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  • Leading article: Clegg the credible
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    Mr Clegg has to fight to be heard in this restricted space, while leading a party that, perhaps even more than Labour, harbours a deep suspicion of its leaders. Hence, the background noise to this weekend's Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham: ...

  • Leading article: Mr Sarkozy places France at the centre of Europe
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    At their joint press conference at Downing Street yesterday, the contrast in manner was as sharp as ever, but a new air of understanding, almost bonhomie, seemed to have settled on what was once one of the less comfortable bilateral relationships in ...

  • Clive Stafford Smith: The spooks are being sold down the river
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    Last week, it was the turn of Evans's predecessor, Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller. "It wasn't actually until after I retired that I read that, in fact, [Khalid Shaikh Mohammed] had been waterboarded 160 times," she told a parliamentary meeting. Eva...

  • Tim Lott: Are Vettriano, Lloyd Webber and Dan Brown really so naff?
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    How does this information inform the reader's view of the writer? I am either a philistine, a postmodernist, or someone entirely confident in their own taste. Naturally, I am anxious to point out that some of the information in the first paragraph is...

  • DJ Taylor: Kate Adie's 'village' is now a sci-fi cityscape, but tension's in the air
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    To those of you unfamiliar with the novels of the late JG Ballard, who died in 2009, they tend to be set in futuristic cityscapes, brooding vistas of concrete and steel, endless variations of suburbia, sunk in a spiritless but somehow menacing entrop...

  • Letters: The prospect of a hung parliament
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    A hung parliament in which the Lib-Dems hold the balance of power could conceivably give the impetus to remove Brown as leader of the Labour Party and replace him with someone who understood strategy as well as tactics, it could give us proportional ...

  • Leading article: Lehman's dodgy figures
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    "Repo 105" was the term by which the bank managed to hide the true extent of Lehman Brothers' exposure as it careered towards insolvency. By enabling the company to place as much as $50bn liabilities off balance sheet, it flattered its figures and re...

  • E Jane Dickson: A death tax is a fair idea for this ageing population
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Health Secretary Andy Burnham refused to rule out a 10 per cent "death tax" to provide residential care for Britain's rapidly ageing population. Andrew Lansley, shadow Secretary of State for Health, whose party favours hiking the inheritance tax thre...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Politicians can't complain about privacy
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    But if there's one thing that could make it worse still it would be a match-up of the spouses. Sarah Brown has already been enlisted to describe her hubby in excruciating terms – "I know he's not a saint. He's messy. He's noisy," but still, "he wakes...

  • Michael Savage: There is another love in Sarkozy's life
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Perhaps they had bonded over their shared adversity. Or maybe they had been cheered by the realisation that they had something else in common – a mutual distrust of David Cameron. The French leader came as close to endorsing Mr Brown's campaign for a...

  • Amy Jenkins: It takes more than a carrot and a stick to get the best from people
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Why? Well, it's "common sense", isn't it? Huge rewards must go to huge talent – or it will leave the country. These super-achievers may be the brightest of their generation but when it comes to remuneration, the received wisdom goes, they'll just lol...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (14 March 2010)
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    Wyn Davies Pembrey, Carmarthenshire Thank you for the rundown of 100 significant feminists. I was pleased to see a mention of Ian Donald and medical ultrasound, but he was not the pioneer or inventor ("Men who helped the drive for equality", 7 March)...

  • Alison Shepherd: My Preston, the Paris of the North
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    While others digest the shock that the twinkliest light in the world's campest pop group had affairs with women, or girls, if you prefer The Sun's terminology, I'm still reeling from the discovery that the longest non-marital liaison began on Preston...

  • Leading article: Country cooking
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Bankers' bonuses don't just pay for houses, they pay for the high-status equipment to go in them, and the status symbol to cap them all was the Aga. So desirable was this cast-iron stove deemed to be that it even made the unlikely transition from cou...

  • The truth is out there: 13/03/2010
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    The bald, wrinkled creature was spotted by several walkers in Oklahoma before being captured in a back porch. It was taken to a wildlife animal rescue centre where experts quickly established that it was in fact a raccoon with a severe case of mange....

  • Nigel Hawkes: And our survey says...nothing you can rely on
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    These "facts" – and let us not forget the disclosure that 48 per cent of women admit faking an orgasm, and 9 per cent do it all the time – were all published by British newspapers last week. They were all the result of surveys, the quickest way to a ...

  • Deborah Ross: 'The big news from the catwalks is that sometimes bags are large and sometimes they are not so large'
    Saturday, 13 March 2010

    Anyway, what you most need to know is that denim is either in or out this season. I'm not sure which, but you can be absolutely sure it's one or the other. It may even be in and out on the same day; in before noon, say, and out for the afternoon – an...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (14/03/10)
    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    Drama and intrigue is by no means confined to the opera house, least of all when the stakes are as high as victory at a general election. I gather chief Tory spin-doctor Andy Coulson was responsible for limiting damage from the Ashcroft scandal, u...

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