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Saturday, 25 September 2010

  • Leading article: Ed Miliband's next challenge
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    Mr Clegg in his speech compared the national finances to those of a household, a favourite device of Margaret Thatcher's, which simply fails to engage with the argument made by most serious economists: that public spending should not be cut too soon ...

  • Leading article: The task for Labour's new leader in the age of coalition government
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    It will also have learnt something about itself. A close contest came down to a fraternal argument between a Blairite who dared not speak the name against a younger politician of an older Labour stamp. In its narrow parameters, the contest disappoint...

  • Vanora Bennett: A tale of brotherly love: When siblings fall out, and try to make up
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    History doesn't have many good precedents for David and Ed. Ever since Cain got jealous that his younger brother Abel was preferred by God – with deadly consequences – siblings whose lifelong, usually suppressed, family competitiveness has broken out...

  • Alan Johnson: A letter to the new Labour leader
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    Congratulations! It's been quite a contest, mostly good-natured if a little too long. All the candidates acquitted themselves well and emerged with heads held high. But to the victor the spoils. Now the hard work begins. If history were to be our gui...

  • DJ Taylor: Democracy thrives on reality checks; from Notting Hill to Liverpool
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    I was particularly cheered by the stream of constituency delegates who arrived at the platform to deliver their verdicts on the "cuts". You could tell at a glance they were Lib Dems – not through any badges of affiliation but by certain idiosyncrasie...

  • Lisa Markwell: Grannies mobilise to take a bite out of the sandwich generation
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    Picture it: legions of militants in wide-fitting slip-ons and comfortable windcheaters chanting: "What do we want? A fair wage. When do we want it? When we've had a nice cup of tea and a sit-down." But because it would be a very cold-hearted relative...

  • Letters: The state of India
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    The Indian state, since its formation in 1947, as a product of the British Raj, exactly like its Pakistani neighbour, has been a continuing cauldron of official incompetence, police abuses of power, human rights breaches, ministerial corruption and a...

  • Leading article: Let the battle on the future of banking commence
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    Sometimes they are set up to tell a minister that what they want to do is right. Sometimes they are designed to kick a tough political question into the long grass. And, very occasionally, they are established to examine a subject with an open mind a...

  • Chris Mullin: Our party will only blossom again once we have exposed the Big Lie
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    For months now, as a result of Labour's preoccupation with finding a new leader, the Tories and their Liberal Democrat allies have enjoyed a more or less free run. As a result, a lie (not a small lie, but a large one) has gained currency which, if no...

  • E Jane Dickson: Teenage pregnancy is not contagious
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    Now, in response to this week's proposals from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) to introduce midwives into schools, a new piece of folk wisdom is doing the rounds: pregnancy is contagious. The NHS watchdog has identifi...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (26 September 2010)
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    Judith Toms Trecynon, Aberdare Andy Atkins from Friends of the Earth describes environmental sustainability as "the forgotten goal" ("World fails to deliver on eight key targets: Missing the Millennium Development Goals", 19 September). But I believe...

  • Paul Vallely: Minorities do not have a pecking order
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    But there was a blast of triumphalism in the way that the news was presented by some. Just 1.5 per cent of the population described themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual in interviews with 247,623 people, the biggest pool of social data ever assembl...

  • Peter Hain: Labour must now reconnect with modern Britain
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    Although Britain didn't want a Tory Government on 6th May, they damn sure didn't want a Labour one either. Acknowledging the problem is the first step on the long road to recovery. During our last years in Government, it was as if we'd forgotten why ...

  • Harriet Walker: A hairy armpit? At a birthday party? You're under a vest
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    Last weekend saw my second social event in as many months disrupted by men wearing vests; the first was my own birthday party. The interlopers, highly conspicuous by their lack of sleeves, jabbed a guest in the throat before you could say Bruce Willi...

  • Archbishop of Westminster urges Catholics to be more visible
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    The guidance comes in a letter from the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, to be read out at Westminster Cathedral this weekend. He said the Pope's recent visit to Britain had brought "such joy". He added: "Even the simple step ...

  • Archbishop supports celibate gay bishops
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    Rowan Williams expressed his personal support for the consecration of gay bishops. But he added that he will never endorse gay clergy in active relationships because tradition insists on celibacy. He said: "To put it very simply, there's no problem a...

  • Leading article: Gather ye apples while ye may
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    It is, though, a vintage year; the apples are smaller and unusually sweet, thanks to the particular combination of sunny spells, cold snaps and rain. But those without an orchard, or even a single tree of their own, might well wonder where all these ...

  • Amy Jenkins: Don't be fooled when siblings talk about being friends
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    Of course, I've come across countless people who struggle with their siblings and a fair number who haven't spoken to a sibling in years but, despite all this, I've never really come to grips with what a powerful and challenging relationship this is....

  • Deborah Ross: 'Butcher flirting is flirting for a purpose and the purpose is marrow-bone'
    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    This, though, is not just any old flirting. This is flirting for a purpose and the purpose is a marrow-bone, which is like crack for dogs. Show my dog a marrow bone and he performs an excited dance which, if you want to try it at home, must involve s...

  • John Rentoul: Vote Panda
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

  • The Sketch: Manchester's lesson: a game of two brothers
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    In a venue that only a few short days ago was hosting the diffident charm of the Stitch and Creative Crafts Show, this was the Labour Party at its most frantic; The X Factor without the singing and with worse hair. It was all the audience could do no...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (26/09/10)
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    Nicholas Parsons, the lovable voice of Just a Minute, can't charm everyone he meets. In his catchily titled new book, With Just a Touch of Hesitation, Repetition and Deviation: My Life in Comedy, he recalls asking a member of the public for a lift...

  • David Randall: Ed for PM... but who'd vote for him?
    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    It is a measure of our own times, as well as theirs, that none of these people would have answered to these names. But democracy has its own imperatives, and such they are that almost the last thing any politician would insist upon now is the use of ...

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