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  • Leading article: Why we need the Lib Dems
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    Inevitably, the Liberal Democrats are squeezed in the day-to-day clash of binary politics, even in The IoS. The media tend to concentrate, however much some of us may try to keep the third option open, on the competition between the two parties led ...

  • Leading article: Travel firms go bust, but the public needs protection
    Saturday, 13 September 2008

    The fact is that such companies are particularly vulnerable in times of recession. When the public feel the economic strain, as they are at present, holidays tend to be among the first expenditures on which they cut back. And high fuel prices and the...

  • Nick Clegg: The world needs Britain to step out of the US shadow
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    Globalisation is the greatest engine for change – for better or worse – in our modern world. Free trade, climate change, al-Qa'ida, the credit crunch and international crime are all expressions of a borderless world of unprecedented opportunities and...

  • John Sutherland: Through or thru? Plow or plough? Beware the sting of the spelling bee
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    Spelling bees are contests in which school kids (typically) compete to see who can deal most expertly with the grotesque illogicalities of English orthography. But why "bee"? It's an interesting word dragging, as do many words in English, a story beh...

  • Paul Vallely: We need more doubt, but I could be wrong
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    This isn't just the judgement of those closest to Cameron. Noting that much of Tory leader's strength derives from self-belief, the Time article goes on to quote the man himself, observing that what he possesses is not the fragile veneer of assurance...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 14 September 2008
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    A return flight from London to New York produces 1.2 tonnes of CO2 per passenger: exactly the quantity which each of us will be entitled to emit each year if we cut our emissions by the necessary 90 per cent (although there is increasing evidence tha...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    With all those early starts and an eight-year-old son to raise, it's a marvel 'Today' presenter John Humphrys has any energy for a social life. How encouraging then to hear he is no less active than the next 65-year-old journalist. Although rarely...

  • Geoffrey Lean: The public are ahead of the game on climate change
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    Uncharitable comparisons with frying pans and fires are not for him, however. Greenpeace's communications director – newly cleared, with five colleagues, of causing criminal damage to Kingsnorth power station in Kent – was "quite excited", though at ...

  • Katy Guest: Empty your wardrobe of fashion myths
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    If only Mr Crouch had waited for the latest research from York University, which shows this advice to be no more than a foolish myth. Last week, a psychologist showed that vertical stripes are not in fact slimming, and loops do not cause the wearer t...

  • Fleur Adcock: Noises Off
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    The job, he added, had been "very, very damaging". "I dried up completely about five years ago and can't write anything except to commission," he went on. I do sympathise. Andrew's 10-year tenure expires next year, and many poets, including myself, h...

  • Letters: Shareholders' demands
    Saturday, 13 September 2008

    The boards of financial institutions pursue hubristic strategies, trade in unfathomable instruments, receive huge bonuses based on short- term outcomes and stay in their jobs only because the business owners – the shareholders – allow them to. The mo...

  • The Weasel: Something fishy
    Saturday, 13 September 2008

    Fortune's on Henrietta Street has been smoking herrings since 1872. It is an intriguing thought that much of the drama described in Bram Stoker's Dracula, published in 1897 and partially set in Whitby, must have taken place in an atmosphere imbued wi...

  • Charles Clarke – Voice of Britain! (14 September 2008)
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    I am bound to speak frankly and say that this is just not good enough. I do think that it is rather more significant that a former home secretary refused to sign Mr Brown's nomination papers. And I am puzzled that I should not have been asked to advi...

  • Message Board: Is the environment to blame for those excess pounds?
    Sunday, 14 September 2008

    This research is not a one-off. The link between industrial pollutants and obesity was first exposed in 'The Ecologist' magazine in November 2006 and subsequently detailed in my book 'The 21st Century is Making You Fat'. The data is copious. Mark ...

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