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Saturday, 19 July 2008

  • Leading article: About-turn in Iraq
    Sunday, 20 July 2008

    His alleged doubts at the time are beside the point in any case; what matters now is his more obvious desire to distance himself from this part of the Bush-Blair legacy. As our ComRes poll suggests today, he is in tune with public opinion. Two-thirds...

  • Leading article: Farewell to the prudence that once made New Labour electable
    Saturday, 19 July 2008

    In the 1990s, Labour needed to inspire public confidence. It had to demonstrate to the voters, and especially to business, that it could be trusted on the economy. This is why it pledged itself to rules on spending and borrowing before the 1997 elect...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 20 July 2008
    Sunday, 20 July 2008

    The saintly Basil Hume, in a démarche of breathtaking cynicism, accepted numbers of married Anglican clergy into a Catholic church that had for generations expelled home-grown priests wanting to get married. A second tranche of Anglican priests may b...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: This by-election is a regular fixture: Catholics vs Protestants
    Sunday, 20 July 2008

    Two centuries ago, Scotland was overwhelmingly a Presbyterian country. All this changed with immigration from Ireland, which had begun before the Great Famine in the 1840s and then became a flood. Most cities in Scotland and England – Glasgow and Liv...

  • Andrew Martin: How the PM can escape from reality
    Sunday, 20 July 2008

    He will quickly see why Southwold is called Hampstead-on-Sea. Around now, the City boys are checking in with the caretakers of their second homes, in the town's pubs. "Have we managed to do anything about the crows on the TV aerial, Tom?" I heard a w...

  • Andrew Motion: Noises Off
    Sunday, 20 July 2008

    On 4 July I took over the chairmanship of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). This body was set up by the former secretary of state for Culture, Chris Smith, shortly after New Labour came to power in 1997. It had a bumpy time in its ea...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 20 July 2008

    "I haven't noticed any bankers jumping from the top floors of their offices or estate agents shooting themselves," he complained. "There are no unshod children in the streets. No one appears to be starving. So why do you keep using words like 'disast...

  • Darren Campbell: I competed against Dwain for 10 years – but this decision is right
    Saturday, 19 July 2008

    Since the British Olympic Association rule was brought in in 1992, every athlete in Britain has known that if you take drugs and you are caught, you are banned for life from the Olympic Games. From the moment you take those drugs, you take a gamble. ...

  • Dominic Prince: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 20 July 2008

    Tonbridge School in Kent (£21,000 pa, non-boarding) has appointed the Rev David Peters as assistant chaplain. Fr Peters, formerly vicar of the Most Holy Trinity and St Mark's in Reading, is indeed the same David Peters who was forced to apologise ...

  • Leading article: Justice for all
    Saturday, 19 July 2008

    Day by day, the nation has been regaled with the life and times of the Darwin family, whose exploits have given the term dysfunctional a whole new dimension. Canoe accidents will never be the same. And next week we look forward – actually, we can har...

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