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Sunday, 3 April 2011

  • Leading article: The mystery of NHS reform
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    Now, less than a year into government, Mr Cameron's claim to lead the party of the NHS is in doubt. As we report today, the Prime Minister and his deputy are preparing, in conditions of unusual secrecy, to announce this week a delay to the Health and...

  • Leading article: A callous and futile murder
    Monday, 4 April 2011

    Condemnation of his murder included strong statements from all quarters, including both unionist and republican government ministers. The fact that both the administration and the police force are representative of the two parts of the community is a...

  • Cathy Warwick: Hospitals are falling over the edge
    Monday, 4 April 2011

    We have been holding things together for some time, but now some units are falling over the edge. When there is a failure of leadership the whole thing collapses. If you talk to midwives I believe they would say morale is low: too many women and too ...

  • D J Taylor: Cuddliness equals infamy plus time
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    Evidence of this procedural cul-de-sac came on Wednesday, while I was walking through the breeze-blocked campus of the University of East Anglia. The student union elections were in progress, and draped over a wall, featuring the insignia of the coll...

  • Tim Lott: Thank you, Mum, for giving me life, and for a love that was endless
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    It's been more than 20 years since you left us – by your own hand, in the upstairs bedroom where you used to hold me close beside you when I was a child and scared of ghosts. My father found you there, one afternoon in March 1988. Mother's Day fell s...

  • David Owen: Our NHS is heading for a train crash
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition has no mandate for this legislation. If it were to go on the statute book in anything like its present form, over one, or at most two, decades, in England the NHS would be unrecognisable. During the general...

  • Letters: The pointless 'war on drugs'
    Monday, 4 April 2011

    Should we really not bother to give our opinions about plans to revise sentencing for drug offences before 20 June? Do we really believe our politicians are so terrified by the right-wing press that they won't see how damaging, expensive and pointles...

  • Leading article: Supermarket sweep
    Monday, 4 April 2011

    And now the supermarket plans to trade in used cars too through an internet site called Tescocars.com. Each vehicle purchase will apparently be worth 2,000 points on a Tesco loyalty card – which will get you a generous amount of Tesco Value baked bea...

  • Christopher Hirst: America still can't handle the truth
    Monday, 4 April 2011

    The inclusion of a seasoning of sex, drugs and crime in the docu-drama prompted the US History Channel to pull the plug, declaring this "dramatic interpretation" was "not a fit for the History brand". Sex, drugs and crime may have played a part in hi...

  • Jeremy Laurance: When things go wrong, every second counts
    Monday, 4 April 2011

    Campaigners defending their local maternity unit protest at the "conveyor belt" experience of the "baby factories" which they say is degrading and dehumanising. Meanwhile senior doctors point to statistics showing nine out of 10 mothers who died from...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (3 April 2011)
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    Harry C Blaney III Senior fellow, Center for International Policy Washington DC, USA Under an apocalyptic front-page photo of riot police you asked, "Should we allow the violence of a tiny minority to detract from Britain's biggest demonstration in e...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: I get such a buzz out of beekeeping
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    We feared the worst following this winter. It was cold and snowy, and Victoria suffered from a constant sense of having neglected the bees. You are supposed to feed them a sort of sugar syrup to add to their honey stores. But had she given them enoug...

  • Paul Vallely: Clarkson is a victim of his own values
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    It's important not to get this out of proportion. The "grim discovery", as one portentous tabloid dubbed it, that vandals had pulled down the cliff-top fencing comes at the end of a six-year right-of-way dispute with local ramblers in the 40 acres of...

  • Nick Clegg: This is an achieving coalition – with more to come
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    For the Liberal Democrats, general elections had traditionally been seen as a rare opportunity to get the same kind of attention regularly enjoyed by Labour and the Conservatives; a chance to talk about policies that were often ignored because "they'...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The shady men backed bythe West to displace Gaddafi
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    It is a bizarre little war. For several weeks, the world has watched a motley force of rebel militiamen and a so-far-unseen, but probably quite small, government force, race to-and-fro on the main road south of Benghazi. The frontline reporting is br...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (03/04/11)
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    It's an old-fashioned war between right and left. In one corner is the Daily Mail, with its scurrilous, ego- pricking scribe, Quentin Letts. In the other is the Arts Council, and its grand dame of bien pensant liberalism, Dame Liz Forgan. Last wee...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (03/04/11)
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    Please will somebody stop Michael Gove talking about children's literacy before I am forced to shove a soggy copy of Gormenghast in his mouth? Not content with criticising children for reading fewer than 50 books a year, he is now having a go at what...

  • Lady the Osprey: There's life in the old girl yet – a warm welcome to a regal eagle
    Sunday, 3 April 2011

    I've been doing it for 21 years now. Of course, it's a bit of a haul from West Africa where I always winter – 3,000 miles to be exact, and, I can tell you, at my age I feel every wing beat. But once I see those White Cliffs of Dover my spirits lift, ...

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