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  • Leading article: The green lining to this chaos
    Sunday, 12 October 2008

    What started as a technical problem in capital markets is now moving quickly into the so-called real economy of jobs, homes and living standards. One subplot in this extraordinary story starts with defaulting banks in a country with a population the ...

  • Letters: The global financial crisis
    Saturday, 11 October 2008

    Over the past 20 years, the world market in money has expanded to such an extent that no single national political authority can provide that guarantee for it. The recognition of this mismatch between economic and political structure will stabilise t...

  • Leading article: Mere words will not restore confidence in the markets
    Saturday, 11 October 2008

    As the traders surveyed the wreckage on the dealing room floor and the US President, George Bush, appeared on television to calm the fears on increasingly anxious public, two points became clear at the end of this wracked and woeful week. One is that...

  • Tim Lott: Don't blame all this on the greedy City types
    Sunday, 12 October 2008

    For Lenin in 1917 it was the international bourgeoisie – and of course, the iron law of history – that was responsible for the collapse of the Russian state. For America after 1929, it was the Wall Street bankers who were the guilty parties. For Hitl...

  • Nicholas Foulkes: The names have changed, but it feels like Britain in the Seventies all over again
    Sunday, 12 October 2008

    For years I have been prophesying that we were on our way back to the era of collective bargaining, the Bay City Rollers, power cuts, the long hot summer of 1976, union domination and the Carry On films that were Britain's cinematic whoopee cushion o...

  • Leading article: Before the gold rush
    Saturday, 11 October 2008

    In the coming days the beech leaves will turn amber and then a blazing orange, while the oaks will grow scarlet and the Norway maple will shed its leaves as they yellow. And this riot of golden tinges on the trees will be thrown into relief by the cr...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts (12 October 2008)
    Sunday, 12 October 2008

    The reality is that genetically modified crops are already helping over 12 million farmers around the world by delivering more consistent yields of higher quality crops. The vast majority of these farmers are resource-poor growers with small plots of...

  • DJ Taylor: You talkin' to me?
    Sunday, 12 October 2008

    Sometimes this turned up in novels – Margaret Drabble's early fiction, for example, is full of bright young women more or less apologising for their high IQs – but it was most marked in the press: in Lord – as he now is – Hattersley's bracing homilie...

  • Katy Guest: No sex please, we've got better things to do
    Sunday, 12 October 2008

    The first intimation that all this filthy onanism is coming between the human race and the realisation of its true potential came from Clara Meadmore, a 105-year-old virgin who lives in Cornwall. Ms Meadmore confirms that she owes her longevity large...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 12 October 2008

    Whispers in the Commons reach me that minister James Purnell might have resigned had he been a casualty of the recent reshuffle. Still, a P45 would not have caused Purnell too many sleepless nights. In the early 1990s he found himself unemployed a...

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