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  • Leading article: A shock to the system
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    Yet, although the early police response was slow, they had regained control of the streets of London by Tuesday and of other cities a day later. David Cameron's return from holiday in the early hours of Tuesday may have served a symbolic purpose in h...

  • Leading article: Liberalism has improved Britain – its defenders must speak up
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Less predictable, perhaps, was the near-unanimity on parade in Parliament on Thursday, where MPs from all parties vied to identify a malaise that stemmed, as they saw it, from a destructive moral laxity pervading Britain. From parenting to education ...

  • D J Taylor: Final twist to the riots, and to Mrs Simpson
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    There has – so far – been no trouble in Scotland. The Glasgow teenager who took to Facebook encouraging the crowds to assemble had his cover blown, his page shut down, and his person apprehended within a few hours. TV screens, meanwhile, have been fu...

  • Sheldon Thomas: We must nurture a forgotten underclass
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    Unlike others, seeing the violence last week I didn't feel condemnation, I felt a sense of déjà vu. I was propelled back to my younger days as an angry black youth during the Brixton uprisings in the summer of 1981. The seething rage and helplessness...

  • Letters: Punishment of looters
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    There were many wealthy Victorians with a conscience. They led from the front, endowing public buildings, hospitals, company towns such as Saltaire and Bourneville, decent housing for working people. The Peabody Trust was founded in 1862 by a Victori...

  • Leading article: When markets scent blood
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    However, if France, Italy, Belgium and Spain think outlawing "shorting" will answer their problems, they are in for a rude awakening. For one thing, the crackdown will not work: there are plenty of alternatives for traders who wish to continue bettin...

  • Alice Jones: Beware the treachery of the cynically altered image
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Deeply odd not because the princess clearly didn't need retouching – as an enchanted global television audience of two billion can attest – but because of the Frankenstein-style process that led, claim the magazine's staff, to the virtual liposuction...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (14 August 2011)
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    Yes, we need to address the root causes of the riots, but we also need to wake up to the danger posed by those who seek to exploit unrest for their own political ends. Name and address withheld The rioting mob's main targets have been the purveyors o...

  • David Lammy: Prejudices of the few eclipsed by civic pride
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    The English Defence League has mobilised, seeking to racialise the riots by linking them to immigration. In Enfield, a group of men believed to be EDL members marched through the streets chanting "England, England, England". Meanwhile, Nick Griffin h...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Everyone began rasping like zombies in my Bikram yoga class'
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    "Please be careful of our new carpet!" shouted orange signs around the room. "If you're lucky enough to sweat so much you leave a dark mark, please use three mats and an extra towel." The carpet did not look new, so I had wrongly assumed its secretio...

  • Patrick Mercer: We must restore police confidence
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    So what are we going to do about it? Clearly, prevention is better than cure, but while the economy, family structures, public attitudes and mores – what some would call Broken Britain – may be curable, that is not going to happen overnight. Similarl...

  • Paul Vallely: Vengeance is not the answer
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    A few had come masked, expecting violence. There were calls for vengeance upon local blacks. There is a history of bad blood between Asians and blacks there; in 2006 there were two days of riots after wild rumours that a black teenager had been raped...

  • Leading article: They tore down that wall
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Almost three decades on, with the system that conceived and built it terminally discredited, the concrete blocks and barbed wire were spontaneously torn to pieces by the citizens themselves in one of the most joyous nights of celebration and freedom ...

  • Nick Lezard: Who will ring the bell now to engage in pointless banter?
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    This follows a similar decision from Scottish and Southern Energy. I am old enough to remember rag-and-bone men with horse and cart, French onion-sellers on bicycles, and knife-sharpeners. And now another aspect of the personal urban touch bites the ...

  • Rebecca Tyrrel: Bongo is Africa's second most unforgettably named leader, after Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Whether he inspired his Gabonese namesake to change his own first name from Alain to Ali could be argued both ways. The British Mr Bongo was also a president, albeit of the Magic Circle, whose success stems from his catchphrases. "Uju buju, suck anot...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Real women' keep their clothes on in public
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

    Model Daisy Lowe has always enjoyed a fairly smooth ride when it comes to intense and perverse physical scrutiny because she is thin (gasp!) but curvy (clap, clap, clap) and therefore embodies The Perfect Woman. What a shame and how regressive it wou...

  • John Rentoul: Riots: Tony Blair speaks out
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

     

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (14/08/11)
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    God apparently works in mysterious ways, but He's been slack this summer when it comes to appearing to the masses in hazy images on pieces of toast. This is usually the season for it, but humanity is struggling on this week without any comic relief f...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (14/08/11)
    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    Theresa May has tottered on to centre-stage in the wake of the London riots, flexing her muscles as Home Secretary to ban an English Defence League march in Telford yesterday. But just as she begins to prove her authority, I can reveal that a top ...

  • John Rentoul: The Great Defamation, part 194
    Saturday, 13 August 2011

     

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