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Sunday, 9 January 2011

  • Leading article: A shameful surrender in the battle of the bonuses
    Monday, 10 January 2011

    The Coalition agreement back in May was clear that robust action would be taken over the "unacceptable" rewards for Britain's bailed-out bankers. Yet David Cameron yesterday warned against "banker bashing" and making lenders the "scapegoats" for the ...

  • Leading article: A vote that makes a difference
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    The debate about electoral reform has taken an unexpected turn in the past year. Last May's election produced a hung parliament, the kind of result assumed to be more likely under AV, and hence offered a window into a reformed future. But the arithme...

  • Letters: Royal right to secrecy
    Monday, 10 January 2011

    If the arrogant and unelected Prince Charles is behind this, then by doing so he has probably helped advance the cause of republicanism quite considerably. On the other hand we have Mr Cameron's government (and the Liberal Democrats in particular) no...

  • Leading article: The fruits of political extremism
    Monday, 10 January 2011

    Since Barack Obama entered the White House two years ago, the American right has adopted partisan rhetoric of the most reckless kind. A year ago, Sharron Angle, the right-wing Tea Party favourite and Nevada's Republican Senate nominee, warned that "i...

  • Tim Lott: Bald or not, we spend our lives with one eye on the mirror
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    There among the rows and stalks of the wilting male thatch, there is more potential for pride and preening than any other part of male physiognomy I can imagine – willy size included. The other news last week that scientists are now not far off a cur...

  • DJ Taylor: Artfully, those pesky motorists dodge the bullet once more
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    My own slight preference would be for Mr Pickles, on the no doubt unreasonable grounds that the demands of our new age of communal austerity are better advertised by one of those tight-lipped, Crippsian enforcers than by a man who, not to put too fin...

  • Leading article: Ship shape
    Monday, 10 January 2011

    Some have suggested that it is more like the vessel of a James Bond villain than that of an environmental protest organisation. But why should the bad guys have all the best kit? If Rainbow Warrior III is going to lead new protests against illegal lo...

  • Stan Hey: Loyalty can't turn back the clock
    Monday, 10 January 2011

    The reference to Liverpool's centre-forward, Ian St John, displayed three arteries of the city's heart – football, humour and religion. And though, as in most English cities, religion is in decline, the return of Kenny Dalglish to the managership of ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (9 January 2011)
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    Accounts used to be based on historical cost – what actually happened. But this has been replaced by "fair value", an imaginary figure that can be neither proved nor disproved. Such valuations are often accompanied by so many caveats as to render the...

  • Paul Vallely: Modern life is slowing us down
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    It's easy to lose sight of the basics here. The iPhone is a great little device for getting your emails on the move, acting as a personal sat nav, picking up internet radio stations, downloading games to keep the kids occupied in the car, and countin...

  • Liane Jones: Soap operas are a matter of life or death
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    So far, so ridiculous. But both plot developments struck a chord. Archers listeners, who had been warned for weeks that something catastrophic was going to happen, broke into genuine outrage over the loss of a character they had liked for years. Much...

  • Susie Mesure: Another baby on the way – I just wish I were younger
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    Thanks to those medical advances, age is almost an obsolete factor these days when it comes to having a child. No longer do women rush to push them out in their early twenties, as they did little more than a generation ago. Almost half the babies bor...

  • David Randall: Secrets, lies, and the evil genius behind Assange's arrest
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    But, it turns out, the reports owed more to campaigners' zeal than to science. Professor Angelicque White of Oregon State University has taken the trouble to take a trip to try to find it, reviewed the evidence, and concluded: the "island" is 200 tim...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Friends are... people who'll help you clean up in the morning'
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    You have to take friends where you can; sometimes you get lucky and, as well as having things in common, you also like each other. It isn't the same as a romantic partner, because you can actively search for and discard them much more easily, and wit...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (09/01/11)
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    If you bump into a shrunken Simon Russell Beale, don't worry. The diary's favourite actor, who turns 50 on Wednesday, has managed to lose three stone simply by taking up ballet and giving up beer. This comes after he was persuaded to perform in th...

  • Matthew Bell: Rant & Rave (09/01/11)
    Sunday, 9 January 2011

    Well, I'm glad that's over. Last week I had 10 for lunch. It was meant to be a low-key affair, just a few friends and a roast pheasant. What better way to spend a Bank Holiday Monday? But there must be something about the host-guest dynamic that enco...

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