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  • Editorial: Harsh winds must blow through the City
    Saturday, 1 September 2012

    Ed Miliband's tough talk at the weekend was, therefore, half right. In fact, the Labour leader's threats to introduce modern-day "Glass-Steagall" legislation to split banks' retail and investment operations can largely be chalked up to politics. On t...

  • Leading article: Changing places, not policy
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    Most of Tony Blair's reshuffles were botched affairs, many of them compromised by faction-fighting with his Chancellor. The only recent reshuffle that did improve a government's image was Gordon Brown's theatrical coup in bringing his enemy Peter Man...

  • Francesca Martinez: Empty words don't fund a full life for disabled people
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    The Paralympics provide the perfect opportunity for the Government to praise the human qualities of the Paralympians. But it is undeniable that government targeting of disabled people in the cuts, together with much of the right-wing press's customar...

  • Philippa Stockley: Yes, the contents mean a lot, but it's the bag that matters most
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    The majority of Western women carry a bag and, while some are disciplined over its contents, more are not. My own, just emptied out, contains more than 50 items. Necessities range from those that concerned the judge – house-keys, a phone, credit card...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (2 September 2012)
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    Family feuds are not uncommon, and the prospect of inherited money can bring out the worst in people. Subtle pressure can be put on vulnerable people (such as the elderly or infirm) to convince them that they would be "better off dead". It is almos...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The day a Cockburn set the White House aflame
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    The intention was for Sir George and his fleet to seize horses in Virginia and Maryland for the cavalry. Instead, the sailors found it far more profitable to plunder tobacco warehouses on the creeks running down to the Chesapeake.They also freed 300 ...

  • DJ Taylor: How to win a million more votes
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    No, it was what Mrs Romney had to do to appease the baying hordes, which was to stand before an audience of countless millions and discuss – "directly but not cloyingly", as one newspaper approvingly put it – her miscarriages, the breast cancer she h...

  • Paul Vallely: Exams not fit for purpose? Neither are you, Mr Gove
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    Add to that the floundering over Heathrow expansion, the railways, the green belt, Lords reform and electoral boundary changes and it is clear that the "omnishambles" which began with George Osborne's bungled Budget has some way yet to run.The ruling...

  • Jane Merrick: Vote for the craggy face of experience
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    If politics were a Western – and with Clint Eastwood's appearance as Mitt Romney's warm-up act last week, it feels as if it is – then Mrs Dorries would be credited with having run her rival out of town. In one of her last interviews before leaving t...

  • Harriet Walker: How hard could it be to look after a baby?
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    But my spirits have risen with the mercury. As it has got warmer, I have come back to life under the sun's gaze, from dining al fresco to singing in the street in the small hours. As it has heated up, the surface area of my clothes has been inversel...

  • Letters: Foreign students in border fiasco
    Saturday, 1 September 2012

    There should be two major barriers to bogus students. The first is visa issue; the second should be the UK border control as the student arrives. UK visa issue has been subject to cost cutting to the extent that virtually no visa applicants are inter...

  • The big questions: Should Atos be sponsoring the Paralympics? Is a wealth tax a good idea?
    Saturday, 1 September 2012

    The Government's fitness for work test is massively flawed and having a devastating effect on people's lives. Sponsors play a big role in making these great Games happen, but they get a lot of kudos out of it. So the fact that the company running the...

  • George Keleny: Every Thursday night, Dad's there with his trusty OED
    Saturday, 1 September 2012

    Well, it has no name in our house. From my point of view, it's a bit like a poltergeist: you never know if it's there, and you do your best to avoid talking about it, but every so often it gets in the way of using the internet. To my mother, on the...

  • Matt Chorley: The Emperor's New Clothes (02/09/12)
    Sunday, 2 September 2012

    It's not so much Doctor Who itself, which had an air of novelty to it when it came back with Christopher Eccleston. It's the near-hysteria that greets every new series, every new snippet, every raised eyebrow by the cast that hints at the return of ...

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