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  • Leading article: Our world is a better place
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    Friday was a big moment in world history, the sense of drama enhanced by President Hosni Mubarak's last gasp of defiance the night before. The parallel is unavoidable between last month's uprising in Tunisia, which inspired the Egyptian revolution, a...

  • Leading article: Now the Egyptian military must hand power to the people
    Saturday, 12 February 2011

    After 18 days of determined and peaceful protest, the people of Egypt had reaped their reward. The fury and disappointment of the previous evening, when Mr Mubarak made his last, desperate, claim to stay in power, were forgotten in the few moments it...

  • DJ Taylor: Mubarak's thugs aren't a patch on these
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    The piece seldom gets reprinted these days, doubtless due to its somewhat bracing title: Not Counting Niggers. In it, Orwell makes the, by now unexceptionable, point that in a prosperous country left-wing politics is always partly humbug, because a t...

  • Ed Miliband: The Big Society: a cloak for the small state
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    She was among a group of women from every part of Exeter society – working in areas from housing to Sure Start – expressing anguish about what they saw happening to what they had worked so hard to build. Such sentiments are being echoed in every corn...

  • A C Grayling: 'Celebrity really rather kind, just like the rest of us' shock
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    But the question is: is it really true that such acts are now rarer than formerly? The answer is an emphatic no. Every day of the week, in every community everywhere, the vast majority of human interactions involve co-operation, civility, mutuality, ...

  • Letters: Arctic sea ice
    Saturday, 12 February 2011

    A reasonable judgment is that there is a 40 per cent chance that the sea-ice area will decline significantly to less than 2.5 million sq km in 2011 and a one in three chance the area will fall to less than 2 million sq km as measured by the Cryospher...

  • Natalie Haynes: If you're going to impose your ethical choices, go the whole hog
    Saturday, 12 February 2011

    But Dale Vince, the vegan chairman of Forest Green Rovers in Gloucestershire, thought exactly that. First he banned his players from eating red meat "for health and performance reasons", according to the club's communications director. Although how h...

  • Leading article: The folly of allowing ideology to drive policy
    Saturday, 12 February 2011

    First, the High Court ruled that the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, broke the law when he cancelled Labour's school-building programme without consulting the local authorities that would be affected. According to Mr Justice Holman, Mr Gove's move...

  • Fawaz A Gerges: Egyptians must press on towards the real goal
    Saturday, 12 February 2011

    The real aim is not the removal of one tinpot dictator, only for him to be replaced with an equally repressive system. The real goal is something much more fundamental: the removal of a corrupt and parasitic power structure and its replacement with t...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (13 February 2011)
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    We require more vocational courses at a time of economic instability – training people to imagine and then implement ideas. Of course, education is about preparing people for life, but it's a whole lot easier if individuals have work and income. Smit...

  • Harriet Walker: 'New York is the pretty girl at school'
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    In fact, our holiday was so subconsciously – eventually self-consciously – geared towards fitting in and acting as though we lived there that we ended up doing mostly what we do at home: eating, sitting around, eating again, then picking on each othe...

  • David Randall: How do I love thee? Let me survey the ways and use it for marketing
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    Here's a sample that we have received (and see how many of the figures you think are convincing): 80 per cent of dog owners would not date someone who did not like their pet; 36 per cent of pet owners touched their pets more often than they did their...

  • Paul Vallely: Populist, illiberal and sickmaking
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    Who cares what prisoners think? Not many of our elected representatives, to judge by the overwhelming vote – 234 against just 22 – when MPs were asked to vote on a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that Britain is wrong in its present blan...

  • Stephen Day: Tunis, Cairo, where next? A turning point in history
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    The Tunisian uprising was the first global revolution ascribable to the internet, engaging Tunisians around the world. The people of this most advanced of Arab nations are its principal resource; highly educated, trilingual in Arabic, French and Engl...

  • Leading article: A mouse that roared
    Saturday, 12 February 2011

    It's a pertinent question after the Prime Minister's attack on multiculturalism last weekend. Yet if CBeebies' latest creation upsets Mr Cameron's muscular liberal instincts, it's hard to see what the Prime Minister can do about it. Rastamouse is alr...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (13/02/11)
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    One character in the phone hacking story is in danger of being forgotten. I refer to the lawyer who conducted News International's internal investigation into the scandal back in 2007. Lawrence Abramson, then with Harbottle and Lewis, was the pers...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (13/02/11)
    Sunday, 13 February 2011

    Call me a hopeless romantic, but I adore Valentine's Day, and all it entails. Sitting elbow to elbow with 50 other couples all competing to be the most in love out of everyone in the packed restaurant. Trying to look attractive while swallowing oyste...

  • John Rentoul: Poll Alert
    Saturday, 12 February 2011

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