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Sunday, 18 July 2010

  • Letters: Stabilising our population
    Monday, 19 July 2010

    Rather than repeat myself this time, let me quote others Lawson can add to his extensive demonology: "Population stabilisation should become a priority for sustainable development" (Kofi Annan); "It would be absurd to deny that the necessary global t...

  • Leading article: A chance to clear the air in Washington
    Monday, 19 July 2010

    Mr Cameron has business to attend to in Washington, on Europe's behalf as well as our own, and the several hours he's been allotted with the President are the best chance he is likely to have for a while to put Europe's viewpoint across. Relations be...

  • 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: Reinventing the wheel
    Monday, 19 July 2010

    Some will no doubt suggest that this particular cloud has a large silver lining, in that high petrol and insurance prices will presumably propel a number of people out of their environmentally unfriendly cars and on to public transport, bicycles or t...

  • Jeremy Laurance: This treatment will revolutionise distribution, reduce costs and dramatically improve safety
    Monday, 19 July 2010

    Before the first batches became available in September, negotiations opened with the medical profession over who was to deliver the vaccine and for how much. Ultimately, the British Medical Association agreed a deal under which GPs would be paid £5.2...

  • 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...

  • Is Sarah Palin the heir to Shakespeare?
    Monday, 19 July 2010

     

  • Letters: Population growth
    Monday, 19 July 2010

    I always enjoy Dominic Lawson's regular dusting-off of his familiar anti-OPT rant ("Affluence, not control, is the answer", Comment, 13 July), uncontaminated as it always is by any reference to what we and our patrons actually say, and resounding ins...

  • Leading article: Grubby ideas
    Monday, 19 July 2010

    A Dutch scientist, Marcel Dicke, says that while 10 kilograms of feed generates just one kilogram of beef, and a few more of pork, the same amount can produce no less than nine kilograms of locusts, which are, incidentally, exceedingly nutritious and...

  • David Usborne: The PM will never bring America to a standstill
    Monday, 19 July 2010

    At least there were some corny TV images when Tony Blair went to George Bush's ranch in Texas – but Obama doesn't have one of those, and Cameron is not a natural for the buddy role. Mr Cameron has said he doesn't want Britain to be "slavish" in its d...

  • Denis MacShane: The message Mr Cameron must deliver
    Monday, 19 July 2010

    Tomorrow, a British Prime Minister is in Washington to meet a US President for the first bilateral since the election. Like Clement Attlee or Tony Blair, can David Cameron shape arguments and a strategic vision that help President Obama as well as Na...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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