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Sunday, 15 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...

  • Letters: The HS2 project
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    It seems to me that the mooted new line is an expensive act of national snobbery which we can ill afford at a time when the coalition is expecting us all to tighten our belts. The time-saving for a journey from London to Birmingham is quoted as 30 mi...

  • Leading article: The pluses – and minuses – of the big tent
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    Whether or not these jobs come with pay, the coalition's successful courting of former ministers has met a predictably dusty reception in some Labour quarters. Alan Milburn, though, as a leading Blairite, is probably the greatest catch. Frank Field h...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Mr Obama stands up for tolerance
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    However instinctive such sentiments might be for Mr Obama, it still takes guts to be as forthright on this subject as he was at a time when his standing in the polls has been taking a battering and mid-term Congressional elections are just around the...

  • Julian Hunt: Disasters like this can be prepared for
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    Meanwhile, the UN is warning of impending food shortages, with the World Bank estimating that $1bn (£640m) worth of crops have been ruined, whilst cholera is reported to have broken out in the North-West Frontier Province, where flooding has been mos...

  • Notes: 16/08/2010
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    Four candidates for inclusion in the series appeared in the Sunday papers.The Sunday Telegraph, p25: "Will Australia's first lady [pictured] have the briefest reign?"; Sunday Times News Review, p9: "Call this a holiday?" (about children studying thro...

  • Harriet Walker: Women get the worst of stereotyping
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    Anyway, what? Period pains turn women's brains into those of hair-clawing harpies with no sense of humour and even lower tolerance levels where messiness, flakiness, punctuality and punctuation are concerned? (Guffaw.) Clearly science has the effect ...

  • Steve Connor: The promise of an unlimited supply for transfusions
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    But one of the greatest problems facing the transfusion service is the growing menace of new infectious agents which can pass undetected into the blood supply. Hepatitis C, HIV and more recently the infectious "prion" behind Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease...

  • 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: Kick in the teeth
    Monday, 16 August 2010

    All right, so our foreign managers have been little more successful than the home-grown ones in taking England to the later stages of the World Cup. But is that the only gauge of success in an England manager? What about their general enhancement of ...

  • 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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