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  • Leading article: Diplomacy has not yet run its course with Iran
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    President Ahmadinejad's mention of a target of 20 per cent enrichment – a level above what is necessary for civilian nuclear power – has set alarm bells ringing in Western capitals. Yet the President added at the weekend that the door was still open ...

  • Sean O'Grady: The mess the Pigs are in will affect us all
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    Recently, the German Economics Minister, Rainer Brüderle, put the problem at its sharpest, saying: "This may have fatal effects on all states in the eurozone." Actually, he was too optimistic; it will affect the whole of Europe, and the rest of the w...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Climate change and trust
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    First, you'll need to get a decent layperson's grasp of the issues at stake. The idea that non-scientists are incapable of understanding the evidence and arguments is nonsense; there are dozens of well-written, lucid, non-technical books on climate s...

  • Leading article: A new force in British banking?
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    That boldness appears to be paying off. Last week, Santander reported that it accounted for 50 per cent of all new mortgages in Britain in 2009, and its UK profits were up 30 per cent to £1.5bn. For these reasons, the Spanish bank is regarded as one ...

  • Leading article: Island rivals
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    It is, of course, the oldest national struggle of these islands. Before the English began tussling with the Scots or the Irish, it was the Welsh they went head to head with. So what, then, is the historical score? One would have to say that the Engli...

  • Nicholas Lezard: Fight for freedom: buy a Whopper at BK
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    At which point I should declare a small interest. As with all the great feuding dyads – Protestant vs Catholic, Coke vs Pepsi, BBC vs commercial TV – each side has its cheerleaders, utterly convinced of the rectitude of their case. Although I will ke...

  • Julius Cavendish: Home comforts land at Kandahar airfield
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    Now TGI Friday has opened its doors, drawing thousands of servicemen and women missing the comforts of home. Decked out in kitsch Americana and with the kind of music playing in the background that usually accompanies dirty movies, it might be anywhe...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Charles Crawford: Language is a tool which must be kept well-honed to do its job
    Monday, 8 February 2010

    Language has existed for thousands of years, performing its function adequately, without any care or attention at all, and most have never been subject to it at any time in their history. A rabid free-marketeer like myself can have little complaint i...

  • 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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