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Sunday, 21 August 2011

  • Leading article: The endgame is at hand, but holds dangers of its own
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    The "when" depends on the real balance of forces and on the regime's readiness to fight. Yesterday, the Information minister, Moussa Ibrahim, spoke, as he has so often, with forked tongue. Like Gaddafi himself in an earlier broadcast, he disparaged t...

  • John Kampfner: We're too easily offended
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    The manufactured brouhaha over David Starkey's comments last week follows a well-trodden and wearisome path. Curmudgeonly man (or woman) says something crass. Remember Jan Moir? Somebody gets cross. They reach for their computers and go on to Twitter...

  • Leading article: The not-so-silly season
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    The notion of the silly season has been with us since 1874, when The Saturday Review so named the month in which "the newspapers are open to the discussion of silly subjects". Then, it was "overcharges at hotels, the advantages and disadvantages of t...

  • Leading article: Not in new mothers' best interests
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    The first has to do with contracts that allow commercial photographers exclusive access to maternity wards. Given the precautions many hospitals have in place to prevent abuse and abduction, and the way adults who come into contact with children are ...

  • Simon Price: There's no going back to the Old Grey Twilight Zone
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    It will be 40 years next month since TOGWT took to the screens as part of BBC2's Late Night Line-Up. The anniversary has prompted a mini-wave of nostalgia; Harris is to present the Old Grey Whistle Test 40 series from Wednesday night on Radio 2 – and...

  • David Owen: What makes a dictator pack his bags?
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    Following a specific Arab League request, and French and British resolve, a no-fly zone over Libya was authorised by the Security Council. It is of long-term importance that China and Russia did not block the resolution and that the US wanted to be s...

  • Leading article: A new theatre of instability
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    Recent events have shown that such fears were not idle scaremongering. The attacks – claimed by a Palestinian group close to Hamas – that killed eight Israelis in the south of the country last week may be isolated incidents. On the other hand, they s...

  • Andy McSmith: The good sense spoken out of power
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    That alone gives a rarity value to Tony Blair's cautious contribution yesterday to the public debate that has followed the August riots. In the past, he has been loquacious on the Middle East, which – given his record in office – is arguably the subj...

  • David Brailsford: Let's encourage cyclists while sport's on a high
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    Female participation in cycling continues to lag behind and, in too many of our cities, riding a bike still feels more dangerous than it should. Government investment is helping to redress this situation but it's essential that we maintain momentum. ...

  • Natalie Haynes: Bartender! A stiff drink for those mothers
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    I have certainly never tried to take more than one child at a time anywhere, partly because I don't think I'd enjoy it, and partly because I think that's called kidnapping. So in my mind, if you do have children, and take them on day trips, you are b...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (21 August 2011)
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    Children with no structure in their home lives need structure in their school lives. This can be provided through sports and the arts. And where are the youth clubs, sports venues and music or drama opportunities? They should be in every community an...

  • Andrew Martin: The comical crusader against cliché
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    The clip was part of a series of tributes to Robinson whose death was announced last weekend. It was from Stop The Week, the early Saturday evening programme he hosted between 1974 and 1992. It was just a talking shop with him and his mates. It was a...

  • D J Taylor: Homage to Caledonia
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    Since 1945, he declared, "the general increase in education and literacy has led to the wider expression, by and for the population at large, of its moral, intellectual and artistic preferences. The vox populi has been heard, at last, crying out for ...

  • John Banham: Britain can forge ahead, but it needs more from the top
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    Now, as Sarah Sands writes today, fear rather than greed stalks the City. The flaws in the euro project, evident from the outset, have finally come into focus, and the impact of government and household debt on retail spending has underlined the shif...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'The wired-up system has failed us'
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    So it is that our till needs no less than eight plugs for the various inter-related machines that a tiny bookshop and café seems to require as standard these days. Book orders are made via a horrendously complex system that links up to our wholesaler...

  • Letter from Simon Kelner
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    This is still officially the silly season, so be prepared for all sorts of wild and wacky stories, like rioting on the streets of our major cities, meltdown on the global financial markets and more death and destruction in Afghanistan.For those of yo...

  • Leading article: Then again...
    Monday, 22 August 2011

  • Donald Macintyre: Gaddafi's Alastair Campbell
    Monday, 22 August 2011

    It's easy to see why he inflames exiled dissidents with his endless presentation of the regime's case on Western TV, or that his constant claims that areas are stable or under Gaddafi's control when they palpably aren't, seem increasingly detached fr...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (21/08/11)
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    An MP is joining hunters on a controversial mass slaughter of 2,000 baby gannets this weekend. Angus MacNeil has set sail for the remote island of Sula Sgeir, where the ritual of bludgeoning guga chicks to death with rocks takes place every August...

  • Matthew Bell: Rant & Rave (21/08/11)
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    The only bad thing about lovely long summer holidays is waving goodbye to your pet. In my case, the pet has bid adios to me. "Your cat's gone missing," said the neighbour on a crackly line. "Not to worry," I trilled, waving for another Negroni. "It'l...

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