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  • 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: Mr Duncan Smith deserves a hearing
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    There are good reasons, however, why the ideas Mr Duncan Smith has mooted deserve more measured consideration than the knee-jerk rejection they mostly received. First, he was careful to avoid any hint of coercion. The word he used was incentives: inc...

  • Made in his own image: The Catholic Church faces another scandal
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    But as a new church scandal exploded last week, hard on the heels of the paedophilia storm, this one involving allegations of massive corruption at the heart of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict's papal career risks being eclipsed by the dark shadow of ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: State pension
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    Pension plans are not fair I am wholly persuaded of the need to reduce the level of national debt, and pleased that the new government is setting about the task in a serious manner. I am prepared to play my part, in spite of not being a public-se...

  • Leading article: Towards a common language
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    Mr Obama also appeared to have taken instruction in British political sensitivities since his somewhat chilly first meeting with Gordon Brown. The key to getting off to a good start, he now realises, is to pepper the conversation with mentions of the...

  • Liz Hoggard: What sport teaches us about men
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    There's something remarkable about the devotion football arouses in the straight male. He uses phrases like "deep pain" and "euphoria". His capacity to love is seriously tested. "Oh God," a female colleague sighs. "When will it all be over? It's the ...

  • Susie Rushton: A shared experience is even better when we're rubbish
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    "I'd say that was about four levels below abysmal," said Alan Hansen, throwing down the gauntlet, moments after Rooney and his pals had trooped off the pitch at full time. Lee Dixon, next to him in the BBC studio, judged it "the worst team performanc...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Down and out
    Monday, 28 June 2010

    There was one mitigating circumstance: the disallowed second goal. Perhaps the referee's decision put the team out of sorts. It certainly makes a conclusive case for introducing the goal-line technology that has taken so much of the aggravation out o...

  • 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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