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  • Leading article: Cameron must clear the air with our ally
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    The Prime Minister was right to speak out on a subject that has frustrated British and American intelligence for several years, even if his choice of location from which to deliver his sermon, namely India, was questionable in terms of sensitivity to...

  • 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,...

  • Letters: Retirement cut
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    Forcing people out of employment when they want to work, save for their pensions and pay taxes is ridiculous. It's based on the incorrect belief that there is a finite number of jobs in a "one-in one-out" market. But as your leading article points ou...

  • Leading article: The wrong way to protect children
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    After a previous home secretary, John Reid, unveiled a pilot scheme, put into operation in four areas in Britain in 2008, it was always likely that a politician with Theresa May's populist instincts would move to roll it out nationwide. No one doubts...

  • Rhoda Koenig: The true cost of free speech
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    Boy, was that man ahead of his time. Nowadays everyone lacks the conviction that it can ever be wrong to say whatever you want. Lots of people do not like this state of affairs, and do not contribute to the visual and verbal sewage they encounter eac...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Instant fame
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    But when the US rapper Kanye West, for reasons unknown, made Steven Holmes his only Twitter follower, the young man from Coventry certainly saw his audience leap dramatically in hours, from only 60 or so to more than a thousand. Fame is always welcom...

  • Alex Kiprotich: Politicians want this referendum to further their own ambitions
    Monday, 2 August 2010

    For President Kibaki, there is also a desire to leave a legacy. He is not eligible for re-election when his second term expires. But as the last referendum on constitutional change in 2005 showed – a vote won by the "No" campaign – political ambition...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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