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Sunday, 22 August 2010

  • Leading article: A mixed result for the environment
    Monday, 23 August 2010

    Australia is on the front line of global warming. Farmers in the vast Murray-Darwin Basin are suffering from an acute drought, which scientists are increasingly confident is a consequence of incipient climate change. The country's ecosystem is seen a...

  • Letters: University places
    Monday, 23 August 2010

    The push from politicians to get more young people in university education has devalued the resulting qualification, and a degree from a mediocre university is usually awaste of three or more years and tens of thousands of pounds. Furthermore, the ro...

  • Leading article: Justice must be seen to be done
    Monday, 23 August 2010

    It is also now plain that the manner in which the authorities investigated the death of Ian Tomlinson, a newspaper seller who died after being shoved by a police officer at the G20 protests, was a disgrace. Dr Freddie Patel, who initially examined Mr...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Slow food
    Monday, 23 August 2010

    But if the new technology has resulted in longer waits we should not be surprised. This would be the latest in a long line of supposedly time-saving innovations that have ended up eating up a greater chunk of our day than the technology they preceded...

  • Nicholas Jones: A battle we need not have fought
    Monday, 23 August 2010

    Today's commentators rarely dwell on such horrors. Yet, while they recall the pilots' sacrifices, they also never ask if the Battle of Britain were itself avoidable. I once hosted a dinner for Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the jet engine. He wry...

  • Mark Pack: We are now facing sobering reality of sharing power
    Monday, 23 August 2010

    But while the story itself is, as Kennedy himself put it, "the silliest of silly season stories", there is no doubt the Liberal Democrats are in unchartered waters. Nick Clegg has given the party something members never expected to happen any time so...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: They came to be banned
    Monday, 23 August 2010

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

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