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Saturday, 22 January 2011

  • Leading article: Ed Balls is Labour's accidental gain
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    We can see why he overcame Alan Johnson's reluctance three months ago to persuade him to accept the post of Shadow Chancellor. Mr Johnson is a fine communicator, with an engaging persona as a regular guy, and a life story that offers a pointed contra...

  • Leading article: Andy Coulson has departed, but uncomfortable questions remain
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    It will not and it should not. Mr Coulson himself still has many questions to answer. "I stand by what I've said," he asserted in his resignation statement yesterday. This refers to Mr Coulson's claim that he had no knowledge of phone hacking while h...

  • DJ Taylor: Ricky, don't lose that number
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    This, Llewellyn argues, "is a random affair", impossible to imagine concentrated in a single individual or group "because the world has long since become too complicated for even the most determined and intelligent individual to exert his will, excep...

  • David Quantick: The bad news: Everything is dire. The good news: Satire is back
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    The 10'Clock Show Live – a title so unsnappily specific you wonder why they didn't go the whole hog and call it "The 10'Clock Show Live On Channel 4 On Thursdays" – isn't perfect (although it has 15 weeks to become so). There's too much clanky rotati...

  • Tim Lott: The local library, a beacon of civilisation
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    I've never been much of a protester: my greengrocer father imbued me with the residual working-class fatalism of council estates and the poorer suburbs. It's a world view which assumes the powerful always get their way in the end, so dissent is futil...

  • Letters: Blair and the Iraq War Inquiry
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    Blair and his team had never come up against a clique of very powerful, driven, US politicians with a radical agenda for the Middle East, for whom the terrorist actions in 2001 provided a galvanising excuse for action. Bush had never made any secret ...

  • Leading article: The folly of a gung-ho prime minister
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    The first was that he was supine in relations with George Bush, recklessly promising British support to remove Saddam Hussein before the case for war was made. The second is that he cavalierly disregarded the legal advice of his Attorney General. Bot...

  • Natalie Haynes: These sportswomen know how to hit men right where it hurts
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    For those of us who grew up watching Martina Navratilova win Wimbledon every year, pulverising every opponent en route to the final, it probably was. But at last, the women are biting back, and you call them boring at your peril. At this year's Austr...

  • Anthony Seldon: Great leaders don’t need spokesmen telling them what to think and do
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    Andy Coulson is of the same ilk as his predecessors Alastair Campbell and Bernard Ingham. All possessed brilliant talents, but fell into the trap of becoming, as heads of communication at Downing Street, not just major influences over their respectiv...

  • John O'Farrell: Delayed adulthood will drive us all mad
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    "Jamie – were you frightened when you realised Mummy wasn't there to tuck you up in bed at night?" "Not really. I'm a 27-year-old finance clerk. I think I can manage." "And you're able to cook your own dinners and everything?" "What? You mean she has...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (23 January 2011)
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    The proposed demolition derby will apparently save £2.5m – 2 per cent of the amount the council aims to recoup – but at the expense of a well-used and widely beneficial service. Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries recently presented a petition signe...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'Our plan? To jump off the treadmill'
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    I was partly inspired by the great radical ruralist of the early 19th century, William Cobbett. Cobbett was a hard-headed agitator whose Political Register, a sort of one-man Private Eye of its day, sold 80,000 copies a week in the 1820s. He was a se...

  • David Randall: Fiji shows evils of TV, while the 13th Caesar is a soap you can't switch off
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    Our story begins in Fiji where, since time immemorial, the feminine ideal was the fuller, rounder body shape. Men admired what we would regard as the plumper look, and women were comfortable in their well-filled skins. Eating disorders among teenage ...

  • Matthew Bell: Why can't Le Freak be chic in Blighty?
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    It dawned on me the other day when I walked into a nightclub with some friends and, instead of spending the first half-hour headbutting a corridor through a forest of armpits to reach the bar, to be sneered at by an impossibly good-looking waiter, wh...

  • Paul Vallely: Blair's glinting eye turns to Iran
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    Like most of the population, I made up my mind about Tony Blair long ago. What has emerged from the largely underwhelming inquiry set up by Gordon Brown when British troops finally left Basra in 2009 has only reinforced existing prejudices of Blair d...

  • Leading article: The empire strikes back
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

    Time was when the British presence on their screens comprised impeccably executed costume drama like Brideshead Revisited or lovable zany comedy, very often featuring John Cleese. It's true that equal reassurance could be derived from the recent deli...

  • John Rentoul: Haggis to save the USA?
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

  • John Rentoul: Top Secret Satire
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (23/01/11)
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    The pressure-cooked chef is putting the finishing touches to a contract that will see him take control of the boutique Maypole Group, which called in the receivers last month. It's an ambitious move that will see his portfolio outside London – he alr...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (23/01/11)
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    I always knew that there was something untrustworthy about Andy Coulson, and now my suspicions have been proven. In his statement on Friday as he resigned as David Cameron's communications chief, he spoke about having given "110 per cent" to the job....

  • Charlotte Harris: This affair is about more than media practices
    Sunday, 23 January 2011

    The questions raised in Parliament by Labour ministers were dismissed as muck-raking. The New York Times's interview with a former News of the World journalist was dismissed as an ill-disguised attack on the Wall Street Journal, the rival Murdoch pub...

  • John Rentoul: A Biased Question
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

  • John Rentoul: Prone to Error
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

  • John Rentoul: The Postbuttal Service
    Saturday, 22 January 2011

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