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Sunday, 29 June 2008

  • Leading article: Africans must deny Mugabe his moment of glory in Egypt
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    If all goes to plan, dissenting voices at the summit will be muffled, enabling Mugabe to return home in glory. Vowing defiance of Western colonialists, this will be the cue to throw paltry and insincere concessions in the direction of Zimbabwe's oppo...

  • 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: A perfect storm facing Mr Brown in Scotland
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    But gone she has, and her fall echoes a wider collapse in the Labour Party's fortunes and points to more trouble ahead for Gordon Brown. It is a sign of the Prime Minister's weakness that he seems likely to stay out of the fight to succeed Ms Alexand...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Undersea heritage
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    Practical implementation depends on what the initial ratifying states agree; but in declining to ratify, the UK Government will not have a say – although ministers have announced that Britain will abide by an annexe detailing how the underwater cultu...

  • Leading article: The birthday of the ban
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    Years have passed since smoking was fashionable, but the habit has proved tenacious, so news that 400,000 have quit, while cigarette sales dropped by over two billion will be seen as proof that bans work. They are certainly more popular. Ireland was ...

  • Stephen Pound: I threw away my cigarettes the day after voting for the ban
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    I also genuinely doubted that the law would be enforceable and imagined scenes of chaos at my branch of the Royal British Legion. I suppose that as a 50-a-day man I was hardly an objective witness, but the whole debate seemed to smack of good intenti...

  • Quentin Letts: Never mind the play, just listen to the audience
    Monday, 30 June 2008

    Miss Hunter kept going with her abortion scene in The Diver, a Westernised version of Japanese Noh theatre. The ill-timed laughter came from some children, aged 11 or 12, who should never have been taken to such a difficult show in the first place. T...

  • 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...

  • 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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