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Saturday, 17 April 2010

  • Leading article: Afghanistan must be debated
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    But the exchanges between the party leaders focused on helicopters – or, in Nick Clegg's case, "proper helicopters" – and on Mr Brown's semantic argument that he had never refused a request for an "urgent operational requirement" from the Army. Mr Br...

  • Pope ventures out of Rome – but victims of church abuse lie in wait
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The tiny Mediterranean state, the last place in Europe where divorce is not possible, is among the most devout in the Catholic world. But the paedophilia crisis is raging here as well, with news that 25 of the island's 855 priests face abuse allegati...

  • Leading article: Finally, an electoral opening for three-party politics
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The first winner was the debate itself. Britain's leading politicians showed themselves as adept at debating as those of any other country – in some respects, more so. Contrary to widespread fears, the heavily regulated format did not prove stultifyi...

  • Armando Iannucci: The day I joined the DIY revolution and set up my own police force
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    I'm getting sick of We. We comes out on two occasions. Firstly, when a party's been roundly defeated for a long period of time. Rather than admit that all their vote-losing policies were the product of reality-insulated politicos spending too much ti...

  • Crispin Black: Three parties, no clue about the Army
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    Our presence there is justified by the Government and our military leaders as making the streets of the UK safer. That is the Reason Why. Like an advertising slogan it is repeated over and over again. Its advocates rarely show their working. Anyone s...

  • DJ Taylor: Labour's panto horse staggers on, as mulish critics kick at the Pope
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    It is not true, as Lib Dem apparatchiks routinely claim, that Mr Clegg is being marginalised or overlooked – merely that in most analyses of what the public thinks or wants he is there on sufferance. To borrow an adroit piece of characterisation from...

  • Holocaust denial costs bishop £10,000
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    Bishop Richard Williamson, 70, a leading figure of an ultra-orthodox Catholic sect, the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), made the comments during an interview on Swedish television in 2008. The interview was conducted at a seminary in Germany, where deny...

  • Jerome Taylor: Reception in Malta is just a warm-up
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    This weekend's trip to Malta will offer little respite. It is the first overseas papal visit since the renewed European clergy-abuse scandal broke out, and all eyes will be on the Pope. The trip itself will last little more than 26 hours and the itin...

  • Letters: UK border officials
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    I am a British spouse of a non-EU national. When we return to the UK from conferences abroad the manner of the UKBA officials is intimidating and discourteous toward non-EU travellers, in contrast to the brisk professional courtesy of US border offic...

  • Philip Norman’s Week: The people at RBS. They've got a nerve, haven't they?
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The thought processes of PR people never cease to fascinate me. How long do you suppose some high-salaried "creative team" sat around brain-storming for a title before coming up with Sense, the very quality which RBS proved so stunningly to lack? In ...

  • Leading article: A test of the rule of law in Pakistan
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The committee concludes that the death of the leader of the Pakistan People's Party outside a rally in Rawalpindi could have been prevented if the government of the former president, Pervez Musharraf, had taken steps to provide sufficient security. I...

  • John Curtice: The competence and empathy reminded me of Tony Blair
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    According to Populus, as many as 61 per cent reckoned Mr Clegg the winner. Both ICM and YouGov found 51 per cent thought he was best. Angus Reid gave him a more modest 46 per cent, while ComRes, who conducted the largest exercise of all, contacting o...

  • Mary Wakefield: Squabbling among the sisters won't do our equality any favours
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    Forget those pasty-faced men squabbling over the keys to No 10, if we're ever going to take our rightful place running the Western world, we're going to have to learn to do something about female misogyny. It's been a century since Emmeline Pankhurst...

  • Amy Jenkins: This fantasy of niceness denies us healthy anger
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    In fact, it reared up and bit off two rather famous heads: the "worm" in this case being a worm poll or "dial test" conducted among focus groups who watched the leaders' debate and responded in real time by turning a dial of approval up or down. Inve...

  • John O’Farrell: At last: a TV talent show worth seeing
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    The TV format they settled upon was The Weakest Link, with the same tense atmosphere and lecterns, but with much, much longer answers. The contestants stood there frozen in fear as Alastair Stewart, substituting for Anne Robinson, shouted, "Mr Brown!...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (18 April 2010)
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    Eddie Dougall Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Of more concern than the voting age is the number of ridiculously inexperienced people standing for Parliament ("Yes, the voting age should be changed – to 25", 11 April). Our Labour and Conservative candidates ...

  • David Cameron & Jeffrey Sachs: Educated women hold the key to ending poverty
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    An hour earlier, their fathers had nearly burst with pride as they described the reality of these young women's education. If it takes a village to raise a child, it is also true that one child can inspire a whole village. Koraro is a Millennium Vill...

  • Kim Sengupta: Nine years after 'liberation', Afghans continue to despair
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    Five months have passed since the unveiling of the new strategy for what is now very much Barack Obama's war. Afghanistan remains in crisis. There have been successful military operations by Nato, but the fighting and civilian losses have also create...

  • Simon Calder: The ashen clouds will have a silver lining for travellers
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    The location was the Renaissance Hotel on the Bath Road west of London, and specifically the grassy knoll that overlooks Heathrow's northerly runway. This is styled the "Media Garden" by the hotel management. Four weeks earlier, half-a-dozen televisi...

  • Katy Guest: Slip on a tight jumper and you can save a life
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    (Apart from the tight, scratchy jumpers, which are good training for life, believe me. If you can effectively practise cardio-pulmonary resuscitation with your arms pinned to your sides by a tightly applied bandage of ribbed, black polyester, you can...

  • Peter Mandelson: How Cameron became one of the Great Ignored
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    For sure, he delivered a few pre-scripted answers and told some shaky stories about people he'd apparently met on the campaign trail. But when it came to setting out a credible alternative philosophy with which he hopes to govern, the so-called Big S...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'No matter who you are, design matters – even if you're a punk'
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    But McLaren's condemnation of design reflects a nebulous kind of distrust that hangs around the word itself. Mentioned in the same breath as "the establishment", it appears at best the dull, plodding enemy of spontaneity; at worst a sinister form of ...

  • The truth is out there: 17/04/2010
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    Children with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that limits social anxiety, displayed no racial biases when shown pictures of other children and asked to assign good or bad traits. A control group reliably pointed to other races when asked q...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Dangerous dogs will be forced to stay inside making perfumed soaps for the hospitality industry'
    Saturday, 17 April 2010

    1) No child will ever be allowed to play any instrument heavier than a recorder, as it means the mother has to give lots of lifts she doesn't want to give when she could just be getting quietly drunk at home. Any child who complains that a recorder i...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (18/04/10)
    Sunday, 18 April 2010

    Russell Brand and Andrew Sachs emerged from last year's scandal with their careers intact, but Sachs's grand-daughter Georgina Baillie looks like she's heading the way of Jonathan Ross. The one-time Goth stripper has filmed the pilot of a new vampir...

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