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  • Leading article: A strengthened party leader but a diminished PM
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    The "Hoonwitt" affair, meanwhile, has made the splits in the Cabinet that much more visible. By weakening the Prime Minister's authority with respect to that of several of his chief barons, it has also undermined Mr Brown's ability to send a coherent...

  • Leading article: A proper purpose for Chilcot
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    No doubt Mr Campbell will rehearse the detailed account he gave to the Hutton inquiry of his role in compiling the dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But there were weaknesses in his rebuttal of claims that he was at the heart of the oper...

  • Leading article: Let the team decide
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    The attempt to showcase their success in pacifying their war-torn country by staging a major sports event in a separatist hotbed has only proved the opposite. Three people who happened to be on the Togolese football team bus when separatist militants...

  • Paul Richards: Labour beware... Brown's men will now be bent on revenge
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    Labour MPs and peers will cram into Committee Room 14 in the House of Commons. Members of the Cabinet sit at the front of the room on a raised platform. Perpendicular to them are rows of choir stalls where MPs will sit. At the back it is standing roo...

  • DJ Taylor: Pride before a fall
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    The Government is anxious to encourage primary schools to offer such hitherto exotic subjects as Japanese and Arabic from next year, when language study will become compulsory for all seven-year-olds, but Mr Balls seems particularly keen on Mandarin....

  • Ed Balls: Cameron? He's treading on thin ice
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    People who months ago felt let down by Labour as they feared for their jobs and their homes are now seeing that the action that we took on the recession – preventing financial collapse and investing in jobs and public services – has prevented a retur...

  • Joanna Moorhead: Want your children to get on? Then just do your own thing
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    And what seems certain, whether you defend or deride it, is that pushy parenting seems to be here to stay. As Young pointed out, it's now widespread and universal, with parents elbowing one another out of the way to snaffle up the latest Baby Einstei...

  • Letters: Snow threat
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    Less widely understood is the insidious toxic legacy for wildlife of the tonnes of salt grit spread on our roads, a few footways and some car parks. Road-salt contaminates ground- and surface-water, poisons wildlife and kills trees and other vegetati...

  • Leading article: Green shoots
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    We seem far away from that eventuality in this country. It will be interesting to see, presuming Brighton does strike a blow for greenery in the next election, to what degree the precedent catches on. The resort favoured by "Prinny", as the Prince Re...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (10 January 2010)
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    Most people have now been able to return but are facing a harsh winter, as homes have been damaged, crops destroyed and schools and medical facilities closed. ActionAid is working to help the people featured in The Independent on Sunday over the pas...

  • Katy Guest: The Great Grit Conspiracy, and other joyful ideas
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    The survey uses nine criteria, including the cost of living, culture, environment, safety and weather (oh dear), but when you look closely its writers have some pretty funny ideas about what makes life fun. France is praised for its "tidy gardens" an...

  • Jim Dale: Why the Met Office got it wrong – again
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    Curiously, that came right on the back of the Met Office's other empty and forlorn forecast of a glorious "barbecue summer" – which, if you recall, dished up a very mixed salad topped off by an appallingly soggy burger. Given that two out of two impo...

  • Rhiannon Harries: The 1990s are back? They were bad enough the first time round
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    But even those of us without strong beliefs on the classification of second-hand clobber would probably find it a touch previous to start referring to the 1990s as a "vintage era". Not so at London emporium Selfridges, which tomorrow opens a concept ...

  • Barack Obama: The only path out of recession is one of sustainable job creation
    Monday, 11 January 2010

    That was brought home again yesterday. We learned that in November, our economy saw its first month of job gains in nearly two years – but last month, we lost more than we gained. Now, we know that no single month makes a trend, and job losses for th...

  • Matthew Bell: Ths IoS Diary (10/01/10)
    Sunday, 10 January 2010

    Intriguing to note that a senior Ministry of Defence official has now admitted to the Iraq Inquiry that there was a deal (he calls it an 'understanding') under which the British troops pulled out of central Basra in exchange for a quiet life and t...

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