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Saturday, 23 June 2012

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (24 June 2012)
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Support will come from the vast swathes of disillusioned workers who have dropped out of the political system. Real cuts in the cost of living for ordinary families will increase consumer and thus corporate spending and investment. Heavily subsidised...

  • Leading article: Why Blair must be questioned again
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Because, more than any that a government can make, the decision to join military action is the most serious. Millions of British people believed at the time that they were being taken to war on a false premise. They, and The Independent on Sunday, ...

  • Leading article: Our great British summer of hope
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    You do not have to be very interested in football, or even sport generally, to appreciate that there is a tingle of national expectation in the air. We do not know how it is going to end. Even the most stolidly utilitarian – or Scottish, Welsh or N...

  • D J Taylor: There's just no getting away from real life
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Mrs Lane, a part-time accounts clerk from Blackpool, was found to have channelled the money into her own and her future husband's bank accounts. In a denouement drawn from a Victorian novel, the fraud was detected a few days after the couple's weddin...

  • Paul Vallely: The planet looked to Rio again, and Rio looked away
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Twenty years on, with Brazil's population up by 50 million, that same highway runs through a sprawling conurbation of high-rise flats, some measure of the increased toll humankind is exacting from our planet. A lot of high-flown rhetoric ushered in...

  • Jimmy Carr: The hypocrite! He failed to live up to our principles
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    One wouldn't wish to be Britain's most acerbic stand-up this week. His Twitter page contains, possibly for the first time, an apology to everyone (underneath, comments range from suggestions that he give the money back to assertions that we'd all dod...

  • 'Everything that is wrong with Western society today can be summed up in one symbolic photo'
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    She walked down the stairs, wiggling and waggling, and then she turned round, gave me a pout and stuck her bottom in the air.I was shocked. It seemed such a sexualised thing to do and I couldn't understand where Ottoline had got this action from. I d...

  • Alice Jones: Why we like to get more Bard for our buck
    Saturday, 23 June 2012

    Going to see Gatz takes longer than the average working day. It starts at 2.30pm and ends at around 10.45pm, and in between there are 48,891 words. The performance itself is a little over six hours long. The rest of the time is taken up with interval...

  • 10 women who are great role models for my daughter
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    But when I turned 15, she was replaced by Kate Moss, who was edgy and stylish. She also made smoking a cigarette look cool, so I started smoking, too.The potentially dangerous allure of skinny models in magazines is nothing new, but perhaps it is get...

  • Jane Merrick: Her tiny hand is frozen, and it's an absolute disgrace
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    But, like the football in Donetsk, it was a row about technology that overshadowed the evening. As the overture began, the heavy stage curtains failed for the first time ever, thanks to an electrical fault. A stage assistant, without a microphone, em...

  • Matt Chorley: I'll buy fruit in laybys when it starts raining cream
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Drowning in a slick of double cream, gobbled by a tanned tennis lovely, washed down with champagne. Strawberry heaven. Other strawberries would remark: "What a way to go. It's what he would have wanted." Others would settle for bowing out on top of...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes: The Italians
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Surely, in the face of such a stylish onslaught, our footballers, lovely (but not necessarily lovely to look at) English boys all, do not stand a chance in Kiev tonight. Or so runs the received wisdom. This column begs you to think again. The land o...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (24/06/12)
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    We're all in favour of encouraging people to dress up nicely, but Ascot really ought to spare a thought for those of us who look rubbish in hats. Anyone with a small head, a big head, short, long or curly hair has experience of looking charmless in...

  • Harriet Walker: 'You can never escape the phone...'
    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    Brilliant advancements in technology and smallening since the days of those two-handed telephones Jimmy Stewart so liked to use also mean that, should you happen to find yourself sitting at home waiting for your phone to ring, you can simply switch i...

  • Victoria Summerley: A taste of the Wright stuff
    Saturday, 23 June 2012

    Reactions seem to range from "Oh, go away!" (the younger female ones) to smirking references to Kim K's curves (the older male ones). I agree that Dr Wright's comments might seem a bit over the top at first glance, but let's look at it from her point...

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