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  • Leading article: The Liberal Democrats must now argue their case for electoral reform
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    And when the party was in talks with the Conservatives, it was David Cameron's agreement to advance legislation for a referendum on the Alternative Vote system that arguably clinched the deal. It allowed what might otherwise have been a loose concord...

  • Leading article: Everyone’s a winner
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    So, yes, it was a shame that England did not play well enough against Germany in the World Cup. It was a pity that Ghana, to whom many Britons transferred their affections on the grounds that they are (a) plucky and (b) from the same continent as the...

  • DJ Taylor: Happy and glorious: a royal renaissance and our vintage years
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    The Queen, in particular, has stalked through the midsummer heat-haze like a molten goddess. She arrives at Wimbledon amid a fusillade of droll but inherently respectful articles on the most appropriate way of bowing to the monarch. She proceeds to C...

  • Peter Stanford: Young men thrive on opportunity, not jail
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    They are all desperate to avoid the revolving door that will currently take at least 60 per cent of them back to jail within two years of release. And they believe passionately that education is the key. As we struggled last week to make impossible d...

  • Letters: Doctors' Hours
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    However it is grossly unfair on many hard-working hospital consultants to suggest that the previous system relied on junior doctors working without supervision. It is a dangerous consequence of the EWTD that much of the time when consultants and trai...

  • Leading article: The real political power Down Under
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    The former Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, tried to impose a 40 per cent "super-tax" on the profits of the coal and iron-ore extracting multinationals. The mining industry responded with a huge and aggressive advertising campaign against the t...

  • Andrew Marshall: Everyone benefits from a little espionage
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    It has presented us with the image of shady people living under assumed names while performing elaborate pantomime routines with luggage to get information that could surely be found more easily on the internet. But there are good reasons to examine ...

  • Anthony Horowitz: Locking up our youngsters leaves society in shackles
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    It's indicative of the topsy-turvy world in which we live that the first view is that of a Tory Justice Secretary – Kenneth Clarke no less, making a much publicised speech to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in London. While it is Jack Straw ...

  • Amy Jenkins: Now men know what being treated as a 'minority' feels like
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    Figures out in the US show that women have become the majority of the workforce over there for the first time. Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next 10 years, all but two are occupied primarily by women. More women than men ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (04 July 2010)
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    In August 2008, my husband, a Lincolnshire dentist, was falsely accused of sexual assault by a patient, who went on to recruit two other accusers. When it came to trial in September 2009, the press coverage was salacious and highly damaging, and it g...

  • Paul Vallely: A road paved with good intentions
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    Thirteen years on, William Hague, the latest occupant of the red leather-buttoned chair, has now offered us his "big vision" in an all-encompassing post-election manifesto, though he had the sense to wait a full seven weeks before attempting it. To b...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'Oprah's most powerful weapon? Not coming across like a moron'
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    OK, that's not quite how it was, but it would have been had Oprah Winfrey – the world's most powerful celebrity, according to Forbes' 2010 list – exerted any kind of direct influence on my life. All of the above come with Winfrey's seal of approval –...

  • Katy Guest: Game, set and match to Laura Robson
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    Not David Mercer, who found it necessary to add to his knowledge of the tennis being played his observations on the physical development of 16-year-old girls: "Is Laura [Robson] mobile enough around the court? Perhaps a little puppy fat at the moment...

  • Tim Lott: Excuses, buck-passing, and the lost virtue of taking responsibility
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    Football is a rich source for improbable excuses – last year Sir Alex Ferguson attributed United's losing to Fulham on the inadequate size of the Craven Cottage dressing room. But football by no means holds the monopoly. On the tennis court, a grumpy...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (04/07/10)
    Sunday, 4 July 2010

    Has Ann Widdecombe ruled herself out as the next ambassador to the Vatican? The Catholic ex-MP is being tipped for the post, and is said to have William Hague's blessing. But, talking to a local paper in the West Country, she said the idea was "compl...

  • Leading article: National treasure
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    Some will see it as an act of laudable philanthropy – just the sort of behaviour that should be encouraged from the wealthy in these cash-strapped times. Others will see it as Mr Saatchi's latest attempt to promote a narrow and controversial aestheti...

  • Deborah Ross: 'John Travolta isn't about to invite me on to his yacht. I don’t think he has ever been spotted in Cornwall'
    Saturday, 3 July 2010

    So this is why you must have the bejewelled kaftan and the bejewelled sandals and the bejewelled tote and the bejewelled children – "Hold still, children, while I bejewel you..." – and the bejewelled husband, who may or may not say: "Why are you beje...

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