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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: Another tragedy strikes Polish-Russian relations
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    No less tragic and ironic was the timing. The President and his delegation were travelling to Smolensk for ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn killings. But the wreath-layings and services to have been held on Saturday were, i...

  • 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: government spending
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    This is £720,000 too much (and is probably an underestimate), but it amounts to 0.0045 per cent of the DfID budget over the past five years, or £1 in £22,000. How does this compare to other UK government departments? According to the 2010 inaugural N...

  • Leading article: A deceptively modest tax break
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    One reason for the small sum on offer, of course, is the parlous state of the public finances. But another is surely the controversial nature of the concession. Rewarding marriage does not command universal support, even among Conservatives. Elsewher...

  • Krzysztof Bobinsk: A blow to the heart of our reborn country
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    This time, though, it is different. Saturday's crash was an accident. But it has delivered a blow to the new post-1989 democratic Poland. It is our first major state tragedy. Like so many others, the shock I feel at what happened to Kaczynski, is rei...

  • Ian Kearns: The future of nuclear security hangs on this week's summit
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    This summit matters for five main reasons. First, the consensus opinion among experts is that terrorists, including but not limited to al-Qa'ida, are seeking nuclear weapons capabilities, with the intention of using them if ever they were able. This ...

  • Liz Hoggard: We're all 'second division' sometimes
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    Clearly it was a gaffe by Cooper and fellow minister Liam Byrne, who was sitting next to her (the Schools Secretary continued the fun by admitting it was "sort of like being allowed to play in the sand pit"). You're a fool if you think you can keep a...

  • Xi Jinpin: Despite what our critics say, China is serious about climate change
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    Yet, despite the huge task of developing the economy and improving people's lives, we have joined global actions to tackle climate change with the utmost resolve and acted in line with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities estab...

  • 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: Tea for our time
    Monday, 12 April 2010

    The blend favoured by the Naafi, as supplied to our troops in Afghanistan, is about to go on commercial sale. Nor is it just curiosity that should send you down to the supermarket, post haste. With 50p from each box going to Help for Heroes, the char...

  • 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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