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Saturday, 22 May 2010

  • Leading article: Can it be the beginning of the end?
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    Mr Fox, in Afghanistan for a "surprise" visit (and all trips by public figures, including David Beckham, seem to be a "surprise") said that it was not the purpose of the British military presence in the country to ensure that girls could go to school...

  • Leading article: The euro crisis is a political one and Britain should play its part
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    But a financial maelstrom it is, with stock markets falling, the euro currency sliding and politicians openly talking about the biggest crisis for the union since the European Community was founded. That makes Mr Cameron's trip to Paris and Berlin th...

  • DJ Taylor: Back to the 1930s – but this time we're not quite pulling together
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    Then, as now, the country was being run by a newly elected coalition government with a strong Conservative bias. Then, as now, fiscal disaster loomed over the horizon, the prospect of public spending cuts was loudly advertised and belt-tightening was...

  • Carol Sarler: There's nothing 'special' about rape
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    That it seems unfair is easy to argue; that it deserves redress easier still. But if the outrage really is provoked by simple imbalance, by the perception of an unevenhandedness in the treatment of two people who are supposed to enter the legal syste...

  • Anne Karpf: Never mind quality time. What about 'enough' time?
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    Hectic work schedules, they found, are creating a generation of "maybe later" children whose parents never have enough time to spend with them. Of the parents surveyed 80 per cent admitted that they didn't devote enough time to their kids, rarely not...

  • Andrew McDonald: The new system is here to stay
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    Gone are the old discredited allowances and in their place are clear, firm and fair rules about what MPs can and cannot ask from the taxpayer to enable them to do the job we elect them to do. Just a fortnight after the election, IPSA is now processin...

  • Letters: DAB Radio
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    DAB currently has a very limited service range – about five miles in my area – before the signal breaks up, while FM has a range of more than 20 miles, and AM on medium and long wave can travel hundreds of miles. The very short range of DAB presents ...

  • Leading article: Dr Venter's research has thrilling possibilities
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    It also provoked rather a good gag about God no longer being a chap with a long white beard but one with a short white one, in the form of the genome specialist behind the breakthrough, Dr Craig Venter. What Dr Venter and his team have done is a majo...

  • Amy Jenkins: A ban on an abortion advert won't make the issue go away
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    It will run on Channel 4 on Monday night and it's made by Marie Stopes International which is hoping to increase awareness of its sexual health services. The laugh/cry thing is to do with the idiocy of it all, I suppose. What exactly is it that the p...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Whatever happened to the new politics?
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    But hang on. Whatever happened to the new clean, clear politics we were promised? In terms not of policy or programmes, but of the broader political culture, it's business as usual: dirty deals, stitch-ups, and the continuing erosion of the authority...

  • Jerome Taylor: Violence is common where state justice is hard to come by
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    The importance placed on upholding a family's standing within the wider community fosters a remarkable sense of belonging that enables relatives to pull together during times of immense difficulty. But it can also lead to astonishing levels of brutal...

  • Thomas Klau: Europe would welcome a surprise act of statesmanship
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    The formation of the UK's first coalition government since the Second World War, with its unlikely honeymoon between two semi-juvenile male leads, excites the Westminster microcosm and enthralls the nation (or so we are told). Here, on the other side...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (23 May 2010)
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    Farming is second only to air travel in the tiny (and at present, voluntary) contribution it is being asked to make to cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Farming receives millions of pounds of public money via the Common Agricul...

  • Andrew Martin: Give me an Edwardian teller over a hole-in-the-wall any day
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    I'm sure that Mr Shepherd-Barron was a charming and brilliant man (although he somehow managed not to make any money from his invention), but he didn't do me any favours. I acquired my first bank account in the early Eighties when the cashpoint machi...

  • Paul Vallely: The Lords is not perfect, but it works
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    There are to be new constituency boundaries, more equal in size, with fewer MPs. Good. There will be fixed term parliaments so political parties can't tinker with timing to their individual advantage. Good, good. There is to be a referendum on a prop...

  • Andrew Adonis: In Disraeli's footsteps: Cameron's scramble for power
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    A quick historical interlude. In 1846 the Tories split. Essentially at issue was whether the party should remain a protection society for the old landed interest, or seek to encompass an expanding middle class whose political magnet was the new Liber...

  • Rhiannon Harries: South Africa won't be fun without Posh et al to set tongues wagging
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    Besides the nifty strategising, Capello's decision to go easy on a group of women he only recently referred to as a "virus" marks a softening in attitudes more generally. After a heady ascent to the top of the trash-mag pile, the WAGs have been absor...

  • Leading article: Flower power
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    Exhibitors there have been enjoying a good old moan about the huge variety of barriers to success this year. First there was the long winter, the coldest for three decades. Poor temperatures and low levels of light mean that the plant world is three ...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Why Britain's road accident victims make car crash statistics
    Saturday, 22 May 2010

    But please don't ask the Department for Transport for the figures unless you've got an hour to spare and a supply of damp towels to cool your brow. It could be 26,000, 80,000, or 220,000, or pretty well any figure in between. Such are the discrepanci...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (23/05/10)
    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    Celebrity chef John Burton Race is hanging up his apron to pursue a career in television. The chef, whose colourful personal life has kept the tabloids busy, is leaving his restaurant the New Angel in Dartmouth at the end of the month, to be repla...

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