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  • Leading article: Money alone is not the answer
    Monday, 5 July 2010

    John Yates, the head of counter-terrorism at Scotland Yard, last week claimed that cuts to the police budget – in line with cuts across the rest of the public sector – would put Britain at greater risk of another terror attack. These were private rem...

  • Leading article: Pass the rotten parcel
    Monday, 5 July 2010

    The implications are depressing. It means that hundreds of thousands of children are receiving a substandard education because poor teachers are not being removed from the schools system. There are two forces at work here. The teaching unions are pro...

  • Chris Huhne and Vince Cable: The green economy is still viable
    Monday, 5 July 2010

    However, one of this Government's crucial challenges is to ensure that this growth does not occur at the expense of the environment, but rather for its benefit. The balance must tip away from reliance on fossil fuels for power, heat and manufacturing...

  • 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: War and sanctions
    Monday, 5 July 2010

    Barack Obama's decision to sign a package of tough new energy and financial sanctions against Iran comes at a time when the United States has increased its naval strength in the Gulf to three aircraft-carrier groups and 10,000 combat personnel. These...

  • Leading article: No small job
    Monday, 5 July 2010

    Speaker Bercow only narrowly escaped being defenestrated when the new parliament convened after the general election. But that brush with political death has not stunted Speaker Bercow's modernising zeal. For he is now is proposing to overhaul that c...

  • Mick Brookes: Incompetent staff work the system. Sacking them is hard
    Monday, 5 July 2010

    A headteacher needs a sense of moral purpose in tackling poor teachers. Challenging them carries great difficulties. In some cases, the person you tackle will go off sick. I can understand that – they will be under stress – but it means you can't dea...

  • Oliver Gillie: Time to abandon this outdated view on staying out of the sun
    Monday, 5 July 2010

    Vitamin D deficiency is well known as the classic cause of rickets and serious bone diseases, but in the last 10 years it has also been identified as a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, infections, some cancers and other ills....

  • Julian Baggini: What is deep thought?
    Monday, 5 July 2010

    The idea that thinking in the modern world is shallowing out has become the received wisdom of the cognoscenti. In a massively connected world, so the story goes, we are bombarded by more and more information but in ever smaller units. The typical gr...

  • 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...

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