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  • Leading article: Neither side may wish it, but compromise is the solution
    Monday, 27 June 2011

    Each side is banking on public support swinging gradually if not immediately behind it. The unions hope that this week's industrial action will be start of rolling strikes that gather strength as summer shades into autumn, tapping into a deep vein of...

  • Sean O'Grady: How to make the euro work
    Monday, 27 June 2011

    First is the fact we always contribute to the financial rescue of economies via our subscriptions to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), including the likes of Ukraine, where our direct economic interest must be judged scant. We will also be lendi...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Teaching strike
    Monday, 27 June 2011

    Since when have the "best school leaders" herded hundreds of pupils from different year groups, all in one place and supervised them completely on their own for lesson after lesson? This may well "minimise the impact on ... parents" but it will hardl...

  • Leading article: A victory – but not an end to the equality battle
    Monday, 27 June 2011

    Two years after a Democrat-controlled state senate rejected gay marriage, a Republican-controlled senate has legalised it. Moreover, some of the bitterest opponents of gay marriage in New York were Latino Democrats, some espousing the kind of views t...

  • John Kampfner: Finally, the age of Western intervention is over
    Monday, 27 June 2011

    Twenty years ago this summer, Communism collapsed with the failed coup in Russia and the final lowering of the hammer and sickle over the Kremlin in December 1991. That ushered in, courtesy of Francis Fukuyama, the declaration of the "end of history"...

  • Mary Alexander: I'm striking because these reforms will put people off going into the profession
    Monday, 27 June 2011

    This Thursday will be my first national strike. I feel like this Government is making lots of changes far too rapidly without thinking them through and I also feel they are not negotiating properly with teachers. Sometimes you just need to make your ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: In the court of the canines
    Monday, 27 June 2011

    Lately, however, the idea of the small dog as indispensable fashion accessory has gone into decline, which may explain the growing number of such animals ending up in animal refuges. So it is good to hear that small dogs now have another public champ...

  • Laurie Penny: This spiteful new law against squatting must be stopped
    Monday, 27 June 2011

    To say that squatting has a bad reputation in Britain these days is rather like saying that Prince Philip is occasionally racially insensitive – it's true, but it doesn't do justice to the enormity of incomprehension involved. Most people who live le...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: Class Distinctions
    Sunday, 26 June 2011

  • 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...

  • 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...

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