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Sunday, 19 June 2011

  • Leading article: Talks with the Taliban will be a condition of any endgame
    Monday, 20 June 2011

    The Afghan President's remarks to journalists in Kabul at the weekend contained several other new elements. Not only did he admit that talks had been going on, but he called them "peace talks", spoke positively of the progress made, and said that the...

  • Letters: Intensive farming methods
    Monday, 20 June 2011

    We only have to look to America to see how antibiotics prop up the industrial farming system. When WSPA visited leading US academics last year on our second investigation into the mega-dairy industry, we were told that of the 27m lbs of antibiotics p...

  • Leading article: Not all absent fathers have run away
    Monday, 20 June 2011

    In appearing to lump all absent fathers together as reprobates, however, David Cameron is making the same mistake as those who habitually brand single mothers feckless. While judges have become more open-minded in custody cases, the bias is usually s...

  • Dear Sasha: Your brutal reign will come to an end
    Monday, 20 June 2011

    Addressing a letter to you in a polite way would be silly. You need to have a modicum of respect for the person to whom you're writing. For that reason, I'm addressing you by the familiar form of your name, Sasha. You compelled me to write this let...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Rebel with a cause
    Monday, 20 June 2011

    Haw's camp survived dozens of eviction efforts, most recently the Mayor of London's vain attempt to have this piece of pavement cleared in time for the royal wedding. But although his followers diligently kept the flame alive after he himself left fo...

  • Theodore Dalrymple: Denunciation ceremonies for absent fathers can't be far off
    Monday, 20 June 2011

    A lot of what David Cameron said to mark Fathers' Day was right, therefore; and yet, at the same time, it was deeply repellent. First there was the language he used, a mixture of undignified and condescending demotic and mid-Atlantic psychobabble. Ju...

  • Mark Wallinger: Brian Haw was the conscience of a nation grown quiescent
    Monday, 20 June 2011

    He was a unique and remarkable man. Earlier, I was asked how to describe him and the first words I came up with were tenacity, integrity and dignity. And then Michael Culver, an old colleague of his, said rage, and I think that is absolutely right. T...

  • Sean O'Grady: Unions risk becoming as irrelevant in the public sector as in the private
    Monday, 20 June 2011

    Most private-sector workers gave up going on strike, decent pensions and job security decades ago. With varying degrees of resentment they do not see why those who happen to work for the state should still enjoy such luxuries, and certainly not when ...

  • 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...

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