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  • Leading article: A policy for the planet
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

    And for politicians, this gradual pace is one of the greatest problems in forming a policy response to the challenge. In this country, the Ecology Party, precursor of the Green Party that is now represented in the House of Commons, and which holds it...

  • DJ Taylor: Remembrances of a powerful alliance: toffs and the working classes
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

    Anyone who has worked in the City of London will have some sympathy for the HMRC foot soldiers, if not their gallant captains. Not only are the former both overworked and under-paid, but it must be particularly galling to spend most of your time bein...

  • Leading article: Thanks to the internet, the customer is king again. Long may he reign
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Any move to rein in this, or any other, review site, however, could set back the interests of consumers generally and those of the travelling public in particular. As the possibilities of automation increased, so the dice were loaded against the cust...

  • Victoria Clark: Pastor Terry Jones is a product of America's free market in religion
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Centre church in Florida, the Protestant clergyman who thinks marking this ninth anniversary of 9/11 by burning copies of the Koran is a fine idea, may boast a congregation of no more than 50, but there is on...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (12 September 2010)
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

    If disabled people are to be employed, employers must recognise that while disability is not an illness, the impact of daily living with a disability may itself cause illness and this needs to be taken into account if a disabled employee is unable to...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'Nothing says 'Cheese!' louder than those online self-portraits'
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

    In last week's furore around her alleged liaisons with footballer Wayne Rooney, reporters dug out some classic examples from Jennifer Thompson's Facebook albums. Since other pictures reveal Thompson to be the kind of gal who considers bra and knicker...

  • In praise of our fathers, from Atticus Finch to Homer Simpson
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

    Margaret Thatcher idolised her father Alfred, as did Tony Blair his father Leo. Gordon Brown seized on the values and unshakeable will power of his Presbyterian minister father, and John Major adored his gnome-making, circus-performing dad. To look a...

  • Paul Vallely: Why poetry is as essential as air
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

    They have also designated one of their number to be the group's official poet. A miner named Victor Zamora is regularly sending rhymed compositions on single pages to the surface. His missives have become the best-read of all the communications from ...

  • Sophie Heawood: Why it is right to tell kids that heroin's divine
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

    Except for one thing – she's right. Heroin does feel fantastic. Why else would people send it swimming into their bloodstream and let it take over their lives? "Recently, because of something on Radio 1, we had to have a drugs conversation," Davina t...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (12/09/10)
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

    Reviewing Tony Blair's memoirs in The Guardian yesterday, Alistair Darling revealed that he thought Labour had lost the public's support even before 2005. "The truth is that we had been losing for some time," he writes. "Our victory in 2005 had as...

  • Letters: Pastor Terry Jones
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Pastor Terry Jones, to the relief of many the world over, has apparently decided to call off his "Burn a Koran day". Through his symbolic gesture he planned to convince the world that Islam and its followers are "evil". His decision may have been par...

  • Leading article: A small step back from mayhem
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    The furore surrounding the Islamic Centre in Manhattan shows how bitter the legacy of 9/11 remains nine years on. Attempts by the Mayor of New York and President Obama to support the development as a sign of tolerance and reconciliation cut little ic...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Johnnie Boden emails me once every 5.4 days, even though I give him little encouragement'
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Johnnie, I have worked out, emails me every 5.4 days and, over the years, his messages have become more and more plaintive, even though I have given him very little encouragement. "Hi Deborah," he might write, "save all your kisses for Boden with 11 ...

  • E Jane Dickson: It's fear of elitism that holds poor, bright kids back
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    This week, the Conservative universities minister David Willetts wondered aloud, again, what could be keeping poor students out of our top universities. Ucas, the university admissions service, is on the case with a new government- commissioned revie...

  • Amy Jenkins: When did the life of the mind become ripe for ridicule?
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    In Hardy's novel a vain but feisty young woman comes into some money and independence in Dorset, makes some bad love choices, and has the joie de vivre resoundingly beaten out of her until – a shadow of her former self – she eventually sees sense and...

  • Andy McSmith: Osborne's vision of the future, circa 1981
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    That Budget cemented not just her reputation but that of the chancellor who delivered it, Sir Geoffrey Howe, which is why it proved so lethal for Thatcher when Howe turned against her at the end of the decade. Kenneth Clarke, the senior member of the...

  • John Rentoul: The Unexpurgated Ed Balls
    Sunday, 12 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: Summer holidays are too short
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: How Journalism Works, pt 102
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: Vote for a Stepping Stone
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

  • Leading article: Tall story
    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    Nor does the call-up of Mohammad Irfan stir confidence. The bowler, wicketless and ineffective in England's victory in yesterday's one-day international, is part of Pakistan's public relations counteroffensive. Yet his appearance merely confirms that...

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