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  • 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: Wind is the revolution needed in this country
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    These farms are projected to generate up to 32 gigawatts of power by 2020, a quarter of the UK's electricity needs. Next comes the planning and consent process. Providing those hurdles are cleared, construction on the new farms can begin in 2014. Not...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The proposed 'road train'
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    Is it intended that some lorries will be licensed to drive at 70mph to lead road trains, or is it believed that hundreds of motorists will be happy to travel at less than 60mph for a more relaxed journey? Traffic moves at the speed of the slowest veh...

  • Leading article: The end of the affair
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    She has already fled from public life, and he cannot last long as Northern Ireland's First Minister. There are too many loose ends in the tale, too many avenues demanding exploration, too many lewd Iris Robinson jokes making the rounds. Authority and...

  • E Jane Dickson: Someone has to pay for care for elderly people
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    It was a good joke in the 17th century. Now, as state provision for the elderly once more hits the headlines, it rings distinctly hollow. When, as part of the Queen's Speech in November, the Government announced its Personal Care at Home Bill, it was...

  • The truth is out there: 09/01/2010
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    *The Chinese government has paid 78,000 yuan (£7,167) to 59 people who reported pornographic websites, china.com.cn reported. Government officials received 257,000 tip-offs after announcing a reward scheme for porn patrollers a month ago. Altogether,...

  • Mary Wakefield: Those clever animals deserve better treatment from us humans
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    She was the star of a programme which claimed that dogs are far cleverer than we ever imagined. Betsy herself can remember more than 340 words and as she waited for each new command her eyes glowed with the sort of devotion to learning last seen on a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: A part to play
    Saturday, 9 January 2010

    Today is the final day in our Christmas Appeal. Over the past month we have printed 30 stories through which we have tried to convey some idea of how the Christmas insight can be maintained in a hard world. We cannot change everything, but we can mak...

  • 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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