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Saturday, 28 July 2012

  • Leading article: Celebration of inclusive Britain
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    We showed the Chinese that we British understand individual free expression. We showed the Americans that we are proud of our "death-panel" NHS. We showed the world that we can laugh at ourselves, even to the point of having our most respected natio...

  • Tanith Carey: Nosey? Maybe, but don't expect PRs to say what's going on
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    After all, in this uber-cautious, post-Leveson age, where the most fascinating revelation we read about celebs is their shoe size, Kristen's confession of a "momentary indiscretion" is the language of an old-fashioned, caught-red-handed sex scandal –...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (29 July 2012)
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    Please, do stop being so unreasonable in asking me to have a "surprisingly good time". To support the Olympics because they benefit us (which I doubt since I do not see any benefit to the little person in McDonald's, Coca-Cola and other multinationa...

  • Jane Merrick: Faster, higher, stronger – yes, that's us
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    There were moments when even the staunchest left-winger would have thought things had gone a bit too far: Shami Chakrabarti carrying the Olympic flag with Muhammad Ali was more Twenty Twelve than London 2012. But there was also the Queen, James Bond...

  • Jane Merrick: The Emperor's New Clothes (29/07/12)
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    I'm sure this scene of tranquillity was what my neighbour had in mind when she hung wind chimes in her garden, some 20 feet from where I sleep. I imagine she wanted to introduce some feng shui into our little corner of south London. But I'm afraid t...

  • DJ Taylor: Coe, the corporate reality softener
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    Thirty years ago, when he appeared on television on an almost weekly basis with most of the world's middle-distance runners flailing vainly in his wake, Sebastian Coe was about the nearest thing this country possessed to the Corinthian ideal: clean-c...

  • Tim Lott: You've got to fight for your right to frown
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    It is so much easier to be cheerful when you are a slack-jawed nitwit. This is something that was not mentioned in the publicity around last week's first publication by the Office for National Statistics of the happiness survey.When I try to visualis...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'As a family, we go to festivals. And work'
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    Well, when it comes to holidays, I am with him all the way. Our children are now 12, 10 and seven, and so far I have managed to avoid booking a package holiday in the sun. I have been tempted, to be sure: in January, while languishing in the gloom, I...

  • Paul Vallely: Power needs more courage than opposition
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    It was bold of McGuinness to have allowed that. Yellow man is the kind of abusive nickname with which he might be labelled by the three hardline dissident Republican groups who on Friday announced that they were merging to re-form the IRA. It was a ...

  • Katy Guest: Why don't men take a stand against wearing a tie?
    Sunday, 29 July 2012

    The four ex-prime ministers belong to a class in which men must wear ties, that uniquely pointless instrument of male oppression, and can all get to work in air-conditioned cars. Those who must walk, bus or Tube to work have to come up with more pra...

  • Letters: Osborne's medicine isn't working
    Saturday, 28 July 2012

    A government borrowing at this point demonstrates a degree of confidence which, at these rates, is bought incredibly cheaply. Osborne is trying this in an underhand manner by using Quantitative Easing, but this is so poorly targeted that the effects ...

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