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Saturday, 28 June 2008

  • Leading article: Tories should sell up or be sacked
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    The big picture is that the Conservative Party is guilty of hypocrisy, while Ms Alexander is not. Mr Cameron said last week: "Businesses and individuals that have any dealings with Zimbabwe must examine their responsibilities and ensure that they do ...

  • Leading article: Tesco is a victim of its success – but it deserves some of the flak
    Saturday, 28 June 2008

    The problem is that the standard characterisation of Tesco as an "evil empire" of retail is too easy. In fact, Tesco's behaviour is not particularly unethical when compared with other large retailers. The difference is that it is bigger and more succ...

  • Tim Lott: If we can't learn to trust each other, we will lose ourselves and our children
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    The issue of trust hit the headlines this week with the publication of a paper by the think tank Civitas entitled Licensed to Hug. The authors argued that the breaking down of trust between children and adults – evidenced in a mass of state-sponsored...

  • Gugulethu Moyo: If the British really want to get rid of Mugabe, this is how
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    Also at play in this argument, I fear, is an understandable denial of personal responsibility. Calling for an invasion, and then complaining when the Government fails to provide it, offers a comforting sort of moral let-out. And the point is not inte...

  • Leading article: A reminder of lost opportunities
    Saturday, 28 June 2008

    We are still far from entering a new age of peace and openness. The nuclear information North Korea has handed over did not include anything about its weapons. The US may no longer regard North Korea as a state sponsoring terrorism, but Mr Bush decli...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 29 June 2008
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    If a terrorist attack is conducted by a Muslim, then state the facts; but there is no need to make out that all Muslims are the same as the terrorist. If the media carries on the way it is, everyone will have the same narrow-minded and parochial opin...

  • Tony Hall: Noises Off
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    For the past fortnight, everyone has been ensconced in the Beijing Hotel, a few minutes walk from Tiananmen Square. It used to be the tallest building in the city – so much so, that when it was under construction, the then Chinese Prime Minister, Zho...

  • Geoffrey Lean: Is it Gordon the Big Green Engine now?
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    Over the past two weeks the Prime Minister, his predecessor and the Leader of the Opposition have all insisted that any future growth must be green – as have world business leaders. Indeed Gordon Brown and David Cameron have gone further, making it c...

  • Katy Guest: Words to make grown men tremble and women weep
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    The poll was conducted by Right Guard, a company that makes men's deodorant – which might explain what looks like a slight male bias to these dreaded phrases. It seems expense, commitment and talking are the things that strike fear into the male armp...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    Hmm. No better person to answer than our own columnist Johann Hari, who features at No 39 on the list. "Of course, we'd all like sexuality to be completely irrelevant – and race and gender, too," Hari tells me. "But, in the real world, homophobia exi...

  • Letters: Henley election
    Saturday, 28 June 2008

    New Labour has no principles. As I was told by an election expert at a Labour-party activist meeting last year, "principles without power are worthless" – ie do and say any and everything to get votes, then do anything when in office to keep hold of ...

  • The Weasel: London’s larder
    Saturday, 28 June 2008

    Of course, I remember the spud lorries from Lincolnshire that would arrive early in the evenings, the nets of sprouts, the boxes of floppy lettuce, the proliferation of cafés where I took onboard a life-saving bacon roll in the mornings and the veget...

  • Leading article: Happy birthday from Henley
    Saturday, 28 June 2008

    It is not as though the turnout were so low as to suggest that only extreme loyalists and fanatics bestirred themselves to vote. Just over 50 per cent is creditable for a by-election in an eminently safe seat. This lamentable result suggests rather t...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 29 June 2008

    It was the week for parties, but none could trump Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday bash on Wednesday for its bounty of A-listers. Bill Clinton and Gordon Brown showed up, but there was no sign of David Cameron. Had he not been invited? "I don't know...

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