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Sunday, 20 March 2011

  • Leading article: The West must be careful not to lose the propaganda war
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    The regime in Tripoli is claiming that 48 civilians were killed and a further 150 wounded by the initial Western strikes. Those figures have not been verified and the Gaddafi regime is likely to be exaggerating the numbers killed. Something similar t...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: It is time to kick away the pedestal
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    This is depressingly familiar. The 2001 inquiry into Bristol Royal Infirmary concluded that surgeons had closed ranks to protect their own colleagues in the mid-1990s when a large number of children undergoing open heart surgery at the hospital died....

  • Shashank Joshi: Even if 'Mad Dog' flees, the war is still not won
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    Despite the insistence that their aims are limited, neither the intervening powers nor galvanised rebels are likely to accept a partition of Libya. The West has no appetite for policing this indefinitely, and the spectre of a Gaddafi victory has conc...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Is it our business to overthrow Gaddafi?
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    What moral authority do Britain and the US have to talk about protecting Libyan civilians when we have just been party to the slaughter of a million Iraqis? What moral credibility has Britain got to go dropping hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles on...

  • Leading article: The tweets that became a roar
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    Twitter means different things to different people. Some use it as a way to communicate with a small circle of friends. Others speak to millions. Some Tweet incessantly, others are purely Tweet consumers. The site's inventors decided on the name Twit...

  • Paul Vallely: Rich countries don't need our aid, they say. Don't believe it
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    Japan is the third-wealthiest country on the planet. Its earthquake and tsunami disaster response plans were among the best of any nation. Tokyo has not requested international humanitarian assistance and has indeed turned down all but 15 of the 102 ...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Gaddafi cannot hold out. But who will replace him?
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    Even before the air strikes Gaddafi had not been able to mobilise more than about 1,500 men to advance on Benghazi, and many of these were not trained soldiers. The reason for their advance is that the rebels in the east were unable to throw into the...

  • Tony Paterson: Inside the capital of atomic angst
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    The electrical goods giant Conrad reported last week that it had sold out of Geiger counters at shops throughout the country. "We cannot deliver a single one right now," complained a spokesman at company headquarters. Fukushima is to blame, even thou...

  • Christopher Hirst: No mystery but plenty of intrigue
    Monday, 21 March 2011

    Neil LaBute is, however, an entirely different kettle of fish. Born in Detroit, this former Mormon has been called "American theatre's reigning misanthrope". He is renowned for chilling and, some would claim, bracing dramas that explore dark and dang...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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