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Saturday, 12 July 2008

  • Leading article: David Davis has struck a fine blow for the cause of civil liberties
    Saturday, 12 July 2008

    And Mr Davis's campaign coincided with the devastating intervention on the issue of 42 days detention by the former head of MI5, Eliza Manningham-Buller, this week. In her maiden speech in the House of Lords, Lady Manningham-Buller argued that extend...

  • Leading article: Your weight. Whose fault?
    Sunday, 13 July 2008

    Gordon Brown, speaking to journalists on the plane to the G8 summit in Japan, said that "all of us" have a role in reducing world food prices by cutting our food waste. While David Cameron, speaking in Glasgow East, where there is a by-election next ...

  • Leading article: Bad omens for this new Club Med
    Saturday, 12 July 2008

    In conceptual terms – ever the forte of the French – it has its attractions. The existing drive towards closer relationships with North Africa in the Barcelona process of 1995 has run into the sands. New vigour, new life is the argument of the Elysée...

  • John Thomson: This way, Mr Bush, you could go out a statesman
    Sunday, 13 July 2008

    President Bush is widely believed to have assured supporters that he will not leave office without having dealt with Iran. This mean's "teaching Iran a lesson", perhaps shaking the regime. Some US commentators suggest the regime is already shaking an...

  • A N Wilson: Don't let's be beastly to the Germans. They gave us Goethe and Bach
    Sunday, 13 July 2008

    The fact that Max Mosley spoke German to one of the young women involved in the case (she happens to be German) and that all those involved with the afternoon episodes apparently broke into what purported to be "German accents" led automatically to t...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 13 July 2008
    Sunday, 13 July 2008

    Without representation by big galleries, women's chances of having their work seen at international art fairs or by top public galleries, are reduced. Institutions such as the Tate now do a significant amount of shopping at these art fairs, and their...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 13 July 2008

    Does this mean the press is having to resort to desperate measures? Reader Joel Fischer thinks it might be. "I've bought 'The Independent on Sunday' from the beginning, precisely because it is just that – independent," he writes from Bristol. "So I w...

  • Phil Shiner: The MoD blames 'a few bad apples'. I blame the MoD
    Sunday, 13 July 2008

    Hassan, 14, was forced to give a man oral sex and maintain a prolonged simulated sex position. The watching soldiers laughed out loud. The MoD wants us to believe these were isolated incidents in Iraq and that the "few bad apples" thesis prevails. Bu...

  • Kristjan Järvi: Noises Off
    Sunday, 13 July 2008

    It's difficult to generalise about centuries of music in the classical tradition, but it's undeniable that it has incredible class, tradition and style and its best performers are masters of it. Audiences are thrilled to see it in its authentic form,...

  • Letters: Gay marriage
    Saturday, 12 July 2008

    If a civil partnership is not a marriage, which according to the church can only exist between a man and a woman, then the applicant cannot succeed in a claim since her beliefs are not violated. But if it really is a marriage then they might be, and ...

  • The Weasel: Breaking the mould
    Saturday, 12 July 2008

    One of the judges, Professor Stephen Gage of University College London's Bartlett School of Architecture, explained the rationale for the competition with the down-to-earth good sense for which his profession is renowned. "Part of our subconscious ap...

  • Leading article: Let my people go
    Saturday, 12 July 2008

    It is one of the bitterest apportionments of a lot of slavery, that the footballer, sympathetic and assimilative, after acquiring, in a refined family, the tastes and feelings which form the atmosphere of such a place, not the less liable to become t...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 13 July 2008

    * The High Court was told by News of the Screws hack Neville Thurlbeck that footage of Max Mosley's orgy was needed for them to prove the story. And he should know. Author Peter Burden tells the story of how, a few years ago, Thurlbeck was sent to in...

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