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Sunday, 2 September 2012

  • Leading article: Britain needs boldness, not more of the same
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    The reshuffle, expected today, is unlikely to yield any significant changes. Between the usual internecine struggles and the extra complexities of coalition, the Cabinet's heavy-hitters are all set to remain in place; only second-tier posts, such as...

  • Owen Jones: William Hague is wrong... we must own up to our brutal colonial past
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    Here is an echo of Gordon Brown's assertion in 2005 that "the days of Britain having to apologise for its colonial history are over". It was a straw man argument, because there has never been an apology for British imperialism. The British Empire has...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: When a 'relaxing' lunch leaves you super stressed
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    We ate at Jamie Oliver's latest branch of Recipease, which has just opened up the road from i Towers in Notting Hill. I was quite excited about our jaunt up there as I'm a huge fan of Jamie's food (nosh, I suppose, in Oliverspeak), his TV shows an...

  • Leading article: A final warning that the Pope ignores at his peril
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    The danger of not attending the last obsequies of such a high-ranking prince of the Church is that it might appear cowardly, tantamount to a public admission that a rift had grown up between them. But to attend will take real nerves, and humility, fo...

  • Leading article: No easy win for Barack Obama
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    How easy it was four years ago. Back then, a young and luminous Candidate Obama seemed the man for the hour, generating a tide of enthusiasm that carried him to the White House. His victory was never really in doubt; he embodied hope and the promise...

  • Simon Kelner: Health is a safe bet when it comes to the news
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    Perhaps only the really big stuff got a look-in, such as Geri Halliwell and Russell Brand becoming "a couple" or the sighting of a household cat on the loose in Essex. Or maybe news just stopped happening. Now it's September, and soon the world wi...

  • Leading article: End this secrecy over royal powers
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    But a feeling of goodwill towards a dutiful monarch does not make the institution that she represents exempt from scrutiny and reform, which is why the Information Commissioner has been right to demand clarity from the Cabinet Office about when and w...

  • John Kampfner: Time to give the Lib Dems enough rope
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    David Cameron pledged not to tinker with his team every year. Mini-scandals have forced his hand, but he has kept rearrangements to a minimum, giving ministers time to delve into the detail of their briefs, making it harder for civil servants to domi...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Internships
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    Perhaps he should be asking himself: "Why was my daughter so keen to get an internship at an national newspaper, instead of just becoming an unpaid street-sweeper or shelf-stacker like young poor people do, who don't have well-connected daddies?" He...

  • Laurie Penny: We deserve better than this claptrap
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    In a culture where debates about cupcakes and pubic grooming are still top priority in fashionable feminist circles, Naomi Wolf's new book, Vagina, seems to represent the apotheosis of that philosophy. Going by the extensive interviews and extracts ...

  • Luke Blackall: Man About Town
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    She was, however, late for her own party last week. But before you get the wrong idea, she had a good excuse. She had been running with the Paralympic flame.We spoke at the party, at the Mari Vanna restaurant in London, which was to held, in part,...

  • Leading article: Andrew Marr clearly knows how to ride the wave of fashion
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    In has become an old-fashioned-looking Vespa scooter, painted in a retro mint or duck egg colour – the kind of vehicle that tends to bring to mind vintage Italian movies starring Gina Lollobrigida or Audrey Hepburn.Behind the times? Not a whit. The M...

  • Letters: Exam grading
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    Was this political decision taken? Was it because Michael Gove wants to make political capital and lead the Conservative Party? Abusing pupils' futures for political selfishness is disgraceful and Michael Gove should resign, or David Cameron should ...

  • Peter Popham: Church prefers to gag its critics than listen to them
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    To take a single example: "The question of whether divorcees can receive communion should be turned upside down," Martini said. The correct question is, "how can the Church find a way to help with the power of the sacraments those who find themselves...

  • 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...

  • Natalie Haynes: All these TV series set in the 1950s are really contemporary drama
    Monday, 3 September 2012

    The season of mellow fruitfulness has morphed into one of cosy nostalgia. You might already be watching Parade's End, on the BBC. You can try your damnedest to avoid the Downton Abbey juggernaut that will soon demolish all before it. You can head to...

  • 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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