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  • Leading article: Books for all, not just the wealthy
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    What is more, we also believe that local councils should make decisions about local services, and that councillors should be held accountable locally for them. Those provisos entered, there is something different about libraries. Today, as The Indep...

  • Leading article: Everyone lives to fight another day, but the real test is still to come
    Saturday, 15 January 2011

    Obviously, Labour has most cause to celebrate, winning the seat by a substantial margin. Last year, as the general election moved into view, some senior Labour figures feared meltdown in the aftermath of defeat. Instead, Labour proved itself to be a ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Troubles like these are brewing all over the Middle East
    Saturday, 15 January 2011

    It is a crucial question for the rest of the Arab world where other corrupt police states face the same political, social and economic problems as Tunisia. A striking feature of the whole Middle East for more than 30 years has been the unpopularity o...

  • David C Anderson: Amanda Knox is a victim of Italian pride
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    I am a retired English physician, endocrinologist and former professor of medicine and endocrinology in Manchester, and I now live in Umbria, in central Italy. My years in academic medicine gave me a healthy scepticism of uncontrolled authority; posi...

  • DJ Taylor: A tight-lipped ogre, a stammering prince
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    Like many a skirmish involving old-style English Puritanism, it is prey to serious misinterpretation. One could see this in the occasional startled glance directed by Bob Diamond, of Barclays bank, at his parliamentary select committee interrogators....

  • Carol Vorderman: When x + y = z, the goddess Algebra smiles, and I worship her
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    Most of us were introduced to algebra at school where we substituted letters for mystery numbers (variables), letters which would normally earn great scores on a Scrabble board like x, y and z. Then we would juggle them around to solve the equation. ...

  • Letters: Bankers and their bonuses
    Saturday, 15 January 2011

    Length of training? Doctors' and dentists' training is longer and more arduous. Responsibility? How about doctors, nuclear-power-station designers, airline pilots or nuclear-submarine commanders? Numbers of staff? Generals, CEOs, Cabinet Ministers ha...

  • Leading article: Older people deserve much better
    Saturday, 15 January 2011

    As Hari wrote, it was only at the fourth home she moved to that standards of comfort and care were just about acceptable. At one home, her health was neglected to the point where she was forced to walk on legs too damaged to carry her. At another, th...

  • John Curtice: The roles are reversed after this result - now it's Cameron’s turn in the hot seat
    Saturday, 15 January 2011

    David Cameron, by contrast, was still riding reasonably high. After Oldham those roles will, for the time being at least, be reversed. Mr Miliband has struggled to make a favourable impression on the public – of recent opposition leaders, only Michae...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (16 January 2011)
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    In the aftermath of my country's worst natural disaster in centuries, these remain obstacles to progress. The work of NGOs on the ground has been vital – saving lives, rebuilding lives and livelihoods. International attention descended on Haiti to ma...

  • Harriet Walker: 'I recently found out about a thing called Face Control'
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    But I've tried to make a go of myself. I've been washing my face with more vigour; I even got off the bus a stop early. I've also been drinking a mouth-puckeringly unpleasant supplement powder – it promises brighter eyes but has so far just stained t...

  • David Randall: The mine that (nearly) swallowed a city becomes a tourist idyll
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    China's reliance on coal – it has little gas and oil – is huge. The fossil fuel supplies more than 70 per cent of the country's power needs; and so vast are the coal-mining and burning industries that 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in ...

  • Sara Wheeler: Why is Russia's Arctic closed to visitors? Who is hiding what?
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    Chukotka is an Arctic region the size of Turkey in the Russian Far East (it's the bit Sarah Palin can see from Alaska). This magical slab of ice and tundra has no roads at all outside the capital, Anadyr. It took me two years to weasel my way in, but...

  • Sophie Heawood: The sweet life in Gwynnie's scented bubble
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    As a fan of your online lifestyle mailout Goop, that you write for motivations I have never quite understood, I am reminded of your blissful bubblehood every time I read it. Goop is aimed at busy working mothers like yourself, just trying to juggle a...

  • Paul Vallely: Undercover ops? We're all in the dark
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    The bizarre case of the undercover police officer who spent seven years posing as an eco-warrior, before seeing the light on climate change and switching sides, is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Among the issues i...

  • Church prepares to beatify John Paul II
    Saturday, 15 January 2011

    The ceremony in St Peter's Square marking the last step before sainthood is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people, harkening back to the funeral of the charismatic pope in 2005, one of the biggest media events of the new century. Before th...

  • Leading article: Just rewards
    Saturday, 15 January 2011

    Its performance, and that of its food arm, Waitrose, make the complaints of Tesco and others about the dissuasive effects of the December snow sound like so much special pleading. Clearly, John Lewis was doing something right that gave it the crucial...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (16/01/11)
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    Grateful as I am to the Tories for their superheroic efforts in saving my life from disgruntled strikers, I can't help worrying that they are over-stretching themselves. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has promised to save us from Tube strikes by build...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (16/01/11)
    Sunday, 16 January 2011

    The Hungarians have taken over presidency of the EU to a rather wobbly start. First they struggled to defend a controversial new law on press freedom, which observers say is basically state-sanctioned gagging. Then there was a hoo-ha over a carpet...

  • John Rentoul: Poll Alert
    Saturday, 15 January 2011

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