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  • Leading article: Aid is humane - and politic
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    And if individuals need to respond, so do governments. The British Government has in fact been prompt to give help; it has already committed £10m in emergency assistance, half of it through Unicef. After the meeting between Pakistan's President Zarda...

  • Leading article: Dangerous echoes of Thatcherism
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    As well he might not. "Margaret Thatcher – Milk Snatcher" is well established in the national memory as one of the more damaging slogans of those years. Her decision, as Education Secretary, to end free milk for most primary school children came to e...

  • Ramadan and me: A month in the life of British Muslims
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Muslims across the country are preparing for the start of Ramadan on Wednesday. That means stocking up on tasty food, such spices, sweetmeats and sugary drinks, with which to break their daily fasts. It also means planning prayers and family gatherin...

  • DJ Taylor: Who's a real celebrity, Gracie or Katie? You decide...or maybe not
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Nonetheless, there was Michael Gove last Wednesday, being hailed as the potential sponsor of a scheme recently dreamt up by the enlightened gentlemen of the Premier League. Noting Mr Gove's enthusiasm for "free schools", the league is exploring a ran...

  • Farzana Shaikh: The man who really matters in Pakistan
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Even before the onset of the catastrophic floods, which prompted Kayani to head to the worst affected areas of the north-west ahead of any other political leader, it was clear that the military was gearing up to expose the government as unfit to look...

  • Karen Attwood: Why is losing a baby such a taboo?
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    It is a disgrace that so little funding is allocated to finding out the causes of something that affects thousands of women every year. And even stranger that the whole issue of miscarriage remains a taboo. Miscarriage is rarely spoken about. It is a...

  • Harry Mount: Grey hair works. No hair works. But comb-overs are just a joke
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    This would not have made happy reading for David Cameron. Newspapers this week zeroed in on the grey wings over his ears, and the bald spot on the crown of his head. Journalists made out that it was the stress of being Prime Minister that is thinning...

  • Why is this news exactly, Daily Mail?
    Monday, 9 August 2010

     

  • Letters: Council Tenants
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    A means test or earnings qualification will be counter-productive. A similar system operates in US public housing and has the effect of discouraging tenants from finding work because they would rather have a decent, secure, affordable home than an in...

  • Leading article: Aid workers and armed force
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    Much more needs to emerge about the precise circumstances of this attack before any reliable conclusions can be drawn. If, as has been speculated, it was a robbery, that would be one thing. It would make the case for even sterner warnings about safet...

  • Helen Croydon: Monogamy is not our natural state
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    In the same week, Canada resumed its stab at modernising family values. The supreme court in British Columbia – a province unlike California in every possible way – has been asked to review its centuries-old law which forbids polygamy. It has called ...

  • Stephen Glover: Columnists' critics should be named
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    Newspaper columnists no longer sit on their thrones declaiming eternal verities with no more to fear than a letter written in green ink which can be easily tossed into the wastepaper basket. Now they can be instantly praised or held to account for er...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (8 August 2010)
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Peter Tatchell OutRage! London SW14 In the 76 countries that still prosecute people on the grounds of their sexual orientation, gay men and lesbians are robbed of their rights and subjected to state-sanctioned harassment, imprisonment, corporal punis...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'The drama of the West End is not as exciting as M&S'
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    This makes me feel much better. More of my cultural exchanges than I would like to admit involve the phrases "I haven't managed to get tickets yet", meaning I haven't got round to trying, and "I've read lots of good things about it!" Nul points. Mill...

  • Sophie Heawood: If you want to get ahead, get afloat
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    I know it's summer because the first sightings are in of a famously humdrum Brit doing something frolicsome on a yacht. Prince Andrew, in fact, making merry with a mystery brunette, off the coast of Sardinia. On a big luxurious yacht. Doing crazily r...

  • Paul Vallely: Cloning will not feed the hungry
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    But maybe you have already. The Food Standards Agency, which is soon to go the way of all quangos, last week revealed that two cloned cattle, bred on British farms, have been slaughtered and sold as meat over the past year. It is believed the meat wa...

  • Tess Finch-Lees: Sutcliffe is a danger, mostly to himself
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Although Broadmoor is a secure psychiatric hospital, it feels like a prison. The staff are predominately nurses, but some behave like prison officers. As soon as you strap a chain of enormous Dickensian keys around your waist it's hard to resist the ...

  • Leading article: A good death
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    Increasingly paralysed with motor neurone disease, he rushed to complete his last book, Ill Fares The Land, an impassioned polemic that denounced what he saw as the wasted opportunities of the post-Cold War years, lambasted the dogma and greed that, ...

  • Richard Garner: Only AS-levels can show what a pupil is really capable of
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    The trouble is, universities are reluctant to put back the start of their academic year, saying they cannot expect international students, who give them their world-class credibility, to wait for three months before starting their courses. And school...

  • Sindy: The IoS Diary (08/08/10)
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Could Elaine Stritch be due a return to not only London but the London stage? Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, in London for 80th birthday celebrations, has been talking to friends about his latest casting plans: who should appear in a new ...

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