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Saturday, 3 April 2010

  • Leading article: One of the above
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    But this week Gordon Brown is expected to fire the starting gun for a 6 May election. It is the first poll in 18 years where the outcome is in the balance, and, in the current economic climate, is it a particularly vital choice. How to square this an...

  • Leading article: The third party has a chance to come into its own
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    In sum, this was the week when the Conservatives held steady, Labour's standing declined and the Liberal Democrats made gains. Yesterday's ICM poll showed Nick Clegg's party running only six points behind Labour, while a ComRes poll for The Independe...

  • Cole Moreton: Can religion rescue Dave's Big Society?
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    Hang on, I thought, didn't we have that system, back in the old days? Wasn't it called the Church? It still is called that by the many men and women all over Britain who work hard for their local communities in the name of faith. And this Easter Sund...

  • DJ Taylor: Why Harold Wilson hoiked Steptoe off the box on election night
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    The saga of Michael Ashcroft's assault on the marginals has been so pitilessly exposed that there can't be a floating voter in the West Midlands swing seats left altogether unaware of his lordship's efforts to rally faint-hearts to the cause. Then ca...

  • Preacher likens treatment of Pope to the Holocaust
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Pope Benedict's personal preacher, made the claim during a Good Friday address at St Peter's Basilica, in the Vatican. He said, as the Pope sat listening, that the attacks on the Pope and the Church were comparable to the...

  • 'They do quiz nights and dating. Why not a debate about Jesus?'
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    His beer had been interrupted by the Rev Paul Dawson of St Andrew's, Chelsea, in the Cross Keys pub in west London. The good Reverend was following the advice issued yesterday by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, right, who urged men of the cl...

  • Letters: Toxic chemicals
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    Back in November, the Green Party gave its full support to Breast Cancer UK's No More BPA campaign, warning the UK government about the continued use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby products. So it is incredibly disappointing that, despite the public pr...

  • Leading article: Gaza again on the brink
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    They also followed the deaths of two Israeli soldiers in clashes with Palestinian fighters last week. But while the specific reasons for Israel's action clearly matter, the bigger picture is that tensions between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza are clear...

  • Amy Jenkins: Set out to gag the press and you might end up choking
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    But now that the British Chiropractic Association has pursued a personable science writer called Simon Singh, pictured below, through the courts, my view of chiropractors has changed somewhat. These days I'm lumping them in with the rest of the alter...

  • Michael Williams: So much pain in our love of the train
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    But like all the best love affairs it's a more complex and contradictory relationship than this – which is why we all get very worked up about the RMT leader Bob Crow and why we all heaved such a sigh of relief that he's had his comeuppance in his at...

  • Mary Wakefield: Cameron's ignoring the obstacle to his big society
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    At the moment, David Cameron seems like the least awful option. He has nice pink cheeks and a vision of a rejuvenated England full of can-do Blitz spirit. A few days ago, Dave unveiled his grand plan: a "Big Society" with less power for politicians a...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (4 April 2010)
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    The Catholic church should remove the celibacy requirement and return to the original tradition of allowing its priests to marry (prior to ordination), as in the Orthodox Christian church. The Pope also needs to acknowledge the Catholic church's and ...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'I've discovered a guilt-free way to sidestep the high street 'chuggers''
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    So how best to persuade us to part with our cash for a worthy cause? The charity- shop model always seemed a good one to me, but that's because I have a pathological need to fill my house with esoteric curios (mysteriously regarded by some as junk). ...

  • Katy Guest: It's the Today programme, Ceri love, not The Ice Age
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    At least Rod Liddle (like some pioneering early inspiration for Ricky Martin) left it until he was no longer powerful before he came out to an unsurprised nation as a misogynist old git. Last year, he speculated in print about the improbability of hi...

  • Hugh Montgomery: Ricky Martin came out and the world yawned. Result!
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    Why has it taken Martin until the age of 38, a decade past his career peak, to confirm what most people thought they already knew? In Martin's own words: "Many people told me: 'Ricky, it's not important', 'it's not worth it', 'all the years you've wo...

  • Martin Short: Was this juryless case a dummy run for terror trials?
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    It was a nasty, professional crime but juries at crown courts all over England and Wales often handle similar trials with barely a problem. So why was it, remarkably, that this run-of-the-mill robbery became the first of its kind in the UK to be hear...

  • Leading article: Mephedrone madness
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    While Eric Carlin, like Dr Polly Taylor before him, cited disagreement with the ban on mephedrone, the underlying issue in all the resignations has been the same: a clash between the instinct of ministers to reclassify and ban, and the advisers' frus...

  • Deborah Ross: 'One day your upper arms are fine and dandy, the next they’re flapping away like washing on the line'
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    I don't know when exactly my upper arms turned against me, or why they turn generally, but it happens sometime after your 40th birthday, and just, well, happens. One day your upper arms are all fine and dandy and on message – vest tops! I used to wea...

  • The truth is out there: 03/04/2010
    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    This week it highlighted the length of the road to recovery, noting that nearly 17 per cent of Haiti's civil servants died in the disaster, including many senior managers. It attributes the startling statistic to the concentration of Haitian governme...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (04/04/10)
    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    A bravery medal for More 4 for broadcasting Chris Atkins's documentary Starsuckers on Tuesday, which exposes the murky practices of some tabloids. Atkins has received at least five legal warnings, including three from the News of the World, ...

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