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  • Leading article: Even amid the horror, an election is still the best way to oust this tyrant
    Saturday, 21 June 2008

    The opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is spending the weekend closeted with senior members of the Movement for Democratic Change, considering – not for the first time – whether to go on. While the prospects were always slim that the poll would be...

  • Nick Foulkes: Can a big inheritance make children happy? Look at the Tetra Pak heirs
    Sunday, 22 June 2008

    Lawyers acting for said food packaging heir deny that he jumped out the window. Who knows? Perhaps he lowered himself down gently on knotted sheets. Apparently voices were heard behind the door, but when it was flattened, only his wife was there. The...

  • Patrick Mercer: Wars cost money. False economies cost lives
    Sunday, 22 June 2008

    In February 2006 the Government announced the deployment of troops to Helmand province – an area of Afghanistan in which there had been very little fighting and which seemed benign. But it was benign because no one was challenging the Taliban in that...

  • Leading article: The painful truth
    Saturday, 21 June 2008

    These musings were seized upon by the Conservatives as an indication of how out of touch the Government is with the public's concerns. According to the Tory Treasury spokesman, Philip Hammond, Mr Harris "clearly lives on a different planet from ordin...

  • Anne Penketh: Iranians don't believe that military strikes are coming
    Saturday, 21 June 2008

    To that end, they point out that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa banning Iran from holding weapons of mass destruction. A senior Iranian official admitted to visiting journalists that his country is well aware that, "if we attack Israel wi...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 22 June 2008
    Sunday, 22 June 2008

    Who supports 42 days' internment? Former Sun editors, perhaps, who think internment will never happen to them, but for the media to accept this Government's claim that a majority supports locking up innocent people for fear of the Big Bad Terrorist i...

  • How to be happy: Developing trust is key to being open sexually
    Sunday, 22 June 2008

    Step 1: Everyone experiences sexual anxiety on some level. Oral sex is optional and we should never feel we have to do anything that makes us feel uncomfortable. Trust, however, creates the opportunity to participate in all manner of sexual intimacy...

  • Ben Summerskill: Pink, proud – and now recognised with posh gongs
    Sunday, 22 June 2008

    Alongside the Oscar nominee as a gay knight of the realm now sits the founder of BMI and the chairman of the Local Government Association. It's a touching acknowledgement by Britain's honours system that perhaps gongs shouldn't only go to homosexuals...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 22 June 2008

    I thought about this as I listened to a talk on the new language of the media, given by Murdoch Prof, Jean Aitchison, at the ICA last week. "English is alive and kicking in all its aspects. It's in excellent shape," Professor Aitchison declared. Hmm....

  • Letters: GM crops
    Saturday, 21 June 2008

    Bush and the Republicans are desperately trying to retain the Midwest vote, not so that they win the next Presidential election (they know they have lost that) but to stop the Republicans being wiped off the political map. To retain that vote, they h...

  • Leading article: Blame game
    Saturday, 21 June 2008

    Peter Mandelson, European Trade Commissioner, formerly of the parish of Westminster, has no shortage of enemies. In his time, he has been accused of double-dealing, back-stabbing, bullying and dissembling. John Prescott once likened him to a crab. An...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 22 June 2008

    "People from EA came round to our house today and showed me and my family the current beta of Spore," writes Harvey Ross, "We didn't actually get an early copy but we've played and we are getting an early version of the creature creator early." Spore...

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