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Saturday, 14 August 2010

  • Leading article: Our young deserve better
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    For the majority, competition for university places is at record levels, following applications from 660,000 people, a 12 per cent rise on last year. And the number of places available in the clearing system is expected to drop by a third. Predictabl...

  • Leading article: Britain must learn to live with the defences it can afford
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    This is in addition to the Strategic Defence and Security Review already in progress and is designed to produce a leaner, less centralised organisation. From what Dr Fox said, both reviews are taking a root-and-branch approach in which nothing, inclu...

  • Alex Salmond: A champion for Scotland – and the world
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    He loved Scotland and her people, and it was this commitment to protect the jobs and communities of the upper Clyde that propelled him to global prominence almost 40 years ago, with his inspirational – and successful – leadership of the Upper Clyde S...

  • Ayesha Siddiqa: My country needs help, not disapproval
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    Many people are unhappy with the way in which Pakistan has chosen to fight the war on terror or manage its own internal affairs. The present government's inefficiency and, as some consider it, insensitivity in solving people's problems does not inspi...

  • Andrew Martin: What does Cameron know of the need for sharp elbows?
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    To the class-conscious among us, his remark was irritating in numerous ways. First, it was sociologically incorrect. Cameron is a multi-millionaire, and somehow related to the Queen. His wife likes to say that she "grew up outside Scunthorpe", and th...

  • DJ Taylor: Burning the candle at both ends suits Kiera, but it's not for Dave
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    One singular characteristic which has caught the commentariat's eye, it turns out, is David Cameron's decision to work shorter hours. According to the New Statesman, the Prime Minister rarely descends to his desk at No 10 until 8.30am and is almost n...

  • Letters: Flooding in Pakistan
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Remind me again why this is a Western problem when the Muslim world has it so easily within its capacity to sort the problem out for itself, and very quickly indeed? The relative lack of success of the appeals is not just compassion fatigue, but irri...

  • Leading article: Burma's election that is no election
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    So it needs to be spelt out in the most unequivocal terms that Burma's coming election is a sham and a fake. The party that won a landslide victory at the last election in 1990, the National League for Democracy, was never allowed to take power. It h...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (15 August 2010)
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    James Patten Naphill, Buckinghamshire I was very amused to read Janet Street-Porter's piece criticising the character of Ruth in The Archers for her irritating accent. Blimey, as my old Mum would have said, talk about the pot calling the kettle black...

  • Paul Vallely: Tidy up before you switch off and leave
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    Either way, the Sudanese man who ran one of the kitchens in bin Laden's Star of Jihad compound in Afghanistan got 14 years in jail for his pains last week. Ibrahim al-Qosi, who was bin Laden's former driver as well as his cook, admitted providing sup...

  • Katy Guest: Darling, will you marry me (or maybe not)?
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    The formerly private former Take That member, who has done everything short of jumping up and down on Oprah's sofa to broadcast to the world that he finally got a girlfriend to stick, has been telling fans how he proposed to his bride: by writing "wi...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'Naomi Campbell really does have the oddest attitude to presents'
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    For those of us used to pictures of the model styled, coiffed, made-up and – increasingly – retouched to the max, it came as quite a shock to see Campbell in the environs of The Hague's War Crimes court as she gave evidence in the trial of former Lib...

  • Leading article: Take a break
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    After demonstratively working through the first half of August, the Prime Minister finally goes away. But there is no hint the pace will slacken. Nick Clegg will be back and already he has several public events scheduled for early next week. The coal...

  • Laura Tennison: For the glass ceiling to be shattered, there needs to be a revolution at home
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Are women really being stopped from getting those positions? Or is it that women have a more balanced view on life and don't always put career above every other aspect? I'm not being in the least bit sexist in saying this. I think women are extremely...

  • Amy Jenkins: Why confessional writing captures the female mind
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Sony has thrown a huge amount of money at it – $80m – and cast Julia Roberts in the lead role in an effort to ape the success of Sex and the City. But early reviews are lukewarm – which only goes to show that the current craze for the female confessi...

  • Deborah Ross: Who knows why some kids grow up to be crack addicts?'
    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Things may quieten down for a bit after this but do not be fooled – they're only gathering strength for yet another round of name-calling while looking all superior and quoting the evidence that supports their case, although, just as there will alway...

  • John Rentoul: Life is but a dream
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

  • Sindy: The IoS Diary (15/08/10)
    Sunday, 15 August 2010

    Before the International Book Festival opened yesterday in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, one of the authors attending, Peter Mandelson, went to see some comedy at the nearby Stand club. Clearly he's not aware that its founder is Tommy Sheppard, a f...

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