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Sunday, 27 March 2011

  • Leading article: A message from the many stifled by the violence of a few
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    That was the upside for the unions, and for the Labour Opposition. It also helped to vindicate Ed Miliband's decision to address the rally in Hyde Park – an appearance that some feared would reinforce the idea that he was in the pocket of the trade u...

  • 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 ...

  • Leading article: The next domino could be Damascus
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    Over the past two weeks, however, demonstrations have erupted in several parts of the country. The most recent disturbances took place in the port of Latakia in the north, where the government confirmed yesterday that 12 people had been killed and mo...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Protest aimed at an ideology
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    Public-sector workers are derided and enmeshed in a tangled web of analogies; public-sector conservatives, pen-pushers and town-hall bureaucrats. Then there is the "slaughtering of sacred cows" and talk of "feather-bedding" and "Spanish practices". C...

  • Leading article: In for the count
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    If you didn't, you have until 6 May to return the form online, just so long as you can imagine yourself back to 27 March. Even then, no one seems to be exactly racing ahead with the count. When computers can deliver an election result within a matter...

  • James Harkin: The iPad is a badge, not a product
    Monday, 28 March 2011

    Many emerged holding their products aloft and punching the air. Never mind that iPad 2 was a modest and slightly disappointing upgrade on iPad 1, and that the uninitiated would scarcely be able to tell the difference. The rapturous way it was receive...

  • Vikram Seth: Flagship without a fleet
    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    They would have had to consult the FCO if they were closing the Hindi service completely, but by calling the loss of 10 to 20 million listeners on shortwave a mere "platform change", they were able to pass their decision quietly and present it to eve...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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