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  • DJ Taylor: Lady Gaga and the TUC prove there's nowt new under t' sun
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    Antiphonal and combative, a master-class in non-communication that reminded one of P G Wodehouse's aunts bellowing to each other "like mastodons across a primeval swamp", this offered an uncannily accurate definition of the adjective "proleptic" – at...

  • Leading article: The Liberal Democrats have reason for both optimism and doubt
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    The first job for the Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, is to persuade the party that he (and they) made the right decision in accepting David Cameron's offer to form a coalition administration. And the good news is that he has something to work w...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (19 September 2010)
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    Activists returning from a human rights seminar at the House of Lords organised by Baroness Falkner in August were arrested on arrival at Manama airport and held in solitary confinement and tortured; one detainee alleged he was hung from his wrists w...

  • Leading Article: Let's hear it for tolerance
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    Nor, as it happens, do an awful lot of Britain's Roman Catholics – we report new survey evidence today which finds that nine in ten Catholics in this country accept contraception and seven in ten support a woman's right to choose abortion. But that d...

  • Meet Jamie Oliver's son, little Buddy Oli
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    But that all changed last week. His wife gave birth to a son and they named him Buddy Bear. And this poor little chap will, I learned, be a brother to Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo, and Petal Blossom. Thus did Mr Oliver identify himself as a berk – one of t...

  • Vince Cable: Proud of our record, and our programme
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    In both parties there are, of course, people with doubts and reservations and Liberal Democrats will not be bashful in expressing them. Almost by definition, a coalition dilutes the purity of party doctrine since it rests in compromise. The glass is ...

  • So falling in love costs us friends? Good – most of us need to cull
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    The study doesn't attempt to explain the phenomenon, beyond suggesting that you have less time for your friends so you're more liable to drift apart. This ducks the central reality – that the friends who tend to be for the chop are those your new par...

  • Katy Guest: My name is Katy, and I suffer from AGPS Jealousy Disorder
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    The research showed that the most common causes of arguments were getting lost, lousy parking, driving too fast and backseat driving. It also found, curiously, that satnavs lead to more harmonious journeys. I am personally surprised that more couples...

  • Dan Plesch: Let's clear away the Trident delusion
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    Sadly, these occasional confessions have not influenced the debate. Where then is the independent deterrent that all fuss is about? And since when has "goodwill" become an appendix to Machiavelli's The Prince? Advocates of Trident argue that if Brita...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (19/09/10)
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    Rupert Murdoch's biographer Michael Wolff has got what George Bush would call "cojones", having fearlessly revealed his subject in a fascinating book last year. But I can reveal he has a bit of a man crush on one of our finest British actors, Bill...

  • Lisa Markwell: Fashion's toothless version of imperfect style
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    One such alteration is happening as you read this, in London. For it is the time of fashion shows and new clothes, of trends for next spring and the newest hot thing. Speaking of ugly, many in the fashion industry are heralding the perceived preferen...

  • On Rhiannon Harries: 'I'm going to give up stripes'
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

    You see, you can get away with nobody noticing if you have 500 distinctive variations on one item. If, however, you have one item that you own in multiple, more or less facsimile form, it is trickier. You will either have people casting aspersions on...

  • Letters: The Pope
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    Hitler's political philosophy was not based upon atheism and had no connection with atheism. Hitler was nominally a Roman Catholic. He enjoyed the open support of many of the most senior Catholic clergy in Germany and his birthday was celebrated unti...

  • Leading article: The invisible wounds of war
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    The medical treatment of injured soldiers, notably at the military clinic in Selly Oak hospital, has improved dramatically in recent years, so that men are now being returned to civilian life after treatment for injuries that would certainly have bee...

  • Brian Clarke: 'We had a private conversation. I was moved by his modesty'
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    He told me he greatly liked my work, and he admired some he had seen in Munich, where he had been Archbishop. Unfortunately, we did not get as far as swapping old Munich stories, but he was very complimentary. I was rather taken by him. He seemed ver...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Is our rape conviction rate really so poor?
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    In fact, the UK convicts, proportionately, as many rapists as most comparable European countries. The European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics shows that in 2007 (the most recent year covered) the median conviction rate in Europe ...

  • Shaun Walker: Arrest brings old enemies closer together
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    It appears that the move was taken to please Moscow. Since the April plane crash near Smolensk, in which the stridently anti-Russian Polish President Lech Kaczynski died along with dozens of top Polish political and intellectual leaders, there has be...

  • Geoffrey MacNab: An unreal movie for an unreal era
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    Admirers of Phoenix as an actor, who might have been appalled by his behaviour in the film, can now laugh off his antics a supreme piece of Method acting. They can sigh in relief that the film's most grotesque scene – shot in murky light – in which P...

  • Deborah Ross: '‘I am the Stig,’ I told the whole family one day'
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    "But you are terrified of motorways," he said, "and haven't driven on one for 17 years." "All part of the disguise," I said. "And you never go more than 20mph," he said. "All part of the disguise," I said. "And you accelerate while parking," he said....

  • Amy Jenkins: Why is it only women who can still be freely insulted in public?
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    In any case, the Sunday Times' defence of A.A. Gill, who called Clare Balding a "dyke on a bike" in the course of one of his television reviews, was laughable. It's hardly believable that Gill used the term "dyke" to empower Balding, as they claimed...

  • Douglas Coupland: New terms for new sensations
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    Airport-Induced Identity Dysphoria: Describes the extent to which modern travel strips the traveller of just enough sense of identity so as to create a need to purchase stickers and gift knick-knacks that bolster their sense of slightly eroded person...

  • John Rentoul: Nick Clegg: An Apology
    Sunday, 19 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: The Lib Dem Disillusion
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: Clegg and the Centre Ground
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: Poll Alert
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

  • John Rentoul: End of the World Was Nigh
    Saturday, 18 September 2010

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