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Sunday, 28 February 2010

  • Leading article: A closely fought election would be a tonic for our democracy
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Elections, it is said, are for governments to lose, not for oppositions to win. Mr Cameron's problem is that Labour under Gordon Brown appeared resigned to losing for some time – only quite unexpectedly to recover self-confidence, almost miraculously...

  • Melanie McFadyean: The scandal that is Yarl's Wood
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Last week John McDonnell MP tabled an early day motion in response to the hunger strike asking for an immediate inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) into "reports of violence, mistreatment and racist abuse from guards, being ket...

  • Michael Brown: Jangled nerves replace high spirits
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    At their party conference in Manchester last autumn the party chairman, Eric Pickles, spent most of his time trying to dampen high spirits, cautioning against complacency and banning the consumption of champagne. This weekend Mr Pickles had no need t...

  • 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...

  • Charles Crawford: Ejup Ganic and the 1992 Volunteer Street Massacre
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Back in May 1992 the break-up of communist Yugoslavia was well under way. Slovenia and Croatia had been recognised as independent states. What of the remainder of Yugoslavia as these pieces fell off, above all the most ethnically complex (and contest...

  • Letters: Government advertisments are bad for our health
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Last year we had a set of billboards featuring families in a typical town centre thanking the government for CCTV and the fact that they haven't been killed in a terrorist attack. We had giant adverts on the sides of buses telling us that too much ...

  • Leading article: The wrong message on pay
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    It is also galling to learn that businesses such as banks, some of which survive only thanks to the infusion of huge sums of public money, are at the top of the league in rewarding their chairmen. Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland come first in thi...

  • Steve Connor: Most drugs don't work on most people – for now
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    It is estimated for instance that drugs for Alzheimer's disease work in fewer than one in three patients and those for cancer are only truly effective in about a quarter of patients. Drugs for migraines, osteoporosis and arthritis work in about half ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Normal service resumed
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Spring officially started today, though so far many of us are not so much hailing the advent of the new season as still watching the hail. But should draw comfort from the meteorologists, who say that this has not in fact been a long, hard winter. It...

  • Nicholas Lezard: If you could see the BBC now, John ...
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    The bad news is that there are some stories going around that the BBC, anxious to make cuts for some reason, are going to close down 6Music, its main platform for independent, left-field music – or, in other words, the kind of stuff you used to champ...

  • Rhodri Marsden: This is like tackling shoplifting by removing all the escalators
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    The indications are that it would reshape domestic laws of many of the signatory countries – a list that includes the UK but omits notorious offenders such as Russia and China. Faced with the challenge of protecting the world's creative industries, t...

  • Mick Dumper and Wendy Pullan: The truth that faces Jerusalem... divided cities can never flourish
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Our research in other cities of Europe and the Middle East has shown that few if any physically divided cities have ever flourished. Indeed, while the physical division of a city through walls and barriers may address the symptoms of a conflict, it d...

  • 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 ...

  • Philippa O'Brien: These urban types are intelligent and endearing
    Monday, 1 March 2010

    Beekeeping used to be a simpler, less exacting task: put bees in hives and check for honey at the end of the summer. There would be the odd disease but one didn't have to be so diligent about checking. Now you must be more proactive – your bees can b...

  • 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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