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Sunday, 24 January 2010

  • Leading article: A fixed retirement age should be consigned to the past
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Employers, too, will fear extra costs. With many older workers saying they want to work beyond the state pensionable age, companies could face a choice between keeping on unproductive workers into old age or funding expensive lawsuits to justify thei...

  • Leading article: Fearless talk saves lives
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    When Gavin Esler, the presenter, read out some of the findings of the full version, which was leaked to the BBC, and contrasted them with those of the summary, which were notably less critical of the Doncaster child protection agencies, Mr Balls retr...

  • Leading article: Realism replaces idealism
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    In almost every other respect, though, the delay is positive. It shows that realism has replaced idealism. It shows that President Karzai and his Western backers have learnt lessons from last year's botched presidential election. And it shows a gener...

  • Donald Macintyre: Obama can't afford to sit this one out
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Even assuming Mr Netanyahu was joking, the story helps to explain why the latest deadlock is less than traumatic for the Israeli leadership. The security threat from the West Bank is – for now – at an historically low level; Mr Netanyahu's success in...

  • Tim Bell: If staff want to carry on, don't stand in their way
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    It has always seemed to me to make perfect sense to keep people who want to carry on working later into life. If someone has something to offer a company or a business, then both will benefit from an extension of that relationship. Making it legal to...

  • Robbie Marsland: Don't underestimate the huge scale of this bloody trade
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    The enormous scale of the trade should not be underestimated – the value of ivory and other illegal wildlife sales comes second only to the illegal drugs and weapon trade, making ivory a 21st century "blood diamond". Organised criminal gangs of poach...

  • A N Wilson: Mercy killing is not a crime – it is a brave and selfless act of love
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    Frances Inglis, aged 57, killed her son Tom, aged 22. He had been in a vegetative state for several months, having fallen from an ambulance and hit his head on the pavement. He was entirely helpless, and as she sat beside him she could see nothing bu...

  • DJ Taylor: Strange bedfellows
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    According to press reports, Holiday Inn will be offering "walking electric blankets" dressed in custom-made sleeper suits to up the between-sheets temperature before the long-term occupant of the bed slides in. One expert, at least, is impressed – Dr...

  • Frank Judd: We were too slow in Haiti, and need to know why
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    The grinding poverty, the absence of effective government, the corruption, the jerry-building, the rape of agriculture by external food dumping, the lack of water supplies and sanitation, the paucity of health provision, the depressing inadequacy of ...

  • Letters: War heroes
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Sheffield was targeted by Hitler's bombers on two nights in 1940; Birmingham was the second most heavily bombed city in Britain. During three years of bombing, more than 2,200 citizens were killed and 7,000 were injured. Nearly 12,400 homes, 302 fact...

  • Leading article: Save the elephants
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Now a third sale is proposed, which will give an even greater boost to the ivory market. If it believes in wildlife protection at all, the British Government must oppose this, which may mean disregarding the advice of the CITES itself and even of its...

  • Adam Harrison: Companies should act – not palm us off with token efforts
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    Most is sourced from Malaysia and Indonesia, where it is grown on land that was previously forest – and home to a wide array of species, including orang-utans, tigers, elephants and rhinos. Local communities that rely on the same forests for food and...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (24 January 2010)
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    The Rev Richard Kirker London E1 As an atheist, I agree with most of the anti-Christian comments made by Katy Guest ("Campbell's doing God after all, and it's my idea of hell", 17 January). But in her diatribe on the oxymoron of Christian logic she d...

  • Claudia Pritchard: The more you eat, the more you pay...
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    Size and weight restrictions on cabin bags mean that nearly everything needed on the trip must be pocketed or worn. It can be done, but the business is hot and cumbersome. And yet, when I take these elaborate precautions not to exceed 10kg with my 55...

  • Paul Vallely: 'Good faith' isn't usually good enough
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    "I ask you to accept one thing," Mr Blair said in his resignation speech at Trimdon Labour Club in 2007. "Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right." We had already had as much of an apology as we were going to get, in his speech to the Labour Pa...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Whatever happened to a short and sweet 'Wish you were here'
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    Historically, though, I've found the combination of a low immune system and a winter-weight body to be a reliable spoiler for getaways in warm climes at this time of year, so I'm perfectly happy sticking with my old-fashioned holiday schedule. That's...

  • Barack Obama: The power of the US lobbyists is increasing and must be resisted
    Monday, 25 January 2010

    We've been making steady progress. But this week, the US Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists, and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence. This ruling strikes at our democracy itself....

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (24/01/10)
    Sunday, 24 January 2010

    As Britain's top spook, Sir John Scarlett has been accused of all sorts of skulduggery over the Iraq war and treatment of terror suspects. As head of the Joint Intelligence Committee he also signed off the dossier used to justify the invasion of I...

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