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  • Leading article: Mr Cameron deserves credit for keeping calm in a transatlantic storm
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    Thus far, Mr Cameron has shown commendable restraint. Contributing to this may have been the fact that he had other things on his mind, not least his trip to Afghanistan. Downing Street has also made known that he has a long-standing telephone date w...

  • Leading article: Beyond buck-passing
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    To be fair to the US President, the full extent of his Brit-bashing seems to have been his description of the company as "British Petroleum". This can, of course, be put down to a simple misunderstanding. He may not have seen the advertisements that ...

  • Michael Mansfield: Expensive, but justice must be done
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    They had campaigned tirelessly for a simple and obvious objective – truth and accountability. The same is true of the families who pressed for the ongoing inquiry into the Iraq war; those who achieved an inquiry into the Marchioness disaster; and the...

  • Alex Kiprotich: I envy the land of Her Majesty - where a fox can be such a big problem.
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    But that was the story that greeted me in every national newspaper this week, my first week in London, where I have moved for two months as part of a placement with The Independent from the Standard Newspaper in Nairobi. When I visited the scene of t...

  • Letters: The oil spill
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    Of course, they are right to be angry at the terrible damage being done to people's livelihoods and the environment, but this is hardly a drop in the ocean when compared to the impact of America's contribution to the pollution of the atmosphere by gr...

  • Leading article: Parliament's shot at redemption
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    But there are now hopes that Parliament might be about to regain some of its lost authority. There is certainly potential for a parliamentary resurgence. First, there has been a healthy personnel overhaul. There are some 226 new MPs in the Commons, u...

  • Michael Bywater: In the dead of night, menacing us on our doorstep. That's Nature for you
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    Well ... a few miles down the road and it doesn't get much nicer than Wimbledon. "Villagey," say the residents. Man and Nature living in harmony. They gesture towards the Common. Birds tweet. Undergrowth soughs in the gentle breeze. The word "bosky" ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (13 June 2010)
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    It was heartening to read the letter (6 June) signed by eminent writers such as John Berger, Thomas Pakenham and others, urging an academic and cultural boycott of Israel. Doubly heartening to read that there is an organisation such as British Writer...

  • Britain needs a flag that reflects our artists, not our racists
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    In the part of my brain that I regard as rational, "supporting" a team that describes itself as "English" makes no sense. How can their glory reflect upon me in any way? I had no hand in their training, or their inborn talent or their managerial (Ita...

  • DJ Taylor: Status symbols...or why the old left just can't move on from Maggie
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    Elsewhere, she found her name invoked at the Labour leadership hustings – a hot ticket, by all accounts – by the left-wing Labour MP John McDonnell. Mr McDonnell, who has since abandoned his campaign on the grounds of inadequate support, was asked wh...

  • Paul Vallely: All praise to the stiff upper lip
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    Captain Robert Falcon Scott perished in a blizzard on his expedition to become the first man to reach the North Pole on foot. There was, in those Edwardian days, no 24-hour media to monitor his every brave and faltering step. But when they found his ...

  • Katy Guest: Fizz and gossip, but not a hint of bitching
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    In the packed ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall were some of Britain's most successful and glamorous women: the shortlisted authors, including the worthy winner, Barbara Kingsolver; the judges, Daisy Goodwin, Michèle Roberts, Julia Neuberger, Miran...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (13/06/10)
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    Sensitive art historians should look away now, for I can reveal that Jake and Dinos Chapman, the enfants terribles of the art world, have gone back to defacing works by the Old Masters. In 2003 they caused a furore by buying 80 prints by Goya and des...

  • Rhiannon Harries: M. Sarkozy shouldn't feel embarrassed at being caught short
    Sunday, 13 June 2010

    M. Sarkozy would appear to subscribe to the reversal of a tactic known as the Elizabeth Hurley school of accessorising, which involves super-sizing everything about your person (watch, sunglasses, handbag, hired help) in order to appear a slip of a t...

  • Leading article: Royal relief
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    There is an OBE for the physicist, Brian Cox, who also happened to play in the band responsible for the song "Things Can Only Get Better": a clever way to signal support for the sciences while also bringing the curtain down on the New Labour era. Cat...

  • Deborah Ross: 'There comes a time in everybody’s life when you have to think about your relationship with pre-chopped fruit'
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    So it may come in Asda or Waitrose or any supermarket bar, probably, Iceland, which does not recognise fresh fruit – "nope," said a girl on the till when once shown an apple, "haven't a clue". But don't be too hard on Iceland. It has, after all, rece...

  • Amy Jenkins: Does not understanding a book necessarily make it better?
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    Carey used his speech at the close of the recent Sydney Writers' Festival to point out that we can learn a great deal from great fiction. A diet of junk culture and the untrained, lazy mind it produces actually threatens our democracy, in his view. F...

  • Harriet Walker: Something that cool was never going to last long
    Saturday, 12 June 2010

    The same values that spawned the firm are killing it. Known as a bastion of West Coast liberalism and anti-dogmatic fashionable subculture, championing gay rights and celebrating a 21st-century international urban bohemia, AA has apparently eaten its...

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