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Saturday, 20 December 2008

  • Leading article: The year we learned to dance lightly
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Untrue, all untrue. The reversal of the normal rules of economics has been the most astonishing. Since the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers on 15 September, up has been down, left has been right and, in the ringing words of Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize...

  • Leading article: An economic morality lesson in a time of deep uncertainty
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, created a stir this week when he criticised the Government's efforts to alleviate the economic downturn on moral grounds. Asked about the encouragement for consumers to spend through a 2.5 percentage poin...

  • Hugh Miles: Lockerbie: was it Iran? Syria? All I know is, it wasn't the man in prison
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    For many years, it looked as if there would be no trial over Lockerbie. British and US governments believed Colonel Gaddafi would never hand over the two Libyan intelligence officers accused of the bombings, which some regarded as fortunate as they b...

  • James Hanning: Our troops know Iraq. Let's listen to them
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy. Where once there had been no link between Iraq and al-Qa'ida, Bush and Blair created one. Terrorists swarmed across Iraq's borders. Brown and Straw hadn't bargained for just how big a mistake they had made. Confron...

  • DJ Taylor: Viva the virago
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Ms Staff – be-curlered, be-stockinged and with all the flinty charm of an Easter Island statue – specialised in the termagant, or battle-axe, a role that has been going strong in English comedy since the time of Chaucer, and the excuse for a great de...

  • Letters: The 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    While not denying the truth of what he writes, my recent short trip to Cuba taught me that while the people want change, they are anxious that it is judicious change. They want to keep low rents, free healthcare which gives a better life-expectancy a...

  • Leading article: Lockerbie's unanswered questions
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. In the intervening period, the Libyan government has been blamed for the bombing; the families of the victims have received a $1.5bn compensation package authorised by Colonel Gaddafi, and Pan Ameri...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The reality behind Deep Throat
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    It was Mr Felt, with access to all FBI files, who met Bob Woodward of The Washington Post in an underground parking garage in Rosslyn, Virginia. He famously steered him and Carl Bernstein towards exposing the Watergate burglary of the Democratic Part...

  • E Jane Dickson: A lesson in having a non-nuclear family Christmas
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    The day after Boxing Day we'll scoop up the kids and take them to my parents' for Christmas Mark II. Santa, being a large-minded old chap, not much exercised by notions of social cohesion, doesn't mind organising a second drop. And if Santa can juggl...

  • IoS letters, emails & messages (21 December 2008)
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Here in Peru, climate change is already having a devastating impact on the natural environment. In the valley of Huaral, one of the country's most fragile zones, where a third of people rely on small-scale farming to make a living and feed their fami...

  • Katy Guest: Don't mess with my happy ending, doctor
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Dr Holmes – a sort of Richard Dawkins to Richard Curtis's God – seated 100 students in front of a marathon parade of romantic films (presumably he was sponsored by Häagen-Dazs and Kleenex) and concluded that movies such as You've Got Mail and Runaway...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Babies are the batons in the parents' relay race
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Really, the agony aunts here seem to be well and truly outflanked by the civil service, in terms of stating the obvious. Particularly when they go on to observe, "Pressures to combine work and family life and lack of couple time are greatest among co...

  • Leading article: Friends reunited
    Saturday, 20 December 2008

    Talk about an awkward Premier League family reunion. The Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson makes a natural curmudgeonly grandfather figure. Inter Milan's Jose Mourinho plays the part of the arrogant son. Liverpool's Rafa Benitez is the unflappable...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 21 December 2008

    Andy Coulson, David Cameron's chief spin doctor, presided over a culture of bullying when editor of the 'News of the World', according to an employment tribunal last week. "We find the behaviour to have been a consistent pattern of bullying behavi...

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