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  • Leading article: The not-so secret service
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    Now we know who heads the security services: Jonathan Evans is the head of MI5, the domestic service, and Sir John Sawers is the head of MI6, its foreign counterpart. Their work is overseen by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Privy Councill...

  • Letters: Educational bias
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    Had the minister read with greater care, he would have seen that Rajan does not disparage craft, creative industries or engineering; in fact he does not mention them. What the minister seems to wish to avoid is why exactly it is that vocational quali...

  • Leading article: The threat to American conservatism
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    The paranoid and hate-filled world of the "birthers", the Tea Party people and all the rest is so alien to the British experience as to be incomprehensible. We tend not to take them seriously, or assume that the Republicans' constant lurch to the rig...

  • DJ Taylor: Struck with fear by a dripping tap? I spy the middle classes
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    Only the other week everyone was amusing themselves over the Prime Minister's valiant efforts to reposition himself as a member of the upper bourgeoisie rather than the proud descendant of several generations of oligarchical plutocrats. Miliband juni...

  • Alex Haxton: The next disaster has already begun
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    There is something about natural disasters that engages with the public. Is it because the victims are suffering through no fault of their own? The immediate and catastrophic devastation wrought by a tsunami, earthquake or flood is an event with whic...

  • Susie Mesure: Never has so little history been known by so few...
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    It will be suitably commemorated with a service at St Paul's Cathedral, itself a survivor of the Blitz, for all who played the biggest part in defending the nation, and by inference, the western world, from the tyranny of Nazi Germany. Or at least, f...

  • Leading article: A blow to the spirit of the game
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    The latest revelations of alleged betting scams in the Test match against England, therefore, are disappointing but not entirely shocking. Nor does it serve much purpose to wring our hands about the sad fate of an honourable game and express pious ho...

  • Omar Waraich: 'Cricket is all Pakistan has - this has destroyed any hope'
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    "Our heads have been bowed by shame," said the Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, echoing a widely voiced sentiment. "I am going to ask the Ministry of Sports to order a full inquiry." President Asif Ali Zardari said that he had taken notice of the a...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: I'll show you sibling rivalry
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    So did the newspapers. "Attack risks rift," screeched one. "Miliband's jibe at brother's policies." The most trudgingly turgid of leadership contests looked like it might – finally – get interesting. Seven days later, I've yet to discover what the fu...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (29 August 2010)
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    Although, as I have always said, I was quite wrong to email a member of the committee saying that I thought David had spoken to Newsnight's Susan Watts, that email made no difference: questions prepared by the clerks for members of the committee show...

  • Rhiannon Harries: The ugly side of the beauty business - who'd pay £35 for a lippy?
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    The supposed reason is that, like ice-cream or a rented DVD, cosmetics deliver a bit of distraction and indulgence at a price-point low enough not to activate your cerebral "waste of money" alarm. So big things, such as a designer frock, are bad; sma...

  • Katy Guest: Lap dancing is seedy – but it's hard to say why
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    Last week's academic report about the lap-dancing industry will put a lot of people in this uncomfortable position. The preliminary results of a year's study by Dr Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy at the University of Leeds, it showed that many women who...

  • Paul Vallely: There's nothing 'progressive' about poverty
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    The judgement by the much respected Institute for Fiscal Studies – something else it is hard for the Tories to be against, since they repeatedly used its analysis as a stick with which to beat Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister – is a significan...

  • Dominic Prince: The Tories have no Asil Nadirs now (do they?)
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    The trouble is that Nadir, a former Tory party donor who contributed more money than any other individual during the 1980s, is here to stay. He has returned to face trial for the 66 counts of fraud and false accounting with which he had been charged ...

  • John Rentoul: "Someone is wrong"
    Monday, 30 August 2010

  • Leading article: The right art
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    Mr Vaizey is right to admit that the relationship between Tories and artists, as a genre, is often a difficult one. In recent decades art and Conservatism have not made natural bedfellows. They haven't done so since royal courts ceased to be great pa...

  • Notes 30/08/10
    Monday, 30 August 2010

    Staff on Iarnróid Éirean – Irish Rail – used CCTV footage to retrace the cat's pawsteps, and then launched an appeal for the owner to get in touch via Twitter. The owner, Eric Bieci, duly did. Staff at Pearse Street have renamed their surveillance ca...

  • John Rentoul: What Blair Is Not
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (29/08/10)
    Sunday, 29 August 2010

    So farewell to Lord Glenconner, the 83-year-old friend of Princess Margaret and owner of Mustique – who bought the island as a swamp in 1958 and turned it into a millionaire's playground. The death on Friday of the peer formerly known as Colin Ten...

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