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Saturday, 15 May 2010

  • Leading article: A table for two at No 10
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    Other elements of the common programme agreed between the parties are welcome: scrapping ID cards and the national child database; opening up the schools system to new providers; banking reform. Our doubts concern the timing of public spending cuts, ...

  • Leading article: The Tories must demonstrate they have moved on from the old dogmas
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    Many will find this rather hard to stomach. In the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Conservative Party was even more gung-ho over Iraq than Tony Blair. And Mr Hague himself has always been a Thatcherite Atlanticist, as reflected by the speed ...

  • Michael Bywater: This is what men do. They fight each other, and then they make friends
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    But why are we so surprised? This, we have been repeatedly told, is the first occasion since the Second World War in which such a thing has happened, but instead of feeling grimly determined, the country seems to be curiously chipper, as though havin...

  • Chris Huhne: This is a crisis. A coalition is the only way
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    As one of the four Lib Dem negotiators of this deal, I believe that it is essential in the national interest to provide sound and stable government. If we turn away today from taking responsibility, we will be voting for deferred decisions and an ear...

  • DJ Taylor: Even after the chickens are counted, there's nothing to crow about
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    There have been recriminations, there have been insults – a special mention here to David Blunkett for describing his prospective coalition partners as "harlots" – but no one has been able to use their new-found grip on power as an opportunity to iss...

  • Letters: Proportional representation
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    Our present system never gives the people of Britain what, as a whole, they voted for. The latest election outcome is no different in that regard. However, the accident of a hung parliament now gives an opportunity to break out. In the longer term, e...

  • Leading article: An encouraging tale from the North Sea
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    The decline of a species which was once so cheap and plentiful that it formed the basis of our national dish is an episode worth revisiting. Marine scientists have no exact figure for the historic, natural level of cod in our waters, but we can be su...

  • Kim Sengupta: An Afghan exit strategy will test this special relationship
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    The loosening of ties was inevitable after the era of Tony Blair's moist-eyed adoration of George W Bush ended. The rapport between Barack Obama and Gordon Brown hardly reached the same level, a situation embarrassingly highlighted last autumn when t...

  • Armando Iannucci: Fear and loathing have mixed with a yearning optimism
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    That's the baffling thing about this week. No one has anything to compare it by, and people generally don't know whether to be delighted or appalled. How would you have felt if Blue Peter had teamed up with Magpie or Take That had merged with McFly o...

  • Duncan McCargo: Thailand is deeply fractured and anarchy has come closer
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    In the past, military coups have generally been tolerated by many and there has never been sustained grassroots resistance to a coup. The tens of thousands of Red Shirt protesters, mainly supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, are singularl...

  • Amy Jenkins: Riding through the glen, storming out of the studio
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    But what about worldwide acclaim? Surely that kind of recognition and success would make one feel better about oneself. And what about rock-solid A-list movie star status? What about an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe? Nope. Sorry. It just doesn't ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (16 May 2010)
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    Alex Orr Edinburgh For Nick Clegg to walk away from a progressive coalition to join a Tory coalition is a betrayal of everything Liberals have ever stood for in favour of naked political opportunism. I urge every Liberal and radical left in the Liber...

  • David Clark: What will nice Nick say to the arms dealers?
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    One part of the world where news of the coalition agreement has been greeted with barely disguised relief is continental Europe, where the governments of our EU partners had been dreading the election of a majority Conservative administration committ...

  • Sophie Heawood: Tiger's sex degrees of separation
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    Mistress Number 1, as Rachel Uchitel has helpfully been dubbed, as if she performed a set role in a tribal polygamy system – heck, maybe she does – well, she's now admitted that she's also been boffing the bloke from Buffy, David Boreanaz, who has co...

  • Andrew Martin: My little bit of Blackpool schlock
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    I like Blackpool FC because their ground only holds 12,500, because they play in tangerine, and because their manager, Ian Holloway, could be a comedian on the North Pier. A few days ago, he entertained journalists in a rather cramped room, saying, "...

  • Joss Garman: Glaring omissions in 'greenest ever' government
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    Arguably the most striking is the coalition's failure to say what the new government's position will be on Europe's overall climate ambitions. A fortnight from now, European energy ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss whether Europe should revi...

  • Rhiannon Harries: What is sexy? Well it isn't kitchen appliances, cars or 'that' word
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    With all the charisma you might expect of a table leg, Rosie informs us that, this year, it's all about "bumshells". Don't worry, before you disappear into a spiral of insecurity-fuelled Googling as I did, that's actually "bombshells" in a west Londo...

  • Leading article: Pompey and circumstance
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    The other team is a bankrupt shell of a club, which has passed through the hands of four dodgy owners in the past year, and is facing a future of, at best, second-tier league football and, at worst, oblivion. Has there ever been an FA Cup final quite...

  • Keith Vaz: This attack will not change the way we conduct our business
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    We need to publicise these events and so everyone in the country knows exactly where their MP is on a Friday or Saturday morning. It is the same for us all no matter how high or low your profile is. The problem, of course, is that there is absolutely...

  • Michael McCarthy: This shows that change isn't always for the worse
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    The majority of bulletins about change in the environment point in one direction only: for the worse. As the human population continues its remorseless expansion from 6 billion in 1997 to at least 9 billion by 2050, the scale and impact of human acti...

  • Deborah Ross: 'If you solely read the 'Islington Gazette' you’d think this was a borough of bunny murderers'
    Saturday, 15 May 2010

    As I turn the pages, it is horror this, and horror that, and yet more photographs of children with their faces painted, and not a word about the 60 new trees that have been planted along Station Road, or the £16m being spent to refurbish Ironmonger R...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (16/05/10)
    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    This time last year the BBC's Middle East correspondent, Jeremy Bowen, was reprimanded for making apparently anti-Israeli remarks. Now he is in a pickle once again for describing the current tension between the US and Israel as "enjoyable". In an ...

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