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  • Leading article: It's not just BP we need answers from
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    The company is not popular in Washington as it is, partly because of a series of accidents in recent years, most notably in Texas in 1995 when a refinery exploded, killing 15 people, and in 2006, when a pipeline leaked in Alaska. The big oil companie...

  • Jonathan Pontell: Clegg's rise is the sound of Generation Jones clearing its throat
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    The election on the 6th of May mirrors a broader battle currently being waged in Britain at large: a generational tug-of-war pitting aging Boomers against this next generation of would-be leaders, occurring from Fleet Street to the City to Westminst...

  • Julian Baggini: Out of sight, out of mind
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    Few even know that 1 May 1886 was the date declared by the American Federation of Organised Trades and Labour Unions for the start of the eight-hour working day. It took violently resisted strikes and years of campaigning to achieve their goal, the f...

  • Leading article: Collapse deferred
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    What happens then depends partly on whether Greece's fractured and mistrustful society can put up with the austerity measures to which the Prime Minister, George Papandreou, has agreed in order to obtain the bailout money. Another unknown is the degr...

  • Leading article: Vote for change. Real change
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    In the first of those aims, hundreds of thousands did register, particularly the young; and on the second, turnout looks likely to climb out of the valley of apathy of the last two elections, buoyed by a close race and perhaps by the television debat...

  • Tim Lott: Sometimes it's hard to be a woman. Or a man. Or human
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Stephanie Merritt, Marian Keyes and Sally Brampton, all well-known writers, have gone public with their crippling disability. Other high-profile figures – among them the actor Emma Thompson and Coronation Street star Beverley Callard – have recently ...

  • Letters: The Eurozone
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    Seeing how Europe's leaders have responded to Greece's sovereign debt crisis (leading article, 29 April), we are clearly a very long way from the days when Chancellor Kohl and President Mitterrand buried more than a century of Franco-German hostility...

  • Leading article: Hearts of oak
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    It would be strange if this were not the case, for the notion of the country as a living organism that is as prone to disease as a human body is a common one in literature. Shakespeare's Hamlet, after all, refers to Denmark as a "rotten", and not a m...

  • Anne Penketh: To bring Tehran and Tel Aviv on board would be giant step
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    Every five years, the nuclear "haves" and "have-nots" within the NPT meet at the UN for a game of nuclear brinkmanship. Often, it results in a dialogue of the deaf, with the non-nuclear states accusing the officially acknowledged nuclear powers – Bri...

  • John Curtice: All still to play for as a Tory majority is far from assured
    Monday, 3 May 2010

    The latest clutch of polls, all conducted since the last of the three leaders' debates, suggests the Conservatives have edged a little further ahead. Their average poll rating is now 35 per cent, up one point on their position across all polls conduc...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (02 May 2010)
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    This incident just shows how far Labour has come in the last few years. Once the Labour Party might have understood that unlimited competition from cheap Eastern European workers undermines communities and destabilises once harmonious areas. Today, L...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'Our kids are cheating? Better now than later in life'
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Parents desperately trying to drill the hard-work-equals-success message into book-shy kids might not have been especially heartened by the results of a survey published last week that revealed that more than half of all 16-year-olds witness cheating...

  • A C Grayling: Why no Asbo for the Pope?
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Compare the circumstances of two men whose occupations and avocations have brought them to pubic notice recently. One is Harry Taylor, an unemployed 59-year-old, who was found guilty last week in a Liverpool court of putting "offensive religious imag...

  • Ken Ritchie: What's so special about "my" MP?
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    One of the supposedly sacred aspects of our system is "the constituency link", i.e. the idea that each of us has a single, local MP to whom we go when we have a problem. Whether you voted for them or not, the relationship with "your" MP is meant to b...

  • Katy Guest: Talk about me behind my back, but make it good
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Others are not so great, and include images that we wish we could wipe from our minds. But one of the nastier hangovers for a post-Big Brother society is the philosophy that if you've got something to say, you should say it to someone's face. Now, in...

  • DJ Taylor: If this election is getting to you, just find a dark room and lie down
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Take, for example, this white male, married-with-children, late-fortysomething voter living in a marginal Labour constituency in the east of England. As the product of a God-fearing, middle-class suburban home, ground down by a taxation system that t...

  • David Randall: So farewell, then, the New Labour years
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    "Things Can Only Get Better", Cherie in a dressing-gown, and a bright, confident May morning. Bernie Ecclestone. Pretty straight kinda guys. That catch in his voice. The smile. Sincerity. "She was the People's Princess." Alastair Campbell. Cool Brita...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (02/05/10)
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    If there is a hung parliament and the Queen has to pick a PM, will she encourage him to back electoral reform? Her Maj is typically gnomic on the subject, as you would expect, and her mother was a known opponent, but I can confirm that Prince Char...

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