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Saturday, 13 February 2010

  • Leading article: Let this operation be the last
    Sunday, 14 February 2010

    Let us be clear. This newspaper supported the use of military force against the Taliban regime when it refused to surrender Osama bin Laden in 2001 – in contrast to our view of the invasion of Iraq 17 months later. We even supported Tony Blair in his...

  • Leading article: Ministers and agencies in defence of the indefensible
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    This united front suggests two things. It suggests, first, a shared concern that no one be able to drive a wedge between the Government and the intelligence agencies. It suggests, second, a deep sense of vulnerability on the part of the intelligence ...

  • DJ Taylor: Come on Pauline
    Sunday, 14 February 2010

    Step forward Pauline Prescott, whose lately published autobiography attracted such headlines as "Let's hear it for Pauline – what a wonderful woman" and who was herself acclaimed for "not fitting in" in a world of "Identikit Labour luvvies". Naturall...

  • Andrew Martin: The North is not history – but it badly needs a new chapter
    Sunday, 14 February 2010

    But if the BBC had moved Broadcasting House, or Television Centre to the North, that would have been even better – akin to the puckish ploy of Tony Benn, who as a cabinet minister in the 1970s displayed a map of Britain upside down on his office wall...

  • Nigel Lawson: A climate change sceptic bites back
    Sunday, 14 February 2010

    So it was with sorrow as well as anger that I read the disgraceful story splashed all over the front and second pages of last week's issue, headed "Think-tanks take oil money and use it to fund climate deniers", clearly implying that those think-tank...

  • Letters: Terror and the birth of Israel
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    He conveniently overlooks the means by which statehood was achieved by the agreement in 1947 for the British mandate to cease in 1948 and for a division of the territory to be finally allocated, following large land allocations to Jewish settlers sin...

  • Amy Jenkins: Raunch or romance – the choice women have been given
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    Not surprising, then, that it's a day I've always had a queasy relationship with. I was brought up to think like a feminist, yet found myself, as a teenager, hoping against hope for a card on the mat. I knew I wasn't meant to care – but I did. It see...

  • Leading article: The depressing politics of elderly care
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    This week the Conservatives launched an attack on Labour's "death tax" in a new poster campaign. Labour and the Liberal Democrats accused the Tories of breaking the consensus. But the Conservatives deny there was never an agreement – and claim a repo...

  • E Jane Dickson: We love to hunt down fakery. But is it worth it?
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    The theory that some of the plays and sonnets were written by the Elizabethan courtier and poet Fulke Greville has been knocking around for years. I have neither the interest nor the authority to dispute this – I'd say it was damned cunning of Fulke ...

  • David Willetts: My solution to the age time-bomb
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    We prefer instead an approach based on incentives for voluntary insurance. For example, we have proposed that people should be able to make a one-off up-front payment of about £8,000 at age 65 which would cover them if they need residential care late...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (14 February 2010)
    Sunday, 14 February 2010

    Robin Oakley Head of Climate, Greenpeace UK London N1 The usual reaction of big business under threat is to sue. ExxonMobil has repeatedly been accused of trying to undermine climate science, for example in George Monbiot's book, Heat, and in Climate...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'OK, you want to prove your love. Just don't say it with toast
    Sunday, 14 February 2010

    If Mrs Terry has thus far managed to restrain herself from connecting her husband's cranium with the nearest blunt object, surely the sight of him cheerily clutching any kind of heart-shaped merchandise would push her over the edge. So who is Valenti...

  • Clive Stafford Smith: A stuffed toy can't stop prisoner abuse, Mr Howells
    Sunday, 14 February 2010

    It is for this reason that there must be strong, independent oversight of the SyS. It is hard to think of an area of government where such review is more important. When one describes the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), neither "strong" no...

  • Leading article: Frozen fun
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    And this year there will be debuts in Vancouver from teams from Colombia, Ghana and the Cayman Islands. Here surely is the true spirit of Olympian optimism that Baron de Coubertin hoped to see. In fact, the only thing missing in Vancouver is the whit...

  • Nigel Hawkes: The inequities of health equality
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    Both are, bizarrely. It entirely depends how you define your target. The way the Department of Health did it means that it's possible to proclaim success even as the relative gaps between rich and poor widen. Magic, if only you know how. How it works...

  • Virginia Ironside: As the youngest child he had special bond with mother
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    It seems that Alexander McQueen, at 40, was simply not prepared for the impact his mother's death would have on him. He apparently took his own life on Thursday, nine days after Joyce McQueen died, and one day before her funeral. He had suffered a su...

  • The truth is out there: 13/02/2010
    Saturday, 13 February 2010

    Xtreme Ministries in Nashville is one such establishment, combining church and mixed martial arts academy, operating under the motto "Where Feet, Fist and Faith Collide". Mixed martial arts has something of a violent reputation, combining kickboxing,...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (14/02/10)
    Sunday, 14 February 2010

    Jonathan Sumption, the tousle-haired QC who wrote to a judge asking him to tone down his criticism of MI5, will be familiar to Spectator readers as a star book reviewer. But David Blackburn, a Speccy bedfellow, has been repeatedly calling fo...

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