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  • Leading article: Sceptics have their uses
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    The story began on Friday 13 November last year, when files from a back-up server at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit were copied on to the internet. No one knows how they got there. It may have been no more than a security flaw ...

  • Leading article: The eurozone faces its most difficult test yet
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    It is important to recognise that, while several European nations have weak public finances, Greece has exceptional problems. Athens' budget deficit is abnormally large, as is its stock of debt. And the European Commission discovered recently that th...

  • Anne Karpf: Anti-Semitism is at the limits of irony
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    Coincidentally, the report on anti-semitic incidents in 2009 by the Community Security Trust (CST), was published last week. At first view, it makes alarming reading, and seems to confirm Julius's worst fears. CST recorded 924 anti-Semitic incidents ...

  • Felipe Fernández-Armesto: How the cock of the walk makes a cuckold look pitiful
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    In this spectacle, morality is beyond the touchline, feebly waving a flag everyone ignores. Footballers are sometimes, depressingly rarely, good at football. It is pointless to expect them to be good in any other respect. Adulation and over-payment a...

  • DJ Taylor: Freedom comes at a price
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    "The tragedy of American civilisation," he declared, "is that it has swept away Wasp morality and put nothing in its place." Auchincloss, it should be pointed out, was the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant to end all White Anglo-Saxon Protestants – a Yale...

  • Letters: Religious morality and the law
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    Her husband's conduct as Prime Minister presumably was condoned on the basis that he was a "religious man" and therefore what he did must be right, though how she squared this with the views of the head of her church on war in Iraq remains a puzzle o...

  • Leading article: Parliamentarians on trial
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    There is a shocking aspect to yesterday's announcement and one considerably less shocking. Despite all the detail, colourful and sordid, that has emerged about MPs' expenses claims in recent months, and despite the large amounts that some MPs have ag...

  • Leading article: Football not behaving badly
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    At the end of a saga in which no one seemed to behave very well, however, yesterday saw a sudden outbreak of decency. Terry took his demotion like a man and promised to do his best for England. His alleged girlfriend declined to publish her kiss and ...

  • Mary Wakefield: Don't switch off the will to live
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    Dr Owen runs through the yes/no questions, not holding out any hope, but soon the images on the fMRI screen lead him to an incredible conclusion: Y is responding! Y is answering yes and no correctly, he's still in there, conscious! Now pause, replay ...

  • Ian Burrell: Terry saga is a warning to all footballers
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    Terry turned too late to Phil Hall, the former News of the World editor turned PR man, who is fire-fighting on his behalf. "It was a difficult brief," Hall admitted last night, after Fabio Capello, the England manager, had seized back the captain's a...

  • John Kampfner: Let battle commence over privacy
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    The evidence we have brought to bear has been compelling. Libel tourism – in which dodgy foreign oligarchs and sheikhs use our indulgent courts to sue NGOs, authors and scientists – has been such a blight on Britain's reputation that the US Congress ...

  • E Jane Dickson: If I were the Pope, I wouldn't quote Aristotle
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    It doesn't begin to make sense, but this is the Orwellian realpolitik we're faced with in view of the Government's decision to back down over the proposed amendment to its Equality Bill. On Wednesday, following a trouncing in the Lords and a broadsid...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (7 February 2010)
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    Shaikh Mohommad Croydon, Surrey James Coop misunderstands our system of government – perhaps Tony Blair does too. We did not elect Tony Blair as President but Prime Minister – first among equals – responsible for heading the Cabinet and ensuring that...

  • Julian Knight: Reputation – built over years, gone in a trice
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    But now this hard-won reputation is going through the wringer. A decade ago, when working for the Reader's Digest, I heard its then chief executive Tom Ryder say that it takes around $100m to improve public perception of a brand by 1 per cent, but th...

  • Brian Feeney: Now Northern Ireland only needs trust
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    Northern Ireland's nationalists have withheld consent from the state and its police force, which they perceived as the paramilitary wing of the Ulster Unionist Party, since its creation in 1921. "Ninety per cent Protestant and one hundred per cent Un...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Making us walk an extra 10 yards isn't going to stop us smoking
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    So last week's announcement of Government plans to extend the smoking ban to open-air spots from pub gardens to office entrances left me, and presumably many of my ilk, with a sinking feeling. Not because I feel persecuted; I'm in complete agreement ...

  • The truth is out there: 06/02/2009
    Saturday, 6 February 2010

    The citrus longhorn beetle was discovered in Boskoop last week leading to a 2km quarantine zone being imposed and a ban on all plant sales until nurseries have been inspected, reported Horticulture Week. The beetle is considered a major threat to Eur...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (07/02/10)
    Sunday, 7 February 2010

    Since Lucian Freud's hideous painting of the Queen, royal portraits have been a thorny subject. Now Prince Harry has complained that his hair is too ginger in the new picture of him with Prince William unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery las...

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