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Sunday, 30 May 2010

  • A personal tragedy and a national loss
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    Mr Laws apparently convinced himself that since there was a degree of ambiguity in his relationship with his landlord, James Lundie (they are not civil partners or a couple in social circles), the arrangement remained within the rules. That was a mis...

  • 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 limits of Chinese influence
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    Reading North Korea's intentions is almost impossible. One explanation for its recent bellicose behaviour is that it wants to extort aid from the rest of the world. It has used its nuclear capacity at various times in recent years with this goal in m...

  • Michael Brown: In government you can't expect to protect your privacy
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    The best advice given to me, however, when I was "outed" by Piers Morgan's News of the World "fake sheikh" entrapping an under-age gay boy, 16 years ago, was from my Cleethorpes predecessor (Lord) Jeffrey Archer who resigned from Parliament in disgr...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: David Laws
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    I heard David Laws's neighbouring MP, Jeremy Browne, on Radio 4, defending Mr Laws and his £40,000 expenses on two rather odd grounds, first, that Mr Laws wanted to keep his personal life private, and second, that Mr Laws could easily have claimed mo...

  • Leading article: Frugal chic
    Monday, 31 May 2010

    But we can think of some other old frugal practices that might usefully make a 21st-century comeback. Instead of swapping clothes, how about repairing them? When was the last time anyone darned a sock in this country? After all, we keep being told th...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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