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Saturday, 7 January 2012

  • Leading article: A nation divided by more than race
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    In our special report today, we detail the statistics that spell out how different life still is for non-white citizens, whose outcomes at every stage in life tend to be worse than for their white counterparts. There are still too few non-white faces...

  • Leading article: Too easily seduced by the glamour of high-speed rail
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    Trains speeding along at up to 250mph, travel time cut from nearly an hour and a half to a nippy 49 minutes, £17bn-worth of stimulatory infrastructure investment. Between the undeniable glamour of futuristic technology and proponents' sweeping claims...

  • Paul Vallely: Hating chavs is also a form of prejudice
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    Certainly things have come a long way since the days of such overt racism, though a defender of the English judicial system might point out that even in 1971 it put the guilty men behind bars. But forgive me if I don't join the cosy consensus about h...

  • James Delingpole: Never apologise, never explain. And you have 109 characters left...
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    Yep, we've all been there. There you are wanting to tweet a nuanced disquisition on ethnic communities under the white 19th-century imperial hegemony and, damn it, Twitter's wretched character limit has gone and cut you off before you've barely begun...

  • Letters: Winston Churchill
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    That year, Labour and other socialist parties received early 50 per cent of the votes but some 65 per cent of the seats, showing the undemocratic nature of our electoral system. I doubt if a Conservative victory in 1945 would have made much differenc...

  • Leading article: Hungary retreats from democracy
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    The thrust of the joke was that this linguistically unique, geographically challenged central European nation had produced a stunning number of scientific and artistic geniuses given its diminutive size. But events of the past two years have given th...

  • David Usborne: A democracy where money doesn't always talk – but the press is kept on its knees
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    They then proceeded to ask him some tough policy questions and, to his credit, he gave some pretty specific answers. The first thing he would do if elected president? End all federal government support for abortion, no exceptions. (Making life as h...

  • Viv Groskop: The truth about the Tiger Mother? She's as powerless as the rest of us
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    Quite the opposite. It's a proven fact that in terms of educational achievement a child's background is a far better predictor than his or her abilities. But beyond the basics, can we really make or break them?This week BBC2's documentary Meet Britai...

  • David Owen: Thatcher's disciples do her no favours by covering up her illness
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    Meryl Streep's brilliant portrayal of Margaret Thatcher takes us into the cabinet room and we witness the Iron Lady's open display of personal contempt for Sir Geoffrey Howe, previously her Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary.Contempt w...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (8 January 2012)
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    The health system is abominable not because of rebel infighting but because Omar al-Bashir has blocked trading routes. Starvation and disease are part of his genocidal strategy. The huge influx of people to the south is not indicative of a joyous hom...

  • Rosi Hunter: An online fasting club for women dying to be skinny
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    Well no, actually. I, along with many others, am recovering from an eating disorder, and going slightly crazy every time an advert or magazine cover assumes that being 27, female and in possession of a pulse, I must be dying to be skinny. Been there,...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The day the checkpoint goons thought I was an American spy
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    Their importance is commonly ignored by the ruling elite. Politicians, diplomats and even journalists are often permitted to pass through them with a polite wave of the hand. But for an Afghan farmer, returning to his village from the provincial capi...

  • DJ Taylor: All woes lead to the hapless Mr Lansley
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    As if this weren't enough, the first days of 2012 brought the usual stories of how much damage the nation's binge drinkers had done to their livers over the festive period. It is odd – or rather, not so odd – how nearly all these collisions between s...

  • Harriet Walker: 'My foot's as swollen as a bloated cadaver'
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    I mean the technical extras that purport to help out: the eye-wateringly and hand-blisteringly expensive high-end crutches that you can lavish money on should the standard-issue grey ones prove simply too orthopaedic (although what else a matte-black...

  • Leading article: The not-so-brief history of Hawking
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    When that man is Professor Stephen Hawking – who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and given only two years to live – it is nothing short of inspirational.Professor Hawking's intelligence, academic rigour and unswerving sear...

  • Harriet Walker: Relax if you feel left out or deformed: the super-boob is officially over
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    The inmates of this year's televisual peep show are practically an ethnic minority compared to the number of artificially inflated tits in there with them – and I'm not even talking metaphorically. From twin Californian Playboy Playmates and blow-u...

  • Alice Jones: There really is no place for sex in politics
    Saturday, 7 January 2012

    Watson might defend himself by pointing out that Mensch has occasionally displayed a somewhat muddle-headed attitude towards the importance of image in politics. A spread in GQ this month features the Conservative MP for Corby posing in a leather ski...

  • Stephen Twigg: It may be Opposition, but Ed is shaping the political lexicon
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    And while I love the job that I’m doing, I’d much rather Labour had the chance to shape the society we live in, and make choices that support people in tough times and reflect their values. Which is why Labour would be reducing the deficit if we ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (08/01/12)
    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    Watch out – Esther Rantzen could make a return to politics. Far from being put off by her defeat in the last election, the TV presenter and ChildLine founder tells me she would like another stab, and this time could run for Labour. In 2010, she did a...

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