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  • Leading article: The wrong moment to be strutting the world stage
    Monday, 15 December 2008

    Wilson fell victim to an obsessive conviction that his own country was too small for his talents, and only a world stage would do. Britain's Prime Minister may be making the same mistake as he hurtles round the globe on his various missions. One day ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Don't lose hope over ME
    Monday, 15 December 2008

    Though her illness was not as severe, our daughter also suffered from ME. Like Lynn, she was an active and able 12-year-old, a very competent musician and athlete. She became racked with aches and pains, suffering headaches which blurred her vision f...

  • Leading article: Strictly speaking, a disappointment
    Monday, 15 December 2008

    People don't watch these shows in search of motherhood and apple pie, and they certainly don't vote in order to learn later that "everyone's winning prizes". No, they want to see blood, sweat and tears in the form of a gladiatorial battle for the top...

  • 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...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Silence descends on the noisiest city
    Monday, 15 December 2008

    When I arrive, it's something of a surprise then, to discover there's nobody here. The roads are all but empty of traffic, there are no queues, no noise. The journey from the airport takes barely 20 minutes rather than the hour or so I'd expected. It...

  • 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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