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  • John Kampfner: This is no way to hold the powerful to account
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    I couldn't help laughing when TV correspondents predicted "tough questioning". Political journalists have been doing that for as long as I can remember and, unless my memory fails me, I have yet to see a single occasion when a parliamentary figure ha...

  • Leading article: Care is not a luxury
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Most of us will be lucky, and will enjoy reasonable health until shortly before we die. But a growing minority will need expensive help for many years towards the end of our lives. The cost of such care is such that, as we report today, many local ...

  • This is what happens when Scientologists come after you…
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    Poor Suri – a 6-year-old girl whose mum and dad are now at war. I feel desperately sorry for her, and her mother. Her father believes he is defending his religion, which he thinks is a force for good. That has not been, to put it mildly, my experienc...

  • Leading article: Business with Burma must benefit both sides
    Monday, 9 July 2012

     And it was a measure of Ms Suu Kyi's gratitude to Britain for our steady support for her cause that, on regaining freedom, she honoured Britain with one of her first foreign visits – an event that culminated in a historic address to both Houses of P...

  • Leading article: Don't give up on British sport yet
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    It was as if we had to wait for his defeat to be finally allowed a glimpse into Murray's heart, and his display of emotional candour soothed at least some of the pain still coursing through a Centre Court crowd packed with Murray supporters, many of ...

  • Laurie Penny: Women 'having it all' is a middle-class myth
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, a high-achieving academic and Washington professional, just wrote an article in The Atlantic on "the myth of work-life balance", breaking the solemn news that even women like her still can't "have it all". What I want to know is...

  • Harriet Walker: The Olympian epics of the everyday
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Will similar etiquette be observed at the Olympic pool? Will the men all splash far more than is necessary just to exert some sort of patriarchal authority over those of us with chemically treated hair that we don't want to get wet? Will they swim do...

  • Sophie Heawood: Plastic does decompose but we just won't bury it
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    My mum suddenly stepped in and said, "You can't get that. It's too much." In an instant, I knew what she meant – and it wasn't about the price. This wasn't pre-teen rebellion; I wasn't buying something punk or avant-garde or rude. I was just buying t...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Hen nights can be amazing – or horribly embarrassing
    Monday, 9 July 2012

     It was all in aid of a forthcoming hen night, she explained, where each attendee would be given an alternative name for the night, chosen from the fruits of her labour. There was also going to be a stripper from the Full Monty school of disrobemen...

  • Simon Kelner: Calm down everyone, it was only a game of tennis
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    Does it signify a lack of patriotism? Or is it because tennis is a sport that fails to get your juices flowing? Or maybe you're just a misery guts. Or perhaps a little bit of all three. If we believe what we're told, the entire nation was in front of...

  • Letters: Maths teaching
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    When those students arrive after school or university to work in science and engineering I find that they are unable to apply even the little maths that they do know to real innovative work in industry.A lot of this could be fixed if bright students ...

  • Leading article: A sobering reminder of the truth about our Afghan 'legacy'
    Monday, 9 July 2012

    The video surfaced as Afghan and world leaders gathered in Tokyo to discuss pumping in another $16bn in aid and as both sides traded polite words on curbing corruption. Speaking in Kabul on her way to Tokyo, Hillary Clinton said Afghans need not feel...

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

    Our NGOs work all over the world to bring family planning services to millions of women and men every year. We know family planning not only saves lives but that it is one of the best investments a government can make in its people. This week's Lo...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Libyans have voted, but will the new rulers be able to curb violent militias?
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Throughout the Libyan crisis, human rights organisations have on the whole performed better than television, radio and print press in describing what was happening in Libya. Too many journalists and media outlets decided early on that Gaddafi's force...

  • Daniel Pinto: If it's your money at stake, you don't gamble
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Systemically important institutions such as UBS or Société Gé*érale can lose billions at the hands of unscrupulous 30-year-olds who can wreck the lives of tens of thousands of depositors and fellow employees at the push of a button. Even the mighty ...

  • Jane Merrick: You can call me Madam, Mr Diamond
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    So, the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire was not Mr Norman but "Jesse". Andrea Leadsom, a Conservative MP from the 2010 intake who so electrified the hearing that, for some Tory MPs, it stirred memories of a young Margaret Thatcher, did not lo...

  • Katy Guest: Hair power is just another load of old follicles
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    Ms Brady, on the other hand, piles into the vol-au-vents and wears whatever she looks good in, which she reckons achieves the same effect as losing 10lb. I'm with Karren Brady! As long as she doesn't come between me and a mini Yorkshire pudding with...

  • DJ Taylor: Let 'em choose, and they choose wrong
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    The old-style liberal, if closely questioned, would probably proclaim – rather like that great modern liberal Tony Blair – that he (or she) believed in the lightest of light-touch regulation, whether fiscal, social or moral; that he held to the desi...

  • Hugh Montgomery: Rant & Rave (08/07/12)
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    It's the most divisive Wimbledon fixture this side of John McEnroe. Installed in 2009, the Centre Court roof has enjoyed a star turn this year as it has rolled back and forth to keep play going come rain, wind or darkness. But what has been desirab...

  • Lucy Cavendish: The Emperor's New Clothes (08/07/12)
    Sunday, 8 July 2012

    True, he was Scottish, not English like Tim Henman, and we Home County types quickly labelled him a "dour Scot" – not stereotyping or anything – but we were prepared to overlook that because he could seriously play tennis. Murray then went on to ups...

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