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Saturday, 19 June 2010

  • Leading article: Pain, yes. But no to unfair cuts
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    This newspaper agrees that taxes have to rise and public spending has to fall to balance the books, but our argument throughout the election campaign was that it could be counterproductive to cut too early. In this, we thought we were part of an anti...

  • Leading article: Now BP has made its ritual sacrifice, we must regain a sense of proportion
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    It is American and it dates from the California Gold Rush, when miners established places of rough justice to deal with claim jumpers. Seeing the chief executive of BP, Tony Hayward, in front of a US Congressional committee this week, it could be con...

  • DJ Taylor: Unlike the Seventies, motoring on the left has now run out of gas
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    But what form ought a properly left-wing agenda to take if – and this is not a requirement that creators of left-wing agendas have always bothered themselves with – it aspires to appeal to more than a fraction of the electorate? Ms Abbott and her all...

  • Cole Moreton: He was first a hero and then he was a joke. Now, he's a real hero
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    I have a nagging sadness at losing the little boy who once loved me so directly and unreservedly. Not to mention, on those days when all he can offer is a dismissive grunt, the frustration of being unable to communicate like we used to. Oh, and the s...

  • Letters: The 'Lusi' mud volcano
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    In May 2006, a gas drilling operation punctured an underground structure in East Java, Indonesia, which responded by spewing mud driven by pressurised water and gas from surrounding rocks. Ever since then, this "Lusi" mud volcano has churned out 2,50...

  • Leading article: Menacing shades of the Great Game
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    In the past five years, however, Kyrgyzstan has suffered three major ructions. In 2005, the last Soviet-era president, Askar Akayev, was overthrown in the so-called "tulip" revolution. This April, a similar fate befell his successor, Kurmanbek Bakiye...

  • E Jane Dickson: Free schools will be middle-class ghettos
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    And I've got loads of friends who think the same. We may not have huge amounts of experience in running affairs of state, but we're terrifically committed. So let's bypass the bureaucrats and do the show right here! If there is a flaw in this argumen...

  • Amy Jenkins: There's a fine line between the rebellious and the farcical
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    I was in my kitchen making a shepherd's pie, or something equally wholesome, when a friend showed me a photo on his phone that he'd been sent by Sebastian Horsley. The picture was of Horsley in Amsterdam. He was grinning at the camera, naked – with a...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (20 June 2010)
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    On the other hand, the sympathy that Taylor believes the right now extends towards people such as Tony Benn is just their traditional patronising hypocrisy, following the barrage of lies, jeers and character assassination to which they subjected him ...

  • Andrew Martin: Why I'm glad they've axed free swimming
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    Certainly my local pool was, in my mid-teens, an oasis of healthiness amid a litter of crisp packets, stubbed out Embassy Regals, and other manifestations of my sordid adolescence. This pool was overseen by a monosyllabic lifeguard who was about the ...

  • Paul Vallely: Does it matter how they killed him?
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    It was like the world turned upside down, an inversion of the Hippocratic oath. All the human ingenuity which had gone, over the years, to perfecting processes for giving and maintaining life had been perverted to its very contrary. The drip tubes th...

  • Michael Mansfield: Is nobody bothered that Widgery got it so wrong?
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    The concluding paragraph of Lord Saville's overall assessment was: "The firing by soldiers of 1 Para on Bloody Sunday caused the deaths of 13 people and injury to a similar number, none of whom was posing a threat of causing death or serious injury. ...

  • Leading article: Mole music
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    We are brought up to see them less as pests than as friends: lugubrious velvety creatures, all the worthier of our sympathy for their mysterious underground existence and for being blind. It is an affinity that lasts into later life, even when we wak...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Meters don't save water – they pump cash from poor to rich
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    The object of the policy, introduced in 1999, is to reduce consumption. People whose water is metered use less than those whose bill is calculated the old way, on the basis of the property's "rateable value". Rates haven't existed since 1990, so this...

  • Deborah Ross: This is not gardening as it is commonly regarded, this is hacking at stuff with whatever is to hand
    Saturday, 19 June 2010

    This is strange as my own husband, for example, is very much of this school, and is quite the expert at randomly hacking at stuff when the mood strikes. He may even be one of the world's leading experts, although whenever I put this to him, modesty a...

  • The IoS Diary (20/06/10)
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    Isn't opposition grand? Who should be seen at the Garrick Club the other day, breaking bread with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke? None other than his predecessor in the job, Jack Straw. You thinking of joining, Jack? Victory for former heritage sec...

  • Rhiannon Harries: If it comes to football vs tennis, it's game, set and match to SW19
    Sunday, 20 June 2010

    Contrary to the belief of the marketing community, televised football does not inspire us ladies to run to the nearest purveyor of distracting fripperies. By and large, it just leaves me, at least, indifferent. And the rare moments when I do find my ...

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