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  • Ben Chu: Does fiscal stimulus work?
    Monday, 8 August 2011


  • Gordon Brown: Europe is still burying its head in the sand
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    Although European leaders were quick to define last month's euro summit of 2011 as the day European leaders faced the crisis down, they know better now. Last month's summit was yet another European chance of recovery thrown away, a turning point at w...

  • Letters: The Localism Bill
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    An end to centrally imposed housing quotas; the empowering of communities to plan for their own futures. But the more detail has emerged, the more the underlying agenda has become plain for all to see: a cynical and sleazy betrayal of our countryside...

  • Leading article: The world's leaders must act with a common purpose
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    The announcement came after the markets had closed. Today we will witness the reaction of investors. The agency is partly right and partly wrong in its judgment on the soundness of US debt. It is justified in concluding that US politicians have damag...

  • Diane Abbott: A tinder box waiting to explode
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    So it was a heart-stopping moment on Saturday night to realise that, 26 years later, Tottenham was in flames again. But in 2011, a lot is different. For one thing, the first I heard about the riots was on Twitter; complete with photographs of burning...

  • Tony Paterson: Finding light in the darkness
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    More than a fortnight after Anders Breivik carried out his infamous 22 July massacre on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya, police and firemen are still struggling to clear up the mess the Muslim- and Labour Party-hating gunman left in his wake.Hu...

  • D J Taylor: This 'legacy' won’t be a walk in the park
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    Company, declared himself delighted. “The public has given a new piece of London its identity, where communities will grow alongside the spectacular venues and open spaces.” I can’t be the only student of east London’s transmogrification over the pas...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (07 August 2011)
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    I have had the privilege of studying in America and England, and perhaps Mr Grayling's argument is tenable there. But too many of us have had the misfortune of seeing that trusting governments to be armed while the populace is not is not a solution. ...

  • Leading article: China in the financial driving seat
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    The US still has the highest status from other agencies, notably Moody's. The risk of the country failing to pay its debts is small. The calculation on which the downgrade was made was, says the US Treasury, based on a flawed statistical analysis. An...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (07/08/11)
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    But Vickers, whose own biography of Mrs Simpson was published in April, dismisses this as "complete rubbish". "I am absolutely sickened by these suggestions," he tells me. "Anyone who has bothered to look into this can tell you it's complete rubbish....

  • Turn on, tune in, and let the radio bring the world to your home
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    There was a sense that the Murdoch empire's incessant whining about the supposed state-fed behemoth blocking out the light of healthy competition had been falling on receptive ears in Toryland, and the corporation's proposal to shut some stations, mo...

  • Katy Guest: Mumsnetters have a code, and they are not alone, BTW
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    In the latest despatch from Mumsnet, it turned out last week that SMOG is code for Smug Mothers of Only Daughters, and is used by DMOBs (Defensive Mothers of Boys) who believe that their boisterous children are being sniffed at. Wow. I mean, as in go...

  • Iman: Children are dying before our eyes, and we can stop it
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    I didn't think she was ready. Finally, I showed them to her, and she cried. No wonder: thousands of children arrive at feeding centres having not eaten or drunk for days. My daughter cries, but I am angry. We know how to save those children's lives –...

  • Paul Vallely: Don't moan about supermarkets – act
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    We trust the provenance of the goods. We know no fuel is being wasted transporting goods across many useless miles. We feel good, because local producers benefit and the local economy is stimulated. When pollsters ask us if we want more independent l...

  • Sophie Heawood: Yoko is entitled to live on her cloud of whimsy
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    It would be odd if anybody in Britain wasn't currently keeping up with current events. But it would be even odder if anybody currently keeping up with it all didn't also currently feel that they couldn't keep up. There is so much breaking news that w...

  • Notebook: Finding light in the darkness
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    Hundreds of spent metal cartridges ejected by the killer's frightening assortment of automatic weapons are proving one of the biggest headaches. Police say that in order to find and remove them, they have been forced to use metal detectors to comb th...

  • Letters: This Bill will turn our green land into an urban dystopia
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    Government ministers queue up to beat their chests while uttering the ugliest pro-development rhetoric, salivating gleefully at the prospect of the rape of our landscape to secure a short-term recovery from a severe recession. The cheerleader, the Ch...

  • Leading article: Girl power
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    So says Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. Mr Wales has pointed out that the site's editors are dominantly "26-year-old geeky males" and has called for more women to get involved in order to broaden its coverage. It is tempting to argue that wome...

  • Leading article: The wrong appoach
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    The same special forces unit that carried out the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May is reported to have been on the helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 38 military personnel. Much remains unclear ab...

  • Leading article: A breakdown of trust
    Monday, 8 August 2011

    After the murder of PC Keith Blakelock by a frenzied mob at the Broadwater Farm housing estate in 1985, there was a concerted move away from heavy-handed policing. Serious efforts were made to engage with what had been, until then, a profoundly alien...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: Home-baked bread made my son weep
    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    We moved to the country partly so our children could experience an idyllic childhood. They would leave the house at eight armed with a hunk of bread and a piece of cheese. With this rustic meal bound in a spotted kerchief, they would saunter down the...

  • Ben Chu: George Osborne's outer fringes
    Monday, 8 August 2011


  • Ben Chu: Does fiscal stimulus work?
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