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  • 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...

  • Leading article: Nato must not be seduced into prolonging the conflict in Libya
    Saturday, 9 April 2011

    Without such prompt and decisive action, the bloodbath forecast for Benghazi could well have come to pass. The rebel movement might have been crushed even before it had had a chance to coalesce. There is no latitude for "what ifs" here. As time has p...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Teaching Creationism
    Saturday, 9 April 2011

    Most religious faith cannot be conflated with fundamentalism and the rejection of evolution. Nor is reasoning based on empirical reality all there is to rational thought. There is no real conflict between science and faith. There is a conflict betwee...

  • Leading article: The message is moderation
    Saturday, 9 April 2011

    For years we have been told that moderate drinking is good for us, on account of its beneficial effect on the heart. Two to three drinks a day for a man and one to two for a woman reduced the risk of a heart attack. Now one of the largest studies of ...

  • Michael Bywater: A misbegotten idea that will prolong the reign of the old boys and elites
    Saturday, 9 April 2011

    Sometimes many of us just listen to Mr Clegg and cry, as I did earlier this week when, in conjunction with the still strangely invisible Iain Duncan Smith, he released a fine bubbling flatus on the subject of meritocracy. "Internships," he announced,...

  • Harriet Walker: Bullying is bullying – whether the victim is beautiful or not
    Saturday, 9 April 2011

    Quite right too – there isn't a department store on earth with a gift list that could trump the trousseau she's about to acquire. The charity means more to her than any new linens or 36-piece cutlery set ever could, because the future Queen was, alle...

  • 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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