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Saturday, 21 August 2010

  • Leading article: The corrosive Tory infatuation with wealthy businessmen
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    But what the Tory leader has not reformed, nor shown any inclination to reform, is his party's relations with rich businessmen who have a questionable attitude to paying tax in Britain. Mr Cameron, notoriously, put the non-domiciled billionaire Lord ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (22 August 2010)
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    But before any foreigners part with their penny, I would request them to demand that the government of Pakistan levy a tax on income from agriculture and recover all the hefty, written-off loans advanced by banks. These two measures should bring in a...

  • Leading article: Cuts and common sense
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    Consultation, like community or progressive, is one of those words that ought to have any good democrat counting the spoons. And done, open-ended, on the internet, it is likely to take on the character of one of the more unrepresentative cyber-forums...

  • Paul Vallely: Talking over the heads of children
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    One of the consistent features of the debate has been the way in which the Government, the equality lobby, gay rights activists, the church – and last week even the National Secular Society which bobbed in with its two penn'orth – trumpeted the claim...

  • Hatred has its reward, even without revenge. Time will do the rest
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    The gesture has most commonly been characterised by critics as an attempt to buy off his own guilt – the guilt that the Blair-haters desperately wish kept him awake every night. I doubt Tony Blair suffers much in the way of guilt. No one who has the ...

  • Tom Mangold: Shame made David Kelly kill himself
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    The betrayal broke the most sacred law of journalism, but Kelly's denial of involvement – a foolish lie – led directly to his death. The exposure of that lie would have meant that his career would end in disgrace and he would retire a broken man in a...

  • Katy Guest: Washing our dirty linen in public is a filthy British habit
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    No more bunk-ups in the shared Jacuzzi. No more using an empty wine bottle as a speculum. No more furtive masturbation in the toilet with one hand up against the camera and the whole room wired for sound. Unless, of course, someone buys the programme...

  • Letters: A-level results
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    The A-level cries out for reform and this year's fiasco could provide the final shove. Leaving aside the debate as to whether A-levels have been "dumbed down", it is surely irrefutable that grade inflation over the last 20 years has landed all concer...

  • Leading article: The day of the menagerie is over
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    The pharaohs of ancient Egypt kept animal collections for display. In Hellenistic times, Ptolemy II developed the Alexandria zoo into the greatest collection of beasts the world had known. In the Middle Ages, Henry I used the Tower of London for a Ro...

  • Julian Baggini: Google's chief says privacy is dying. But does the Facebook generation care?
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    Whereas previous generations panicked about knife-wielding teddy boys, sexually lascivious rockers, drug-fogged hippies, heroin-injected inner-city youths and drunken town centre rabbles, now the concern is that the kids are not appropriately discree...

  • DJ Taylor: Have a HobNob: the antidote to the rising celebrity tide
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    A further complication has emerged this year in the new A* grading system, designed to help elite universities identify the brightest of the bright, with the head of the Independent Schools Council, David Lyscom, admitting that private school pupils ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (22/08/10)
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    Alas, he was found to have made expenses claims for a swimming pool boiler. Now he has been replaced by Claire Perry, an energetic 46-year-old mother of three who keeps her constituents up to date via Twitter. Her maiden speech was on the importance ...

  • Rushed off my feet, shirking nine to five
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    Or rather, do, but understand that it may take me some time to decide if what we're discussing actually is time-wasting, or whether it should be more accurately termed as procrastination, or perhaps one of half a dozen other names for that thing you ...

  • Rhiannon Harries: What I learnt from Sir Trevor Nunn's A-level test
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

    This year much controversy surrounds the new A* grade at A-level, intended to differentiate the very best from the best. Last Monday, the Radio 4 programme How to Get an A Star set out to answer just that question. In what was presumably an attempt t...

  • Leading article: Dinner party from hell
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    The Labour leadership candidate David Miliband has issued his supporters with a detailed advice sheet on how to hold a recruitment "house meeting". The evening will begin with the registration of guests. There will follow 20 minutes of introductions ...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Peer-reviewed journals aren't worth the paper they're written on
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    "Is it in a peer-reviewed journal?" journalists are meant to ask themselves before launching into another story about rice pudding causing cancer, or chocolate prolonging life. The truth is that peer review is largely hokum. What happens if a peer-re...

  • Virginia Ironside: The Catholic Church should stay out of the gay adoption debate
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    What is so stupid is that by refusing to let homosexual couples adopt children, the charity has, as so often happens, simply drawn attention to the pettiness of the Roman Catholic Church – and, to be honest, most other churches. Instead of concentrat...

  • Rebecca Front: 'Facial hair fashions include goatees and soul patches and the topiaried eyebrow'
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    And it's not just Victorian men who were defined by their facial fashion. Take the hippies of the Sixties, so confident in their sexual liberation that the dolly-birds would still hang out with them, even though their fresh-faced youthfulness was mar...

  • John Rentoul: The New Managerialism
    Sunday, 22 August 2010

  • John Rentoul: The Scale of the Universe
    Saturday, 21 August 2010

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