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Saturday, 29 September 2012

  • An era of coalitions could be upon us
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Although conventional wisdom says it's too big an ask for Ed Miliband to lead Labour to victory in 2015 after such a terrible defeat just five years before, new times defy electoral orthodoxy.The Tories took office without winning on a historically l...

  • Wonkish? Yes, but Miliband could be PM in 2015
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    He was talking about one of Balls's most mocked soundbites, possibly one of the most misunderstood political quotations of the New Labour years. It was a line in a speech written by Balls for Gordon Brown in 1994, in which Brown, the then shadow chan...

  • Times change, but the watch keeps ticking on
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    But then another part of me is prompted to answer that I understand that bears defecate in woods and that the Pope, whether he knows it or not, finds himself heading a religious organisation called the Roman Catholic church.Today the time blinks out ...

  • Editorial: Convince us, Ed
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Last week, Nick Clegg made a reasonable fist of his after-the-event justification of going into government with the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats, for whom working in coalition is a principle, not just an expedient, had little choice in 2010. ...

  • Editorial: Time for Mr Miliband to fill in some of the blanks
    Saturday, 29 September 2012

    On some levels, at least, such a lead is well deserved. Labour has shown a surprising degree of discipline and unity, confounding expectations of a lapse into near civil war after the 2010 election. And at last year's conference, Ed Miliband stole a...

  • Who knew that Roseanne Barr was brought up half as a Mormon, half as a Jew?
    Saturday, 29 September 2012

    Barbara Ehrenreich, the feminist and political activist, described the Roseanne of the sitcom as representing "the hopeless underclass of the female sex: polyester-clad, overweight … fast-food waitresses, factory workers, housewives, members of the ...

  • Labour's youth jobs taskforce
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Britain is now branded with a badge of shame amongst rich nations. Young people account for 40% of this country’s jobless – higher than anywhere else in the EU and double the European average.That’s why Labour says youth unemployment needs urgent ac...

  • Letters: Licence to 'get rid of' burglars
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    David Ashton Shipbourne, Kent The debate about householder self-defence when confronted by an intruder seems to be predicated on the assumption that all intruders are burglars, and as such offer no personal threat to members of a home. But how is...

  • Wicked. Twisted. Wrong. But from Megan Stammers to Jimmy Savile these cases are not all the same
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    September has been a cruel month for susceptible and impressionable British children. Well, all months are, but as some truly bad news accreted just after kids in fresh uniforms trotted off back to school, it felt more poignant. Court judgments, an i...

  • Riot-hit communities need more than this lazy policy
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    You’d think so. But you’d be disappointed. As with the the Guardian/LSE Reading the Riots report - that might have been excused for being published so much earlier – we learned that young people lack a stake in society, and there aren’t any opportuni...

  • How the public lost its appetite for breakfast telly
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Earlier this month, ITV launched its hapless early morning show Daybreak for effectively the third time, bursting on to the schedule with all the crackle and pop of a soggy rusk. Hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones in a studio drenched in the col...

  • Secrecy only reflects poorly on the Church
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    No easy task. So it must be important to make sure the candidates for the Archbishop of Canterbury are at the top of their game and picked in the most representative and transparent way possible, right? Wrong.The method for choosing Dr Rowan Williams...

  • Whatever happened to the Labour Party?
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

     It was a controversial idea. The first socialist MP, Keir Hardie, had only been elected a few years ago; as he entered Parliament for the first time, a policeman eyed his working-class clothes and asked him if he was working on the roof. “No, on the...

  • Matthew Norman on Monday: Courageous Kelvin is a delicate petal
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Even those who should know better fall into the trap. “It was my decision and my decision alone to do that front page in that way,” another Kelvin MacKenzie, pictured, once recalled, “and I made a rather serious error.”  Heaven knows how this second ...

  • Europe needs an elected president
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Governing Europe has always been a co-operative, collaborative exercise, in which oversize coalitions of national governments slowly negotiate in a variety of languages, long into the night, in sleepy Continental towns, to solve chronically boring pr...

  • Are One Direction in crisis?
    Daily Star Sunday, 30 September 2012

    "Members of the band are struggling to keep up their goody-two-shoes image". Their management has banned the boys "from openly sleeping with fans, getting drunk or smoking in public".The lads made a sullen appearance on Alan Carr's Channel 4 talk-sho...

  • Jimmy Savile: a ‘predator’ of young girls
    The Mirror Sunday, 30 September 2012

    "Val - Who met Sir Jimmy at the BBC in 1969 when she was 15I think people need to know that there was another side to him and it was quite a dark side. He was a predator really, a predator on young girls.The first time something happened he actually ...

  • The perils of flirting at work
    Jezebel Sunday, 30 September 2012

    In Girls on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, Nicole Williams says "Using flirtation is just smart. If you need someone's help, use the tools available to you. It's naive to think it has no place at work."But Anna North cou...

