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  • Leading article: Storms amid the sunshine
    Monday, 1 September 2008

    The chink in the dark for Mr McCain and his surprise choice as running mate, Sarah Palin, is that George Bush may not now show up in St Paul at all. This may be no disadvantage to a Republican candidate seeking, as Mr McCain is, to put the widest pos...

  • Leading article: A relaunch dogged by confusion and conflict
    Monday, 1 September 2008

    The Chancellor's interview at the weekend set the scene. In contradiction to the Prime Minister's reassuring words of comfort on the current crisis, Alistair Darling painted a desperately gloomy picture of world economic prospects, claiming they were...

  • Leading article: On the right track
    Monday, 1 September 2008

    The Danube Express, dreamchild of the son of a Durham ticket inspector, which will roll out of Budapest for Warsaw for the first time this week, is a welcome addition to the line. Some may cavil at the elitist nature of Howard Trinder's project. Cert...

  • Neal Lawson: A windfall fuel tax is only fair
    Monday, 1 September 2008

    The revenues would be earmarked for two specific purposes: to cut bills for the poorest this winter, so they don't have to choose between heating and eating, and to fund a nationwide programme of home insulation to cut future bills and the carbon foo...

  • John Lichfield: Normandy Notebook
    Monday, 1 September 2008

    Finally, the bells have been restored, booming out the hours and breaking into occasional, inexplicable peals of joy. Inexplicable because the church has not been used for more than two decades, other than for the odd wedding and frequent funerals. L...

  • Podium: The war on terror is not a figure of speech. It is real
    Monday, 1 September 2008

    In two weeks, we'll mark another anniversary of September 11th, 2001 – and we'll recall the attacks that took 3,000 lives and did such great harm to our nation. We'll be reminded, once again, of the kind of adversaries that we face in this war. These...

  • Richard Schiff: As my household shows, we're a divided nation
    Monday, 1 September 2008

    I was oh-so anxious to return home and discuss the week's events with my wife. My wife, Sheila of the Hillary camp, of the middle-American, working-class, Catholic, voting block, of a father who landed on Omaha Beach in June of '44 and who wouldn't v...

  • Leading Article: We're not all doomed, Mr Darling
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    He told The Guardian that we are facing economic times that "are arguably the worst they've been in 60 years". This was a remarkable assessment, not least because, on the face of it, it was untrue. Was he saying that current forecasts are for conditi...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Faith schools work. Until you take the faith away
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    So far, so not-new, and characteristic of anything you might expect to hear from the National Union of Teachers or the National Secular Society. But the thing about Accord is that its ranks are swelled by religious individuals as well as professional...

  • Rose Prince: Beware the hidden costs of cheap food
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    Good food seems to be an early victim of the credit crunch. Sales of organic goods fell last month by 19 per cent, down to £81m from an all-time high of £100m at the start of the year. Consumers are tightening their belts and making their most recent...

  • Bring on the pain of a recession and purge our coarsened souls
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    A senior source within the Government confirmed that the country was heading for "shit creek without a paddle" and there were unconfirmed reports that Gordon Brown last night bludgeoned his brains out with an industrial grade calculator after the IMF...

  • Message Board: Is women's pain overlooked and misunderstood?
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    Drug research should spend more money on women and stop research and expenses on men. Men could, and should, bear pain. Frankly, one more pain for them doesn't make much difference. James Men are keener to sign up for drug trials than women. It's...

  • Why do all males have two left feet?
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    Where is it written that heterosexual males must always be curmudgeons on a dance floor? When they take girls aside at school to tell us about sex, drugs and periods, are the boys kept in the sports hall to have both their legs stapled together? Is i...

  • The IoS diary: Polish Hearth Club hit by economic downturn
    Sunday, 31 August 2008

    For at least half the world's population, Brad and George can do no wrong. But I gather journalists at the Venice Film Festival are thoroughly cheesed off with the smoothy pair after they called a press conference but failed to show up. Apparently a ...

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