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Saturday, 26 February 2011

  • Leading article: Wisdom of an elder statesman
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    Yet the fall of President Zine el- Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and, more so, that of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt exposed the old thinking behind much of western foreign policy. In a hangover from the Cold War, our government and that of the Unite...

  • Leading article: The West must act quickly to save Libya from Gaddafi
    Saturday, 26 February 2011

    Once again the world faces the dilemma: how to halt a ruthless tyrant, entrenched in power for decades, who is slaughtering his own people to survive. Some might say this is an internal Libyan matter, in which outsiders should not intervene. But our ...

  • George Walden: Selling arms will always backfire on Britain
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    Concerns that have surfaced after recent dramas about our policies on arms exports to unsavoury Middle Eastern countries are, for me, nothing new. Having worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 20 years before becoming an MP, I had grown co...

  • Horatio Clare: Winter is waning; spring is with us. Almost anything seems possible
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    Last week, there was a marvellous morning in the Black Mountains. Sun and scarves of high cloud, the fields singing in new bright colours, the mountains bold against the blue. You could feel the metamorphoses everywhere, but no one quite dared to nam...

  • DJ Taylor: Dear Diary, no knighthood, sick as parrot
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    We learned that the one-time chatelaine of No 10 mistakenly ushered Rudy Giuliani's wife into a crockery cupboard and invited Prince Andrew to inspect the death-mask of that avid Royalist, Oliver Cromwell, that it is the custom for Downing Street sta...

  • Letters: Ex-pats and tax
    Saturday, 26 February 2011

    It seems they want me to pay for their ticket, while they contribute nothing. Why not leave it to the beloved free market? Or better still, the Big Society? Howard Pilott Lewes, East Sussex With each passing day, the uprising in Libya has bec...

  • Leading article: Reform for the wrong reasons
    Saturday, 26 February 2011

    But it might not be in future thanks to David Cameron. Usually the Speaker is re-elected after each general election through a conventional Commons vote. Re-election is generally a formality. But as we report today, the Prime Minister has given the g...

  • Harold Evans: Intelligent, traditional media are crucial to the defence of our liberty
    Saturday, 26 February 2011

    It is a nice thought, encouraged by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, facilitated by digital activists, but the double fist of shutting down the internet and hammering the people on the streets has kept the authoritarians in control in Belarus, i...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (27 February 2011)
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    These "stable dictatorships" have enjoyed the support of Western powers, particularly the United States, for many years. When faced with uprisings, they want to maintain that support. But the protesters are demanding things that the West claims to su...

  • Rodric Braithwaite: Is the USSR's Vietnam to be ours, too?
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    For the Soviets, Afghanistan was a worrying place, a neighbour that was a source of Islamic agitation, smuggled drugs, and American intrigue. It was a place where they needed influence, friends, and political stability. They believed that they had mu...

  • Harriet Walker: 'I know exactly how the Oscars starlets will feel'
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    My first appearance on the crimson snake was at an awards ceremony held by the women's magazine for which I used to work; I pulled up in a taxi that lurched to a sudden halt and sent me headfirst into the driver's partition. The throbbing agony left ...

  • Philip Hammond: High-speed rail will fast-track the economy
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    Tomorrow, I will launch a consultation on the Government's proposals for a future national high-speed rail network – a project that promises to transform links between our major cities, and deliver exactly the sort of long-term economic shot in the a...

  • Natalie Haynes: You're asking me if I'm happy? What kind of a question is that?
    Saturday, 26 February 2011

    Personally, I'm excited, because I love a quiz. Or a test, or an exam. When asked almost any question, my instinct is to snake a hand into the air, and sit jiggling with the excitement of knowing a thing. It is, I might add, precisely this kind of be...

  • Leading article: Green giants
    Saturday, 26 February 2011

    Yet that is the threat hanging over Britain's horse chestnuts, which are falling victim to a virulent fungus. There is no cure and the trees generally die within a couple of years. The last of the 68 magnificent specimens that once lined the drive to...

  • John Rentoul: Late Book Review
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (27/02/11)
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    It was with spectacularly bad timing, a couple of weeks ago, that Hammersmith and Fulham Council announced plans to close its borough archives, making two experienced archivists redundant as of tomorrow. For it came just as the finishing touches w...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (27/02/11)
    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    Perhaps it's a sign of getting old, but certain events (my parents' wedding anniversary; the Last Night of the Proms...) come around more frequently as time goes by. The Oscars, however, just become longer every year. You can feel the tension in the ...

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