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Saturday, 24 July 2010

  • DJ Taylor: In a philistine age, who is still willing to speak up for Auntie?
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    The Conservative Party has ancient scores to settle – some of them perfectly legitimate – and the Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Hunt, has already made ominous noises about a readjustment of the licence fee. The Murdoch press has been sniping...

  • Menzies Campbell: Iraq was always wrong. Now we have proof
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    Before Chilcot, we had to rely on leaked documents such as telegrams from diplomats, accounts of meetings held round the sofa at No 10, and, for lawyers, the crown jewels of the Attorney General's written advice to the Prime Minister. The Hutton and ...

  • Leading article: Dangers lie in David Cameron's hazy vision of social regeneration
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    The contours of the Government's vision are steadily coming into focus. It is clear that local authorities are regarded as an obstacle, rather than a facilitator of local empowerment. The policy of the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is designed t...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (25 July 2010)
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    If anyone in the United States Congress or elsewhere has any credible evidence to suggest that BP and/or the British government put pressure on Kenny MacAskill MSP to allow Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to go back to Libya to die in return for access to Liby...

  • Leading article: Mavericks rock the boat
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    As the votes were counted in May, it became clear that a government based on Labour and the Lib Dems would be hard to form and harder to sustain. And we accept that one of the consequences of a more proportional voting system would be that parties wo...

  • Lisa Markwell: If 'MasterChef' is on, who gives a fig for politics?
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    In fact, I've been glued to this week's celebrity spin-off, despite the fact that the contestants are not terribly famous, and that they appear to know nothing about food. When a veteran of Brookside correctly identifies one of the ingredients of an ...

  • Kids, eh? Now they persist in being useful and contented
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    The proportion of children aged 11 to 15 who have taken drugs on at least one occasion fell from 29 per cent in 2001 to 22 per cent last year. The number of those using alcohol has dropped from 61 per cent to 51 per cent. Most shockingly of all, wher...

  • Melanie McDonagh: If we truly care for others, that goes for Venables too
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    But it's somehow fitting that the only picture of him we shall ever have is that of the schoolboy who, with his friend Robert Thompson murdered poor little James Bulger, aged two. Because that is the identity in which he is forever fixed; for most of...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'I can't quite believe anyone really wants to smell like Jennifer Aniston'
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    Innumerable celebs and hemi-semi-demi-celebs have trodden the path of eponymous fragrances before her, not all of them of the shameless Britney/ Paris/J-Lo variety. The reasonably credible likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Halle Berry have also stood...

  • Katy Guest: Don't pair up just for Britain's sake. Nick tried that ...
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    For the news, unsurprisingly, does not show singletons in a happy light. People who live alone, uSwitch points out, spend more money on living essentials than people who live as couples, and in an inexplicable coincidence are less happy as a result. ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (25/07/10)
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    The sale of Channel 5 to Express Newspapers proprietor Richard Desmond prompted Tom Bower to pen a damming piece in yesterday's Guardian, decrying Ofcom for "lowering the threshold of suitability of the prospective owner of a TV channel". Readers le...

  • James Burton: Whatever happened to ... Iceland's volcanic ash
    Sunday, 25 July 2010

    The Icelandic volcano which had been spewing ash into the atmosphere stopped erupting in late May, and this inconvenient natural phenomenon called Eyjafjallajokull has since behaved itself. In April, when the cloud suddenly brought northern Europe to...

  • Letters: Education system
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    Anthony Seldon's excellent article ("Our education system is collapsing into a form of mass indoctrination", 17 July) reminds us of New Labour's 1997 commitment to "education, education, education" but claims that "the tyranny of exams has been allow...

  • Leading article: Misplaced pessimism over Kosovan independence
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    The outcome is a disaster for Serbia. Effectively, this terminates Belgrade's campaign to use international law to coerce its former province – over which Nato went to war in 1999 and which declared independence in 2008 – to accept a return to Serbia...

  • Sean O'Grady: Celebrating the boom? Me neither
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    No, me neither. Yet the latest figures on the economy suggest that it is expanding at its fastest rate since 2003, an annualised growth figure of 4.4 per cent, well up there with the best boom times since the Second World War. Suggests, that is, not ...

  • Deborah Ross: 'My kitchen food cupboard is terrorising me.'
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    I can't pinpoint when it all began, but I started to notice that even though I knew I had something in this cupboard – black peppercorns, for example – I would buy another packet rather than search for them and when I'd finished, I'd open the cupboar...

  • Lisa Markwell: I've got just the challenge for adrenalin junkies
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    Ben Fogle was commenting on the terrifying crash his erstwhile reality TV co-star (and erstwhile Olympic rower) James Cracknell suffered this week while pedalling 2,500 miles of Route 66. He was attempting to break an endurance record by running, cyc...

  • Ian Burrell: Prepare for an 'OK!' diet of celebrity gossip and reality TV
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    Mr Desmond began his negotiations to buy Five three months ago in a joint initiative with Endemol, the Dutch-based production company that owns the rights to Big Brother, which it first made in 1999. Although the media baron decided, three weeks into...

  • Leading article: Off colour
    Saturday, 24 July 2010

    New European Union rules mean that the makers of Irn-Bru will henceforth have to warn parents that it contains ingredients that could cause hyperactivity in children. And the colourings that give Irn-Bru its distinctive look are to blame. Some will r...

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