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Sunday, 7 September 2008

  • Leading article: Union loyalty to the PM shows signs of fraying
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    These tensions within the party have already manifested themselves in pre-conference interviews, in which some senior union leaders have attacked the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, who is widely seen as a rival and potential successor to Mr Brown...

  • 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: Sarkozy's small steps in Moscow
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    This was never going to be easy, given the mood of bullish triumphalism in the Kremlin. Feelings in Russia have hardened, however, in the aftermath of the trip to Georgia and Ukraine made by the US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, not to mention the visi...

  • Sean O'Grady: The world depends on the two Fs
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    He was right. He might even have been understating things. For if Freddie and Fannie had been allowed to go under, the credit crunch so far would have been a mere prelude to a much more profound slump – one comparable to the Great Depression of the 1...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Listen to sex workers
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    Despite this evidence, the Poppy Project, some government ministers and other campaigning groups continue to claim that the sex industry is saturated with underage girls and trafficked "sex slaves". They also claim this situation will be improved by ...

  • Caroline Lucas: Grotesque profiteering that has to stop
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    When the fuel crisis started to bite, a strong leader would have set their sights on achieving energy independence. Instead, our prime minister went running to the profiteers-in-chief to beg for just enough more oil to keep us dependent. Just three o...

  • Daniel Howden: Hope for Africa lies in political reforms
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    For agriculture in Africa, the real problems stem from a global trade system that favours richer countries and large corporations, chronic under-investment by corrupt governments, and the gross distortion of food prices caused in large part by the ex...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Riding for a fall
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    Possibly, though the cause for which he is ready to risk jail is neither parliamentary liberty nor loyalty to an exiled dynasty, but the right to ride his Segway. British law forbids riding these curious-looking two-wheeled scooters on roads and cycl...

  • Quentin Bryce: We Australians intuitively know what serves us well
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    This chamber is a place of representative assembly, of rigorous review and debate, an institution enshrined in our Constitution and central to our country's parliamentary democracy. It is my greatest pleasure now to be part of that institution, to se...

  • Peter Popham: Don't try and predict the Italian police
    Monday, 8 September 2008

    As part of their effort to monitor whatever is going on behind the walls of the planned base, the protesters decided to build an observation tower nearby so they could peek over. They told the local police in advance. One can imagine that in Britain ...

  • 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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