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Sunday, 22 June 2008

  • Gugulethu Moyo: Yes, Tsvangirai was right to pull out
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    At least 86 of his supporters have been killed and thousands have been beaten, driven from their homes or both. When more than a thousand of his polling agents were detained days before the election and armed Zanu-PF gangsters occupied and blocked ac...

  • Leading article: An aborted election, but no triumph for Mugabe
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    And yesterday's move has two clear benefits. It deprives Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF of the legitimacy that would proceed from a victory at the ballot-box, however compromised such a victory would be. There must also be hope that it will halt the m...

  • Leading article: The downside of diplomas
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    Now, in demanding a return to the drawing board, the employers' organisation, the CBI, seems to be biting the hand that promised to feed it. Instead of developing diplomas, the CBI wants government efforts to focus on improving standards of GCSEs and...

  • Basildon Peta: No, Tsvangirai was not right to pull out
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    It might sound a bit naive. But Mr Mugabe could not have won even a rigged election. The economy has worsened since the last election on 29 March which emboldened them. It proved Mr Mugabe could be beaten. Even when opposition officials began acknowl...

  • 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...

  • Letters: GM crops
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    Given our predicament, it would be foolhardy to deny that GM crops can be part of the solution. It may be that through research we can develop crops that can capture more energy from the sun, and can extract more nutrients and water from the soil and...

  • Richard Garner: Swallow your pride and bring back Tomlinson
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    The CBI wants ministers to ditch the academic diplomas in humanities, science and languages announced by the Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, last year. This puts a question mark over the credibility of the Government's new qualification just weeks befor...

  • 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....

  • Leading article: Petrol cap in hand
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    Yesterday, the cameras charted his every move, as he hobnobbed with oil producers in Saudi Arabia. The clear intention was to convince hard-pressed British consumers that he feels our pain on energy prices and is doing his level best to bring them do...

  • David Usborne: Our Man In New York
    Monday, 23 June 2008

    I don't mean to moan. The number of US states I have seen since coming to the US has just hit 49 after a dash to South Dakota – the other Dakota being the one still missing – and all those trips translate into healthy air-mile accounts. And that mean...

  • 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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