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  • Leading article: Japan's disaster must prompt a new look at reactor safety
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    Japan, given its history, had every reason to be among the most circumspect countries in developing and harnessing nuclear power. Its geography argued for double, treble, the precautions that might be taken anywhere else. And until last week, the saf...

  • Julian Baggini: Nature is not evil, simply amoral
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    There are many who think that the moral of the story is that we should treat nature with the same kind of reverence and respect that has traditionally been reserved for God. That would be a mistake. For, like some primitive notions of God, what was i...

  • Letters: Public-sector pensions
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    I have been a London firefighter since 1987 and I signed up to a pension which meant I could retire at 50 or after 30 years, whichever came first. When I joined, as a young woman of 27, I could not imagine being 40, let alone 50, and certainly not 60...

  • Leading article: Mr Clegg lives to fight another day
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    In the event, though, Mr Clegg pulled off a trick similar to the one he had managed at his party conference last autumn. Given the choice between being in government or out, the party has become rather partial to its modest slice of power. As in Sept...

  • DJ Taylor: The people's crud is deepest pink...
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    Poujade (1920-2003) may not be a name to conjure with on this side of the Channel, but in the 1950s the movement that bore his name whipped up a storm on the margins of the Fourth Republic and at one point amassed more than 50 deputies in the Nationa...

  • David Randall: Pensioners should pull their weight
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    Not that I was terribly interested in the details of entitlement, sliding scales, and other calculations that the former minister made, although they seemed sound enough. What got my ageing pulse racing was not the actuarials, but the concept of reti...

  • Leading article: Meanwhile in Libya...
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    Libya is not North Korea, but nor is it Japan. A ferocious clampdown on reporting and poor communications have inevitably meant that there is less to show. But it would be unfortunate if the seductive power of pictures from Japan blotted out the brut...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Arab League call for a no-fly zone may be too little, too late
    Monday, 14 March 2011

    Its request for the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya may come too little, too late for the Libyan rebels whose military weakness has been underlined in the past few days by defeats in the east and west of the country. For the fi...

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

    The loss of income for these women will be about £10,000, and for those in receipt of pension credit, the figure is closer to £15,000. Yet this group has an average of only £9,100 of pension savings (compared with £52,800 for a man) – equal to just £...

  • Leading article: 'What have we got to show for it?'
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    The remarkably fluent and loyal Lord Ashdown, interviewed on pages 28 and 29, sums it up thus: "... 800,000 people taken out of paying tax, the Pupil Premium, the protection of the schools budget, the reversal of some of the appalling intrusions into...

  • David Owen: I support a PR system, but I will be voting ‘no’ in the AV referendum
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    I have been a long-standing supporter of proportional representation and joined the Electoral Reform Society in 1985, determinedly campaigning for proportional representation for more than two decades. This referendum will not set Britain down the pa...

  • Funny ... there's no glass ceiling if you strip off
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    According to advance publicity for the two-hour special (which revealed that Kelly is "still fighting fit at [the grand old age of] 31"), Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Halle Berry, Sienna Miller, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley were feted to appear, and...

  • Paul Vallely: Gaddafi's winter of discontent
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    Richard III is a play about a man of violence who maintains himself in office through a regime of unremitting brutality. It was written around 1590 but it is a mark of Shakespeare's evergreen genius that the dynamics it describes are still being play...

  • Lady Luck is just an illusion. So why are we so much in thrall to her?
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    It's easy to be happy for him, because he's clearly a nice chap. However, the satisfaction goes deeper than that. His win helped underpin a number of very reassuring narratives: that the good are rewarded, that we're all in with a chance to transform...

  • David Randall: The price of gold? Measure it in the lives of poisoned children
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    No doubt high-street jewellers in Europe and the US would insist that every gold item they sell uses metal from authorised sources, but this illegally mined gold must be going somewhere. It would be nice to think that some part of the legitimate gold...

  • Harriet Walker: Can you combine comfort with cool?
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    You see, what I really need is a new dressing gown. My current model – I think it's Marks & Spencer autumn/ winter 2003 – is sky-blue with hot-chocolate smears, tea-bag splash marks, dirty, grey cuffs and – inexplicably for so determinedly indoor...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    He resigned abruptly in July, but is set to replace Douglas Batchelor as chief executive of the LACS. Batchelor, who retires this summer, caused some controversy as the charity's only employee to earn more than £60,000. Accounts show that he takes ho...

  • John Rentoul: Clegg Rage
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave
    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    So, in the space of one week, the triumvirate of trendy that is Kate Moss, Nigel Farage and Eva Braun all turn out to be fans of smoking. Gosh, it must be sooooo cool. Unseen photographs were released last week showing Braun enjoying a quiet ciggie, ...

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