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  • Leading article: Mr Osborne should prepare a Plan B
    Monday, 13 September 2010

    As the Chancellor completes the full spending review, due out in October, he may feel tempted to dismiss this as scare tactics and special pleading. There is nothing new about unions insisting in a Cassandra-like fashion that any reductions in staffi...

  • Leading article: A step towards Europe
    Monday, 13 September 2010

    This is a pity, for the outcome of the vote will be an important indication of Turkey's progress from a highly centralised semi-democracy, in which the military is almost a law unto itself, to a democracy of a more recognisably European type. Today, ...

  • Brendan Barber: Faced by this dangerous plot to redraw the State, look at how the decent majority killed the poll tax
    Monday, 13 September 2010

    That is why I look back to the poll-tax campaign for inspiration. That was the last great U-turn carried out by a Conservative prime minister. It went because the decent majority stood up and said that it was fundamentally unfair. MPs returned to Wes...

  • Amol Rajan: Liberalism deserves its real name
    Monday, 13 September 2010

    The Liberal Democrat conference, which begins on Saturday, will be the most eagerly watched event of its kind in the history of the party. That is because, when stretched over four days, an identity crisis is a gripping spectacle. The best way to res...

  • 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: Chain reaction
    Monday, 13 September 2010

    As outsiders, we cannot properly judge their true motives and perhaps should not try to do so, instead following Elizabeth I's well-known maxim, which was not to "make windows into men's souls". In principle, however, it is a good thing when small co...

  • Peter York: Just be sure they pay their tax, too
    Monday, 13 September 2010

    In saying all that, sour and sarky as it sounds, I'm reflecting a widespread and characteristically British attitude towards the global plutocracy and American can-doism. An attitude that's slightly shy of speaking its name at the moment in the face ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

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