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Saturday, 26 June 2010

  • Leading article: McChrystal paves the way out
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    Mr Obama had agreed, with utmost reluctance, and after long and rather impressive deliberation, to Gen McChrystal's strategy of a military surge creating the conditions that would allow a quick exit. But it has been clear for some months that Gen McC...

  • Leading article: Ten years on, the benefits of decoding the human genome still lie ahead
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    The announcement 10 years ago today merited a White House reception for the two rival scientific pioneers and a transatlantic video link with Downing Street. Mapping the genome constituted a landmark, not just in its own right as a scientific achieve...

  • Nick Clegg: Tackling the poverty that Labour ignored
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    MPs from the coalition government were aware of the huge significance of the judgement we have made: that the acute market unrest in Europe, and the vast black hole in Britain's finances, threaten the basic stability of the British economy and so mak...

  • Tim Lott: We're hardwired to hope. Why, we even believe that England can win
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    Even more remarkable is that I half believe it myself, despite the fact we will have to get past Germany, Brazil and Argentina to achieve this historic, and entirely hypothetical, triumph. But despite its being palpably absurd, I'm thoroughly enjoyin...

  • DJ Taylor: I am discerning. You are demanding. She is a snob...
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    Forty-eight hours after this long, voluble and alcoholic encounter with the "omnilingual" author of A Clockwork Orange, Amis was still sitting in an armchair murmuring the words "Dear oh dear oh dear", whereas his subject, Amis was certain, "went hom...

  • Letters: The Emergency Budget
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    There is a real danger that our public services will be fatally damaged by the government's slash-and-cut regime. This reduction in public services will impact harshly on our economy, which relies on an educated, healthy and mobile populace. There ar...

  • Leading article: A question of influence, not aesthetics
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    The High Court ruled yesterday that the Qataris had breached a contract with their UK partners when they bowed to the Prince's will. The judge also described Prince Charles's intervention as "unexpected and unwelcome". Prince Charles is perfectly ent...

  • Robert Chesshyre: Too old to work but too young to retire – a 21st-century dilemma
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    Thus far, thus good. However, although we yet fall well short of Noah's reputed age of 950, we survive far longer than when the retirement ages for state pensions – 60 for a woman and 65 for a man – were set. By 2060, there will be 350,000 centenaria...

  • Lisa Markwell: Change your life and stop spending money you don't have
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    We may be the most indebted nation in the world, according to this week's Budget, but slowly, slowly, by saving a little more and borrowing a little less, things are changing. The Bank of England reports that families are keeping more in their pocket...

  • Amy Jenkins: A privileged old lady and a nation in thrall
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    A case in the High Court heard that Charles's heart sank when he saw the modernist design for the redevelopment of the Chelsea Barracks site in London and he wrote to the Qatari prime minister in May 2009 objecting to the plans. The Qataris pulled ou...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (27 June 2010)
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    Keith Flett London N17 In your Budget preview ("Who will feel the squeeze?", 20 June), the property landlord seems to think that he should not be treated for tax as an investor but as a businessman. If so, he could start buying and selling houses reg...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'An incident with tropical-print shorts turned me off cycling forever'
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    I, however, had a hand-me-down black Raleigh that I crashed into a large ditch after getting a frilly pair of tropical-print shorts tangled around the saddle (overcompensating for my unglamorous steed by dressing as a cast member from Copacabana, pos...

  • Katy Guest: Hands off our teenagers. We need the shopping done
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    First came a report from the Children's Society, which claimed that lazy British teenagers don't do their chores: 35 per cent of 11-to-16 year-olds have never cooked a meal, it said and 92 per cent have not done the household shopping. More than thre...

  • Sophie Heawood: I vote for the 'royals for rehab' party
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    We must be thankful for small mercies, though. Firstly, knowing the Prince's proclivities, that egg is probably organic, free range and fair trade. And secondly, this faux pas only has a consequence of a few billion missing quid, and not anything "re...

  • Paul Vallely: Better an abortion than a mass grave?
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    Leaving an unwanted child out on the hillside, at the mercy of the weather and the wolves, has been practised on every continent and by people from every level of civilisation. Rather than being an exception, anthropologists think, infanticide has be...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Petraeus cannot win if he sticks with current tactics
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    General Petraeus has so far said surprisingly little about Afghanistan, aside from noting how different it is from Iraq. The similarity between the two conflicts is that in both cases the US needed to compromise with its enemies and take a back seat ...

  • Beatification of Newman is scaled down
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    The Catholic Church has moved the event from Coventry Airport, where 150,000 people were expected to attend, to Crofton Park in Birmingham – a much smaller venue, close to Newman's burial site at Rednal Cemetery, which will struggle to accommodate ma...

  • Leading article: Team of rivals
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    Except that the Germans have beaten England so often in major tournaments since they lost the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley that they barely consider this a serious rivalry any more. And looking at the record, from their 1970 World Cup revenge on, ...

  • Deborah Ross: 'A dog will love you unconditionally and will continue to love you unconditionally unless someone else feeds it'
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    OK, so once upon a time there was a woman who loved her dog but the dog was getting fat. The woman knew this because the vet said to her: "This dog is getting fat," and when the woman said, "He's not fat, he's just big-boned, you big silly," the vet ...

  • Sean O'Grady: Economic crisis has created unlikely alliances for Cameron
    Saturday, 26 June 2010

    And yet a combination of deft economic diplomacy and events have conspired to turn Mr Cameron into a natural, and valuable, ally of the German and French governments. Mr Cameron is not only from the same centre-right tradition as Chancellor Merkel an...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (27/06/10)
    Sunday, 27 June 2010

    It's a victory for the IoS. A few weeks ago we wrote that Andrew Neil would be the nation's finest heavyweight political interviewer, if only he would drop the nauseating love-ins with Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott on This Week, his Thur...

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