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  • Letters: The War On Drugs
    Monday, 6 June 2011

    Forcing into "treatment" a person who does not believe that he or she is ill is a waste of scarce treatment facilities, money and individual motivation. From a person-based rather than societal viewpoint, I believe that any civilised society should d...

  • Leading article: The future of women's jails merits attention
    Monday, 6 June 2011

    In the context of Mr Clarke's description of prison as a "revolving door", almost as an alternative welfare system, the statistics about women prisoners give cause for concern. It is disturbing that the number of women prisoners has risen threefold i...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Crumbling power base will struggle to survive this crisis
    Monday, 6 June 2011

    The crowds celebrating the end of President Saleh's rule in the capital, Sanaa, yesterday are probably right that he is finished, though he has shown extraordinary determination over the last four months to cling to office. Pundits ask if the vacuum ...

  • Owen Jones: It's time for a debate on the C word
    Monday, 6 June 2011

    Things have begun to change: there's nothing quite like an economic crisis to highlight profound injustices in the distribution of wealth and power. When the paypackets of FTSE 100 directors go up by a third, while the average working Briton suffers ...

  • Marc Blake: Live comedy is priceless, and that's why it costs a fortune
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Kay. Live comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Lee Evans and, last but least, Michael McIntyre, can make up to £5m a year from touring their stand-up shows. A slot on Mock the Week or Live at the Apollo will lead to a UK-wide theatre tour, followed by the i...

  • DJ Taylor: Blatter's no more than a bench player
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    To the non-soccer fan, the sight of Mr Blatter on every front page and the blanket coverage given to his detractors from the English FA was the equivalent of News at Ten leading with coastal erosion in North Norfolk. "After all," as one friend incred...

  • Leading article: A safe bet
    Monday, 6 June 2011

    Sadly, as we report today, instead of using his own predictions to earn himself several hundred pounds for every one betted, Chris McGrath, who describes himself as "not a big betting man", did not place a bet on any of the winners himself. While our...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (5 June 2011)
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Undercover reporters obtaining covert evidence of abuse run perilously close to collusion with the abusers to obtain a video recording suitable for broadcast. It does not diminish the bravery and commitment of these journalist to ask "who decides whe...

  • Tanith Carey: It's not puritanical to allow children time to grow up
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Tomorrow, the Government-commissioned report into the sexualisation of children, the Bailey Review, will recommend raunchy pop videos such as these should be banned from TV before the 9pm watershed. Of all the measures mooted, this is the one most li...

  • Katy Guest: Put your abacus away, Ms Spelman
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    It is surely part of the human condition to ask, "Isn't life worth more than this?" But it's weird, nonetheless, when a government department is set up to decide exactly how much more that ought to be. Last week, two official reports set out to quant...

  • David Randall: The reluctant king and the bathhouse queen
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    The first may be a reluctant king, but he is a magnificent quiz question. Here it is: What reigning monarch in South-east Asia is a trained ballet dancer and speaks fluent Czech? The answer is King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia, the latest in a 2,000-...

  • John Rentoul: I admit I was wrong
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (05/06/11)
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    I'm all for drawing attention to the tear-inducing frustrations of the thousands of people now labelled "Generation Rental": the peripatetic lifestyle; the bottomless money pit; the uniquely malignant breed of sociopaths known politely as "letting ag...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (05/06/11)
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Politics First also carries a long piece by Dr Linda Papadopoulos, the glamorous shrink whose website suggests she is not backwards in pushing herself forward. The mag gushes that she is "an internationally esteemed psychologist and one of the UK'...

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