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  • Leading article: We must hold fast to our values in the face of terror
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    But the incompetence of the execution allows no complacency. Although just two people were hurt (other than the presumed bomber), this could easily have been lethal. Six years after the Madrid train bombings, the threat of terror still haunts Europe'...

  • Letters: Violent policing and the student protests
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    As a group of university lecturers who were present in Parliament Square during the police’s “containment” of the demonstration, we would join with him in condemning this violence. However, the violence that we wish to condemn is not that of young pe...

  • Leading article: Better than nothing, but not much
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    The establishment of a Green Climate Fund to raise $100bn a year by 2020 to assist poorer nations with low-carbon development is good news. There is an outline for funding developing countries to reduce deforestation, which is responsible for 20 per ...

  • Liberals: The secret elitists
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    You may well be one of the many well-meaning, left-leaning citizens out there who believe that this Government is taking a silver-topped cane to smash cherished values of inclusivity and equality. And if so, you are doubtless as mad as hell about it....

  • Leading article: The climate change circus rolls on
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    In this, the Mexico summit represented a triumph of the management of expectations. After the heady millenarianism that preceded the Copenhagen conference a year ago, only to be brought down by the intransigence of the Chinese government (behind whic...

  • DJ Taylor: Want to get ahead? Then form a clique. That's the Oxford way
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    Here, one Saul Gresham argued that the root cause of the modern politician's reluctance to offer grants and fee-free tuition lay in separatism, a detachment from the processes of ordinary life that began as far back as late adolescence. After condemn...

  • Joss Garman: Obama’s new fear is a cleaned-up China
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    For many keen observers, the progress achieved over the past two weeks has been far from negligible. Agreements on forests and assistance to the poorest countries, and the establishment of a Climate Fund, could all start to have real impacts on the g...

  • Leading article: Dressed to impress
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    And yet many say they find uniforms to be liberating because they prevent a fashion arms race breaking out in schools (a contest, incidentally, that wealthier kids are always going to win). The pupils of Christ's Hospital, who wear uniforms that have...

  • Christopher Hirst: A square seen in the best circles
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    Though Nestlé, which took over the brand from Rowntree in 1988, plans to close the After Eight plant in Castleford, West Yorkshire, it is switching production to its Halifax factory, the home of Quality Street. Far from going the way of lost brands s...

  • Simon Szreter: This is a show of disrespect for the people in defence of a duplicitous government
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    The widely reproduced photograph of a youth urinating against the plinth of Winston Churchill's statue during the protest over tuition fees provides a disrespectful image, but kettling represents disrespect on a premeditated, industrial scale: degrad...

  • John Curtice: Voters will change their minds if services deteriorate
    Monday, 13 December 2010

    The implications for the next election, due before 2015, would seem obvious. If the Government's economic medicine works, voters will be keen to back the coalition partners for having made Britain more like the country they wanted. However, governmen...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (12 December 2010)
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    But will the proposed changes reduce government spending? First, the £9,000 tuition fees will still be covered by student loans, provided by the Government. Second, repayments start on incomes over £21,000. Clearly, none of the loans will be repaid i...

  • Simmy Richman: Rant & Rave (12/12/10)
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    No one can love dogs more than I do. I'm not calling into question the depth of anyone else's emotional capacity by stating that as bald fact, I'm simply pointing out that if you'd grown up in a house where no amount of spoilt-brat nagging could alte...

  • David Randall: I'm not skiving – I'm working, but with a fag
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    It is -3C, an abrasive wind rustles the paper and stings the cheeks, a wailing police car sirens by, and every so often a red double-decker London bus makes the whole area throb as its engine idles vibratingly at the traffic lights. But I am safe out...

  • David Randall: The rise of Google fascism, urban cyclists, and the importance of infamy
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    Of course, householders can always request that the Street View image of their home be blurred, something a tiny fraction of people have done here. In Germany, a quarter of a million did so. Imagine the surprise these German Street View refuseniks go...

  • Emma Hope: Cameron overlooks our top export – degrees
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    The chancellor of my old college, the Cordwainers, says that non-European students make up half the intake; only a quarter are from Britain: foreign students pay more, and the university needs the revenue. Miho Yoshii studied at Cordwainers in 2003-4...

  • Andrew Johnson: The IoS Diary (12/12/10)
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    IoS readers will recall that Max Clifford was paid £1m and Gordon Taylor £750,000, to prevent the matter coming to court. So will showbiz agent Sky Andrew, who is bringing a similar case, be sent away empty-handed? Last week, a court ordered full di...

  • Once upon a time, there was a man who liked to make up stories ...
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    It turns out to have that quintessential panto quality of blackness-and-whiteness, of appalling villains and a small but clever heroine. For this, some credit must go to the director, Matthew Warchus. But a rather larger share must be attributed to M...

  • Paul Vallely: The year when the internet came to power
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    In the old days, leaks came in plain brown envelopes containing a few hastily photocopied pages. But a paradigm shifted last month when the WikiLeaks website began publishing 251,287 secret US military and State Department cables. The largest set of ...

  • Harriet Walker: 'My form of Christmas spirit isn’t terribly welcome in East Sussex;
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    But this year, I'm well into the Christmas spirit already, thanks to a romantic weekend spent shivering in empty pubs that were playing Christmas songs back to back. Braving the elements, my boyfriend and I spent a weekend away in the picturesque tow...

  • John Rentoul: Lib Dems of principle
    Sunday, 12 December 2010

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