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Saturday, 13 December 2008

  • Leading article: Obama can out-green Poznan
    Sunday, 14 December 2008

    Of course, the critics are right, but they are also missing the point. This month was never a good time to hold this conference. The most important event on the route to Copenhagen was never going to be this talking shop, but the inauguration of a ne...

  • Leading article: Reckless, incompetent and lethal policing
    Saturday, 13 December 2008

    That, in the view of the legal team representing the Brazilian electrician, meant that the possibility of justice was denied even before the jury returned its verdict. Despite this, the conclusions of the 10 jurors yesterday could scarcely have been ...

  • DJ Taylor: All in good faith
    Sunday, 14 December 2008

    As for the origins of this tsunami of sanctity, Canon Paul Bayes, the Archbishop of Canterbury's adviser on church growth, was on hand to posit a link between spiritual renewal and material deprivation. "The fact that people are more open to going ba...

  • Edward Turner: A real choice at the end of life for people who are desperate
    Sunday, 14 December 2008

    Craig Ewert's death in 2006 at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich was beautifully portrayed in a documentary on Wednesday. It was particularly moving for me, as it so closely resembled the journey of my mother, Anne, to the same clinic earlier in the same...

  • IoS letters, emails & messages (14 December 2008)
    Sunday, 14 December 2008

    A large-scale biochar industry, perhaps sustained by carbon trading and high fertiliser prices, can be expected to put new pressures on forests and other ecosystems, as large quantities of wood and other biomass will be required, on top of already un...

  • Crispin Black: Let us hope the Met can do better than Cressida Dick
    Sunday, 14 December 2008

    The first clue about what went wrong, and indeed to the kind of organisation we are dealing with, comes not from the behaviour of the police firearms specialists on the day, but in their subsequent behaviour in giving evidence. Both the officers who ...

  • Cole Moreton: Can't take a joke? It's just a bit of fun, m'lud
    Sunday, 14 December 2008

    Money – now that is something his lawyers get plenty of, as they are sent into battle yet again on behalf of the man with the diamond-encrusted ego. But their attempts to sue for libel after the waspish Guardian columnist Marina Hyde wrote a spoof di...

  • Charles Clarke – Voice of Britain! (14 December 2008)
    Sunday, 14 December 2008

    I agree. I would welcome the opportunity to design the "Charles Clarke Celebrity Wrapping Paper" and would be prepared to reduce my usual fee for so doing. I would have gone for something that reflected the true meaning of Christmas, and designed pap...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 14 December 2008

    Why has James Purnell taken himself off Facebook? Until last week the Work and Pensions Secretary was an enthusiastic advocate of the social networking site, boasting several hundred friends. Could this sudden abstention from the pokes and jokes h...

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