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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...

  • Letters: Riots and the working class
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    When Samuel Johnson first came to London in the early 18th century, he was shocked by the casual violence of the city: “Some frolick drunkard, reeling from a feast, Provokes a broil, and stabs you for a jest.” At the end of Johnson’s life, the Gordon...

  • Leading article: 'Zero tolerance' – a siren song that must not be heeded
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    With a Downing Street e-petition demanding that those involved in the disturbances should suffer cuts in their benefits and housing provision, and a London council threatening to evict a tenant whose son admitted theft, the idea of punitive social, a...

  • John Bird: Fashion has become a weapon on the streets of London
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    But for me one of the most significant is the shorter, weaker, white boy being made to strip while a bigger black boy, or man, watches. The uniform that the white boy, and many white boys wear, is being taken from him. He is no more a human being. He...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Underwhelming in Iowa
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    This is why Ms Bachmann's victory in this weekend's Iowa straw poll is sounding alarms on both sides of the Atlantic. The consolation is that is far too soon to panic. This straw poll may be the first set-piece event of the US presidential election s...

  • Leading article: An unedifying blame game
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    It is disingenuous for the police to insist that they went on to the offensive all of their own accord, while chiding ministers with their absence. The original misjudgements are theirs; when a man was shot dead during a police operation in a sensiti...

  • Hermione Eyre: What use is a barcoded bottom?
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    Last week, the most prestigious sporting site in London – a purpose-built arena between Horseguards Parade and The Mall – was given over to a women's sporting event. Excellent news. The sport in question, however, required its participants to wear br...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    The start of the football season (I know what you’re thinking, but I don’t think it comes around quickly enough!) coincides with a new phase of the moon, and I found myself yesterday reflecting on some of the more unexpected changes to our landscape....

  • Leading article: How to achieve
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    Sir Michael Wilshaw, who draws the comparison in an Independent interview today, has proved this at Mossbourne Academy, an east London comprehensive where no fewer than 10 pupils received offers from Oxford and Cambridge this year. More to the point...

  • David Buik: Eurobonds are the only answer
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    Two issues are indisputable. Firstly the ECB is grossly undercapitalised to be the "garage of last resort" for billions of toxic bonds. How dare the EU leave Olli Rehn and Jean-Claude Trichet to hold the fort. If they are serious about preserving the...

  • Charles Nevin: A dentist's chair is better than the floor
    Monday, 15 August 2011

    * Tomorrow is 34 years to the day since the death (or not) of Elvis. Did you know that he called his manhood Little Elvis? He did. On the question of size, Thursday is the 219th anniversary of the birth of Lord John Russell, that great and Whiggish r...

  • 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 ...

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