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  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (16 September 2012)
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Yes, there are companies that rely on airports to shuttle their executives in and out or to freight in exotic produce. Yes, airports generate large volumes of revenue and, yes, the public loves the possibilities offered by air travel. But are global ...

  • I've got the back-to-school blues
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    We made a "reservation" and off we went. Unfortunately, I loathed – and still loathe – school, so it's difficult for me to do the right thing and pretend to my kids that school is fun and important. I suffer from David Bowie "Kookyitis", in that I lo...

  • Remembering America's deadliest day
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    The name, which is pronounced "An-tee-tum", derives from an old Algonquian Indian word meaning "swift water". But on 17 September 1862, in those same pastures and croplands, blood ran as copiously as water, in the deadliest single day in all American...

  • Dave's demons are closing on him
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    On Wednesday, he discovered that, according to the opinion polls, Boris Johnson is worth a good 1.5 million more votes to the Tory party in a general election than he is himself. Sandwiched between these embarrassments came the unveiling of "Conserva...

  • John Mullin: I always knew you'd win, Andy. Honest
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    You may have supposed that we Scots could at last hold our heads high, our self-confidence and national pride recharged in one sensational night in New York. Not me. I have a confession, and the shame of it I will carry to my grave.We have heard much...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes: John Lewis
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    In the 1970s, when wraparound childcare meant being carried in a hippy-print silk scarf (they're on the ground floor) on your mother's back, my mum took us to the Buttery at our local John Lewis after school. When I bought my first flat, I filled it ...

  • Richard III: The truth may yet be discovered
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    If the find proves to be Richard's remains, do they deserve a royal funeral? What do we actually know about Richard "Crookback", whose crimes, according to some chroniclers, included treason, murder and even incest? Moreover, why does the physical co...

  • Hillsborough: A few individuals have shown what integrity means
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    "Unable to move for over half an hour, I was condemned to watch them cry for help, throw up, plead for their lives and die," he wrote. "A heap of corpses piled up in front of me." Over 700 others were injured. Thousands more were scarred emotionally ...

  • Editor-At-Large: Don't fuss, Nick – we're all bigots
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    It was hastily recalled and the offending word altered to "some people". What's wrong with bigots, Nick? We're all bigots, to a greater or lesser degree. If the cap fits, wear it, I say. The Church of England announced that it found the term "very of...

  • The PM's worst nightmare: green on royal blue
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    This poses a real headache for the Prime Minister and the Chief of the Defence Staff, who took the final decision on Prince Harry's latest deployment. Prince Harry is deservedly popular among the British public despite, or even because of, his colour...

  • Young Arabs need less religion and more work
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Decades of dictatorship, corruption and under-employment have created reservoirs of males who have a strong sense of grievance and nothing much to do. In some countries, where unpleasant regimes have recently been overthrown, they have guns. They're ...

  • Public opinion is running the country
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    As we approach the halfway point of this parliament, the arrangement between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats seems unhappier than ever. Both leaders are being stalked by challengers capitalising on resentment in each party against the other. Like...

  • Editorial: Hillsborough – our shame
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    This was a failure of so many people in positions of responsibility, as Paul Vallely writes: the police, ambulance service, football administrators, stadium owner, Sheffield council, coroner, prosecuting authorities, two judges and politicians.But al...

  • Are Nas and Kelis back together?
    TMZ Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Nas says he and his ex are becoming friends -- following a nuclear divorce -- for the sake of their 3-year-old son. Our luxurious spies tell us... Nas and Kelis were having lots of fun ... getting along great ... BUT nothing seemed romantic. Good for...

  • Not all socialists want to dance on Margaret Thatcher's grave. I want her to go on and on
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Personally, I dread Thatcher’s death. It will be a nightmarish blend of the hysteria that followed Princess Diana’s tragic accident and a month-long political broadcast for the Conservative Party. “She put the ‘great’ back in Great Britain,” our impa...

  • How the man of Straw revisited his finest hour
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Yet, even then, his passion for justice led him to ask Lord Justice Stuart-Smith to review the case. In February 1998 Jack, left, wrote to the Attorney General, John Morris, accepting his lordship’s finding that there was no need for another inquiry,...

