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  • Leading article: Another enlightened call for reform
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    Some are familiar, or already being enacted, such as the proposals to require banks to make a "living will" for the event that they find themselves insolvent, or for all derivatives trading to be conducted on a transparent central exchange, or for ex...

  • Leading article: A failure of politics, not personnel
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    So who has been held accountable for this fiasco? Which heads have rolled for this incompetence? Well, it turns out that one senior military head will indeed roll this year, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup. Sir Jock was asked to exte...

  • Tim Luckhurst: Hunt's local splash is good news for all
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    In America, such parochial superstars still generate profits. Their British counterparts are less valuable, so ITV's retreat from local news has accelerated. It has taken a long time to prove, but the 1955 Conservative government's division of the UK...

  • Stephen Foley: Obama must convince the American public that he's got this under control
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    But more than anything else, he will want to leave the US public with a message about his own leadership: "I've got this thing." The television address will be the culmination of a frenzied few days of activity designed to put the White House decisiv...

  • 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...

  • Letters: BP oil spill
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    In its continuing response to the BP oil spill, the United States reveals itself yet again to be an adolescent nation. Everything is someone else's fault and nothing negative is its responsibility. The hugest and most stubbornly unrepentant guzzler o...

  • Leading article: Poor handling
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    This urge to scapegoat individuals for national sporting disappointments is as unappealing as it is nonsensical. One could just as easily argue that Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Peter Crouch, Frank Lampard and all of England's other outfield players w...

  • Simone Troller: Orphans of war deserve our support
    Monday, 14 June 2010

    They don't know where their mother is or whether she made it to safety, and they were terrified that the people who harassed and severely threatened them back home, and who caused their family to flee, might catch up with them. That a growing number ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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