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Sunday, 21 March 2010

  • Leading article: A landmark for Ireland, if not yet for Catholicism
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    There will be those, understandably, for whom the Pope's apology is nowhere near enough. While his contrition was heartfelt and far-reaching, he offered no specific apology for the elaborate ways in which the Church had sought to cast a veil of silen...

  • Leading article: Leave the 1970s where they belong
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    The BA strike is an unfortunate and probably unwise dispute. No doubt there have been miscalculations and provocations on both sides. The airline's management, led by Willie Walsh, is certainly right that its costs, mostly in the form of wages, are h...

  • Amol Rajan: The immediate choice facing American conservatives
    Monday, 22 March 2010

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  • Leading article: Ex-ministers for hire
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    The closeness of the election, of course, makes the accusations against three former ministers particularly damaging, even though they deny any wrongdoing. With the MPs' expenses scandal and the Lords "cash for questions" affair lurking in the backgr...

  • Colm O'Gorman: Papal letter was a disgraceful deceit
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    But the letter failed to do any of that. There was no acceptance of responsibility for the now-established cover up, no plan to ensure that children will be properly protected around the global church, and no assurance that those who rape and abuse w...

  • Nicholas Jones: The way to control the banks is through their accounts
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    This awkward truth seems particularly to have shocked Opposition politicians. Yet we can expect the Chancellor to make no mention about reforming the accounting industry. It rather begs a question: don't politicians know this sort of thing goes on in...

  • Jeremy Laurance: A health debate outsiders find hard to understand
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    In truth, many Americans have long supported reform in principle. Polls have shown a majority back extending insurance cover. But when they are presented with the bill for doing so – increased taxes, curbs on benefits – attitudes harden. It was fears...

  • Avi Shlaim: Cut off the cash and Israel might behave
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    America subsidises Israel to the tune of $3bn (around £2bn) a year. America is Israel's principal arms supplier, enabling it to retain the technological edge over all its enemies, near and far. In the diplomatic arena too, America extends to Israel v...

  • Harry Mount: Beckham's good but the boy Achilles is one of the Greats
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    That irony won't be lost on David Beckham, either. Judging by his tattoos, he's become quite a classicist in recent years. Three of his dozen tattoos are in Latin, and two of the others, "Victoria" and "Romeo", are Latin-inspired names. On his left f...

  • Letters: NHS summary care records
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    I am an ageing patient who is currently treated by two hospitals, neither of which knows what tests and treatments the other one has given me. I find this dangerous. Moreover, when I meet a new doctor in a new surgery, I find I can no longer remember...

  • Leading article: No first lady, she
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    How did we get to the point where an attractive, adoring and professionally accomplished wife was a necessary accoutrement of the successful leader? Ms Gonzalez Durantez may indeed be all three, but we should have no truck with the trend towards "fir...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (21 March 2010)
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    Courtney O'Grady Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire A growing number of fathers are taking the primary carer role, yet are less likely to exercise their right to request flexible working and more likely to have their request turned down by their employer. Publi...

  • Simmy Richman: I can cheer up Cheryl with my pot belly
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    So Cheryl Cole's announcement last week of the sort of man she is looking for to replace the philandering Ashley Cole came as a rather pleasant surprise. "A guy could be in Speedos and be ripped to within an inch of his life and I don't think I'd loo...

  • Darren Johnson: We've gone backwards in the fight to clean up
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    Why was our capital city allowed to get into this mess? The previous mayor, Ken Livingstone, did not act quickly enough. But, to be fair to him, we did at least see measures being introduced: congestion charging, a London-wide Low Emissions Zone whic...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Carla Bruni's calamity could improve Anglo-Franco relations no end
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    Bruni is not the kind of woman one generally feels sorry for. Like Angelina Jolie, she has a propensity for knowingly provocative pronouncements about love and sex that invite men to see her as fantasy made flesh, while irritating and intimidating wo...

  • DJ Taylor: The polls are not infallible. Popes, on the other hand...
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    The fact that, as Dominic Lawson pointed out in his Independent column last week, for the next month and a half we shall be living through a kind of psephological blizzard can only be justified by the extremely volatile nature of the material to hand...

  • Alex Salmond: They can cut Scotland out of the debates but not the argument
    Monday, 22 March 2010

    And the capitulation of the broadcasters in that stitch-up is a democratic outrage. They have even told us our nation is irrelevant to the outcome. But they have forgotten the most important thing. Elections aren't just won in the TV studios. It isn'...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (21/03/10)
    Sunday, 21 March 2010

    Audiences for the three leadership debates are being carefully engineered by polling firm ICM. It is hand-picking 200 people for each event, all of whom must live within a 30-mile radius of the debate, and who must represent a cross-section of age...

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