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  • Leading article: Obama offers new hope in Afghanistan
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    The most pressing of the foreign policy burdens on his shoulders is, paradoxically, not Iraq but Afghanistan. His opposition to the invasion of Iraq was important in defining his position against those of George Bush, Hillary Clinton and John McCain,...

  • Leading article: Gordon Brown suddenly has the wind in his sails
    Saturday, 8 November 2008

    Well, up to a point. Holding Glenrothes this week certainly puts some strong wind into the Prime Minister's sails. It brings to an end the Government's miserable sequence of losing safe seats in by-elections. And it helps to erase the particular humi...

  • A C Grayling: Euphoria will fade, but hope springs eternal
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    Because the resonant ideas of hope and its necessary correlative, change, inspired so many Americans to vote who had never voted before, especially among the young and hitherto disaffected, an immediate reaction among observers is to ask: given the i...

  • Philip Bobbitt: The flag-waving is over. This is how the president can change the world
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    He was guiding the pilot with the usual gestures, except that in each hand he held a small American flag. I remembered on Tuesday night how moved I had been by this simple expression of solidarity. That evening the crowds in Harlem were exuberant, an...

  • Nick Clegg: Tackling the terrorists requires more troops – and a plan
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    This goes deeper than rows about inadequate equipment. It's about where we send the men and women of our armed forces in the first place, and what we ask them to do when they get there. At the moment, we have put them in the worst of all situations. ...

  • Letters: NHS top-ups
    Saturday, 8 November 2008

    Patient charges undermine the core principles of the NHS, and a system that allowed top-up payments would be regressive, in that it would penalise the poor, the sick and the old – the most frequent users of the NHS. I believe that over time a system ...

  • IoS letters, emails & messages (9 November 2008)
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    Simon Icke Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire Last week's editorial states that Obama benefited from the perception that "the party of the rich is less qualified to manage a recession". That's not only true in the US. Alex Black Chester While Dr Tim Ston...

  • D J Taylor: Out of the swing
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    I watched the BBC's US election special with an American friend, a quarter of a century resident on this side of the Atlantic, but umbilically attached to all the good, brave, Democrat causes. It was an odd experience. As David Dimbleby's features lo...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 9 November 2008

    Boris Johnson wasted no time telling Sir Ian Blair what he thought of him the minute he became chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority. Sir Ian then spent 24 hours thinking things over before handing in his resignation. But in "thinking thin...

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