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  • Leading article: In search of democracy
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    Meanwhile, we continue our campaign today with a report from Liverpool Riverside, the constituency with the lowest turnout in recent elections, where our Political Editor detects welcome signs of a revival of optimism and political engagement. Indeed...

  • Leading article: A valediction for a tired and tainted Parliament
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    This was a tainted Parliament, discredited more than many MPs initially realised, by the scandal surrounding their own expenses. From serious money-making (thanks to mortgages and house "flipping") to petty foibles – Jacqui Smith's 88p bath plug – th...

  • DJ Taylor: If you want to know what Gordon really meant, ask Molesworth
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    Some other great statesman, perhaps, addressing his country at a time of trial? Some bygone ideologue putting his cards squarely on the table? No, the person whom Mr Brown most reminded me of was Grimes, headmaster of St Custard's, Nigel Molesworth's...

  • Carol Sarler: Just good friends – or just good actors?
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    It is, after all, barely a month since similar bestie-friends, nobody-else-involved sentiments clothed the formal separation of Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes – after which it took the usual suspects among the press exactly two days to "reveal" that Mr ...

  • Letters: University places
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    There are thousands and thousands of A and A* students applying for places. To stand out from the rest, applicants must write a personal statement that proves they are more than just a brainy young thing, but have talents and interests above and beyo...

  • Leading article: Israel's nuclear ambiguity
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    The lesser one, probably, was his desire to avoid another meeting with President Obama – one that might have highlighted not Tehran's suspected drive to build a bomb, but the damaging rift with the US over Israel's continuing settlements expansion in...

  • Amy Jenkins: We haven't 'moved on' on just because we've embraced café life
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    These chains have been remarkably resistant to recession and figures just out show that the big players nearly doubled their numbers last year. Cadbury said that the new shops would serve afternoon tea and chocolate. This strikes me as a mildly stran...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Did statistics damn Lucia de Berk?
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    Lucia de Berk, a paediatric nurse, was found guilty of seven murders and three attempted murders of children in her care at Juliana Children's Hospital in The Hague. It was a case that has close parallels with that of Sally Clark, the mother convicte...

  • Rhodri Marsden: The software firms are delighted. But Apple's customers are not
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    But software developers are delighted. The public supposition that digital information and entertainment shouldn't cost anything meant that many developers felt obliged not to charge for their iPad and iPhone apps, and previous methods of embedding a...

  • E Jane Dickson: Women behaving like men does not mean equality
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    Lovers stroll, as lovers will, on the wide windswept beaches, and it dawns only gradually that a significant proportion of the entwined couples are constituted of young Moroccan men and much older European women. As a middle-aged woman it is impossib...

  • Jon Savage: How punk bridged the class divide
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    Anyone under 40 or so will have grown up with this as a fact, but for those who were there at the time, there will always be a slight sense of wonder: how did a minority cult have such a powerful impact? Today, punk is an acknowledged part of 20th-ce...

  • John Curtice: Party relies on Liberal Democrats voting with heads not hearts
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    Third-placed Liberal Democrat supporters have switched significantly to Labour in order to defeat the local Conservative at recent elections. The pattern first became noticeable in 1992, when on average around 1 per cent of the vote seems to have swi...

  • IoS 'One of the Above' campaign letters special
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    You are therefore right to urge your readers to exercise their "responsibility" to vote. But political parties must also make more effort to engage with citizens, by providing clear and accessible information on what they stand for. They could start ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (11 April 2010)
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    It is no surprise now that so many priests develop an arrogant sense of invincibility, placed as they are above the laity in an absurd hierarchical system where bishops live in palaces and priests get paid an above-average salary including comfortabl...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Homedad reveals the truth behind the stay-home dads
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    It's the similarities rather than the differences between the two sites that are striking. OK, there is none of the nauseating OH (Other Half) shorthand on Homedad, and the recipes are more curries than cupcakes, but the practical and emotional suppo...

  • Claudia Pritchard: When only a Pissarro can answer your need
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    We dive into such sanctuaries for enlightenment, but they serve a more basic function too. For only those with steel bladders will have failed to notice that the great British public convenience is now a rarity. Many of the finest specimens – noble V...

  • Katy Guest: The customer is always right – but you'd never guess
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    When a voter (aka a customer) walks into Upper Crust of a morning and politely asks for a small latte, the law would state that a small latte and only a small latte is exactly what should be provided. The customer is a grown-up and knows what she wan...

  • Geoff Hoon: It's not what McLaren did, but what he started
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    Think Elvis Presley reinventing black music with hip-swaying tight-jeaned rock'n'roll; The Beatles rewriting rock'n'roll with long hair, boots and collarless suits; The Rolling Stones adding rhythm to the blues with even longer hair; the Sex Pistols ...

  • Leading article: Twisted tweets
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    By which is meant that the new media, from Twitter to Facebook and the rest, could influence the outcome, rather as, it is thought, they helped Barack Obama to the US Presidency. In the event, the first tangible effect of the new media here has been ...

  • Deborah Ross: 'My hair basically always looks like it's had a good going over with an electric toothbrush'
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    There is a shampoo for every colour, length and type, including fly-away, which, of course, has to be tamed – what if your hair were to fly away just before a special occasion? What then? – and ones that ease frizz, probably by talking it down: "Easy...

  • The truth is out there: 10/04/2010
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    *Indian authorities have come up with an innovative way to combat dangerous driving: build more temples. The roads into Shimla are notoriously dangerous, and traffic signs have done little to lessen the problem, said Freakonomics blogger Karan Talwar...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Where US and Russian interests collide
    Saturday, 10 April 2010

    But the speed with which Vladimir Putin, Russia's Prime Minister, was on the phone to the head of the interim government, Roza Otunbayeva – giving her a measure of recognition – shows that Moscow wants to see the back of the previous leadership. The ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (11/04/10)
    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    The death of Malcolm McLaren has prompted a number of touching valedictory articles from those who knew him, and many more from those who scarcely did. Snatching the gong for most shameless cash-in comes from music hack Andy Pemberton, who within ...

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