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Saturday, 23 April 2011

  • Leading article: 'It's who you know, don't you know?'
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    Is there any discrepancy between his protestations five years ago and his actions now? When the issue surfaced some weeks ago, Nick Clegg acknowledged that he had been a beneficiary of helpful connections, but sought to point out that a blemished pas...

  • Leading article: Washington finally realises the role it must play in saving Libya
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    The US defence Secretary, Robert Gates, talks only of making a new, "modest contribution" to Nato's air campaign against the regime but the humble phraseology should fool no one. America's decision to deploy Predator drones to shore up Libyan rebel p...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Yes, patience is a virtue, but the reward is luxury
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    Patience is one of those virtues, along with chastity, that we don't really see the point of. But its rewards have one very good exemplar right now: Kate Middleton. The girl mocked as Waity Katie has found that patience pays off. She came to know Pri...

  • An anonymous writer: How dare they call me a blackmailer?
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    I was frightened, confused and angry that I found myself in this position. How had it come to this? And how come I'd been accused of blackmail? I still had feelings for the guy, with whom I had enjoyed a long relationship, and had decided to let him ...

  • DJ Taylor: Myths, legends and illiberal sentiment
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    Should this defeat come to pass – and opponents of AV now seem to exceed supporters by around 10 percentage points – it will be all the rarer for being sustained at the ballot box: a luxury not always allowed in this wonderfully democratic age. Which...

  • Letters: Coalitions and AV
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    As he surely knows, there was such an option. Nick Clegg shuttled between the Tories and Labour like a shopper in the January sales looking for the best deal. This highlights the real problem of AV and of PR: under a hung parliament, the voters have ...

  • Leading article: Let the church speak its mind
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    Rowan Williams put forward the idea that we might make the rich and powerful emulate the Queen's example by passing a law that obliged bankers and cabinet ministers, among others, to spend several hours each year performing such tasks as serving prim...

  • Harriet Walker: Once we used to donate stuff. Now we just want to flog it
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    This, then, is modern charity. Further afield, Viscount Cowdray had a bit of a sort-out this week too. He has sized up the grandiose trappings of his family seat and is holding an enormous public sale. His Gainsborough, not seen for 50 years, will be...

  • E Jane Dickson: How did the church turn into the most radical voice in the land?
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    But the Archbishop of Canterbury was on to something when he called this week for the nation's leaders to harness that Maundy feeling. In his traditional Maundy address, delivered on the day in the Christian calendar when clerics, in imitation of Chr...

  • Tim Montgomerie: PM ought to focus on his own base – not on Clegg
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    The Lib Dems will perform incredibly badly in next month's elections. Clegg's local government base, which sustained his party during the wilderness decades when it had no power at Westminster, is likely to be devas-tated. The party may lose half of ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (24 April 2011)
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    It is easy to celebrate the enrichment of our national life wrought by immigration when times are good and work opportunities plentiful. We are rightly proud of these islands historically offering refuge to the oppressed of other lands, those bringin...

  • Brian Cathcart: Bad editors have blown it for the rest
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    Our politicians – the people who, if we had such regulation, would have to take the responsibility – are as reluctant as anyone. No minister in the present government has expressed support for the idea. The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, when he called ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Ghosts will haunt Libya for decades
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    The reason for the presence of these ghosts is simple. Mr Hamid, previously unfamiliar with the area where his new home is located, had bought a house not far from Abu Ghraib prison. The place is regarded with horror by Iraqis because so many thousan...

  • Brian Paddick: One person is not enough to oversee the police
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    The system of policing in this country is based on consent, on the support and co-operation of the public. Its origins are to be found when villagers used to select one of their number to enforce the law on their behalf. The police should be "citizen...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Can I really be as ugly as that?''
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    A quick snap outside the pub of an evening; the mandatory line-up at a festival; the mid-picnic ambush shot of you slurping hummus off a carrot. All of these pile up, montage-like, to convince me year after year that I do not make a good photo. Just ...

  • Leading article: Scenting trouble
    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    Skunks are not quite yet a "must-have" in the pet stakes, but as we report today, they are becoming popular; breeders have reported exceptional levels of interest this year. Leaving aside well-known problems over their scent glands, it is not hard to...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (24/04/11)
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    I do share the sentiments of John Humphrys, who, when he heard about the "11-day weekend", replied: "But what if you love the job you're doing?" I can see how churlish it would be to complain at all about a job that fundamentally involves reading boo...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (24/04/11)
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    That's the question facing Chris Dercon, the new director of Tate Modern, who began his job only this month. The exhibition of Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds in the turbine hall comes to an end next weekend, and the seeds are due to be returned to the a...

  • Andrew Martin: I am so hip, a burglar took my gadgets
    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    According to a Neighbourhood Watch spokesman, there has been a rise in what is known as "acquisitive crime", which is logical enough. If I were a criminal, this is very much the type of offence I'd be interested in committing. After all, if you're go...

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