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  • Leading article: Saying sorry is not enough. Only a full inquiry will suffice
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    No one should be fooled by the News of the World's bathetic pose or effusion of crocodile tears. News International's "mea culpa" may sound contrite but it is nothing more than an attempt to draw a line under a story that won't go away. What the comp...

  • Leading article: News International has a long way to go
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    It was never convincing that the resort to illegal methods was a freelance operation by a few bad apples, about which editors and managers who signed large cheques were ignorant. Now News International has admitted that much of its defence over the p...

  • Letters: The AV referendum
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    Canada conducts its general elections under the FPTP system. Nevertheless, Canadians will be heading to the polls in a federal election for the fourth time in seven years as the past three general elections resulted in minority governments. The curre...

  • Leading article: A divisive move that Sarkozy may regret
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    Such considerations should weigh on the minds of people in France as their own kulturkampf against the wearing of the full veil gains legal teeth – and as a number of French women make it clear that they feel more, not less, determined to wear the bu...

  • Donald Trelford: Murdoch's enemies are winning this battle
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    Is it that the newspaper world is collectively embarrassed, or even in denial, or that it thinks final judgement should be suspended until the Metropolitan Police have completed their second inquiry? It was certainly an awkward coincidence for the or...

  • Steve Connor: How a money-making strategy from the 1960s left behind a toxic legacy
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    The reason Britain has the biggest waste mountain of civilian plutonium in the world is down to a bad decision in the 1960s when the nuclear industry proposed turning nuclear waste from civilian reactors into plutonium for burning in fast-breeder rea...

  • Craig Murray: A secret history of the kilt
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    I have worn my kilt when presenting my diplomatic credentials to President Karimov of Uzbekistan, and in private audience with the Queen. I have also worn it at official functions, and in private parties, bars and nightclubs, on every continent. I wo...

  • Leading article: Short story
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    Oh, the unpredictable vagaries of fashion. Who could have guessed back then that today it would be virtually the opposite. Everyone from Barack Obama and David Cameron downwards wants to be seen in their new shorts these days, and the trend is catchi...

  • Norman Lamb: If we get this reform wrong, patients are going to suffer
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    At the heart of the Government's reform package is a very important principle, which most health policy experts agree on. We have to empower GPs to develop services to help keep patients out of hospital and we must make them responsible for the money...

  • Dominic Prince: Leap to the defence of a noble sport
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    The breeding and racing of horses is a huge, multi-billion-pound industry that has grown up over more than 200 years. Consider if you will that more than 70,000 people attended the record-breaking Grand National, millions watched the spectacle on tel...

  • Michael McCarthy: The world cannot allow these species to die out
    Monday, 11 April 2011

    In June 2012, the South American country will be hosting Rio Plus 20 – a major global conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the "Earth Summit" on environment and development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. It was the meeting of world leader...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (10 April 2011)
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts should be merged to create locally accountable community healthcare commissions controlled by experienced NHS managers and representatives of patients and professionals at all levels. These bodies ...

  • Harriet Walker: Isn't this supposed to be a trendy boozer?
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    At least at home I can, depending on the crowd, arrange the cushions either mathematically or artlessly, and bring to the fore either my vast selection of historical novels or my one-off, limited-edition, obscure fashion monographs. But my house wasn...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The problem for Nato: how to tell rebels from loyalists
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    A good place to judge the balance of forces between Gaddafi and the rebels last week was the western entrance to the deserted town of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi. The place is marked by a high archway and a wrecked cement sentry box containing scraps...

  • Paul Vallely: The overwhelming power of music
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    The tragic commedia dell'arte figure came back to my mind the other day, via the lyrics of an old Smokey Robinson song. "Just like Pagliacci did, I try to keep my sadness hid/ Smiling in the public eye? But in my lonely room I cry/ The tears of a clo...

  • Katy Guest: What next for the Camerons – Primark?
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    The flight would be packed, because the flights before and after it would inevitably have been cancelled at the last minute owing to unforeseen circumstances (the kind that come with no compensation, as opposed to foreseen circumstances, which might,...

  • Charlotte Harris: 'Sorry' means something else at News International
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    There are some serious qualifications to this "unreserved apology". It is limited only to voicemail interception during the years 2004-2006. There is no admission or apology for anybody who believes that they were intercepted before that. To discover...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (10/04/11)
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    In what could be seen as a snub to British fashion houses, she was photographed last week using French luggage, while catching a plane to Malaga. She and the PM were snapped with two holdalls by the chic label Longchamp, while waiting for their fligh...

  • Margareta Pagano: This is the biggest test yet for the coalition
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    And Osborne, through his spin doctors, has also let it be known that he endorses the controversial idea of ring-fencing the "operationally essential" banking services such as retail – and that he is ready for a backlash from the banks. He also made a...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (10/04/11)
    Sunday, 10 April 2011

    I hate to agree with the rancid old codger, but I think that John Prescott illustrated it best in his 2008 BBC2 documentary, Prescott: The Class System and Me, when he interviewed students at Rugby about their attitudes to class. "I find the class sy...

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