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  • Leading article: Make this the last time you vote with an X
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    One last time, we today rehearse the arguments for the alternative vote, by which voters elect MPs by numbering candidates in order of preference instead of using a single X. The Independent on Sunday believes that it allows us to vote for what we r...

  • Leading article: A day of pageantry and celebration that met a need for escapism
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    They stayed up late to enjoy the spectacle in Australia, and they rose before dawn in the United States to luxuriate in a little of the Old Country's pageantry. But nowhere was the sense of escapism – or perhaps the need for it – greater than here in...

  • Jonathon Green: Terms of endearment: why the PM was neither right nor honourable
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    Political exchanges resemble sport, in that one needs to believe in the need to win but at the same time to appreciate the innate absurdity of what is a game. In both, errors are punished. Whether the "calm down" or the "dear" has been ranked the mor...

  • DJ Taylor: Secretive celebrities are always with us
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    One of Chesterton's many attractions to the modern reader is that he was a genuine democrat, rather than a pretend one, who believed not only in giving ordinary people the vote but – an altogether different thing – taking the trouble to investigate t...

  • Vince Cable: No wonder the Tories are so scared of AV
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    A change could have major consequences. AV recognises that we now live in a world of multi-party politics and makes it easier for voters to express a wider range of choices. It will encourage prospective MPs to reach out beyond a narrow party base fo...

  • Letters: Police and the royal wedding
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    Happily she put me straight: "Let me make it clear," she said. "This is a day of celebration, joy and pageantry for Great Britain." I had thought of putting on a Sex Pistols T-shirt or some such as a small protest against the occasion but clearly I h...

  • Talbot Church: A day to remember – and an early night for Wills and Kate
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    The very picture of radiance, she made her way up the aisle on the red carpet, woven, as is traditional, by the wives and children of the Gurkhas. The dress, subject of more column inches than the riots in Syria or the war in Libya (how shabby those ...

  • Leading article: Terrorism must be no excuse for Arab repression
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    The blowing-up of a café in Djemaa el-Fna square, which killed 16 people, including 11 foreign nationals, certainly looks like an al-Qa'ida-style attack. There are echoes of the 2003 suicide bombings in Casablanca, also aimed at foreign civilians, wh...

  • Alice Jones: The couple who showed us why we don't need gagging orders
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    There he stood, on the steps of his – no doubt artfully boho-styled – west London home, his paunch barely contained in striped turquoise terry-towelling, his beard mussed with sleep, his eyes pinpricks, buried beneath an airport carousel of bags. Nex...

  • Jon Cruddas: The question is, do we trust the people?
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    The fight for the Alternative Vote may seem in a different league from earlier struggles, but it truly is in the tradition of the Levellers and the Chartists and the Suffragettes. For one simple reason: whatever its shortcomings, in the end it gives ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (1 May 2011)
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    While Professor Cathcart suggested that no lessons were learnt and that the PCC was inactive over the Bridgend suicides, the local MP, Madeleine Moon, said that she "found the PCC advice, support and guidance invaluable" and that "the best insurance ...

  • Paul Vallely: The monarchy moves in mysterious ways
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    We all like a good wedding. That much was evident from the wide-ranging collection of new nuptial poems which Carol Ann Duffy brought together in The Guardian last week. Even that temple of sophisticated royal wedding sneering had to suspend its wilf...

  • Claudia Pritchard: All summer long, they'll be playing our song
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    And it began with the arresting opening chords of I Was Glad for the entrance of the bride at the royal wedding on Friday, and the congregational singing of, yes, Jerusalem, music for both by the stalwart Sir Hubert Parry. But splendid as the cheerin...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The double threat that hangs over the poor of Kabul
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    The answer to both questions could well be Afghanistan, and, in particular, Kabul: hitherto an island of calm compared with the turmoil elsewhere in the country. The potential for natural and political disaster in the capital, which exists almost as ...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'I find myself turning into Basil Fawlty'
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    The answer is that, for me, idleness has always been about autonomy and creativity. If your autonomy means that you are free to take a nap after lunch if you feel like it – which is still the case for me, even though I am now an idler-turned-shopkeep...

  • Leading article: Krypton factor
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    So for Superman to ditch his formal allegiance to the Stars and Stripes is like Spider-man developing arachnophobia, or Batman announcing that he's sick of policing dark alleyways, or the Incredible Hulk taking anger management classes. It would be a...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (01/05/11)
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    At last, some good news for Conrad Black. The disgraced former Telegraph proprietor has sold his white elephant of a villa on Palm Beach for £15m, more than twice what he paid for it in 1997. He and his wife Barbara Amiel have been struggling to f...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (01/05/11)
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    After feigning nonchalance and pretending to be typing while watching a TV reflected in his computer screen, one of my friends claimed to be disappointed that the royal wedding had offered no surprises. I can't imagine what kind of surprise he was af...

  • Jane Merrick: Let's take Dave's advice and move on
    Sunday, 1 May 2011

    I cannot agree that either the remark itself or the Prime Minister were sexist. But on the wider issue, after working 10 years as a journalist in the Commons, I feel the image of the gentleman's club, wheeled out again last week, is no longer relevan...

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