Counterpoints

The language people use to describe their health demonstrates moral complacency

Understanding the ordinariness of war helps me cope with my Royal Marine brother’s service in Afghanistan

The acquittal of Greenpeace activists who vandalised a power station reveals a legal loophole vulnerable to political exploitation

Alternative therapy and made-up pagan rituals find their devotees among supposedly sophisticated city-dwellers

British politicians anxious to combat juvenile obesity should learn from China, and rediscover an old dance

Britons’ behaviour on the London Underground escalators shows the country has not yet lost all its charm and civility

The recession will refocus our financial priorities, and is as good a time as any to reassess the value of Fairtrade products

The interplay between planning rules and the rights of protected species is the perfect example of legislation having the opposite effect from what was intended

Cold War geopolitical terminology is obsolete. We need new terms to reflect a changed world