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Saturday, 27 February 2010

  • Leading article: Farewell Vancouver, hello London
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    London beat Paris for the right to stage the Olympics five years ago, with a bid costed at £2.4bn. Two years later, the budget was quadrupled to £9.3bn. Now, as we report today, the Olympic Delivery Agency is confident that it will come in £500m unde...

  • Leading article: How money can distort the democratic process
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    The party's opponents will protest that donations on this scale distort the democratic process. The Tories, in response, will point to the funding of the Labour Party by the trades unions. But the amounts involved are disproportionate. The Conservati...

  • Luisa Dillner: Mothers-in-law are lovely, in their place. Their own place, that is
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    The most cutting accusation is that Joan ruined their sex life. Instead of rushing to the marital bed, Cheryl apparently preferred to stay up watching the television with her mother. What's a football star to do but to allegedly play computer games f...

  • DJ Taylor: The drive to celebrityville
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    Motorway Man, who joins such time-honoured psephological abstractions as "Worcester Woman" and "C2s" has found himself briskly anatomised all over the place. In fact, such was the spate of newspaper articles devoted to him that I started keeping a li...

  • Letters: British jobs and British workers
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    I suggest that the main reason for the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the indigenous population is the low wages on offer. The reason the wages are low is that immigrant workers will accept them: they have different lifestyles and different expect...

  • Leading article: Football's blind complacency
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    But with yesterday's acrimonious descent of Portsmouth Football Club into administration (crippled by debts of £60m) Mr Triesman's alarm looks prescient. As the analysis of the finances of all 20 Premier League clubs in today's Independent sports sup...

  • E Jane Dickson: It takes more than one to make a teenage pregnancy
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    Figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics showed teenage pregnancies in the UK have fallen to their lowest in over a decade. Cheers from the Left, who claim the 13 per cent drop as a victory for the Government's £286m "10-year ...

  • Amy Jenkins: The writing is on the wall for homeopathy, and not before time
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    The term "new age" refers to the astrological Age of Aquarius and, as we know from the song, this is the dawning. (Even though the song dates back to the Sixties, the age is still dawning, apparently. Astrological ages are 2150 years long and they ta...

  • Julian Baggini: Suicide can be a rational choice
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    However, most of what most people are actually talking about concerns the side effects and unintended consequences. It's about our ability to trust doctors, the need to protect old people from being coerced into going too gently into that good night,...

  • The truth is out there: 27/02/2010
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    Nearly 10,000 people converged in Bac Lieu province to bid farewell to the 52ft cetacean they called Your Excellency. According to Viet Nam News they burned incense and plan to build a temple at the site of his burial at the mouth of the Cai Cung Riv...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (28 February 2010)
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    Elizabeth Adams Chesterfield, Derbyshire Children copy adult behaviour, activity and culture from public domains, such as their local community or family. Since when was raunchy underwear displayed in public domains frequented by children? The dressi...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Peering into the not-so-brave new world of students and substances
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    Leading neuropsychologist and Cambridge academic Prof Barbara Sahakian last week called for an official university-wide strategy to tackle student misuse of prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Modafinil (intended to treat attention-deficit and sle...

  • Andrew Tyrie: How many more times will they change the story on torture?
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    Last week's Court of Appeal judgment, reinstating a paragraph of its judgment in the Binyam Mohamed case, appears to take UK involvement further. The judgment is highly critical of the security services' behaviour, suggesting that Parliament's Intell...

  • Sophie Heawood: John Peel would have loved 6Music. And now it's going
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    What was this rare heaven? A station where the presenters were lovely and witty and knowledgeable – and yet the music they played was an exploration. New indie records, old soul records, unfamiliar folk records, Motown classics – and their love for a...

  • Brian Baptie: This was 500 times more powerful than Haiti tremor
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    The earthquake occurred on the boundary between the South American and Nazca tectonic plates which runs down the west coast of Chile and has also resulted in the formation of the Andes. The Nazca plate is moving east at about 8cm a year and is being ...

  • Leading article: Twitterati
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    But that was what the Energy Secretary seemed to be up to yesterday via the micro-blogging site. Except, of course, he wasn't. Mr Miliband had merely been the victim of a "phishing" scam. And jolly disappointing this no doubt was to Mr Miliband's fol...

  • Duncan McCargo: Compromise is needed in this polarised country
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    The flamboyant former Manchester City owner aroused and divided a Buddhist kingdom more associated with opportunism, fudging and a revolving door of leaders. Judicialisation of politics has been the major response of the royalist elite to the Thaksin...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Toni Terry may well forgive John but then again she may well not,' said An Insider. Hey, can anyone have a guess?'
    Saturday, 27 February 2010

    No, A Source and A Close Family Friend provide a tremendous service and, although I suspect they do not meet up that often – where would they find the time? – I am minded to think that, when they do, the conversation goes something like this: A Close...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (28/02/10)
    Sunday, 28 February 2010

    So Labour's election slogan is "A future fair for all". A worthy sentiment, but it doesn't chime with new figures revealing a significant pay gap among staff at No 10, released last week following a question by Baroness Warsi. The information show...

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