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  • Leading article: Irish lessons for the Tories
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    This is the central argument of British politics, and it should be the question to which the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week is devoted. Last week's new bailout of Irish banks dramatised the extent to which Ireland's austerity p...

  • Leading article: The unfinished Conservative revolution
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    But the mood among Conservative MPs and activists, who gather in the ICC from tomorrow, will be rather more subdued. There is unlikely to be much, if any, triumphalism. And the reason is that the Conservatives, in defiance of expectations, did not wi...

  • Harry Ricketts: The power of war poetry, from the Western Front to Helmand province
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs But then, a cynic might say, Cameron is only trying to reco...

  • John Redwood: Voters are ready for realistic remedies
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    For the past three months we have heard little else but talk of cuts, cuts and more cuts. But despite all this rhetoric, you may be surprised to learn that money is still pouring out of the Treasury, such was the momentum of Labour's last spend. When...

  • DJ Taylor: Generation Ed? Not much to make a song and dance over
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    It could hardly have been anything else. Three days into a job is not the best time in the world to alienate the 49.35 per cent of the electorate who voted for your opponent, and so Mr Miliband, while not averse to the odd eye-catching remark, was al...

  • Letters: Strategic Defence Review
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    As a maritime country with global strategic interests the need for a well-equipped carrier force is undeniable and the only practical way of ensuring that our global security requirements can be met. The cost of renewing Trident is unwarranted, based...

  • Leading article: No crisis in the White House
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    The hard-driving Mr Emanuel was chosen for arguably the most pivotal job in the American system of government. His aggressive style, combined with his previous experience at the Clinton White House and later as part of the Democratic leadership on Ca...

  • Anthony Seldon: The politics of optimism will be the defining theme of our century
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    One portion made him jump: "We are the optimists in politics today." For years, Hilton had been banging the optimist drum and, until the banking crisis, he had been carrying all before him. Cameron had even started speaking about Britain following Bh...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Pakistan won't act against the Taliban
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    The US is making a somewhat desperate attempt to close down the Afghan Taliban's bases on the Pakistani side of its 2,500km-long border with Afghanistan. The US military's hope of a year ago that a surge in troop numbers inside Afghanistan would turn...

  • Omar Waraich: The only people who want Musharraf back are his enemies
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    When Pervez Musharraf entered politics in 1999, he was an army chief, seizing power in a bloodless coup. Now Pakistan's former military ruler is reduced to making a feeble second attempt thousands of miles away in London, to barely a hall full of peo...

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

    However, to shift responsibility for tackling climate change only to the Ministry of Defence would be to attack it from far too narrow a perspective. Vulnerable people in poor communities around the world are already unable to grow enough food to eat...

  • Harriet Walker: Fried cheese and burgers - Fashion Week food is not what you'd think
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    The public image of the fashionable diet is one of champagne tempered by cotton-wool balls and cucumber dipped in vinegar. In actuality, the cool crowd spends Fashion Week running from one event to another with little opportunity to snack, so they en...

  • Paul Vallely: Protests may differ but trouble is certain
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    The police had taken to the streets in indignation at plans by the government, led by the leftist economist Rafael Correa, to introduce a national austerity package in response to the cost of the global banking crisis. Police bonuses were being slash...

  • Dennis Kavanagh: The party's right wing is wrong: leader did well not to listen
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    In our new book The British General Election of 2010, Philip Cowley and I argue that the prescriptions of the right are mistaken. Many have complained that Cameron's modernising strategy neglected tax cuts and immigration curbs. But, given the large ...

  • Lisa Markwell: A boob job in a jar? What a waste of science
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    I can't say I've spent a great deal of time studying Ms Johansson's form, but I'll bet her enviable figure is down to youth rather than Rodial's products. The manufacturers of Boob Job claim that if you rub this cream into the chest in a circular mot...

  • Susie Mesure: A foolproof list for dads: 1. Cuddles, 2. Real food, 3. Zoo
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    So the news that one dying mum felt the need to remind her husband to kiss their sons twice after she had gone, plus 81 other similarly useful gems on a special to-do list raised more than a few male hackles. You might wonder which father wouldn't th...

  • Leading article: Pulped facts
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    But Franzen is an exception. Copies of his novel are being pulped because they contain a few errors and his publishers care enough about their star writer to print his books all over again. The sad truth is that most authors' books get pulped because...

  • Deborah Ross: 'From now on I’m not leaving my cave, unless it’s to hog the remote control or laugh at a cape'
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    Occasionally, my teenage son will poke his head into my cave and ask: "What's for dinner, mum?" to which I will reply: "I haven't the faintest, darling, and can't you see I'm in my cave, and must therefore not be disturbed or called upon to do anythi...

  • Scott Roberts: Embarrassment for a charity lagging behind public opinion
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    Two weeks ago, Ben Summerskill, the Chief Executive of Stonewall, threw a Molotov cocktail at the campaign for same-sex marriage. Rather than backing proposals – put forward by the Liberal Democrats – he warned they could potentially cost Britain "£5...

  • Amy Jenkins: Don't give women pills for conditions that don't exist
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    Sex in our society is so overrated and overemphasised that the word "dysfunction" is immediately adopted if women don't want it – and wherever there's a "dysfunction", there's a pill soon after. Enter Pfizer, the drug company, whose survey found that...

  • Nigel Hawkes: These over-inflated deer-crash statistics must be tackled head on
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    Eventually a marksman arrived to tranquillise it and the road was reopened. October and November are among the riskiest months for coming across deer, the Highways Agency warns. At the end of the rutting season, fallow and red deer move around more, ...

  • Michael Klare: This expansion has not gone unnoticed in Washington
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    President Obama sees the risk. He talked with China's President, Hu Jintao, about co-operating in developing renewable energy. But the pressure to procure resources is greater than the incentives to develop renewables. The US military is divided on t...

  • John Rentoul: Mark of Cain
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

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

    Jeremy Paxman gave Ed Miliband a proper roasting only days after he became Labour leader. "Are you Jewish?" he barked, and: "Do you believe in God?" Miliband fared well, replying with a straightforward "yes" and "no". But then came the question ev...

  • Rufus May: We must all learn how to care for one another
    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    This is a big, expensive fallacy, built on the belief that all mental distress is to do with a second-rate brain. But mental health problems are generally a reasonable response to difficult life circumstances. It is our failure to help people acknowl...

  • John Rentoul: Cameron the History Man
    Saturday, 2 October 2010

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