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  • Leading article: The new world where judges and social media intersect
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    There are those, including Ms Fraill, who find it hard to believe that what she did – contact a defendant who had been acquitted while others in the same case were still being tried, and communicate with others about the deliberations in the jury roo...

  • Leading article: Waiting for Ed to succeed
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    In such a drama it was inevitable that the audience would be engaged by the story of the younger brother usurping the elder. Jon Cruddas, once a contender for Labour's deputy leadership, is quoted in a new biography of Ed Miliband as saying to David:...

  • Andrew Lansley: It's been difficult, but the NHS will be better for it
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    There are few things as precious as the NHS, and the principle it is based upon – a universal service, free at the point of use – is one I am committed to. But I also want to ensure that our health service achieves excellent results for patients, as ...

  • Tim Lott: You'll be my Facebook Friend for ever. Or until the next fad ...
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    The simple answer is – addiction. Facebook is the crystal meth of the cyberworld. While a few thousand are kicking the habit, I am still tethered to my computer, tinkering with my news feed and reading about other people's home improvements or puppy....

  • Geoffrey Beattie: Why Greeks make a drama out of a crisis
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    In Greece, there is uncontained fury at the conditions that the IMF has imposed on the Greek government, and this fury has been turned into direct and violent action on the streets against the government itself. In Dublin, life seems to be continuing...

  • DJ Taylor: We're all in the same boat, even old Toad
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    The Archbishop of Canterbury's remark, in a recent New Statesman, about the "seductive" distinction between deserving and undeserving poor was much quoted. Several pundits warned of the dangers of separating a huge swathe of the population into two n...

  • Letters: Public-sector pensions
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    Your response, if I may paraphrase it, is: "Shut up and take the punishment. Private-sector workers have already lost their rights to a decent pension and a decent retirement age, so why shouldn't you too? And anyway we're in financial trouble." Acro...

  • Harriet Walker: Our brawls are embarrassing, but French boozing is no better
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    But they're also more likely to drink when left unsupervised, its new report warned gravely. So the best way to bring up your kids as happy and balanced teetotallers, we should infer, is to linger in their presence indefinitely, swigging from a carto...

  • Leading article: In state pensions, one age should fit all
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    Pre-emption was the charge flying around yesterday, with the public-sector trade unions accusing the Government, in the shape of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, of pre-empting their talks by insisting on a rise in the pensionabl...

  • Alice Jones: The positively alien world of Planet Apple
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    It’s a place where everything works at the press of a button or languid sweep of a finger. A place where nobody sells things, they “provide solutions” and where the bars are staffed by geniuses. A place, indeed, so bereft of negativity, the word “unf...

  • Jason Manolopoulos: You can blame the Greeks – but they have been betrayed by their leaders
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    The scenes are now familiar to TV viewers across the world: the angry banners, the scuffles or sometimes more serious violence, the petrol bombs and tear gas, the world's media, including battle-tested war reporters, descending. The latest wave of He...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (19 June 2011)
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    It could look as if some of these women simply wish to make it culturally acceptable to wear inappropriate clothing in public. But rape is a violent act, not a sexual one. Clothing doesn't come into it, especially as the vast majority of rapes are pl...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (19/06/11)
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    A small correction to last week's stories about Ascot: it's not tattoos that make people boorishly drunk and suddenly violent. When I worked as staff at a summer's worth of Cambridge May Balls, I saw the carnage that stems almost inevitably from a se...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (19/06/11)
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    It was set to be a meeting of two of the world's most influential men – Bill Gates and Paul Dacre. But, alas, last week's scheduled encounter between the Microsoft billionaire and the editor of the Daily Mail was cancelled at the last minute. Acco...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Lies, damn lies, and reports of battlefield atrocities
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    He meant that in war people, motivated by fear, self-interest or a simple desire to make sense of a confusing and terrifying situation, make things up. And in the midst of a fast-moving conflict it is more than usually difficult to prove them wrong. ...

  • Paul Vallely: Wounded al-Qa'ida will lash out more
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    That was not the only triumph of the torturers. Using techniques which led Zawahiri to say to a fellow prisoner "the death penalty is more merciful than torture", they beat out of him information about a comrade who was then also arrested. Zawahiri f...

  • Harriet Walker: 'In warm weather, the city comes to life and food is at its core'
    Sunday, 19 June 2011

    Actually, that's a snapshot of London life all year round, but in winter your nostrils are too clogged with expanding frozen grime for you to smell anything. That's the reason nobody notices for months when an elderly neighbour dies in their armchair...

  • Susannah Shops: In search of the perfect bikini
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    At this point I can only thank the Lord that internet shopping – not always the most creative or indeed discerning way to buy clothes – exists. How completely brilliant to bypass the experience of gazing in despair at a nearly naked, sun-starved body...

  • Leading article: A long-running show's welcome return
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    Three days and 183 games later, after the longest match in the tournament's history, the two men were not only tennis legends but friends in the making. With each to some extent defined by the other, that happy consequence of a match in which, for th...

  • John Rentoul: Poll alert
    Saturday, 18 June 2011

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