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  • Leading article: Twelve steps to the White House
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    Resolve those contradictions Barack Obama and John McCain chose running mates who disagree with them on core issues. Joe Biden voted for the invasion of Iraq; Sarah Palin supports drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The ...

  • Leading article: Amid the tumult, it's the fight for the centre that will count
    Saturday, 6 September 2008

    These have been a riotous couple of weeks, from the latest instalment of the Clinton melodrama at the Democrats' convention in Denver, to the sensational debut on the national political stage in St Paul, Minnesota, of Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska ...

  • D J Taylor: Congratulations, Sir Cliff: yours is the soundtrack of Middle England
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    Throwing open the closet door to its furthest extent, but still not quite manoeuvring himself over the lintel, Sir Cliff declared that he and McElynn had struck up a "close friendship", which wouldn't necessarily prohibit a future marriage: "I may su...

  • Jemima Khan: Mad and bad – but the West will turn a blind eye
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    Earlier Zardari vowed to relinquish the executive powers that Pervez Musharraf gave to the originally ceremonial presidency. Now he's evasive. Despite the fact that he has little public support (14 per cent, according to a recent poll), holds no seat...

  • Paul Vallely: The golden age of football is always some other time
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    They are, of course, not the only source of contemporary comfort. We take refuge in moaning about all manner of things which, in the good old golden days, were immeasurably better than they are today. Take football, and the unhappy departure last wee...

  • Jay McInerney: Palin in the land of prejudice
    Saturday, 6 September 2008

    Palin asked librarian Mary Ellin Baker to remove certain volumes due to objectionable language and when Baker balked, the mayor tried to get the librarian herself removed from her post. The Origin of Species was presumably on the list of offensive to...

  • IoS letters & emails, 7 September 2008
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    The National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery in London have until the end of this year to raise £50m to acquire Diana and Actaeon. This achieved, the two galleries have, until the end of 2012, the option to buy, at a similar price, its...

  • Ted Owen: Noises Off
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    The media interest supports our view that the items we put up for sale are more than just rock memorabilia. They are cultural relics from one of the most important periods of our recent history. We didn't have World War III. We had rock'n'roll. Other...

  • David Runciman: McCain as Churchill – reckless, fickle and bad with money
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    But the similarities between McCain and Churchill run much deeper than this. Americans revere Churchill for two reasons: as the man who stood up to the Nazis and who warned the West of the Iron Curtain that was descending across Europe after the Seco...

  • Letters: Sarah Palin
    Saturday, 6 September 2008

    She has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off Alaska's coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do...

  • The Weasel: The ghost writer
    Saturday, 6 September 2008

    In exile from the regime of Napoleon III, Hugo first took up residence in Jersey. His subsequent expulsion from the island ensured a warm welcome in Guernsey. Graham Robb underestimates the "tradition of mild antagonism" between these two dots of gra...

  • Leading article: Closing time
    Saturday, 6 September 2008

    The aspirin and stamps may be a little excessive. But apart from that, pub owners could do worse than study Orwell's list. With news that four pubs a day are closing nationally, and of an increasing number of villages without a pub, it is too simplis...

  • E Jane Dickson: The Bachelor Boy has played a blinder
    Saturday, 6 September 2008

    The fourth estate in France has traditionally prided itself on its separation of public morals and private lives. The situation is, admittedly, complicated by a President who courts the front page like Rumpelstiltskin on Viagra, but it's a commanding...

  • Charles Clarke – Voice of Britain! (7 September 2008)
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    And these voices say again to me: "Charles, Gordon Brown is useless. You have been in the political wilderness too long. Won't you return?" And I say to them, as I now say to you, my fellow citizens, that when I chose not to oppose Brown in 2007, I d...

  • Message Board: Is military tradition worth the death of a Canadian black bear?
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    As well as getting rid of the bearskins, I would also suggest removing all military icons that represent animals or similar shapes. Our military forces ought to represent more down-to-earth, humanistic icons and uniforms. flipped Tradition? The G...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 7 September 2008

    Winsome actress Keira Knightley, whose latest film 'The Duchess' premiered last week, reveals she has hired a "minder", as she is increasingly anxious about her security. Indeed, so fearful is she that I gather she no longer stays at her home in c...

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