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Saturday, 18 October 2008

  • IoS letters, emails & texts (19 October 2008)
    Sunday, 19 October 2008

    There are plenty of climate change deniers whose undeclared financial interests I have exposed, but Ruth Lea is not one of them. I have made no such accusation, and have no evidence that she has been paid to make her statements about climate change. ...

  • Katy Guest: Guy Ritchie and Madonna are to split but will we ever get the full story
    Sunday, 19 October 2008

    It's a good thing that the British public knows everything about why Guy Ritchie and Madonna have split up, because most people don't have the faintest idea about what is going on in their own marriage. It's all so straightforward when it's someone y...

  • Alex Salmond: Free Scotland to do its duty to its people
    Sunday, 19 October 2008

    The Unionist case has relied not on hard facts and informed judgement but on smear, fear and misinformation. In recent days there has been a succession of commentators suggesting that the turmoil in the global financial markets and banking system vin...

  • Letters: Police response times
    Saturday, 18 October 2008

    This went on through several station stops, with the young man becoming increasingly angry. I called the police and explained to the operator what was happening. I tried to do this discreetly so I would not be seen by the man, who was walking up and ...

  • Leading Article: Mr Cameron's struggle to regain the initiative
    Saturday, 18 October 2008

    National crises, moreover, give governments opportunities to transform their fortunes. Even Gordon Brown's most virulent critics would have to admit that the Prime Minister has conveyed an impression of grip so far, although the plaudits may have bee...

  • Edward Turner: I accepted my mother's right to die, but Dan is different
    Sunday, 19 October 2008

    My own ethical journey on the subject started when my mother, Dr Anne Turner, was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a particularly unpleasant degenerative neurological disease which could have left her completely paralysed and unable to ...

  • Julian Clary: My advice to Lord Mandy? Flaunt it, sister
    Sunday, 19 October 2008

    We'll never know, of course. Mandy has responded to these unsavoury attacks with a magnificent display of indifference. Disdain is a vital part of any queen's armour. "I seem to have annoyed you gentlemen in some way," was Quentin Crisp's withering r...

  • Reminder to police: it is not good practice to doctor evidence
    Sunday, 19 October 2008

    The notes of the officer – identified only as "Owen" at the inquest of Jean Charles de Menezes – were altered the day before being submitted as evidence to a Metropolitan Police solicitor earlier this month. The officer told the court he did not see ...

  • David Randall: Tally ho! Why has the press pack got it in for Peter Mandelson
    Sunday, 19 October 2008

    Over at the Daily Mail, the Old Rothermere mounted up and set off in pursuit amid much whooping, hollering and intemperate adjectives. There was Max Hastings, breathing hard, as he chased after Mandelson with simile after simile. He compared him to R...

  • Quentin Letts: In my day, school dinners toughened us up
    Saturday, 18 October 2008

    Fee-paying schools as gourmet restaurants? "Theatre kitchens"? "Chefs" rather than the stroppy cooks of old who used long wooden spoons to stir laundry vats of fatty stew? This strikes at the roots of our private school culture. What happened to gree...

  • Philip Hoare: On the shores of Cape Cod, I see an America that is closing in on itself
    Saturday, 18 October 2008

    As such, it is a perfect place to observe the strange sense of stillness and inevitability with which the American people seem to apprehend the forthcoming and monumental change to their democracy. The greatest democracy in the modern world, all abou...

  • Leading Article: Black, white and shades of grey
    Saturday, 18 October 2008

    Some will use this case to argue that it should be made harder for Britons to seek the services of Dignitas and similar establishments. Rightly or wrongly, Mr James's age seems to cast assisted suicide in a different light. Whether you accept the pra...

  • The IoS Diary: Like Joe the Plumber, only more honest
    Sunday, 19 October 2008

    John Prescott (pictured) has been explaining his tendency to lapse into malapropisms. In 'Prescott: The Class System and Me', to be broadcast tomorrow week on BBC2, journalist Simon Hoggart is brave enough to suggest to the old bruiser that maybe he ...

  • Leading Article: Off the ball
    Saturday, 18 October 2008

    Yet it emerged yesterday that the FA had still not even talked to the clubs named – Norwich City and Derby County – nor had it questioned the British-based spread betting company, Spreadex, which observed the suspicious speculation patterns. What is ...

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