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  • Leading article: After this vote, Europe has little choice but to put its house in order
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    The result is that Brussels often resembles a self-interested conspiracy of arrogant elites. The fact that the Lisbon Treaty, the platform on which the EU is hoping to build its institutional future, began its life as an overblown vanity project for ...

  • Leading article: Another weekend, another festival...
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    Glastonbury, the biggest and most revered of them all, which begins in two weeks' time, has still not sold all its tickets. What makes this remarkable is that the festival has been hugely oversubscribed in recent years, with applicants forced to jump...

  • Helena Kennedy: Why I support this passionate politician
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    I suspect that, like me, Davis has watched the steady erosion of the freedoms we had taken for granted and wonders where it will all end. He probably also regrets that the debate had descended into complicated impenetrable layers of process, masquera...

  • Tony Blair: As the world becomes smaller, the need to understand each other's faith grows
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    The fact is, however much some people may dislike it, that faith still matters to billions of people around the world. Even in the West, which in many places now has only a tenuous connection with its religious traditions, millions of people still be...

  • Katherine Butler: How my mother revealed the depth of EU's trouble
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    If the doubts had reached a pro-European citizen such as her then this treaty, and perhaps the European ideal, was doomed. She hadn't bought into the warnings that Lisbon would make abortion freely available on every street corner or that José Manuel...

  • James Fergusson: Sooner or later, we have to talk to the Taliban
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Last week, the current Helmand Task Force commander, Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith, announced that the insurgency was on the back foot, and that its local leadership had been "decapitated" by British and Isaf (Nato's International Security Assistance...

  • Sophie Heawood: Carla serenades her busy sex life. Me too
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Let's compare these two scenarios. In France, Le Figaro has just given a glowing review to Carla Bruni's new album, having had a sneak preview of the record due out in July on which she sings that she is "... still a child /Despite my 40 years/Despit...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Dinosaurs and derring-do will lure a boy to books
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    The Government, not for the first time, is trying to address the problem – and God knows it took long enough for the educational establishment to get its head round the problem of boys' relative underachievement. The schools minister, Jim Knight, com...

  • Nica Burns: Noises Off
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    So I know how Sir Jonathan Miller felt when he spoke last week about his frustration at the West End's failure to snap up his lauded Hamlet, which stars the unknown Jamie Ballard. In contrast, two Hamlets which will be seen in London this year – the ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    Modern trains don't have compartments – and party leaders have to mingle with the plebs, albeit First Class ones. Mr Cameron's discomfiture was clear after delays caused by Network Rail signal failures. Should he become prime minister, it is likely t...

  • Letters: Environmental disaster
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    The former shows no less than environmental collapse across a whole continent, while the latter documents a global mass extinction that is already taking huge bites out of the richness of our planet's species. This news from the world is very bad. We...

  • The Weasel: Bitter memories
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    "Uplifting, very uplifting," replied Fergus, when I asked for his opinion of this acerbic grog. "I find it very efficacious." Such is his zeal for the stuff that Fergus once visited the production plant in Milan. When I showed interest, he expressed ...

  • Leading article: A stand for liberty
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    It doesn't mean that the prisoners will be released immediately or that current military trials will be stopped. The administration will do everything in its power to delay the effects. But the ruling is clear and dramatic in its implications. "Liber...

  • Hugh Pennington: This is shocking – diners should be worried
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    But paradoxically, the system adopted worldwide to deliver it – hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) – came from the space programme. It was developed by Nasa because the trouble caused by poor food safety in zero gravity was too awful...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 15 June 2008

    An economy of imagination must have led Nigel Lawson to call his daughter Nigella. Now it seems recycling names has become something of a family tradition. When Nigella's 15-year-old daughter Mimi christened her pet gerbil 'Mucca', there was specu...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 14 June 2008

    * Talking of public resources, just up the road from Harman Hall, firefighters were called out to rescue a kitten that had lodged itself on the engine of a parked car. The six-week-old ginger tabby had just been to the vet for its jabs when it made a...

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