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  • Leading Article: Politicians must stop and think before joining this reactionary bidding war
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    But much of the media and our politicians have ignored this statistical evidence and reacted instead as if crime rates have reached an all-time high. In an illiberal stampede, all three parties have come out in favour of increasing the police powers ...

  • Geoffrey Lean: John McCain, father of right-on, green Republicanism
    Sunday, 3 February 2008

    For on Tuesday, Florida crucially threw its weight behind the American politician with the best record in taking action on global warming. Not Al Gore – who lost the presidency in the Sunshine State eight years ago, when the future of the climate app...

  • Leading Article: Victims at the heart of the struggle
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    The reports, from Oxfam and the Presidency Group and Atlantic Council in the US, all paint a picture which has become depressingly familiar to reporters and workers on the ground. Opium production is on the increase; the Taliban is resurgent; the hol...

  • Leading article: Even McCain stands for change
    Sunday, 3 February 2008

    On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama go into Tuesday's primaries and caucuses in 22 states as the only remaining credible candidates. In contrast to the Republican contest, which seemed wide open 31 days ago but now seems almost o...

  • Peter York: A whole new chapter in the history of Sloanes
    Sunday, 3 February 2008

    The real Sloane view – increasingly unspoken – was that it takes at least three generations to get there. One to make the money, one to make the move (down South, across town, whatever) into the Sloane world, and another to make the grade, to become ...

  • Leading Article: Fond farewell
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    Miles wrote from his home in the West Country and rarely came in to the office. It was this that enabled him to keep colleagues in London in ignorance of his final illness, and there was no way of knowing from his copy. His extraordinarily high stand...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 3 February 2008

    But an email from a reader last week has made me think again. "I am a mother and was upset," writes Marianne Douglas from Bromsgrove, "by the use of the picture of the child on page 4 last week to illustrate an article on child obesity. This boy cann...

  • Melanie McDonagh: If Ken likes a drop before elevenses, I'm on his side
    Sunday, 3 February 2008

    Well, the people of London just might want to vent their spleen at the amount the capital's population contributes in taxation, and the services they get back in return, by voting anything but Labour. The disparity between the two is so great that th...

  • Tim Lott: The Romans had their circuses. We have 'Heat'
    Sunday, 3 February 2008

    Actually, I've been carefully not following the story. You, as IoS readers, have too, I imagine. But if you've been peeking, then – shame on you. You have joined the Watchers, that army of voyeurs who define and debase our society. There are many rea...

  • Letters: Britain in Afghanistan
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    The democratically elected President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai – and we know that he is democratically elected because our leaders have told us so – condemns our soldiers and marines for "making matters worse" in Helmand Province. Why, then, are w...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 3 February 2008

    Cheering news for anyone worried about the ethics of MPs employing family members. Peter Hain – remember him? – has had his 80-year-old mother, Adelaine, on his payroll since he was elected in 1991. But I'm happy to report she provides excellent v...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 2 February 2008

    * Those of us who maintain that Facebook is a serious journalistic tool (no, honest, even the fresh-faced editor of a rival daily is on there) have suffered a bit of a setback. Some wag called Freya Valentine has started a Facebook group called "On M...

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