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Sunday, 25 April 2010

  • Leading article: Sheer power and unwarranted privilege
    Monday, 26 April 2010

    Seven Goldman employees – including the firm's chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein – will face a grilling this week by Senator Levin's committee. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is pushing banking reform through Congress in the teeth of fierce opposit...

  • 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: The case for co-operation
    Monday, 26 April 2010

    Such comments suggest that the union is gearing up for a political battle over cuts after the next election. This might be seen as rather surprising, given that the Conservatives and Labour have pledged to ring-fence health spending (with the Tories ...

  • John Curtice: Influence of Lib Dems in hung parliament depends on staying ahead of Labour
    Monday, 26 April 2010

    Lib Dem support has slipped in the wake of the more evenly contested second leaders' debate. The party's average poll rating now stands at 29 per cent, down a point on all polls conducted between the first and second leaders' debates. True, one weeke...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Election polls
    Monday, 26 April 2010

    It is undoubtedly true that the Lib Dems have gained support following the first television debate on 15 April, but most national opinion polls are useless in determining how the national share of the vote is likely to break down among the three part...

  • Leading article: Bad sport
    Monday, 26 April 2010

    It would be tempting to blame diving footballers, drug-taking athletes, batsmen who refuse to walk and all the other villains of top-level sport for the poor example they set to the nation's youth. It would be tempting, too, to search for a root caus...

  • Liz Hoggard: Clothes maketh the man
    Monday, 26 April 2010

    It's reassuring that back in the 16th century airbrushed images of the body beautiful were dreamt up to haunt average-size men. Even today the male body is still very much a taboo subject. Women live daily with their imperfections (too fat, too thin,...

  • Catherine Pepinster: The PM may welcome the Pope, but the FO holds Catholicism in cultural contempt
    Monday, 26 April 2010

    At senior government levels, it has been acknowledged that there might be objections to, even demonstrations against, the visit, given some people's opposition to Catholic teaching on matters such as Aids and condoms. I presumed that was why Sir Gus ...

  • 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...

  • 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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