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  • Leading article: Labour's Glasgow East defeat is a portent of worse to come
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    That Gordon Brown is not minded to leave office quickly, if at all, was apparent from his speech to party activists in Warwick only hours after the result had been declared. The puritan in him seems almost to relish setbacks as a challenge to defy th...

  • Alan Massie: Salmond's triumph brings a whiff of Gaullism
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    Things are going the SNP's way. That much is clear. How far the present favourable wind will carry the party is another matter. Certain caveats must be entered. It is arguable that the by-election was as much a rejection of Labour as an endorsement o...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 27 July 2008
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    In East Anglia, it then rained, on average, for only about 6 per cent of the time. The sun shone for 40 per cent of daylight hours (six times as much as it rained). The rest of the time it was cloudy but dry. It only rained at all on half of the days...

  • Leading article: Finished? Maybe. Should he be? No
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    For some months now, the opinion polls have reflected this narrative back to the Westminster village. It is true, also, that the electoral auguries are not good for Mr Brown. Boris Johnson's election as London Mayor was followed by the loss of the Cr...

  • Neil Norman: Lydon - a loaded Pistol with his sights trained on humbug
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    In the Barcelona episode, Okereke had approached him to ask about the possible reunion of Public Image Ltd, Lydon's post-Sex Pistols band. In Okereke's words, the singer became "intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist ...

  • Brendan Simms: If Britain had had its way, Karadzic would be a free man now
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    Moreover, it is now difficult to argue that the court is biased against Muslims, given that one of those jointly responsible for the greatest massacre of Muslims in modern times – in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995 – has been apprehended. The arrest is ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    Curious how so familiar a word, heard in thousands of conversations every day and scores of times on mainstream TV, still has such power. You might have thought Gordon Ramsay would have chargrilled the life out of it by now. Yet it's still as potent ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    The whips ordered every Labour MP to hit the campaign trail in Glasgow East prior to the by-election, but former sports minister Richard Caborn must have felt he had done all he could, come polling day. He was spotted catching a lunchtime train fr...

  • Feargal Sharkey: Noises Off
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    The prospect has aroused all manner of intellectual passions. Certain learned academics have been particularly vocal in their criticisms; claiming in a letter to José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission President, that any move to extend copyrigh...

  • Katy Guest: Left vs right - it's a question of manners
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    Naturally, the straight-talking heroes of political incorrectness who work at the Mail have no time for the tofu-munching yoghurt-knitters at The Guardian. Likewise, the socially aware intellectuals of Farringdon look down on the reactionary bigots i...

  • Music industry: The party's over. Haven't they heard?
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    The internet is to blame, apparently. People are daring to share music with each other for free. The big labels are in a panic, unsure what to do. So they have approached six major internet service providers and persuaded them to "crack down" on the ...

  • Barack and Winston: both going all the way for Mom
    Sunday, 27 July 2008

    Obama rarely invokes his mother's spirit on the campaign trail. But, asked recently to choose one prized keepsake, he said his was a photograph of the cliffs in Hawaii where his mother's ashes were scattered. In Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race...

  • Letters: Palestinian fighters
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    Take, for example, the tragic case of Majd Ziad Muhammad 'Okal, whose death is described as follows: "Killed when he approached a rocket launcher a few minutes after armed men had fired it at Israel". In other words, he walked into a combat zone. Oth...

  • The Weasel: A spectacle of myself
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    After ditching the contacts, I continued with metal frames in various shapes, none of them entirely successful. There is a distinct danger with these spectacles that, while believing you look like Eric Clapton, you actually bear a strong resemblance ...

  • Leading article: Europe today. Tomorrow, America
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    The point is important. It is very easy amid all this enthusiasm to think that Mr Obama is here mainly to present himself to Europe. He isn't. He is here to prove to the voters back home that he has the capacity and the charm to act as a global state...

  • John Curtice: A truly dreadful result – no excuses
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    At 22.5 per cent, the swing from Labour to the SNP was a little less than the 23.2 per cent swing in Hamilton South in 1999 when George Robertson resigned his seat to become Nato's secretary general. It was certainly well below the 29 per cent swing ...

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