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Sunday, 7 March 2010

  • Leading article: Icelanders deserve our empathy, not bullying
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    The history is well established. When Iceland's banks collapsed in the credit meltdown of 2008, the Icelandic authorities lacked sufficient funds to compensate the UK and Dutch citizens who had invested their savings in the online lender Icesave. Bri...

  • Leading article: What are you afraid of, Dave?
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    The detoxification seemed to have worked. But it was only the start. The next phase was to set out the positive appeal. Instead, Mr Cameron has embarked on retoxification. We have been reminded that the Tory party is funded and run by rich people who...

  • Leading article: The politics of pet projects
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    But, whatever the moral complexion of the motives, this is still unsatisfactory. With an election looming, although not yet officially called, ministers ought to be pushing through no long-term commercial contracts, and certainly none that an incomin...

  • Paul Collier: The crisis in Haiti shows we need a new approach to NGOs
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    Marginalisation is dangerous for both existential and practical reasons. The existential danger is that if the state is not visibly providing services, its predominant interface with citizens is as a tax collector, regulator, and bribe taker. This ha...

  • Zoe Margolis: I'm a good-time girl who became an agony aunt
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    After all, Belle de Jour, the blogging London call girl, had maintained her anonymity up until that time, so why, I figured, would anyone be interested in who I was? The result? The rest of the gutter press arrived on the scene like vultures to a fre...

  • Nick Clegg: Your choice: the old politics, or the new
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    I think these facts tell an important story: the old duopoly of British politics is dying on its feet, but our institutions still operate as if nothing has changed since the height of the Cold War. An increasing number of people are voting with their...

  • DJ Taylor: Feminism works so well for women we should try it on men
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    The fugitive plant in question turns out to be feminism, never entirely absent from public discourse in the last quarter-century, but never terribly conspicuous either. Suddenly, though, the newspapers are full of the 40th anniversary of the first Wo...

  • Ivan Massow: 'I felt their mutual relief as I saw him lift the syringe'
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    A few weeks ago, I read about Ray Gosling who described a pact he'd had with his lover who was dying of Aids 20 years ago, and was suffering dreadfully. Mr Gosling agreed to help him end his life, smothering him with a pillow. I felt sorry for Mr Gos...

  • Letters: School trips
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    That is why I support the Countryside Alliance's "Rural Manifesto", which calls for outdoor learning to feature on the school curriculum. The American writer Richard Louv, in his excellent book Last Child in the Woods, describes the growing "nature-d...

  • Leading article: Tweet symphony
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    That's the beauty of online technology of course: you never really know how people are going to use it. Still, the addiction of some people to the medium of Twitter – even in the most stressful of circumstances – does provoke some strange thoughts. S...

  • Cherie Blair: Liberate women – give them mobile phones
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    At a time when computer literacy was rare in the legal profession, my little knowledge led to me chairing the Bar Council's IT committee. In our age defined by technology, those cut off from this information revolution are at a huge disadvantage. Tod...

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

    In her piece, she mentioned my hair colour, my wardrobe and my higher-profile public work. Yet no reference was made to my publications in peer-reviewed academic journals, to my years of lecturing at various universities, to the Readership that I rec...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'I'll be cheering on 'Avatar' at tonight's Oscars ceremony'
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    The official garlands bestowed upon The Hurt Locker at Avatar's expense have been hailed by thinking cinephiles as a victory for "proper" film-making; a rare vote for substance over style. That may be true, but in the frenzy of Avatar-bashing, I'd li...

  • Andrew Buncombe: No escape from the pull of poverty
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    Actually there should be no rickshaw pullers here. Following a campaign by activists who said such labour had no place in civilised society, the authorities last year amended legislation to ban them. The trouble is that they failed to provide alterna...

  • Austen Ivereigh: Rewarding civic virtues can renew a spirit of the common good
    Monday, 8 March 2010

    Virtue and the common good are two ideas Sandel is eager to revive. He has led the challenge in recent years to the myth that we enter the public square as unfettered individuals, shorn of other loyalties; and to the lie that the state is neutral in ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (07/03/10)
    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    Germaine Greer is preparing to take legal action over the spiteful attack on her from fellow Australian writer Louis Nowra, I can reveal. The Cambridge-based professor has refused invitations from several newspapers to respond to his remarks but, ...

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