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Sunday, 24 April 2011

  • Leading article: The wrath of the squeezed middle will soon be heard
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    This is why new analysis on the impact of cuts conducted by the Resolution Foundation could be politically explosive. According to this independent think-tank, the abolition of child benefit for families with a taxpayer on the higher rate of 40p in t...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Threat to cyclists
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    Far and away the most urgent need is kerb-separated, separately signalled, cycle lanes. If these require a levy on the cyclist then fine, but it is likely that any such charge will prove less than the cost of collection. It might also be considered u...

  • Leading article: An invitation that sent the wrong message
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    The Crown Prince may be an old friend of the Prince of Wales but he is also the son of a despot who has set his government against the "Arab spring" sweeping the region. Far from meeting the demands of the demonstrators who sought an end to royal aut...

  • James Harkin: Wake up to the future of our society – it smells of coffee
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    Until recently I'd have taken Gale for a loser. Getting to be a connoisseur of anything and talking about it incessantly, I've always thought, is one of the least attractive features of pompous, joyless middle age. That was before I turned into Gale ...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Indians won't tolerate corruption forever
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    Anna Hazare is not Gandhi. And though he claims to be a Gandhian, a dedicated follower of the Great Soul who helped India secure its independence from Britain, it has been pointed out that some of his beliefs – such as cutting off the hands of crimin...

  • 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...

  • The Christian world celebrates Easter
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    The Pontiff said politics across the regions should be based on respect for all and urged Libya to allow civilians access to humanitarian aid. Celebrating Easter Mass in St Peter's Square in Vatican City – which was packed with tens of thousands of p...

  • Leading article: Battle dress
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    But it's most unlikely that their uniforms were designed to match the requirements of a woman's body. In consequence, the armour must have been uncomfortable. It is a good thing, therefore, that the world's most powerful army has seen the light and a...

  • Gavin Kelly: Think the cuts are biting? The pain has hardly begun
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    To see why, just look at what is coming in terms of cuts, wages, and interest rates. The cuts that kicked in on "Worse-off Wednesday" accounted for a mere 10 per cent of the total savings arising before 2015 from changes to tax credits and child bene...

  • Virginia Ironside: Why does it pay to be rude on television?
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    There's a lot of tele-cruelty about. Every time Sir Alan Sugar says, so brutally, "You're fired!", I feel uncomfortable. When MasterChef contestants are told their food is inedible, I cringe. When X-Factor wannabes are laughed off the stage, my toes ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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