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Sunday, 3 February 2008

  • Leading article: We must not turn a blind eye to this cruelty
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    Kidnapping schoolchildren and forcing them into marriage is utterly unacceptable and indeed criminal. Under the law, no British citizen can be coerced into marriage against his or her will. Like so-called "honour killings" and female genital mutilati...

  • 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: Safeguarding taxpayers' money
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    The Government insists that nationalisation is still an option if the rescue packages prove unsatisfactory, but it is clear where the preference of ministers lies. Gordon Brown wants a private-sector solution. The £25bn of Bank of England loans made ...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: British Muslim salutes Afghan convicted for seeking truth
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    I am a British Muslim, and I do not share my religious beliefs with Afghan clerics. Pervez is not making fun of Islam; he is seeking truth and sharing with friends. I appeal to world leaders, including ours, to help him. Muhammad Siddiqui Manchester ...

  • Letters: Pervez Kambaks
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    I am a British Muslim, and I do not share my religious beliefs with Afghan clerics. Pervez is not making fun of Islam; he is seeking truth and sharing with friends. I appeal to world leaders, including ours, to help him. Muhammad Siddiqui Manchester ...

  • Leading article: Historical echo
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    The release by the National Archives of the Cabinet Secretary's handwritten notes from the last months of Winston Churchill's final stretch as Prime Minister are, as usual, a treat for historians. But they are also an interesting contrast for those o...

  • Jerome Taylor: An illness that has defied medical science
    Monday, 4 February 2008

    Britain has led much of the most pioneering research to find a cure, through its Common Cold Unit which was set up in 1943. European governments first began to realise just how devastating the illness could be in the immediate aftermath of the First ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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