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Saturday, 29 January 2011

  • Leading article: Sky should be limited for Murdoch
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    This coincided awkwardly with a crisis in the long-running embarrassment at Mr Murdoch's biggest-selling Sunday newspaper, the News of the World. After the departure of Andy Coulson, the newspaper's former editor, from 10 Downing Street as the Prime ...

  • Leading article: Western hypocrisy towards the Arab world stands exposed
    Saturday, 29 January 2011

    But it is the tumultuous scenes from Egypt this week, culminating in the running battles in many cities yesterday after Friday prayers, that highlight the volatility of the situation – and the dilemma for the United States and the rest of the Western...

  • DJ Taylor: Well, Karren, when it comes to sexism...
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Ms Brady's name featured in the original off-mic repartee ("The game's gone mad. Did you hear charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favour, love," etc). She later returned to exclaim over fresh evidence of the sinister ...

  • Ed Balls: Same old Tories, still doing it Maggie's way
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    How times have changed. In Davos last week we heard the same international bodies and central bankers who ushered Ireland off the cliff maintaining their endorsement of George Osborne's plans. But more objective, less ideological voices – from George...

  • Letters: Calculating GDP
    Saturday, 29 January 2011

    Let me set out some of the real basis for the GDP estimate, and why it can be trusted. Because the preliminary GDP estimate is released only about three weeks after the end of the quarter, it is always based on incomplete information, typically less ...

  • Lucy Porter: Marriage might be good for you, but Crunchie bars are better
    Saturday, 29 January 2011

    It wasn't so much the headline as the picture that drew me in. Why is it that all articles about marriage are illustrated with the same image? You know the one with a bride in a dazzling white dress and a groom in dapper morning suit. These model new...

  • Leading article: The Chancellor's duty not to interfere
    Saturday, 29 January 2011

    In 2011 it seems likely to be action on fuel duty. This would be a quick way for the Chancellor to secure some favourable headlines. The right-wing press has been lobbying for some time for the Chancellor to cancel April's scheduled rise in fuel duty...

  • Ian Hargreaves: Rupert Murdoch is not the only villain on the road to 'Reportergate'
    Saturday, 29 January 2011

    Murdoch has always preferred business drama and backstairs influence to public rumination. It's one reason he's so good at what he does. This time, however, the business questions facing News Corporation ignite high-value public issues. Murdoch, and ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (30 January 2011)
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    The biggest farmer in the nation is the Co-op. It prides itself on its ethical and sustainable credentials and claims to be "good for everyone". But where I live in the Ribble Valley it is trying to sell agricultural land for housing. The housing "cr...

  • Oliver Miles: Egypt must find its own way without Western interference
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    All these countries have serious problems. On the political side, populations are deprived of justice, fairness and freedom. There is no accountability. Bureaucracy and corruption make dealing with government at best a bad joke, at worst a nightmare....

  • Paul Vallely: Stealing the common off the goose?
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    It would be easy to mock. Many did when a host of celebrities – from Tracey Emin and Annie Lennox to Julian Barnes and the Archbishop of Canterbury – wrote an open letter decrying the Government's plan to sell off woodland owned by the Forestry Commi...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Seven-year-olds on iPads? Repugnant...'
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Personally, I miss the clunkiness of retro, dial-up technology. During my teenage years, I knew that it took our Ark of the Covenant-era desktop computer the same amount of time to turn on as it did for me to boil the kettle or squeeze a spot. These ...

  • Katy Guest: Love letters and other let-downs
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Years later we met, and inevitably he tried to have his way with me – in Ealing rather than the woods, which was one of the many wrong notes that made me run away. Within days I received his letter: "It's sunny outside," wrote this supposed poet, "bu...

  • Brian Cathcart: Thinking Italian: UK is like Berlusconi without the whores
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    Think of it this way: the operations of Rupert Murdoch's companies in the UK invite comparison with Silvio Berlusconi's Italy, a place we are used to viewing either with horror or with amused contempt. It could never happen here, you may think. But l...

  • Leading article: Grossly expensive
    Saturday, 29 January 2011

    Most of us, if told of a group who rub bird droppings into their faces, drink coffee made from beans excreted by cats, use bull's semen to wash their hair and eat cheese riddled with maggots, would assume that we were talking about the poorest of the...

  • John Rentoul: Revenge of the Mandarins
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (30/01/11)
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    A new game has emerged of pointing out the prominent people who were left out of The King's Speech. The latest to speak up is Rosa Monckton, an old friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, who says she was surprised to find no mention made of her grand...

  • Yixiang Zeng: Growing up the product of the one-child policy
    Sunday, 30 January 2011

    At six I started school, and my dad, a senior high school teacher, would check my homework after coming home from work. My mother took me to piano lessons and, as we went, she would explain the construction of good articles chosen from various studen...

  • John Rentoul: "That's all Boris's"
    Saturday, 29 January 2011

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