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Saturday, 19 March 2011

  • Leading article: The limits of intervention
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    Inevitably, it is marred by the besetting fault of such negotiations: it has taken too long for the world community to come to this point. Nato could have declared a no-fly zone at the emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Council on 25 February. C...

  • David Goodhart: Labour can have its own coalition too
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    A new group has emerged in the party – called Blue Labour – which thinks it has an answer, and Miliband is listening. Blue Labour, whose best known backer is Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas, proposes an unusual mix of "flag, faith and family" social conserva...

  • DJ Taylor: Boyle's bunnies land him in hot water
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    One can see this entrenchment at work in the current debates about the Royal Family's usefulness. Here, for example, is part of a recent letter in The Lady: "What little we know of Kate Middleton's lifestyle has been gathered from bits and pieces in ...

  • Leading article: A welcome moment of unity, but there are dangers ahead
    Saturday, 19 March 2011

    Security Council Resolution 1973, passed late on Thursday night, authorises all necessary measures, short of military occupation, to protect civilians in Libya. This means a no-fly zone for Libya's 42 or so jets, but the resolution also permits the b...

  • Michael Bywater: Awe and incomprehension blind us to the beauty of nuclear energy
    Saturday, 19 March 2011

    Nuclear power lies on a continuum of intentional catastrophe. The reactor's innocence is merely a pose, which could be dropped at any moment to reveal the mushroom-cloud. Anyone who tries to contain such monstrosity must be mad, evil, delusional. Soo...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (20 March 2011)
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    We pensioners help to save the state £90bn a year, by offering care and support free. Many of us look after grandchildren to enable their parents to work and thereby contribute to the economy, or are involved in unpaid work in the community. We pay t...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'Four hours of work a day is quite enough!'
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    To my surprise and delight, however, our symposium was completely sold out. And not only was it sold out, but punters called all afternoon, pleading to be admitted. "Can you just squeeze one more in?" they said. "I'm very small." In the end, our shop...

  • Katy Guest: Is there an app for avoiding all techies?
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    According to the vice-president of Google, our credit card companies can now predict when a couple is going to divorce, two years before the couple, with 98 per cent accuracy. There's also a mobile social network (aka a stalker) that can predict in n...

  • Deborah Mattinson: From cloth caps to cafetières: you are what you buy
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    But while the "working class" tag might have been a badge of pride in previous decades it was already an association that they were moving away from: C1/C2 swing voters already talked of their aspiration to "better themselves" compared with their wor...

  • Paul Vallely: The power of laughing until you cry
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    But last week Moyles and Vitty remained on the air for 52 hours – raising an extraordinary £2,406,648 for Comic Relief in the process. They passed the £2m mark after Moyles promised listeners that his fellow DJ Fearne Cotton would present her show in...

  • Ed Balls: Osborne must change tack and steer towards growth
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    The big mistake would be to weigh that question in terms of headlines, backbench cheers, short-term reaction of the markets, or worse, his 2015 election strategy. Instead, I would suggest three tests for this Budget: whether it stops the recent rot o...

  • Letters: British courage defies Gaddafi
    Saturday, 19 March 2011

    Despite detractors, David Cameron and William Hague deserve praise for their role. It is true that as a country we have legitimate commercial concerns. Yet while we should always make sure that the UK is open for business, we equally need to assert t...

  • Leading article: Poultry sum
    Saturday, 19 March 2011

    By normal standards, £30 is indeed a lot to pay for a staple of the Sunday lunch table. But "normal standards" are the problem. In the 1950s, food accounted for 33 per cent of the weekly expenditure of British households. That figure is now 15 per ce...

  • Harriet Walker: The kids aren't all right – they don't respect their elders
    Saturday, 19 March 2011

    What she wanted the freedom to say was some imbecilic platitude ripped straight from the closing moments of a Jerry Springer show about how proud she was of her classmates and how much she believed in them. What on earth made her think she had the ri...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (20/03/11)
    Sunday, 20 March 2011

    The Foreign Office appears to have boarded up the glass ceiling, if leaked reports of a reshuffle at the highest level are correct. No woman is being given a top job in moves to be carried out in coming weeks. A domino effect will be created when ...

  • John Rentoul: Libya: Europe's Vietnam?
    Saturday, 19 March 2011

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