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Saturday, 24 May 2008

  • Leading article: They think it's all over. It isn't yet
    Sunday, 25 May 2008

    Of course, it was a bad result for the Government. Partly, that was the product of a bad Labour campaign, which hypocritically tried to portray the Conservative candidate as a toff while its candidate tried to embody the hereditary principle in the H...

  • D J Taylor: The middle classes are in charge. Woe betide anyone who doubts it
    Sunday, 25 May 2008

    How choc-a-bloc they stand To show the middle classes Still have the upper hand... The Crewe and Nantwich by-election offered a relatively unusual spectacle in British politics: the sight of a defending party turning its guns on the wrong...

  • James Delingpole: My garden is a riot of neuroses and paranoia
    Sunday, 25 May 2008

    It's not that I'm particularly squeamish about killing the things, because actually I quite enjoy the satisfying crunch of shell against mucual grey body. Rather, I chuck them over your wall as a punishment for having such a rubbish garden. I hate yo...

  • Letters: Environmental damage of Flower show
    Saturday, 24 May 2008

    The historic and once-beautiful grounds and gardens in which the show is held is the only green area in Chelsea, and is protected by three conservation orders. Each time this ever-expanding monstrosity of a flower show is held, it destroys this once-...

  • Puppy love: Can our pet expert help Deborah Ross with her Labradoodle?
    Saturday, 24 May 2008

    I have waited a long time for my dog. I grew up with dogs and have yearned for a dog all my adult life. Eventually, I became broody, longingly looking at other people's dogs as women who can't have children might look into prams. I would even ask: "D...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 25 May 2008

    Zadie Smith set the bar unimaginably high for thrusting young novelists when she landed a £250,000 advance for her first book aged 19. But it seems it wasn't just her precocious prose-writing talent that landed her that first contract. Her agent, ...

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