  • Mobs in the Middle East, Salman Rushdie's new book, and how progressive Islam fell to the barbarians
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Once, we could say with some certainty that Islamicist fanatics, thugs, killers and mind-benders represented a minority and that most Muslims, quiet and sane were unseen and unheard. Today, I fear it is the opposite. Modernist Muslims, amalgams of th...

  • Introducing: The Contrarian Prize
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    According to a study commissioned by Democratic Audit - an independent research organisation – membership of political parties has fallen to around 1% of the population. It was 10% in 1964. Of those members that do remain, it is estimated that only a...

  • How Michael Gove passed his biggest test
    Mail on Sunday Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Then he goes on: "Gove was hurt that Clegg dismissed the idea out of hand,  seeing this as a breach of the reformist spirit that he believed had to underpin the Coalition. The Liberal Democrat opposition seemed so implacable that Tory strategists add...

  • In Libya, the imbeciles are winning
    Washington Post Sunday, 16 September 2012

    She goes on: "Obama critics have long held that his post-exceptionalist, lead-from-behind model invites only contempt in the Middle East. Since no policy thus far seems to have been very effective, we’ll have to rely on history for more information. ...

  • Reform the Police!
    The Observer Sunday, 16 September 2012

    He goes on: "The police never come quietly. As one former chief constable puts it, there is an "inbuilt conservatism" about the service which makes it "often risk-averse, process-dominated and defensive." It is a big thing for governments to take on ...

  • How (not) to combat aerophobia
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    I like to travel dangerously, or not at all. And if it’s not dangerous, it’s got to be physically and emotionally draining; you won’t catch me hopping on a convenient 90-minute flight to Marseilles when I can spend nine hours and three trains travers...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Can I stop pretending to be sexy now?'
    Sunday, 16 September 2012

    Don't worry, I'm not about to regale you with tales of deviancy, of being strung up in a Barratt Home and spanked with a middle-class hairbrush or fed chocolate pudding while wearing a nappy by a highly paid tormentor working from a back-room in Ch...

  • All the world's a stage, but the RSC should be Shakespeare's home
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    This is an opportune moment to ask for three reasons. First and foremost, in the next few days the RSC gets a new boss. Greg Doran takes over from Michael Boyd, and Doran will, I hope, be preparing a mission statement and pondering in the small hours...

  • Letters: Why the Hillsborough cover-up? Pure prejudice
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    This suited, and was perpetuated by, the establishment, including much of the media, The Sun being an extreme example. Everyone in Liverpool had a connection to events at Hillsborough, such is the nature of the city, and everyone knew that there had ...

  • The police were able to use lies, smears and the legal system to protect themselves
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    The second was the invented story of large-scale drunkenness. These lies, though widely believed by many, were exposed by the 1990 Taylor Inquiry, which concluded a police "blunder of the first magnitude" had caused the deaths. Why, then, were there ...

  • The fanatics have ignited a primitive hate. Now it's time to stop this nonsense
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    This is not the right approach – even for those Muslims that feel deeply offended by the film. Muslims can rationally and quietly argue that the movie is also offensive because it does nothing to encourage the spirit of enlightenment which Islam has ...

  • Editorial: No end to disputes in the China seas
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    China's move follows Japan's recent purchase of three of the islands from their private owners, despite strong objections from Beijing, which claims sovereignty. Now China's ambassador in Tokyo has been summoned to explain himself, and protests outs...

  • Editorial: An indefensible invasion of privacy
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    The Closer editor's defence – that the snaps covering four pages and including several of the Duchess topless are "not in the least shocking" – is, perhaps deliberately, missing the point. And lawyers on behalf of the royal couple are, rightly, stre...

  • Editorial: Cameron and Clegg must beware the enemy within
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    Meanwhile, a similar sequence is unfolding within the Liberal Democrats. There is persistent speculation that Nick Clegg might not lead the party into the next election; Vince Cable is being wooed by Labour and has been known to be in text contact w...

  • Simon O'Hagan: Nothing beats the buzz of booking tickets
    Saturday, 15 September 2012

    It wasn't just the other side of winter. It was the other side of spring, and of summer, and of London 2012 – of a whole stretch of life. Who knew what could happen between then and now? None of that was any deterrent. I had no plans to emigrate. So...

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