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Saturday, 24 April 2010

  • Leading article: Hurrah for democracy!
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    The debates themselves have been surprisingly watchable. Part of the interest lies in their novelty value, to be sure, and it is not necessarily fogeyish to harbour reservations about the role of debates in a parliamentary rather than a presidential ...

  • Leading article: Our political leaders all need to face up to the reality of meagre growth
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    Yet, ice or no ice, the bigger picture remains the same. This seems set to be a fragile and slow recovery. And the risk of us slipping back into negative growth remains real. What does this data – the last major official report on the economy that wi...

  • Brian Cathcart: Some kind of madness: How the Tory press lost the plot
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    Your shortcomings were laid bare in the Daily Mail's leading article about Cleggmania last Friday, beneath the stern headline: "Elections are more than X Factor politics." "It was a matter of some concern," the paper announced, "that 10 per cent of t...

  • Tim Lott: Like it or not, we've just lived through a week we won't forget
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    In his TV debates, TV Clegg has echoed the Obama campaign, daring us to hope. And sure enough there was something hopeful about last week, or at least, cheerful. The extended holiday for many, the change of season, the absence of polluting behemoths ...

  • DJ Taylor: The tribes, they are a-changin': ask any Essex girl like Boudicca
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    Thirty years ago, the political demarcations of Norwich's real estate were set in stone. Leaving our front door at election time, one wandered west through clumps of Conservative posters until the council houses began, whereupon the posters changed a...

  • Joss Garman: We need to talk about the planet
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    Since most climate scientists agree we need global emissions to peak and start to go down in the next decade, the next government will decide on whether we slash pollution and build a new, clean energy economy, or instead continue with the dirty indu...

  • Church warned not to breach abusive priests' human rights
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    As Vatican lawyers in the US moved to shield the Pope from the legal challenge, Belgium's longest-serving bishop announced he was resigning, admitting that he had abused a boy 25 years ago. Roger Vangheluwe, 73, who had served as Bishop of Bruges sin...

  • Letters: Scrapping Trident
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    So how he'll save the £100bn cost of Trident to put towards the national debt is far from clear, since he'll be spending much of it on some unspecified alternative nuclear delivery system. Nick Clegg doesn't believe in scrapping nuclear weapons in Br...

  • Leading article: There is a strong case for not renewing Trident
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    Nick Clegg argued the Liberal Democrat position that Trident was designed for a cold war scenario that no longer obtained and that it should be possible to find a "cheaper and better" alternative. He was taken to task by both Gordon Brown and David C...

  • Nigel Hawkes: The absurdity of pre-election purdah
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    This group of the gagged includes statisticians employed by the Government, who are explicitly forbidden from providing extra data that might illuminate the political arguments. And, for this general election, the purdah rules have been extended to a...

  • Amy Jenkins: Will powerful women please stop saying, 'I'm not a feminist, but...'
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    But then it turns out they don't want to be called feminists either. Of six interviewed this week, only two – Joanne Cash and Kemi Adegoke – said they consider themselves feminists. The other four presumably resort to the well worn disclaimer: "I'm n...

  • Armando Iannucci: Here in Spin Alley, objectivity has elected to go on holiday
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    This life as an election pundit sounds glamorous, but is in fact possibly only one step up from being a sex slave. No slur on the Sky News people, who are professional and have never struck me as part of the propaganda arm of the Murdoch/ Cameron mac...

  • Robert Verkaik: A legal battle that could run for years to come
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    Expect an announcement very soon that the former head of children's services at Haringey Council will take her case to the Court of Appeal or resume her claim for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal. Yesterday's joint declaration of victory by...

  • Michael Bywater: Never happier than when up on the poop deck
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    In this case, it wasn't actually a gunboat but a nine-year-old Landing Platform Dock, the HMS Albion. You may well have watched the happy evacuees stumbling ashore at Pompey this week, beaming at their deliverance from nightmare trips across Europe t...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (25 April 2010)
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    We need to look at the wider reasons why girls are not making it into the classroom in the first place. In Ethiopia, less than half the population has access to clean safe water and only around 10 per cent have adequate sanitation. Many girls are out...

  • Katy Guest: All this ash is bunging up my moral compass
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    In a world in which it is seldom easy to know the right thing to do, it has been reassuring that at least modern travel is subject to strict, moral rules. Flying is bad because it speeds up climate change. Public transport is good for you (it must be...

  • Andrew Martin: Do I have to be ranked on life's league table?
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    If he'd given the full answer, "Some sort of charity or voluntary work... on the side, while I rake in thousands from high-level advisory posts," I would have admired him more, but politicians at election time are particularly craven, and we enjoy lo...

  • Geoffrey Beattie: The leaders locked horns, as big beasts do
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    We have all seen Cameron taking on Brown at the dispatch box during Prime Minister's Questions, but this often has the feeling of political theatre, or panto, with booing, jeering and so on. But the televised leaders' debates were always going to be ...

  • Rhiannon Harries: When did traipsing round an airport in socks 'improve' our lives
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    And he goes further, insisting that all European citizens should be entitled to travel for tourism. "The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life," he said, unveiling proposals for a scheme that would offer young peo...

  • Leading article: Now that April's here
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    But the rest of the country, having endured one of the longest and harshest winters for years, is enjoying the most glorious late spring, which has suddenly burst out all over. The grass is as green as can be; the trees are in leaf; the magnolias, al...

  • Deborah Ross: 'When Tim from 'MasterChef' is at the day job, is he thinking, 'I wish I were at home working on my redcurrant jus'?'
    Saturday, 24 April 2010

    Now, I do accept that it's not the most annoying thing ever. Being asked if you have a Nectar card is more annoying. (Do I look like the sort of person who is collecting points towards a free glass of wine at a Berni Inn?) But it's annoying all the s...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (25/04/10)
    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    Can we ever know too much about Nick Clegg? My latest discovery is his preference for Alsatian dogs. The choice of breed goes back to his mother's childhood, part of which she spent in a Japanese prisoner camp. Hermance van den Wall Blake, who is ...

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