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Sunday, 26 September 2010

  • Leading article: A leader for the post-New Labour age
    Monday, 27 September 2010

    His first point was that he would be his own man, "not Bob Crow's man". That Ed Miliband outpolled David thanks largely to the votes of trade union members gives the Conservatives a stick with which to beat him, and it is one they lost no time in app...

  • 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 ...

  • In defence of the older man
    Monday, 27 September 2010

    Couple of questions. Male? Check. Older? Check. Right. You’ve had it. You can’t cook. You do something terrible and unspecified with your socks. You have no conversation. You may be living longer but is that necessarily a good thing? Or better you di...

  • Letters: Labour Leaders
    Monday, 27 September 2010

    One day, quite unexpectedly, he resigned and left the job of prime minister to his heir apparent, a man who had been Chancellor of the Exchequer but, unfortunately, a man who did not know the trick of winning elections. In his three years in the top ...

  • Leading article: The barest hint of change
    Monday, 27 September 2010

    Such conferences are a rarity in North Korea. Comparisons are being made with the congress of 1980 when Kim Jong-il was formally singled out as the successor to his long-serving father, Kim Il-sung. And the true import of this meeting is unlikely to ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: A credit to us all
    Monday, 27 September 2010

    The real reasons, though, may be more prosaic. The early losses in Paris offered a lesson: mechanics and money are key. Bikes had to be made hard to steal in practice, and the deposit scheme difficult to cheat. So far, it seems, mission accomplished....

  • Nicholas Lezard: How not to greet a little green man
    Monday, 27 September 2010

    Yet one wonders what it is about the Malaysian space agency, which has been around since 2002, that gives it the edge over, oh, let's say, NASA, which has been sending people into orbit and beyond for decades. According to the unusually sub-literate ...

  • David McNeill: A daring attempt to prolong the cult of family dictatorship
    Monday, 27 September 2010

    Kim is greatly helped by the fact that the country's governing apparatus is a hollow shell after deaths and purges. The old five-man politburo now has just one member: Kim himself. The conference is likely to nudge his son along the road to power, no...

  • 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...

  • Ben Chu: The red peril facing Britain
    Monday, 27 September 2010

  • Ben Chu: New Labour is dead. Again.
    Monday, 27 September 2010

  • Ben Chu: The consumer is scum
    Monday, 27 September 2010

  • 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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