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  • Leading article: Just talking about 'fat cat' pay is not enough
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    But recognising the problem with executive pay and actually doing something about it are two different matters. It is all very well for Mr Cameron to admit that there has been market failure, but his pledge to address this with market-based solutions...

  • 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: At 100, the ANC has lost its way
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    In the four short years between Mandela's release and the first all-race elections on 27 April 1994, brilliant and dedicated men and women laid the groundwork for a remarkable constitution – introduced in 1997 – that was to become the envy of the wor...

  • 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...

  • Politicians should be wary of the dangers of Twitter
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    Ms Abbott's observation, provoked by what she saw as patronising comments about the "black community", that the white elite likes to divide and rule, would surely not have touched the sides in an age less infantile and hysterical than this one. It ma...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: January blues replaced by retail rage
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    OK, so January is always an emotional rollercoaster ("Hooray! Look at all my lovely new stuff. Sob. Limp and unloved Christmas trees abandoned on every corner. Arrgh! My bathroom scales have broken. Or perhaps my eyes have...") but last year's black ...

  • Letters: IT skills
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    These digital industries can scale to online global markets but without our young people being equipped with the right skills, how can we expect them to create the next Facebook, Google, Twitter or Zynga in the UK? In our Next Gen report (www.nesta.o...

  • Leading article: No strings attached to this War Horse
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    Still, you would think that even he, upon seeing a production whose sole serious artistic merit was the extraordinary virtuosity of its puppetry, would think twice about directing an adaptation which leaves out exactly that. The whole point of War Ho...

  • Ian Burrell: If Rupert Murdoch's on Twitter, then what's the point of his online paywall?
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    The initial assumption had been that this Twitter experiment was a PR exercise, an attempt to soften Rupert's image after a humble pie year in which his personal reputation has faced an onslaught unparalleled even in his own extraordinary saga. But i...

  • David Thomas: Birmingham's a great place for romance
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    But that's not what the people at The New York Times seem to think. They cite Birmingham on the grounds that "England's second city could be first in food". And they're not just talking about such local products as balti curries, Typhoo tea, Bird's c...

  • Dominic Prince: The horse lover's view: this film is a dead cert
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    They have stood as comrades in arms through wars, industry, on the hunting field and on the racetrack, too. For many, horses are an obsession; an all-empowering salve in a distressing world. I am one of those who have succumbed to that special bond.I...

  • Simon English: We need a bold move on pay, not just tough talking
    Monday, 9 January 2012

    Most large investors are absentee landlords. The City fund manager invests our money rather than his. If you oversee a pension fund worth billions, it isn't particularly concerning to you whether a chief executive is paid £2m or £10m. The only thing ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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