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  • Leading article: The fate of the revolution lies in the hands of the generals
    Monday, 14 February 2011

    Both actions are justifiable. If the country is to recover some sense of normality, not least economically, the centre of the capital cannot remain permanently blocked by crowds of protesters. As for the constitution and the parliament – the latter t...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Alternative Vote referendum
    Monday, 14 February 2011

    The referendum came about after the scandal of MPs' expenses, and after a massive public campaign for change. First Past The Post allowed complacency to develop in the overwhelming majority of MPs in "safe seats". Those of us who support proportional...

  • Leading article: A welcome blow against discrimination
    Monday, 14 February 2011

    The opponents of gay marriage, who come mainly from the ranks of the churches or political right, argue that civil partnerships, which became legal in 2004, already give gay couples the substance of equality with their heterosexual counterparts, espe...

  • Michael McCarthy: Our climate isn't the only green concern
    Monday, 14 February 2011

    The sale of nearly 100,000 acres of publicly owned woodlands was being postponed, Mrs Spelman announced, so that post-sale guarantees for public access could be "significantly strengthened". This statement was actually much less, and much more, than ...

  • 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, ...

  • Leading article: Children of the stars
    Monday, 14 February 2011

    But do not be dismayed. The same scientists who brought this bad news say that were humans actually to reach another destination, such as Mars, they could potentially shield themselves from the damaging rays by concealing themselves using a wall of M...

  • 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...

  • John Rentoul: The Centrifugal Factor
    Monday, 14 February 2011

  • 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...

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