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Sunday, 2 January 2011

  • Leading article: It will take more than words to make property affordable
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    It is gratifying to hear a minister argue that Britons should regard a house primarily as a place to live, rather than an investment. And it would indeed be desirable, as Mr Shapps says, if the general cost of housing increased by less than earnings ...

  • Leading article: Click here for democracy
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    As we said in the summer, such digital plebiscites are gimmicky, unrepresentative and risk being exploited by lobby groups. Yet they can also breathe new democratic life into government. The Your Freedom exercise is a way to find out what unnecessary...

  • Letters: Alternative Vote referendum
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    It should not be a surprise to anyone that two large unions are planning to join the “No” campaign. It suits the unions to keep Labour in their pocket, which they can do under our broken system but which would be harder under a more democratic system...

  • Guy Adams: Rediscovering the lost art of rudeness
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    It’s been a while since a living writer has produced an insult of that calibre, so congratulations are due to the critic David Thomson, who was this week credited with a brilliantly crafted put-down of the actor Hugh Grant: “He seems like a refugee f...

  • Leading article: Liberalism still has a place in penal policy
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    The warning signs were there. A report last year by Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons, said that alcohol, drugs and mobile phones were regularly being smuggled into the open prison. Insufficient staffing also appears to have been a factor. I...

  • Robert Rowland Smith: New year, new you – and there is plenty more of both...
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    Freud's fantasy might sound naive, but with the news that one in five Britons is now likely to live to 100, it's just inched closer. We're inclined to accept as axiomatic that longer life is to be wished: but what will we do with all the extra time? ...

  • DJ Taylor: Yes! We can beat austerity...and Australia
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    Still suffering from the adverse effects of a fortnight's bad weather, and with the spectre of a 2.5 per cent VAT rise lurking just around the corner, spokesmen for the big retail chains positively fell over themselves in their anxiety to implore the...

  • Alexandra Woodsworth: What's green about encouraging us to drive?
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    Long-suffering commuters who welcomed the Government's promise of "fair pricing for train travel" when it came to power last May will be wondering what exactly is fair about paying hundreds of pounds more for a season ticket every January, while seei...

  • Leading article: Not such a dead language
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    The Romeyka community on the Black Sea coast even play the lyre. If they were to wear chitons and take up the study of philosophy, they could open up an ancient Greek theme park and make a large number of classics professors around the world very hap...

  • Donald Macintyre: Unarmed demonstrators face a difficult struggle
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    Whatever the medical factors, if any, that may have increased Ms Abu Rahma's susceptibility to the military's heavy use of tear gas on Friday, she is the 21st person to have been killed since 2004 in such protests. At these demonstrations, clashes ar...

  • Christopher Hirst: It takes a star to pull off a white suit
    Monday, 3 January 2011

    This is all a little odd since the record itself is a patchy affair, far from being the best in the group's catalogue. For anyone with fond memories of Abbey Road, can I just mention two words? "Octopus's Garden". I might add another three: "Maxwell'...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (2 January 2011)
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    Norman Evans East Horsley, Surrey As the proud, and possibly even smug, owner of a Toyota Prius, I was rather surprised to see a picture of my car placed next to your description of the G-Wiz. The two vehicles are entirely different, the G-Wiz being ...

  • Harriet Walker: 'An act of kindness has forced me to reconsider my New Year resolutions'
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    I mention it only because we're all casting around for resolutions at the moment, and being nice to people I don't know strikes me as something easy to stick to and karmically useful. I left my phone in a cab last week, only to have it returned the n...

  • Paul Vallely: Online charity is buying, not bonding
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    Stung by the criticism that his Big Society idea is empty political rhetoric without the money to fund it, David Cameron has decided that instead of taxing us he will ask us to stump up the cash voluntarily – so that charities can take over the tasks...

  • David Randall: US sheds its trigger-happy image, but no pardon for Billy the Kid
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    * And let's start the New Year by laying another myth which has proved resistant to actual facts: the idea, common these past few weeks, that Britain is uniquely unable to cope with sudden snowfall. "Couple of inches, and the whole country grinds to ...

  • Mark Seddon: We may be witnessing a new age of Christian persecution
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    Before the toppling of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi Christian population numbered some one and half million. By and large, Saddam's Ba'athist government didn't discriminate against the country's minorities; indeed, Iraq's veteran Foreign Minister, Tariq...

  • John Rentoul: Deer Fairs
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

  • John Rentoul: Watch this, er, space
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

  • Jody McIntyre: The price of resisting
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

  • Jody McIntyre: The price of resisting
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

  • Matthew Bell: Rant & Rave (02/01/11)
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    I don't normally resent my friends their achievements. Hats off, I say, as they get pay rises, or promotions, or, increasingly, married. For one of my closest companions, 2010 was a triumph, a stream of prizes and praise. So why am I so cross? Becaus...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (02/01/11)
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    News that Norman Fowler plans to relaunch his campaign to stop the spread of HIV/Aids may raise a few smirks. For, as anyone who remembers the Eighties may recall, the former health secretary once showed a touching naivety about what adults get up...

  • Andrew Martin: Acting? It's child's play - or it should be
    Sunday, 2 January 2011

    As a (very) amateur actor since the age of about 11, I welcome this. Am dram – the decline of which was bemoaned recently by Sir Ian McKellen – is the Big Society incarnate. A collective of disparate individuals is united in one endeavour, and there ...

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