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  • Leading article: An unwinnable war
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    This weekend, British forces have been marking a gain in the latest campaign in the south of the country, Operation Tor Shezada, having secured territory around the town of Saidabad, but advances like these, however creditable to the troops involved,...

  • Leading article: Welfare reform and the danger of unrealistic expectations
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    But there will always be such bills, and quite right too. The social safety net is one of the hallmarks of a civilised society. There will always be people who are sick, disabled or who, through no fault of their own, find their jobs disappear. They ...

  • John Kampfner: Witnesses bent on self-exoneration
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    At the end of my presentation, the applause was embarrassingly lukewarm. I feared that even having minded my Ps and Qs, I had overstepped the mark. The questions then came thick and fast. Did I not realise that the military had been woefully under-pr...

  • David Cameron: A celebration – and a challenge for us all
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    Most obviously it's a celebration. The fact that the figures at the top of the list – Mary Portas and Gareth Thomas – are from the worlds of business and sport show how far we've come. For a long time there have been relatively few "out" business fig...

  • Simon Price: You're not unusual, Sir Tom. You're totally unique
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    "Big", of course, is an understatement. In his 45-year recording career, Tom Jones has sold 150 million albums. If he overtakes Eminem tonight with his 39th studio album, Praise & Blame, he will be, at 70, the oldest male singer to top the charts...

  • David Miliband: The PM should listen more and talk less
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    The Pakistan issue is the most important. It is the region's tinderbox. We have 10,000 young men and women at risk in Afghanistan. Only a political settlement can bring an end to the war. For that we need Pakistan; and they need our economic and mili...

  • DJ Taylor: All-singing, all dancing coalition gets a flyer – as did Dwain Chambers
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    On the one hand, newspapers are desperately raking through Westminster rubbish bins in search of hard evidence of impending fracture. On the other, there is more or less general agreement that David Cameron looks born to the job and, as The Times use...

  • Letters: The limits of multiculturalism
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    Patterson laments the "ill-mannered nonsense" preached in faith schools, and the sight of three-year-olds in hijabs makes her "sad". While genuine outrage does feature in the article, it is directed towards the barbaric practise of female circumcisio...

  • Leading article: A country of immigrants turns upon itself
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    Clearly the provisions in the original law allowing police to question people they had a "reasonable suspicion" might be illegal immigrants, and requiring them to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws, were a violation of ind...

  • Robert Elms: End bullfighting and you give in to the neutering forces of accepted taste
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    Twenty-six years and some 300 or so bloody Iberian afternoons later, I was back in that city's handsome bullring, "The Monumental", to watch Jose Tomas, Spain's greatest and most charismatic matador, strut his deadly stuff in front of a packed and en...

  • Amy Jenkins: A prime minister who revels in his sense of entitlement
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    None of that is news to anyone with half a brain, but it is news this week because David Cameron has said it and prime ministers don't usually say these things. Not only does Cameron Direct want to deliver a smaller state, right to your door, he want...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (1 August 2010)
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    To think that these boys who committed this murder at 10 have no chance of redemption in our society makes me feel very sad and shows that the effects of child abuse in the household are not understood. We can and should lay most of the blame on pare...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Can the ugly facts really kill the beautiful myth?
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    The list of names duly trotted out in response to the style-icon question is surprisingly sparse; I'd wager that in at least 50 per cent of cases, fashion designer Coco Chanel gets a mention, and more often than not by people whose habitual clothing ...

  • Katy Guest: As you won't go north, Mr Salmon, bags I your chips
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    BBC executives are not quite so sure, though. Last week, it turned out that Peter Salmon, the BBC North director responsible for moving 1,500 staff jobs from London to Manchester is refusing to leave his £1.85m four-bedroom home in an anonymous subur...

  • Paul Vallely: There are two sides to every history
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    We went to see some gladiators fighting Christians in a Roman arena the other day. The Christians won. My son, whose favourite computer pastime for some months has been a strategy game called Rome Total War, was outraged. "This is completely unhistor...

  • Susie Mesure: More sex, please, we're British...
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    Yes, after decades of despair in the bedroom, where we have been stuck in collective adolescence since the Victorian era, Brits are learning to embrace not only each other but also the art of seduction between the sheets. And I do mean learning. The ...

  • Clare Balding: Homophobia, AA Gill, and me
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    In the steamy debate undertaken by we Pink List judges, all these things were taken into account and although you may argue with the order or the new sub-sections, the idea was to celebrate those who, over the past year, have made a difference to the...

  • Leading article: Historical injustice
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    And we see no reason why it should be limited to American folk heroes. Boudicca, of course, already has a statue on Westminster Bridge. But how about some sort of official recognition of the excellent community work done in Nottinghamshire by Robin H...

  • Deborah Ross: 'One of the seven signs of ageing is surely having pores big enough to host music festivals in'
    Saturday, 31 July 2010

    But it's seven for now and I have just purchased this cream in the hope that it will do what is says on the side of the false-bottomed jar, even though I cannot read what it says on the side of the false-bottomed jar, because I cannot find my reading...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (01/08/10)
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    We seem to know a lot about Chelsea Clinton's wedding this weekend, what with it being shrouded in secrecy. But we know a lot less about the wedding of another high-profile political offspring, Charlotte Straw. I'm told the daughter of Shadow Just...

  • Dr Ashley Steel: Why I quit as a Pink List judge
    Sunday, 1 August 2010

    But how does one go about comparing the relative power, influence and achievements of such a diverse group, whose principal commonality is their sexuality? Is Gareth Thomas more or less influential than Nick Herbert; does Allegra McEvedy's success ou...

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