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  • 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 BNP has not profited from the publicity it sought
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    This newspaper maintained that the BBC was right to do so. A ban would have been arbitrary and illiberal. It would also have been counter-productive, feeding the BNP's persecution complex and giving traction to the party's claim that a liberal establ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: The new law on prostitution
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    The new law is just as pointless. Police will not raid premises randomly, arresting prostitutes and clients ad hoc and then attempting to find out whether the woman was trafficked, and to ascertain whether her client had appointed a legal team to che...

  • Leading article: A timely warning on our attitudes to war
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    Instead, it has taken a serving officer in Afghanistan to question whether the manner in which the dead are being honoured is not inflicting some damage on the Army. This is principally because the now almost constant sight of funeral cortèges moving...

  • Anne Penketh: Edging towards a nuclear-free world
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    But now that the applause has died down after the US and Russia reached agreement on capping their deployed long-range nuclear weapons in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start) follow-on pact, the treaty's limits have become apparent. The Obama ...

  • Peter Popham: Thirst for revenge did not die with the Tigers
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    That's all history now, you might say: Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Tamil Tiger leader, creator of the world's most innovative and fanatical terrorist machine, was killed along with his closest comrades trying to escape from the Nanthikadal lagoon on ...

  • Liz Hoggard: What will Matt Smith do next?
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    I interviewed him 18 months ago when he was on stage in That Face, and knew he was really special. Smart, unpretentious, he can actually talk to women in their forties, a rarity among young actors. And he's completely unvain – as anyone who saw him w...

  • Michael Glover: Hepworth's work was purer and more cerebral than Moore's
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    Yet Hepworth has always seemed like the junior partner in their Modernist quest to make British sculpture anew in the 20th century. After all, it was Moore who triumphed at the Venice Biennale in 1948, and Moore whose achievements are memorialised in...

  • Jerome Taylor: 'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word for this pontiff to utter
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    The last thing officials want is for Benedict XVI's public agenda to be dominated by a deeply divisive issue that gives succour to its critics. The leader of the world's Catholics operates on an entirely different public relations plane to media-savv...

  • Peter Tatchell: Do the Tories support anti-gay discrimination by B&Bs or not?
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    Many voters – gay and straight – will be disturbed by his failure to swiftly disown Mr Grayling's support for anti-gay discrimination. The Tory leader needs to clarify whether he agrees with Mr Grayling that B&B owners should have the right to tu...

  • Chris Patten: Labour never learns the lessons of its own history
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    First, we welcomed home from his travels a Prime Minister neither long gone nor entirely forgotten, though somewhat deficient in the proud legacy department. What was the primary purpose of his electioneering? Apparently the intention was to bless hi...

  • 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: Spies like us
    Monday, 5 April 2010

    The file indicated that MI5 had problems recruiting spooks who were sufficiently unglamorous; the qualification was to be about 5ft 7ins, look anonymous in an old cap and be good at remaining stationary in all weathers, eavesdropping. Not a recipe fo...

  • 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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