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Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (03/04/11)

Marriage of Truth and Comedy

Ed Miliband: The Big Society: a cloak for the small state

Two leading backers of David Cameron's flagship idea have lost faith in it. We are seeing the recontamination of the Tory brand

Here come the girls! How to bring up daughters

Rules and boundaries. White lies and love. Our guide to raising female teens

Remembering Damilola: The killing goes on, but the fightback is under way

The schoolboy's murder 10 years ago this week sparked a national outcry and a new approach to teenage crime. Now experts warn government cuts could destroy any progress they are making

What drives a child to commit sexual abuse?

Horrific behaviour is often triggered by spiral of violence and neglect that goes back generations, says study

J K Rowling tops list of Britain's most influential women

Magazine editors select figures 'inspirational' to their female readers

Adoption: How I lost my little sister

Adoption is a tricky business, as Michael Bywater knows only too well – and the signing of the papers is no guarantee of a happy ending

Memories of My Staycation Hell

Who needs Cancun when you've got Cornwall on your doorstep? That's David Cameron's new motto. But will a British holiday put a smile on your face? Not according to these cautionary tales

How a deprived childhood leaves its mark on the brain

When "Mr Mason" was 14, he and his drug addict mother burgled a house and stabbed the owner's dog to death.

Leading article: Can the cycle of violence be closed?

The news that some of Britain's leading neuroscientists are to collaborate on a study of children's brains is bound to be treated warily in some quarters. Nor will the purpose of the research – to investigate whether early abuse and deprivation might cause changes in the brain that foster disturbed and violent behaviour in later life – reduce the worries. Examining the brain for physical characteristics that might help to explain aberrant behaviour of whatever kind conjures up a picture of fusty laboratories, rows of jars containing brains preserved in formaldehyde, and long-discredited theories about nature always trumping nurture.

Pandora: Zephaniah unmoved by appeal of Cowell

Can Simon Cowell do no right? The squillionaire music magnate recently organised the recording of a star-studded charity single to raise money for Haiti at the behest of Gordon Brown, though the move has failed to win over everyone within the charity world.

Justin Fenton in Lambeth: Keeping children out of the gangs' clutches

Just off Coldharbour Lane in south London's Lambeth neighborhood, a group of men stand around at the mouth of an alley, close to a 10-foot-high steel gate being manned by three people.

Knife crime: the breakthrough

288,000 people stopped and searched in London in past year; More than 10,000 arrests at a rate of one every 51 minutes; 5,400 knives seized, 30 per cent fall in serious stabbing injuries

How We Met: Camila Batmanghelidjh & Nina Campbell

'Having bongoed for two hours, I said to her that there must be an easier way to help'

Anthony Seldon: Why, when we have so much more, are we not happier with our lives?

The richer we are, the less community-minded we become, our writer looks for the answers
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