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  • Leading article: Fearless talk saves lives
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    When Gavin Esler, the presenter, read out some of the findings of the full version, which was leaked to the BBC, and contrasted them with those of the summary, which were notably less critical of the Doncaster child protection agencies, Mr Balls retr...

  • Leading article: Two damaged children and a wider dereliction of duty
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    Almost as shocking as the grim details of the crime, however, was the picture that emerged of the home life – if that is what it can be called – of the two attackers. Some in the courtroom shouted after the culprits, as they were led away, that they ...

  • Mary Wakefield: No matter what grown-ups do, children still prefer marriage
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    On the whole, though, most commentators so far seem to agree with Balls: marriage is no better than any other form of family life. For a government to provide a financial incentive to get hitched would be not only immoral, they say, but old hat. Marr...

  • A N Wilson: Mercy killing is not a crime – it is a brave and selfless act of love
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    Frances Inglis, aged 57, killed her son Tom, aged 22. He had been in a vegetative state for several months, having fallen from an ambulance and hit his head on the pavement. He was entirely helpless, and as she sat beside him she could see nothing bu...

  • DJ Taylor: Strange bedfellows
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    According to press reports, Holiday Inn will be offering "walking electric blankets" dressed in custom-made sleeper suits to up the between-sheets temperature before the long-term occupant of the bed slides in. One expert, at least, is impressed – Dr...

  • Frank Judd: We were too slow in Haiti, and need to know why
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    The grinding poverty, the absence of effective government, the corruption, the jerry-building, the rape of agriculture by external food dumping, the lack of water supplies and sanitation, the paucity of health provision, the depressing inadequacy of ...

  • Leading article: President Obama shows the way
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    First, let us be clear about what Glass-Steagall-like reforms cannot achieve. They will not, for example, prevent the collapse of banks. Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley – and, nearly, Halifax Bank – went under during the financial crisis des...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Ducking, diving and denying the truth
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    In moments of idle fancy, one dreams that Tony Blair's appearance at the Chilcot inquiry next Friday might be like that. "Yes, of course I took the country into a needless and illegal war. I knew very well that the intelligence about Saddam Hussein's...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (24 January 2010)
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    The Rev Richard Kirker London E1 As an atheist, I agree with most of the anti-Christian comments made by Katy Guest ("Campbell's doing God after all, and it's my idea of hell", 17 January). But in her diatribe on the oxymoron of Christian logic she d...

  • Claudia Pritchard: The more you eat, the more you pay...
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    Size and weight restrictions on cabin bags mean that nearly everything needed on the trip must be pocketed or worn. It can be done, but the business is hot and cumbersome. And yet, when I take these elaborate precautions not to exceed 10kg with my 55...

  • Paul Vallely: 'Good faith' isn't usually good enough
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    "I ask you to accept one thing," Mr Blair said in his resignation speech at Trimdon Labour Club in 2007. "Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right." We had already had as much of an apology as we were going to get, in his speech to the Labour Pa...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Whatever happened to a short and sweet 'Wish you were here'
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    Historically, though, I've found the combination of a low immune system and a winter-weight body to be a reliable spoiler for getaways in warm climes at this time of year, so I'm perfectly happy sticking with my old-fashioned holiday schedule. That's...

  • Letters: GPs' patient care
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    The old out-of-hours service was always patchy; as any junior hospital doctor would have been able to tell you, some GPs were excellent, but many were not so good. Now the requirement seems to be for GPs to devote their time to managing long-term con...

  • Leading article: The challenge of Chilcot
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    Iraq remains a highly divisive issue and the way key participants saw events at the time (and may have edited their memories subsequently) adds a dimension that has not been heard in public before. Next week's appearance by Tony Blair is set to be pr...

  • E Jane Dickson: The sex lives of others are no affair of ours
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    Woods, currently in the care of Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Mississippi, joins a long line of penitent priapics seeking state-of-the-art therapy for an old-fashioned trouser problem. Michael Douglas, David Duchovny and Russ...

  • Clint Hendler: A counterweight to the ranting right, but demand wasn't there
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    The fact is that conservative voices have long dominated political radio, providing refuge and a sense of community for millions on the right, who have long derided the major wheels of US media as hopelessly biased. The biggest stars, like Rush Limba...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (24/01/10)
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    As Britain's top spook, Sir John Scarlett has been accused of all sorts of skulduggery over the Iraq war and treatment of terror suspects. As head of the Joint Intelligence Committee he also signed off the dossier used to justify the invasion of I...

  • Fred Pearce: I wrote the offending article. I stand by it
    Saturday, 23 January 2010

    Back in 1999, I wrote an article in New Scientist magazine quoting a leading Indian glaciologist that global warming was likely to melt all the Himalayan glaciers by 2035. Syed Hasnain told me that was his conclusion in an unpublished report to the ...

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