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  • Leading article: The only lesson we can draw from nature's destruction
    Saturday, 12 March 2011

    But yesterday, a great wave turned from the stuff of national pride to the image of a national nightmare. The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan since records began struck 24km off the coast of north-eastern Japan at mid-afternoon. This huge tremo...

  • DJ Taylor: The people's crud is deepest pink...
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    Poujade (1920-2003) may not be a name to conjure with on this side of the Channel, but in the 1950s the movement that bore his name whipped up a storm on the margins of the Fourth Republic and at one point amassed more than 50 deputies in the Nationa...

  • David Randall: Pensioners should pull their weight
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    Not that I was terribly interested in the details of entitlement, sliding scales, and other calculations that the former minister made, although they seemed sound enough. What got my ageing pulse racing was not the actuarials, but the concept of reti...

  • Letters: Lib Dems at war
    Saturday, 12 March 2011

    When I finally quit the Lib Dems in 2008 it was because it was obvious to me that Clegg was steering the party so far to the right that it might as well merge with the Tories, and their actions in government have vindicated my view. The only real pro...

  • Harriet Walker: Equality in relationships, as on the dancefloor, is an illusion
    Saturday, 12 March 2011

    How regressive, you may cry, in an age when women are told they can have it all: work, children, love, money. But you can't have it all unless someone else is willing to hand it over to you. Cutesy Hollywood couple of five years Justin Timberlake and...

  • Leading article: Free schools – or clubs for the privileged?
    Saturday, 12 March 2011

    So far, more than 300 applications have been received, with 10 schools in the advanced planning stage and on course to open in September. The idea, borrowed from Sweden, is designed to fill a gap in the education system and provide parents, whose loc...

  • Andrew George: Why we Lib Dems should be opposing NHS reforms
    Saturday, 12 March 2011

    The resulting carnage of a dismembered and disintegrated health service will provide rich pickings for private companies and the unscrupulous among private GP contractors. The fractured NHS will be monumentally difficult to hold together. Ministers h...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (13 March 2011)
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    The loss of income for these women will be about £10,000, and for those in receipt of pension credit, the figure is closer to £15,000. Yet this group has an average of only £9,100 of pension savings (compared with £52,800 for a man) – equal to just £...

  • Leading article: 'What have we got to show for it?'
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    The remarkably fluent and loyal Lord Ashdown, interviewed on pages 28 and 29, sums it up thus: "... 800,000 people taken out of paying tax, the Pupil Premium, the protection of the schools budget, the reversal of some of the appalling intrusions into...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    He resigned abruptly in July, but is set to replace Douglas Batchelor as chief executive of the LACS. Batchelor, who retires this summer, caused some controversy as the charity's only employee to earn more than £60,000. Accounts show that he takes ho...

  • David Owen: I support a PR system, but I will be voting ‘no’ in the AV referendum
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    I have been a long-standing supporter of proportional representation and joined the Electoral Reform Society in 1985, determinedly campaigning for proportional representation for more than two decades. This referendum will not set Britain down the pa...

  • Funny ... there's no glass ceiling if you strip off
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    According to advance publicity for the two-hour special (which revealed that Kelly is "still fighting fit at [the grand old age of] 31"), Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Halle Berry, Sienna Miller, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley were feted to appear, and...

  • Paul Vallely: Gaddafi's winter of discontent
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    Richard III is a play about a man of violence who maintains himself in office through a regime of unremitting brutality. It was written around 1590 but it is a mark of Shakespeare's evergreen genius that the dynamics it describes are still being play...

  • Lady Luck is just an illusion. So why are we so much in thrall to her?
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    It's easy to be happy for him, because he's clearly a nice chap. However, the satisfaction goes deeper than that. His win helped underpin a number of very reassuring narratives: that the good are rewarded, that we're all in with a chance to transform...

  • David Randall: The price of gold? Measure it in the lives of poisoned children
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    No doubt high-street jewellers in Europe and the US would insist that every gold item they sell uses metal from authorised sources, but this illegally mined gold must be going somewhere. It would be nice to think that some part of the legitimate gold...

  • Harriet Walker: Can you combine comfort with cool?
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    You see, what I really need is a new dressing gown. My current model – I think it's Marks & Spencer autumn/ winter 2003 – is sky-blue with hot-chocolate smears, tea-bag splash marks, dirty, grey cuffs and – inexplicably for so determinedly indoor...

  • Leading article: Super sub
    Saturday, 12 March 2011

    It would be gratifying to think that this had something to do with all the health messages flying around the ether above the industrialised world, but Subway's secret may have more to do with its convenient locations. The bigger test for Subway, thou...

  • John Rentoul: Clegg Rage
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    So, in the space of one week, the triumvirate of trendy that is Kate Moss, Nigel Farage and Eva Braun all turn out to be fans of smoking. Gosh, it must be sooooo cool. Unseen photographs were released last week showing Braun enjoying a quiet ciggie, ...

  • John Rentoul: Conversional Wisdom
    Saturday, 12 March 2011

  • John Rentoul: Poll alert
    Saturday, 12 March 2011

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