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Sunday, 14 February 2010

  • Leading article: Nothing less than the future of Afghanistan is at stake
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    The heavy advance publicity for this operation was clearly designed to send messages to a variety of audiences. It was intended to convince an increasingly doubtful public in the United States and Britain that the allied presence in Afghanistan has a...

  • 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: Ms Tymoshenko's unwise move
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    This presidential election was the third to be held in Ukraine since independence. Unlike many elections in post-Soviet countries, Russia included, Ukraine can pride itself on the fact that in none of them was the result a foregone conclusion. It was...

  • 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: Save for the future
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    But we strongly believe that if Gordon Brown's proposal to set up a National Care Service were to become a reality it must operate along with measures that ensure people of working age are making their own provisions for their future care costs. Our ...

  • Leading article: Public and private grief
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    Both Gordon Brown and David Cameron have suffered family tragedies that are unusual in this day and age. Grief at the loss of a child should not be trivialised or ignored, but nor should reluctance to mourn in public be denounced as a defect of perso...

  • Tim Rice: The growing concerns about jatropha
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    First, marginal land is often used as a source of firewood or medicinal plants. Second, while jatropha may grow on such land, that does not mean it will produce enough oil to be economically viable. Just like most other crops, jatropha needs good-qua...

  • Sophie Morris: Methodists are giving up the fight
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    Occasional forays into "big church", with its cold wooden pews and dragging hymns, were only saved by the minister's eagerness to engage us with energetic Bible teachings, illustrated with drawings on a long roll of paper, which he dropped from the p...

  • Sue Montgomery: Double legacy to the sport he loved
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    Any hint of skulduggery now brings the confirmation to the wider public that the sport really does operate along the lines of a Dick Francis novel. And conversely, the emergence of the Dick Francis novel undoubtedly hardened belief that racing is, in...

  • 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...

  • Paul Judge: UK sacrifices in Afghanistan should be brought in line with others'
    Monday, 15 February 2010

    Nato is the cornerstone of our defence and the UK should play its full part. That does not, however, mean that we should provide a disproportionate share of its resources. The Jury Team political party has analysed the latest information from ISAF, t...

  • 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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