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  • Leading article: Mr Brown must replace confusion with clarity
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    These visits are separately substantial and telling in themselves. Their sequence is surely also testimony to the efforts made by both staffs to stop their bosses treading on each other's toes. But it is the Prime Minister's previous stop and Mr Obam...

  • 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: Where the bonus culture does not belong
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    To be fair to the Trust, they say they are looking at awarding bonuses for specific procedures for which patient "outcomes" can be measured. But this only poses a whole new set of questions: what about those surgeons who specialise in procedures wher...

  • Letters: Teenagers in the forces
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    These elements of our youth do not need to be taught how to use all manner of firearms and they do not need military-type discipline (which is not about breaking individuals any more). Such elements need to be shown that there are ways to resolve pro...

  • Leading article: Let it be
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    But few could have imagined that Sir Paul McCartney's native language would have trumped his status as global superstar, ageing Beatle, or even Liverpudlian, in the eyes of defensive French Canadians. McCartney himself, who has seen his music conquer...

  • Bernard Jenkin: We're making headway in Iraq and need to stay there
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    This may not be what the Prime Minister wants to hear, but as he returns from Iraq, he should come to the same conclusion. We should plan to stay to build a positive military footprint of our own in part of what will become one of the richest and mos...

  • Rachel North: Drop the knife – but we'll keep our missiles, thanks
    Monday, 21 July 2008

    The magazine made me uncomfortable, but the final straw came when it published an array of gleaming, vicious knives laid out across the page as must-have objects of desire. The previous issue had featured expensive cameras. Aghast, I went to my boss,...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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