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Saturday, 29 May 2010

  • Leading article: A needless resignation
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    We believe that, on balance, he deserved to be allowed to continue in his post as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. But his conduct was disappointing, and he was foolish and disingenuous in trying to use his embarrassment about his private life as an ...

  • Leading article: The Western consumer can improve conditions for the Chinese worker
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    The iPad might have been conceived by US brain power, but it is produced by Chinese hands. The iPad is manufactured at the Foxconn electronics plant in Shenzhen, China's southern industrial capital. And here there have been allegations of staff force...

  • Joanna Moorhead: Boost your career chances, and have those babies first
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    She was 35 – by today's standards a spring chicken. Figures released last week show that more and more new mothers are now aged 40-plus: the number of births in this age group has trebled in the past 20 years and is still on the rise. In 1989 there w...

  • DJ Taylor: Election defeat finds the Left as tight-lipped as Lord Charles
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    Curiously enough, it came not in a speech delivered by some Labour politician to his chastened constituents but in a letter written to The Independent by a Mr Peter Day of London SE27. Mr Day's target was the "broken society" of which the incoming Pr...

  • Leading article: The wrongs of the Conservative right
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    The subsequent election of Graham Brady, who resigned from the shadow Cabinet in 2007 over the party's refusal to embrace grammar schools, is a clear signal from backbench MPs that the Prime Minister cannot expect an easy ride in the months ahead. Me...

  • Patrick Cockburn: A stable Iraq is still a very long way off
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    "I have never been so depressed about the future of Iraq," said one former minister. "The émigré ruling class which came to power after 2003 is terrible. They have no policy other than to see how far they can rob the state." None of this is very appa...

  • Amy Jenkins: Thanks, SATC, for making women look silly and selfish
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    Failing that, there should be women with placards demonstrating outside every screening. The placards should say things like "Women don't just buy shoes – they make up 47 per cent of the British workforce!" or something more snappy, perhaps, like "Do...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (30 May 2010)
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    At the same time, it proposes to take money from the education mainstream and invest it in ideologically driven "free" schools run by whom, exactly? The number of hard-pressed parents with the time, expertise or inclination to set up and run their ow...

  • Nick Foulkes: Lakeland, mecca of gadgetry, is Britain's spiritual home
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    Call me slow on the uptake, but it only dawned upon me recently that I had been Lakelanded. I tend not to pay a lot of attention to kitchen and cleaning utensil purchase, my mind is on higher things (watches, cigars, tiepins and so on) so the fact th...

  • Ben Summerskill: Some will say he tried to use his sexuality to explain away a controversial expenses claim
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    That is why, if his reported comments were correct, it is genuinely confusing that Mr Laws said his motivation was not to reveal his sexuality and to protect his privacy and that of his partner. If he had made no claim, then none of this would be in ...

  • Fiona Millar: The Gove plan: Why so quiet, Labour?
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    The fall from grace of Shireland Collegiate Academy must be a crushing disappointment for staff, pupils and parents alike. Being publicly named and shamed is deeply depressing experience. My children were in a school that went through a similar exper...

  • Paul Vallely: I am poor. You are welfare-dependent
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    Let me put that another way. Here are two propositions most people would find it hard to contradict. First, people who are capable of work should work. Second, a decent society helps those in need and enables those people who are unable to work to no...

  • Letters: Academy Schools
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    Michael Gove has written to every school offering head teachers freedom from democratic local authority control. They will have the ability to tear up nationally agreed pay and conditions set by Parliament after decades of workers' struggle. Already,...

  • Leading article: Going for a song
    Saturday, 29 May 2010

    The trouble lies in the fact that the winning country then has to bear the cost of hosting next year's contest. Even when the good times were rolling, the TV bosses in Ireland kept their fingers crossed that they would not win again, only to have to ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (30/05/10)
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    One of the weirder extravagances of recent political history comes to an end as Tim Hames is leaving his £100,000 post as Speaker Bercow's spokesman. A former Times hack, Hames was known to some wags as "Hurler" after an incident in the gutters...

  • Rhiannon Harries: the last thing we need is another Tesco Metro
    Sunday, 30 May 2010

    The shelves are a comestible collage of the local population – Polish biscuits, Turkish pastries, industrial bags of rice and spices, soya milk for the trendies, as well as standard Brit fare such as Marmite and Tetley tea. There's a proper coffee ma...

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