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Sunday, 14 September 2008

  • Leading article: Three tricky tasks facing the third force in politics
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    The party therefore has three challenging objectives this week in Bournemouth. In what appears to be the overcrowded centre ground in British politics, they must acquire a more distinctive voice. The new policies that help them attract attention have...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The US strategy for Afghanistan won't work
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    Mr Bush's order is fraught with peril for the US and Nato forces in Afghanistan. In one respect, it is a recognition at long last by Mr Bush that the Taliban and their al-Qa'ida allies could not stay in business without the backing of Pakistan. This ...

  • 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 ...

  • Quotes of the day
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    "I'm happy a good deal of the time. On a scale of one to 10, I'd put myself at an eight" - Actor Richard Wilson, on happiness, denying he was like his grumpy character Victor Meldrew. "I can't type. I ply my trade by hand. I live on a Cornish cliff a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Assisted suicide
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    There is no doubting the extreme distress of Debbie Purdy that has prompted her to pursue the right to be helped to an earlier death ("Don't jail my husband if he helps me die, demands MS sufferer", 12 September). What is in doubt is the image of ass...

  • Leading article: Child protection and proportion
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    So is this a British version of America's "Megan's Law", named after the victim of a similar child murder in the United States? In fact, it is a very different animal. The US law allows states to publish the names, addresses and pictures of convicted...

  • George Howarth: Why we need a leadership contest
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    We have to act now to rebuild the support we have lost over the last year because the country cannot afford to sleepwalk into a Tory government. This is particularly true for constituencies like mine, which was devastated the last time the Conservati...

  • Iain Grey: What Scotland needs is a first minister with passion
    Monday, 15 September 2008

    I promised a fresh start. It is time to close the manifesto on which we fought the 2007 election, and begin to write our programme for 2011 and beyond. I have been asked how we respond to the loss of Glasgow East. This is what we do. We embrace the m...

  • 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...

  • 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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