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Sunday, 28 August 2011

  • Leading article: A state-owned bank should be setting an ethical example
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    The scandal of raising bonds for Belarus, a country with by far the worst human rights record in Europe, cannot be described as a one-off lapse of judgement on the bank's part. It follows earlier revelations RBS formed part of a syndicate that invest...

  • Leading article: Libya was never going to be easy
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    Our doubts about the council, however, do not outweigh the arguments for international support for Libya's new leaders. This newspaper supported Nato's military intervention, and Britain's part in it, when it began in March, but it was a choice betwe...

  • Letters: Action on obesity
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    A series of articles published in The Lancet highlight a growing obesity epidemic. If the UK continues with "business as usual", by 2030 there will be 11 million more obese adults, with medical costs associated with obesity-related disease treatment ...

  • Leading article: An idea worth exploring
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Income tax has become a toxic subject in Britain in recent years. All the major parties are fearful that they will gain a reputation for profligacy if they even talk about raising income tax, while the Tories look determined to cut the 50 per cent ta...

  • Richard Edmondson: Nothing angers my wife more than sexists who question her career
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    As she told the Edinburgh Festival on Saturday, the question of parental responsibility is never mentioned in connection with her male counterparts. And they are never called male journalists. We (I like to consider myself an integral part of the tea...

  • D J Taylor: Circumlocution Office: telling it like it isn't
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    Here Professor Stefan Collini of the University of Cambridge calmly eviscerates government policy, as set out in the recent White Paper, Higher Education: Students at the Heart of the System. The main points in Professor Collini's argument have been ...

  • Andrew Martin: Leave Anne Hathaway alone – even I can't do a Yorkshire accent
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    Voice-wise, she did visit Liverpool halfway through, and she made a quick excursion to Cornwall towards the end, but on the whole she reminded me of my very northern auntie Paddy, a chain-smoking single lady who spoke in a droll drone, and kept budgi...

  • Jerrold Post: Why Gaddafi will fight to the end
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    In a notable speech of 18 June, 1940, Churchill exhorted his countrymen to "brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hou...

  • Leading article: Are zoos justified?
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Zoos have not been unresponsive to the challenges of animal welfare in recent years. For example, it is a decade now since London Zoo moved its elephants from their entirely unsuitable concrete elephant house in Regent's Park to the greener and freer...

  • Jerome Taylor: Dictator's grip on power depends on IMF bailout
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Mr Lukashenko has maintained a quasi-Soviet-style economy where the state owns more than 80 per cent of industry. Combined with the fear exerted by his loathed secret police, Mr Lukashenko has been able to remain in power by sheltering Belarus from t...

  • Andrew Martin: Transport problem? Stay at home
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Both the Dome and the Olympics are creatures of Tony Blair of course, and his tone of jargon-ridden can-do machismo combined with political correctness is all there in the website detailing the transport arrangements of the Olympic Delivery Authority...

  • Natalie Haynes: Sometimes a movie is just a movie
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    But health researchers find the whole idea a lot more troubling than I do. Christopher Millett, from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, has been doing the maths, and found a problem. The British government spends twice as much ca...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (28 August 2011)
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    That the Government chooses to use the "Boris" model as the basis for police and crime commissioners is the most ironic and naive political stance that I have experienced in my long diplomatic career in Africa, Asia and South America. In my travels I...

  • Claudia Pritchard: Feminine 'perfection' is a cut too far
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    Nor do such alterations stop at the inner labia, in its infinite variety. One surgeon in Canada is proud of his two-in-one procedure, nicknamed the Toronto Trim. This costly butcher will not only slice away at the inner labia, but he'll also snip off...

  • Harriet Walker: 'It was bailiffs at the door. How mortifying!'
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    The mum of someone I'd bullied at school? The taxi driver who I drunkenly told last week was the kindest person I'd ever met? The man from Costcutter who's constantly trying to get my number? It turned out to be some bailiffs. I know! How unnerving. ...

  • Paul Vallely: There is no moral case for tax havens
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    Are there any legitimate reasons why anyone would want to have a secret bank account – and pay a premium to maintain their anonymity – or move their money to one of the pink dots on the map which are the final remnants of the British empire: the Caym...

  • Leading article: Lightning blow
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    It was a stunning reversal of fortune for the favourite, and another reminder of how in sport, as in most other fields of human activity, great expectations can so easily end in unpleasant surprises.

  • Janine di Giovanni: Reporters can be mothers too
    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Both of us love our son and are, we think, good parents. We had him late in life after we had reported war for more than a decade. I don't think the two things are inconsistent. So I'm confused why Alex Crawford, a Sky News journalist who scooped eve...

  • John Rentoul: A problem with the Daleks
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

     

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (28/08/11)
    Sunday, 28 August 2011

    "I wonder if in a few years we might possibly look at doing an original language opera," he says, risking the wrath of ENO's most traditional supporters. Speaking about the pitfalls of translation, he adds: "There is something lost – I'm not going to...

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