise

Having a working mother works, after all

There can be no more powerful role model for a girl than the woman who raised her

A Syrian family in Turkey after escaping over the border from Kobani

Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

World View: The Syrian Kurdish town witnessed the deaths of 164 civilians this week

E L James sold 647,000 copies of her latest book in three days – without the help of the critics

E L James's book Grey is a reminder of how the phenomenon of the best-seller works

It's hard to understand why so many are buying it – but then best-selling was ever an inexact science

Greece crisis: It needs another economic miracle – and it could happen

It's not for me to say how Greeks should vote, but would more austerity really be in their best interests?

New official figures were expected to show that child poverty was increasing for the first time since Tony Blair’s 1999 commitment to end it in a generation

The facts about child poverty are stark enough

Tax credits are successful. But they are also expensive, now costing nearly as much as defence

I'm delighted by the suggestion that it's time for Londoners to cut our losses and move up north

These days, William Wordsworth would probably be run over by a bus if he maundered around the A302 at dawn waxing poetic about the Thames

Winston Churchill, with his wife Clemmie, to whom he was devoted

For many powerful men, public greatness seems to go hand in hand with private indiscretions

Too much puritanical prying could deprive us of some otherwise great leaders

Alison Taylor on relationships: My friend has fallen for a chap she met at the Isle of Wight festival

Festivals are one of the few places now where people spontaneously chat to other humans

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