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  • Leading article: What are you afraid of, Dave?
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    The detoxification seemed to have worked. But it was only the start. The next phase was to set out the positive appeal. Instead, Mr Cameron has embarked on retoxification. We have been reminded that the Tory party is funded and run by rich people who...

  • Leading article: There are limits to the public's right to know
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    The media fixation undoubtedly reflects popular feeling. The public anger towards the Bulger killers burns with the same frightening intensity of 17 years ago. And now there is huge pressure for information. The parents of James Bulger have demanded ...

  • Zoe Margolis: I'm a good-time girl who became an agony aunt
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    After all, Belle de Jour, the blogging London call girl, had maintained her anonymity up until that time, so why, I figured, would anyone be interested in who I was? The result? The rest of the gutter press arrived on the scene like vultures to a fre...

  • DJ Taylor: Feminism works so well for women we should try it on men
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    The fugitive plant in question turns out to be feminism, never entirely absent from public discourse in the last quarter-century, but never terribly conspicuous either. Suddenly, though, the newspapers are full of the 40th anniversary of the first Wo...

  • Nick Clegg: Your choice: the old politics, or the new
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    I think these facts tell an important story: the old duopoly of British politics is dying on its feet, but our institutions still operate as if nothing has changed since the height of the Cold War. An increasing number of people are voting with their...

  • Ivan Massow: 'I felt their mutual relief as I saw him lift the syringe'
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    A few weeks ago, I read about Ray Gosling who described a pact he'd had with his lover who was dying of Aids 20 years ago, and was suffering dreadfully. Mr Gosling agreed to help him end his life, smothering him with a pillow. I felt sorry for Mr Gos...

  • Letters: Factory farming
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    People need cheap meat and dairy products? After many years writing about nutrition I am only too aware how an excess of such foods has led to epidemics of heart disease and cancers. Usually there are two sides to an argument. Not so in the case of i...

  • Leading article: Brown vs Blair (again)
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    Mr Brown has not been seen as the author of Britain's involvement in the war, and his role has never drawn the same popular wrath. As a Prime Minister facing a general election within weeks and a leading member of the Cabinet that made the unpopular ...

  • Mary Wakefield: Don't quote me crime figures in the face of this couple's suffering
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    And I'd like to keep believing it's true – that despite everything, people are getting nicer all the time. But I've begun to doubt it. The story that seeded the doubt was about a pair of 77-year-old pensioners, Kath and Albert Adams, who lived on a s...

  • E Jane Dickson: There are better things in life than Mumsnet
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    I can't, for the life of me, see why the sight of a mother feeding her child should cause offence. In a world where unfeasibly large breasts jostle for our attention from every shop window, hoarding and newsstand, you'd think we might get over oursel...

  • Patrick Cockburn: War need not figure in Iraq's future
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    The American, Russian, British and Iraqi governments supposedly hold a competition as to who can most quickly catch the greatest number of rabbits in a forest. The Americans win by offering money and visas and thousands of rabbits come bounding out o...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (7 March 2010)
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    In her piece, she mentioned my hair colour, my wardrobe and my higher-profile public work. Yet no reference was made to my publications in peer-reviewed academic journals, to my years of lecturing at various universities, to the Readership that I rec...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'I'll be cheering on 'Avatar' at tonight's Oscars ceremony'
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    The official garlands bestowed upon The Hurt Locker at Avatar's expense have been hailed by thinking cinephiles as a victory for "proper" film-making; a rare vote for substance over style. That may be true, but in the frenzy of Avatar-bashing, I'd li...

  • Leading article: Celebrate the silver screen
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    And the British presence is as strong as ever, what with Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth, Dame Helen Mirren and Nick Hornby, not to mention the screenwriters behind In the Loop and that veteran of Oscar nights, Nick Park. With 10 contenders for Best Pict...

  • Kenan Malik: I despise him, but that's no reason to ban him
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    But I also think that he has every right to be as crude and as loathsome as he wants to be. He should be free to be as rude about me and my beliefs – indeed, about anybody's beliefs – as I am about him and his. That is the essence of robust political...

  • The truth is out there: 06/03/2010
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    *Possibly the world's first "bin man Olympics" was staged in Gumi, South Korea, this week as 500 desperate people competed for 14 jobs as road sweepers. The contestants had to sprint with a 20kg bag of rice and race against the clock to sweep 100m of...

  • Deborah Ross: 'I've never encountered a sniffer cat, a police cat, a guide cat for the blind, or a cat that has solved mysteries'
    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    I've led a sheltered life, I admit – and never more so than now, as I hate to leave the house these days – but still, in all my years, I have never encountered a sniffer cat, a police cat, a guide cat for the blind, an assistance cat for the deaf, a ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (07/03/10)
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    Germaine Greer is preparing to take legal action over the spiteful attack on her from fellow Australian writer Louis Nowra, I can reveal. The Cambridge-based professor has refused invitations from several newspapers to respond to his remarks but, ...

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