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  • Leading article: The year of real choice
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    The one policy that was new was the promise to set up a cross-party "war cabinet" to oversee operations in Afghanistan. "I will invite leaders of the main opposition parties to attend the war cabinet," he told his audience at the Oxford School of Dra...

  • Leading article: An elemental challenge for China and the world
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Global demand for these materials is booming, tripling over the past decade from 40,000 to 120,000 tonnes. Rare earth elements are used in a host of technologies from iPhones, to fibre-optic cables, to missile guidance systems. And they are also esse...

  • DJ Taylor: Are we really free?
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    Students of totalitarian regimes frequently observe that the most effective censorship is exercised in a climate where those who fear it instinctively censor themselves in advance – an action taken to pre-empt the possible rather than to redress the ...

  • Ayad Jamal Aldin: Iran: the truth the UK cannot admit
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    Despite official denials, what many suspected from the start is becoming clear to all: Mr Moore was taken not by Iraqi criminals looking for a ransom, but by politically motivated forces with a bigger agenda. Those forces are Iranian: their agenda is...

  • Tim Lott: Anger fuels progress. But there's room for respect as well
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    Anyone who had any doubt that domestic life was a battlefield has no more reason to do so. Certainly there are menaces that are more public – such as the footballer Joey Barton, who spoke on Radio 4 last week of his salvation from violence both on an...

  • Mark Seddon: How Labour was pushed into war
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    For his part, Sir John is anxious to dispel any notion that his inquiry serves as a spectator sport. Winding up proceedings last month, he said: "The whole point of our approach is to get to the facts." But if not exactly spectator sport, the inquiry...

  • Letters: Government literacy drive
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Surely any open and relatively undefensive government, faced with a substantial deterioration in young children's capabilities after the first year of the compulsory Early Years Foundation Stage, would begin by thinking again about its essentially ar...

  • Leading article: A national drinking problem
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    A joint report from the Royal College of Physicians and the NHS Confederation calculates that alcohol abuse costs the NHS more than £2.7bn a year, twice as much as five years ago. If this trend continues, according to the report, alcoholism and binge...

  • Yvonne Roberts: The age of the aged has at long last arrived
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Somehow, an extra layer of gravitas added to the charges precisely because they were delivered by a woman of integrity who has lived a life – work, wars, marriage, love, loss and survival – and who clearly cares about what becomes of this society. Wh...

  • Amy Jenkins: Sorry to be Scrooge-like, but I'm relieved the festive season is over
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Dirty white vans will sound their dreary horns into the drizzle once again. Gone will be the empty, echoing streets of post holocaust – I mean, post Christmas – London. People will be off their backsides and back on their feet. The phone will ring, t...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (3 January 2010)
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    Sue Berry via email Harry Walton got it right with his overview of Thatcherism and New Labour, but the detail is even more damning (Letters, 27 December). I recall the last Conservative administration: VAT increased from 8 per cent to 17.5 per cent; ...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'Here comes the bridesmaid. Watch out, grooms'
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    I'll admit, after the initial excitement about being told I was chief anything had worn off, I had reservations. Not least because the news was met with a mixture of sympathy and horror from some ("But aren't bridesmaids supposed to be pretty little ...

  • Edward McMillan-Scott: We need new powers to rein in China
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    The argument against standing up to China is that we cannot afford to offend such a growing superpower, to jeopardise trade relations. But trade and politics have always been separate, and always will be. The European experience with the monolithic S...

  • Claudia Pritchard: There's never been a better time to be a rich kid
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    At his age I already had – largely on the strength of a degree obtained with a grant – a career with a pension, a husband, a three-bedroom Victorian semi five minutes from the sea, a little car, no debt except a modest mortgage, and my sights set on ...

  • David Randall: Is 'variety' not quite Ma'am's cup of tea?
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    Long-serving hospice nurses, lollipop ladies, and lifeboatmen get the most minor and trivial awards, while schmoozers, party donors, and time-serving civil servants walk away with far higher species of flummery. (It used to be said these titles were ...

  • Chris Yates: 'We cannot afford for the Government to duck this issue'
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    Past reviews of UK airport security, most notably the Wheeler report commissioned after the 11 September attacks in 2001, have been extremely limited in their scope and in some fundamental respects left UK airports wide open to the type of threat exh...

  • Leading article: Field of dreams
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    Despite his sad death, however, Gardeners' Question Time will undoubtedly continue to speak to something deep within the British character. Few subjects melt the lingering class divisions of our society like a discussion on the eradication of greenfl...

  • The truth is out there: 02/01/2010
    Saturday, 2 January 2010

    A similar trend is emerging in the UK, as demonstrated by the rise in popularity of the name Theo, presumably in honour of the Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott. Jack and Olivia top the UK list, whilst Emma and Aiden are America's favourites. *The worl...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (03/01/10)
    Sunday, 3 January 2010

    From the Mahler-loving Trish in Educating Rita to a recent cameo in Skins, actress Maureen Lipman is nothing if not versatile. But her latest role is undoubtedly her weirdest. She is to star in a new film adaptation of Franz Kafka's Metam...

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