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  • Leading article: A greener world begins at home
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    First came the global financial crisis. It is plainly easier for people to consider making financial sacrifices for the sake of a collective and distant goal when personal prosperity is rising; and the urgency of the green agenda is easier to sustain...

  • Leading article: An inadequate reform act, but a political victory for Mr Obama
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    There are some sensible elements in the new legislation. The creation of a new agency to protect ordinary borrowers from predatory lending should help to prevent a repeat of the sub-prime debacle which saw dirt-poor Americans force-fed giant loans wh...

  • DJ Taylor: The art of self-promotion
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    It turned up on Sky Sports. This is not the incongruity it sounds, as Lord M's publishers, HarperCollins, are another fiefdom of the Murdoch empire. The ad featured the proud author, looking rather like Vlad the Impaler just back from a night's recre...

  • Lucy Cavendish: Summertime, and the livin' is easy. Until your friends turn up
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    Also, as the hosts, it was very stressful. When we weren't driving people backwards and forwards from the hospital/airport/local town, we were cooking, tidying up, cleaning and negotiating – endlessly negotiating – about where to go and what to do. D...

  • Letters: Graduate tax
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    A graduate tax will deter many from an ordinary background, especially now the message is clear that a job does not flow from anything but the best results, in a vocational subject. It will also greatly increase state control of academia, at a time w...

  • Leading article: This burka ban does not translate
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    It last erupted four years ago, after Jack Straw disclosed that he asked women to remove their face covering if they came to his constituency surgery, as he felt uncomfortable talking to people whose face he could not see. The argument went to and fr...

  • Anthony Seldon: Our education system is collapsing into a form of mass indoctrination
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    Genuine education has never been more necessary than now, and Education Secretarry Michael Gove must take heed, because the true mantra of the past 13 years was "instruction, instruction, instruction". Under a succession of Education Secretaries, som...

  • Amy Jenkins: Whether back for good or not, Robbie's return could be magic
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    Are you wayward and unpredictable with a tendency to depression and the odd flash of genius? Or are you a solid and dependable hard worker, the decent one who eventually wins through? I put myself more on the Robbie side of the equation – although I'...

  • Tehmina Kazi: Inconsistency in enforcing laws just breeds resentment
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    If a woman makes an independent decision based on the religious texts, then who are we to question that? When women make an independent choice to wear these garments we have to support their human right to make that choice. But my colleagues and I at...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (18 July 2010)
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    I served in the UK's armed forces for many years. Returning alone recently from an overseas posting through Heathrow, I was subjected to some very rude questioning by a border guard about where I had been, for what reason and for how long. When I tra...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'Can we stop calling clothes you'd lost in your wardrobe 'vintage''
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    Indignation aside, she was right. These days, to describe something as vintage – "vint-ah-ge" if you're a member of the Grazia generation – means only that it has not hung on the rails at "Primark Jacobs" within the past week. Clothes you found in ch...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Unlike Iraq, dressing retreat up as success will be difficult
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, has always had a feeble grip on the country. When he was first mentioned as the future ruler of Afghanistan in 2001, I was talking to a local warlord in a village south of Kabul. He and his men hooted with merrimen...

  • Katy Guest: Boris's charm is an acquired taste at best. It makes me sick
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    Once again, London is abuzz with the question: "Would you have sex with this man?" And, of course, the answer: "I wouldn't touch him with yours, mate." The news concerns Boris Johnson, his "close friendship" with a Belgravia socialite, and the fact t...

  • Andy Burnham: A health plan fit for Daniel Hannan
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    But it is now becoming clear that Mr Hannan's crime was not in holding a different policy position. For David Cameron, now Prime Minister, and Andy Coulson, his communications director, his sin was to let the mask slip and give the public a flash of ...

  • David Randall: Baby Jack's arrival makes me a grandad
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    "It's wonderful," goes the compilation of what old, experienced hands told me as we waited for the birth, "Better than having your own children... You've got real time to spend with them... All the fun and none of the worry... Power without responsib...

  • Leading article: All-American rise and fall
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    He denied and denied he was romancing a campaign worker, then denied and denied she had borne his child, even deputing someone else to claim paternity. It all came to grief in the most spectacular way, as so often in American political society, and n...

  • Robert Verkaik: Ministers can no longer afford to ignore abuse by the Army
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    The horrifying case of Baha Mousa, kicked and beaten to death by British soldiers in 2003, shows that if only a handful of the 100 Iraqis alleging abuse are found to be telling the truth, the political fallout will swamp anything uncovered by an inqu...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Statistics are not gathered to benefit the few
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    This week the Prime Minister was reproved in a letter from the head of the UK Statistics Authority for repeating Conservative claims about increases in violent crime. In the Commons on 7 July, David Cameron said gun crime and violent crime "went thro...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Some days I wake up laughing at men, go to bed laughing at men, and as for the hours in between...'
    Saturday, 17 July 2010

    Apparently, men today feel they are not being taken seriously in the way women felt they weren't being taken seriously when Woman's Hour was founded 50 years ago, and if some reverse sexism is afoot, then we must all fight it, although not today, as ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (18/07/10)
    Sunday, 18 July 2010

    There was also a curious omission in yesterday's interview with Mandy by Matthew Norman in the Telegraph. The journo – whose relationship with Mandy has had its bilious moments – told the story of the time Mandelson dropped in at Norman's home ...

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