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  • Leading article: What about the workers?
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    How different things look now, as illuminated by the second part of the BritainThinks survey of attitudes to class, which we report exclusively today. The study, looking at the 24 per cent of the population who still describe themselves as working cl...

  • Leading article: Britain is contributing to the bailout. It's wrong to pretend otherwise
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    The first was the easy one: that he and his Government would never take the UK into the euro. In so saying, David Cameron was doing no more than confirming the blindingly obvious. If ever this had ever been a possibility, under the current or any oth...

  • Musa Okwonga: Talent. Graft. Bottle? The annual Wimbledon conundrum
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    Bottle isn't like muscle: it's not visible to the naked eye. At first glance, most of the world's leading sportsmen and sportswomen look routinely impressive: fit, focused, intimidatingly intense. It's only when they're stepping towards that penalty ...

  • DJ Taylor: DLT, Slade and the felling of tyrants
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    Such a work would, naturally, have deep historical roots. Its early chapters, for example, would pre-date the 1776 Declaration of Independence. There would be a special section devoted to literary visitors to America of the 1830s and 1840s, such as F...

  • Letters: The surgeon and the PM
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    Infection in Orthopaedic implants is very often serious for the patient, difficult and time-consuming for the surgeon to deal with and expensive for the Trust. In order to reduce the risk of infection to the very minimum, strict discipline in the ope...

  • Alice Jones: Leave the profs and their daft questions alone
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    The mystique of Oxbridge interviews and the impossible questions posed therein is a perennial favourite. By the time I went for mine, I'd heard so many apocryphal horror stories I was convinced I'd be greeted by a disembodied head in a dusty mortar b...

  • Harriet Walker: Let's inject a bit of Glastonbury into regimented old Wimbledon
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    The truth is no British hopeful could win if you gave them a racket the size of Texas and grafted Mark Philippoussis's arms on to their pigeon-chested torso. That's just not how it works. The tournament is all about formula, and it's as stultifyingly...

  • Leading article: The least of Ed Miliband's problems
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    The removal of Clause IV from the Labour Party constitution was a presentational masterstroke by Tony Blair. It made very little difference in reality, because common ownership of the means of production, to which it referred, had already disappeared...

  • Charlotte Raven: For most women, free choice is still something we can only dream of
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    Suddenly, feminists were being offered the chance not to burn our bras but get out and show them off in a display of female self-empowerment. And if like me you weren't keen on having your midriff (or your cellulite) displayed on the lunchtime news, ...

  • Jemima Khan: The things you say sound great, Mr President. So why do you end up disappointing us?
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    Except he's not – only those extras that he deployed in the "surge" of 2009; 68,000 will remain, double the number sent by his predecessor, George Bush. Obama keeps doing this. Sounding marvellous, then, in retrospect, disappointing. After eight long...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (26 June 2011)
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    Mike Abbott London W4 Poor Dom Joly. He just doesn't get it ("Welcome to the Hotel du Microwave", 19 June). One of the reasons North Yorkshire is such a "gorgeous part of the country" is because it isn't full of people demanding attention 24 hours a ...

  • Owen Jones: Bring politics back to the real world
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    The most striking finding is that fewer than a quarter of those surveyed define themselves as "working class". The findings depend heavily on question wording. Ipsos MORI found that two-thirds described themselves as "working class and proud of it" i...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Don't believe everything you see and read about Gaddafi
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    Regimes threatened by change have, since those early days, paid backhanded compliments to the foreign media by throwing correspondents out of countries where they would like to report and by denying them visas to come back in. Trying to visit Yemen e...

  • Paul Vallely: Ai Weiwei is free – but what about the rest?
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    It seemed a good decision at the time. But now – amidst the tightest clampdown in China for two decades – the Nobel committee might be forgiven for wondering whether the strategy has backfired. That may seem an odd thing to say in a week in which ano...

  • Deborah Mattinson: Boots, gloves and tools - what it means to be working class
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    In March BritainThinks produced the report Speaking Middle English, which explored the attitudes of the 71 per cent of Britons who define themselves as "middle class". In focus groups, people brought along symbols of their place in society. A cafetie...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'Cleaning should be taught at school'
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    So I built a wall with a couple of pallets and put them in an enclosure in the pantry. This worked for a while, but then we found that they were escaping from this prison. Very determined, these pups, and not without intelligence. They were using the...

  • Susannah Shops: At last a cure for curliness
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    “I can’t go out in public without it,” says my good friend Janet. Like me, she hardly wears make-up. And also like me her “make-up” bag is entirely hair-focused, as those in the industry might say. And it is big. It is very big. There are shampoos an...

  • Leading article: Sign of the times
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    But the brand that pioneered stylish home furnishings for the post-post-war generation of Britons is to be bought by the owner of Argos and Homebase – which to aficionados is not at all the same thing. The rise of Habitat testified to the arrival of ...

  • John Rentoul: Class Distinctions
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

  • Sindy: The IoS Diary (26/06/11)
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    Whatever happened to the News of the World's claim in the Tommy Sheridan perjury trial that its old emails had gone missing while in storage in India? You'll remember that the Information Commissioner discovered that the dog hadn't eaten their hom...

  • Claudia Pritchard: This cycle crime wave needs brakes
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    When my bike was pinched in central London on Monday, it was so clear how it had been done. And if it is clear to me, perhaps the professionals in this field – police, cycle industry, planners – might turn their minds too to the daily daylight robber...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (26/06/11)
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

    Even aside from the obvious doubts regarding Eric Pickles and what he knows about throwing away food, I am perplexed by the outrage caused by the Government's failure to enforce weekly bin collections. According to Pickles, it is a "basic right for e...

  • John Rentoul: Cameron and Detail
    Saturday, 25 June 2011

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