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  • Leading article: Mr Miliband must not let history repeat itself
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    Rumblings in Westminster as the summer recess draws to a close suggest that, while the focus has been on George Osborne and the considerable potential for rifts within the Coalition, the Opposition front bench has quietly experienced its own difficul...

  • John Kampfner: Don't refurbish the Palace of Westminster. Abandon it
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    One cannot blame architecture for everything, but buildings do affect behaviour. The House of Commons and House of Lords manage the twin feats of being pompous and inefficient. Most of their members jealously guard their privileges and status, while ...

  • Leading article: This is a US Republican convention that matters
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    And so it will be for Republicans when they gather (Hurricane Isaac permitting) for the ritual foot-stomping and schmoozing in Tampa, Florida. But for Mitt Romney, thanks to his own shortcomings as a candidate since he secured the nomination, this co...

  • Owen Jones: David Cameron praises Paralympians, but his policies will crush them
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    It looks like a crude attempt at dark humour, but this year's Paralympics are sponsored by Atos, a corporation charged with driving disabled people off benefits. Using the points-based work capability assessment, Atos examine those with disabilities ...

  • Leading article: The Paralympics - faster, stronger, higher still
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    One of the proudest parts of London's bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games was the importance accorded to the latter: the chance for Britain to lead the world in changing attitudes towards physical disability. Because attitudes are changing, in ...

  • Andrew Martin: I have a confession to make - I go to church
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    Yes, it is the silly season, otherwise the professor might not have got a look in. And this is not so much a news story as a reiteration of what is surely by now a truism. I could fill this newspaper by citing research that says the religious nexus –...

  • Leading article: Melting ice in a still-warming world
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    The earlier record-shrinking of the ice in September 2007 shocked the entire scientific community – not even the most pessimistic computer models had predicted its suddenness or its extent – and now this retreat has been substantially exceeded.In the...

  • Patrick Strudwick: There's a wild beast at large in Essex - snobbery
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    And so, Twitter has seen "lion" and "Essexlion" become its most discussed topics, as the incident is used to deride the people of this county. Essexism, it seems, is the last unchallenged prejudice.First, countless supposedly hilarious pictures of th...

  • Letters: We must invest in education now
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    Government education cuts risk causing huge problems both domestically and to our global standing. Despite having just 1 per cent of the global population, UK universities produce 7.9 per cent of the world's research publications and 12 per cent of a...

  • John Lichfield: The night I saw a real-life Dan Dare make history
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    My memories, 43 years on, are as vague as the flickering, black-and-white television images of the time. But I do remember that I nearly missed the moment. It must have been around 4am, North Staffs standard time, before Armstrong emerged from the E...

  • Leading article: Of fat – and ministerial feebleness
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

     The sight of so many top-class sportspeople, however, should not obscure the less-flattering reality. Any high street will confirm what international statistics say: that, after the US, Britain is one of the least-fit nations in the developed world....

  • Robert Hanks: Prince Harry, Rupert Murdoch, and the family ties that bind
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    It was, perhaps a shade less characteristically, gallant of him to defend the prince from the approximately no people who have attacked him in the past few days, since the unleashing of his bottom on the world. The consensus – and it's interesting to...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (26 August 2012)
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    offence ("Putin has lost this game of cat and mouse", 19 August). You are unlikely to publish these lyrics (which juxtapose excrement and God), or illustrate the pornographic content of other "street art" from the parent group Voina, such as the fil...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: Tolstoy has been popping up a lot…
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    As a student, Tolstoy led an idle and dissipated life. He later joined the army, and then made a failed attempt to improve the everyday life of the peasants on his family estate. He published his first novel at the age of 24. A letter to friends at t...

  • Patrick Cockburn: As the violence intensifies in Syria, there can be only one winner - the Kurds
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    All these arguments contain elements of truth and self-deception. In Iraq under Saddam Hussein, many of his opponents genuinely believed that the divisions between Sunni, Shia and Kurd were primarily the result of his machinations. "Only get rid of S...

  • Claudia Pritchard: Pardon my French, but, vraiment, who needs it?
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    Well, actually, no. French? Who needs it? The language of diplomacy? I doubt much French is being used at the Ecuadorian embassy. (And why is that man called Assange, like a French verb? Assanger – to be a repellent creep. "Il m'a assangé, m'lud …")T...

  • Matthew Bell: Hurrah for September, when normal life resumes
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    You know the summer's nearly over when this sign appears. It's like the shock of a ripe blackberry in a hedgerow, and noticing the farmers are already cutting the hay. For anyone who grew up loving long British summers, with all their suggestions of ...

  • DJ Taylor: Divisive, detached and intolerant
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    Naturally, from most non-Tory standpoints these are all terrible ideas. The relaxation of Sunday trading laws further disadvantages the small trader in his battle against the supermarkets, while offering almost limitless possibilities for the exploi...

  • Paul Vallely: Breivik was narcissistic and racist... but sane
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    The killer himself was anxious to be declared of sound mind. Such a judgment, he felt, would validate his view of himself as a political warrior in a latter-day European crusade against Islam. An insanity ruling, he said, would be "worse than death"...

  • Leading article: Even a mega-star like Sir Richard Branson must respect the rules
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    Whether you like FirstGroup or not – and it is not only Virgin asking whether its numbers add up – it won the franchise after a tendering process that was conducted according to established rules. If Sir Richard believes those rules were bent or brok...

  • Deborah Ross: Come fly with DebonAir, the new low-care airline
    Monday, 27 August 2012

    The Shoe Club: This is a pioneering initiative for discerning flyers who wish to wear both their shoes on the flight rather than storing one in the hold, as our current health and safely policy dictates. Cost: £70 (any size up to 37); £90 (size 37 an...

  • Leading article: Let’s not give up on the romance of space
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    There is truth in this. The end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and successive economic crises in the West sapped the impetus and funding for space exploration. But it is not the whole truth.It is poignant that Armstrong died just a...

  • David Randall: The Prince's New Clothes (26/08/12)
    Sunday, 26 August 2012

    So I was, you know, so OMG when this guy comes up to me and says: "Do you wanna come to a pool party?" And I'm, like, yeah. And I get there and who's there but Prince Harry – a real king, the grandson, or something, of the actual Queen of England-lan...

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