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Saturday, 30 January 2010

  • Leading article: The truth on trial
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    This newspaper, which opposed the war more strenuously and consistently than any other, has always tried to avoid the simple view of the decision-making process as that of an over-mighty prime minister riding roughshod over a supine Cabinet and a fee...

  • Leading article: Unrepentant and assured, Mr Blair sees nothing to learn
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    And yet the pictures were telling. This was the first time that the former Prime Minister had been called to explain himself outside Parliament and in public on what has been the most divisive policy issue for at least a generation. He had testified ...

  • DJ Taylor: Educating Peter
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    Gratifyingly, if we can set aside our absorption in the economy and class for a moment, it looks as if one of these may be higher education. Even better is the sight of some genuine disagreement between the major political parties over what universit...

  • Carol Sarler: Hey, counsellor... Leave those kids alone
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    It appeared to bother nobody that, given the methodology of its survey, the Children's Society's report left itself wide open to wholly selective interpretation. It handed out questionnaires to 7,000 children, carefully picked to be representative by...

  • Letters: A path to peace in Afghanistan
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    The international community has been offering Afghanistan's people jobs, money and development since 2001. But despite some improvements, for example in health and education, economic development still seems remote to many. Unemployment is 40 per cen...

  • Leading article: Ignore the whingeing of the banks
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    But almost no one from the US was in Davos to hear their complaints. The presidential economic adviser Larry Summers, thought by many, in any case, to be sceptical about some of the reforms himself, was the only attendee of note from Mr Obama's admin...

  • Amy Jenkins: Goodbye to Celebrity Big Brother, but not good riddance
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    Does that make it a flop? Not a bit of it. In fact, I can't believe that CBB is being forced into early retirement. Why would a broadcaster in its right mind what to get rid of show this good? I can see that regular Big Brother has lost its mojo, run...

  • E Jane Dickson: Praise where praise is due, not where expected
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    American authors Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson have sparked fierce debate in child psychology circles with their book NurtureShock, which suggests, among other things, that too much "positive reinforcement" can stunt a child's development. The theor...

  • Ben Chu: How English football lost its mind
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    The respective grounds of Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs (until the latter moved to Eastlands) were an equal distance from my home in the suburbs of south Manchester. It was, if you like, a choice between the red devils and the ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (31 January 2010)
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    Heather Powell Natural Parents Support Group Birmingham The single teenage mum gets my vote. She gets pregnant, chooses not to terminate but to have and care for her child, and take on all the unavoidable challenges that that entails. Where's Dad? Gi...

  • Claudia Pritchard: The collapse of feminism is bad for us all
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    Much has been made of the BBC's clumsy efforts to conjure up some older women, having dropped a series of able broadcasters for daring to age. Welcome back. But they should never have been away. And until ITV News fields a woman presenter who can mat...

  • Anthony Seldon: To aspire is human. To live for money, crazy
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    Universities too are trying harder than ever to widen access and ensure that students from the least well-off backgrounds gain places. Steve Smith, vice chancellor of Exeter University, also said last week that although more underprivileged people ar...

  • Rhiannon Harries: No one means to be clumsy, so can't we give each other a break?
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    As the piece was transferred to the museum's conservation studio last week, and despite the fact that the Met has declared the damage is not irreparable, there was much slavering speculation over precisely how much the hapless art lover might have kn...

  • Sophie Heawood: Is it 'cos he's not's black that Pete's not in jail?
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    That's roughly what happened yet again last week, when the musician Doherty, who had been to court before Christmas on one of his many driving offences, where it was found he happened to have a mere 13 wraps of heroin in his jacket pocket, was summon...

  • The truth is out there: 30/01/2009
    Saturday, 30 January 2010

    *As international aid agencies rush food, water and medicine to Haiti's victims, a United States group is sending solar-powered Bibles, ABC news reported this week. The hi-tech Holy Scriptures can broadcast God's word in Haitian Creole to 300 people ...

  • The IoS Diary (31/01/10)
    Sunday, 31 January 2010

    Alastair Campbell, suddenly less bashful now that he has a book to plug, has revealed to Tatler magazine (but of course) that he's scared of dentists. He also announces that when out running, he listens to Nelly Furtado, Akon, Taylor Swift, the...

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