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  • Leading article: Protest has a role in fairness
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    The one instance often cited as having led to a change of policy, the poll tax demo of 1990, which slid into violence, was not the cause of the abolition of the community charge. That happened because Conservative MPs realised that they were heading ...

  • Jonathan Romney: Now we have only celebrities...
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    Not that such extravagance and drama – in her case, the diamonds, the divorces, the extraordinarily ample persona that took in the extremes of sublime sophistication and strident trashiness – went out with Taylor in her prime. Right up to the present...

  • DJ Taylor: Ain't what you got, it's the way you use it
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    What does it mean to be middle class? None of the pundits bidden to address this enticing subject seemed quite to know. Clearly a social grouping that includes three-quarters of the Cabinet as well as a shabby-genteel pensioner living off capital has...

  • Danny Dorling: Q. Why fill in the census form? A. To help others
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    By today, at least one member of your household should have read through and completed your census form, so hopefully you know what I'm talking about. You might want to know why the Government wants to know all these things. The census is still, at h...

  • Leading article: Libyans deserve better than this coalition of the unwilling
    Saturday, 26 March 2011

    That necessary speed, however, meant that a number of very important decisions went by the board. They included something as basic as agreement on the command structure for the operation as a whole. And the cost of this omission has been increasingly...

  • Tim Lott: March for the alternative – an alternative to pointless marches
    Saturday, 26 March 2011

    The Earl Grey will be overflowing from the vacuum flasks, and the langues de chats wrapped tidily in greaseproof paper as they gather together in Hyde Park to raise their voices about how absolutely frightful everything is. My very nice neighbour, th...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (27 March 2011)
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    While it sounds positive to reduce the regulations that small businesses are subject to, these include maternity and paternity rights. With lone parents now expected to seek work when their youngest child is five, 400,000 more will be looking for wor...

  • Paul Vallely: The powers that bloom in the spring
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    When I was a boy, I loved the wintertime with its darkening afternoons. I can remember sitting in my primary school classroom by the big old iron radiator, making woollen pom-poms, the school wrapped securely in a blanket of night. But, as the years ...

  • Katy Guest: The markings on a taxi don't mean a thing
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    Our hearts sank, then, when police who were looking for the missing Swindon woman, Sian O'Callaghan, whose body has now been found in Gloucestershire, called for sightings of a green Toyota Avensis "with taxi markings". Police have become more sensit...

  • Melanie McDonagh: It's time to blow the cobwebs off the money box
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    The "new normal" is no longer ever greater growth: shoppers don't have the money. Lord Wolfson and his folks have worked out that consumers had £21bn less to spend in the year to January, because of rising prices: £10bn went on higher transport costs...

  • David Randall: Fodor's guidebooks reveal what spooks do on their holidays
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    This is partly true. Fodor worked in army intelligence during the war, principally because he could speak five languages well, and was proficient in four others. He denied he was a CIA agent, but acknowledged using agency operatives to write parts of...

  • Harriet Walker: 'What a difference a day makes'
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    First of all I work out what I was doing a week ago, then two, then three, then all the way back to 17, perhaps; sometimes I do it in years. It works well during long car journeys or revision sessions. When I was 17 and doing my A-levels, I could tel...

  • Letters: There's a fear for democracy
    Saturday, 26 March 2011

    If not, you are likely to find that the party you thought you had voted for has ditched its promises and is now helping its former opponents to shaft you.I genuinely fear for the future of democracy in this country unless politicians wake up and star...

  • Leading article: MPs are still not accountable enough
    Saturday, 26 March 2011

    The accommodation and travel allowances for partners and children are being extended to older children; more MPs will be able to reclaim hotel costs; staff costs are being increased, and MPs will be able to use their payment cards for more than was a...

  • Harriet Walker: Be a man or be a boy – just don't blame women for your choice
    Saturday, 26 March 2011

    Kay Hymowitz's new lament, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women has Turned Men into Boys, describes this creature in all his holey-socked glory. And this week brought responses bubbling up like not quite digested garlic bread. We're free to make our own...

  • John Rentoul: Second City Blues
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (27/03/11)
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    Thanks to St Andrews University – mostly famous as where Wills met Kate – for confirming one of the more uncomfortable facts about supposedly modern life. According to the university, which studied 416 men and women who were asked to rate their own a...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (27/03/11)
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    "It's a wrench," he says. "But I have been there a long time. Any longer and people would mistake me for a Middle Eastern ruler. I feel proud of what I have done, which is effectively to transform it from a struggling small business into a successful...

  • John Rentoul: "Obama is Awesome"
    Saturday, 26 March 2011

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