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Sunday, 23 May 2010

  • Leading article: We need real reform, not just consensus
    Monday, 24 May 2010

    Then tomorrow we have the Queen's Speech, when the new Government sets out its agenda. This presents other challenges. It is vital to the coalition's long-term prospects that it proves it can do more than articulate policies that neither of their par...

  • 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...

  • Catriona Luke: Cuckoos, Magna Carta and sufi love poetry - why Liam Fox was wrong to knock the 13th century
    Monday, 24 May 2010

    In England, you could marvel at the building sprees going on at Westminster Abbey and Salisbury Cathedral, speculate about the expenses scandals that would erupt from Simon de Montfort’s new fangled parliament, giggle at King John being beaten by the...

  • Letters: House of Lords reform
    Monday, 24 May 2010

    As a solution, why not let lawyers elect lawyers to the House of Lords, scientists elect scientists, economists elect economists, etc, across all disciplines? The House would then consist of a wide range of democratically elected people at the top of...

  • Leading article: Moving on from Afghanistan
    Monday, 24 May 2010

    It is to be hoped that the exposure of Messrs Hague and Fox to the sight and sound of Taliban rocket power reminded both men of the need for fresh thinking on the realistic limits of Britain's military capabilities. In different ways, Afghanistan and...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: A new stone age
    Monday, 24 May 2010

    It was only recently that we had to get used to the idea that 60 was the new 40, which was the new something else. That's already passé. These days, in the pop world at least, 70 is the new 30, or perhaps 20. Some will scoff at this culture of contin...

  • Jonathan Heawood: The act of extreme desperation
    Monday, 24 May 2010

    A hunger strike by the Iranian film director, Jafar Panahi, has caused uproar in Cannes this week. Arrested on unspecified charges, Panahi has been imprisoned in Tehran's notorious Evin jail since March. Due to attend the Cannes film festival as a ju...

  • 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 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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