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  • Leading article: The time to assign blame will come later
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    Yet it's becoming apparent that the disaster is more open-ended than anyone imagined. It's far from clear that a turning point is even in prospect, though the company is talking up the chances of success of its latest plan, which involves inserting a...

  • 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, ...

  • Letters: The left and the election
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    The left was defeated unambiguously in this election. Labour got 29 per cent of the vote, its second lowest figure in post-war history. The Conservatives got over 36 per cent, and a seven-point lead over Labour. If constituency boundaries had not bee...

  • Leading article: Proceed with caution
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    The Government clearly believes there is no time like the present to start work on reducing Britain's enormous £163bn budget deficit. The reasoning of the Prime Minister, and still more of his Chancellor, is that if you are going to have to make the ...

  • Ed Balls: We must listen and connect
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    And we watched an era of Labour politics come to a close as Gordon and Sarah Brown walked with dignity down Downing Street for the last time with their two young sons. John and Fraser will grow up proud of what their dad achieved. So we are still com...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Ivy league
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    But ivy doesn't eat buildings. As we report, research from Oxford University suggests it has the opposite effect on brickwork, shielding it from damaging exposure to temperature change. Nature-lovers won't be surprised by ivy's restoration from the b...

  • David Lammy: The party must rediscover its passion for social justice
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    The new political reality is this: the coalition Government has done more to modernise and rebrand the Conservative Party than anything since Margaret Thatcher. Cameron is no longer the prisoner of his party's Right flank. He has the chance to earn t...

  • Daisy Cross: For better or worse, they're getting used to the limelight
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    A rumble of excitement went around the carriage as the train pulled late into the NEC, a crowd of eager Liberal Democrats spilling on to the platform and thundering towards the conference hall. Most were well-turned-out, even the ponytail-wearing mal...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, "...

  • 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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