  • Climate Change: we're (not) all going to die
    Foreign Policy Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Lomberg is no climate change denier; "Let's be clear. Global warming is real and man-made, and it needs an effective response". Media panic caused by the report fundamentally misreads its projections, which don't say 'climate change could kill 100 mi...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (30 September 2012)
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Philomena Mary Lewer Morpeth, Northumberland Lynne Featherstone makes good points on equality and aid, the only issue being whether any of her Tory colleagues actually pay attention to these. I do find it odd, however, that as an MP in a London bo...

  • Clarkson, Brand, Assange: The egos have landed
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    In fact, I think I might have accidentally come up with a pitch for a reality TV programme. Britain's Got Narcissism would be a gladiatorial contest for huge egos, except it would have to be based at the Ecuadorean embassy for the foreseeable future....

  • Nepal's tragic news sent a shiver down my spine
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    The news story that woke me up was about the tragic air crash in Nepal. It sent a shiver down my spine as I'd been on that very flight, between Kathmandu and Lukla earlier in the year. Nepal is not a place for the nervous flier. On a flight from Delh...

  • J K Rowling: The Curse of the Publisher's Hype
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Reviews of The Casual Vacancy were strictly embargoed until its publication on Thursday, and, in the absence of a book, much of the criticism focused on Rowling's politics, her refusal to give interviews, her giving too many interviews, and the embar...

  • Killers who stalk the great American highways
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    What made those days in early October 2002 so frightening was the sheer randomness of events. Parents kept their children away from school; you looked for the slightest hint of anything unusual when you stepped outside. By the time John Allen Muhamma...

  • Legacy of a gentle rose cut down in hate
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    She was happy reading, writing or painting, quietly at home, in the flat she shared with her boyfriend Rob Maltby. The rest of us would probably never have heard of her had the two of them not been, five years ago now, the victims of a brutal attack...

  • Blair had a point about the middle classes
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    One of the great unwritten laws of Fleet Street is that caps should be doffed in the presence of the recently dead, but Mr Wilby, in noticing An Unfinished Life, Dennis Kavanagh's festschrift in honour of the late Philip Gould, practically threw his...

  • Kelvin and the people of Liverpool
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Other newspapers carried versions of the report, but Kelvin feels he has been singled out unfairly – he can't go to Liverpool, the police watch his house, he regularly receives insults and threats. It has taken an awful lot to get Kelvin to apologise...

  • American influence on the Middle East is past its peak – someone should tell them
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    The US is obviously weaker than it was between 1979, when the then Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat, signed the Camp David agreement and allied Egypt with the US, and 2004/05, when it became obvious to the outside world that the Iraq war was a disaste...

  • Would life be better as a toothbrush?
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Well, that's just life, isn't it? But yes, I see the appeal. Specifically though, a nice person's dog. The woman in the adverts who inhales deeply on the meaty Iams chunks before putting them in the bowl with your name on, rather than the woman who ...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu's warning reveals his moments of memory loss
    Saturday, 29 September 2012

    Not since the last set of cartoons flourished in the UN Donkey House has the world been so gobsmacked. Then it was Colin Powell (I was in the Security Council chamber as a witness to this nonsense in 2003) who displayed his own cartoon of white-coate...

  • It should be child's play to accept that some modern art is rubbish
    Saturday, 29 September 2012

    One thing made me cheer aloud though – and it came during that opening introduction. Hughes explained the start and end point of his 20th century (roughly 1880 to his present day) and then characterised it as a period which had left behind it "some o...

  • The Booker judge who's seen just six films should look at the big picture
    Saturday, 29 September 2012

    I find this admission odd. Sir Peter is now editor of the world-renowned literary journal, The Times Literary Supplement, but he used to be editor of The Times. Reading his paper's extensive film coverage while he was editor of The Times, did he n...

  • Letters: Speak freely - but use your sense too
    Saturday, 29 September 2012

    The internet has made it impossible to confine expression of opinion to the mainly tolerant cultural context liberal freedoms presuppose.At least in the short run, the problem of how safely and responsibly to affirm free speech in an illiberal world ...

  • More foot-dragging in the eurozone
    Saturday, 29 September 2012

    First, Spain. Mariano Rajoy's budget for 2013, published on Thursday, might hit the required target for reducing the public deficit, hence the tentative lift in the financial markets. But the Spanish Prime Minister is still prevaricating over the re...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes (30/09/12)
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    Time was when these comestibles consisted of a suitably light sponge (always the colour of ripening corn), topped off with a generous coating of icing, and maybe a half a cherry. The colour of the icing was the only variant, and when I took my sons ...

  • Rant & Rave (30/09/12)
    Sunday, 30 September 2012

    There is a name for people who don't eat meat – vegetarians; those who avoid meat and dairy – vegans; and those who eat meat, dairy and carbs with an extra helping of chips – Adam Richman from the Travel Channel's Man v Food. There's also a name f...

  • One Martian pebble, a flood of possibilities
    Saturday, 29 September 2012

    Most obviously, the smoothly eroded rocks discovered by Nasa's rover Curiosity indicate the presence of water at some point in the past. Although scientists have been confident for some time that water did once exist on Mars, only now, thanks to the...

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