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Saturday, 5 March 2011

  • Leading article: In defence of our forces
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    We recognise that there are, in truth, difficult decisions to be made in respect of Libya, the first of which is whether or not the British government ought to be involved at all, beyond the minimal consular services and participation in internationa...

  • Leading article: As the LSE has learnt, Libyan leaders bearing gifts are also to be feared
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    Here, at last, is someone who recognises where the buck stops and draws the appropriate conclusion. Sir Howard's departure, however, must not be used as a pretext for sweeping under the carpet awkward questions about foreign money in British academia...

  • Robert Rowland Smith: How universities lost their innocence
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    But for years our politicians have been pressing universities to find alternative sources of funding. As for the public, and the tax it is willing to pay on education, universities languish well down the list from schools. So let us not indulge in to...

  • DJ Taylor: Can Ed turn the political tide?
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    What it does lack, on the other hand, is a sense of realism. To be sure, the Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has warned that Middle England may not realise the implications of this new-found austerity, and the Governor of the Bank of England, Merv...

  • Letters: BSkyB ownership
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    With Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading now accepting News Corp's restructuring proposals and the European Commission on competition having previously given the green light, anything else would have smacked of naked politics and placing the represe...

  • Leading article: Bad, but not terminal, in Barnsley
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    An almost identical disaster has now befallen the Liberal Democrats, but the effect will not be so terminal. Their very poor showing in the Barnsley Central by-election does not signal the death of Liberal Democrat England, nor a return to two-party ...

  • John Curtice: This by-election was a warning to the Tories, too
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    After all, any candidate wearing a Labour rosette in the town always seems bound to win. Not even the sight of the former Labour MP being sent down for fiddling his expenses seemed likely to disturb that rule. In the event, the result proved anything...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: Using force to stop slaughter is lawful
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    The shadow of Iraq invasion illegality has tainted talk of "liberal interventionism" – unfairly, since Bush was no liberal and Blair has wrongly used it as a retrospective excuse. There was no looming humanitarian crisis in Iraq in March 2003, and th...

  • Charlotte Raven: In MasterChef Britain, the elevation of food has turned into a sickness
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    Some people would still do it – some lower-middle-class show-offs wouldn't give up the dinner party without a fight – but I imagined most Brits would be greatly relieved to be released from the drudgery of ingestion. I couldn't have predicted that my...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (6 March 2011)
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    Other areas of the rail network are in far more urgent need of investment, for example, reopening the line from Okehampton to Plymouth or reopening the old Great Central lines to revitalise cities along its route. Ross McQuade Poole, Dorset You corre...

  • Claudia Pritchard: How do you police this, Ms Lumley?
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    Imperceptibly, over the years, the place of safety that used to accommodate only Mr Snuggles, Cattypuss and your nipper, holds more arousing possibilities than a rereading of The Hungry Caterpillar. The time comes when the pillow talk is not with Mum...

  • Paul Vallely: Let us now praise uncommon heroes
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    For the families of the bereaved the purpose was clearer from the outset. It was not for what we blithely and banally call closure. "Quite simply, I have been attending in honour of my daughter," said Julie Nicholson: 24-year-old Jenny was killed on ...

  • David Randall: New York, New York – one helluva slow-moving town
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    It now gives me great pleasure to reveal that this picture of the pressured, high-speed metropolis may be mere myth. According to a study by New York's planning department, walkers there average a fraction under 3mph – considerably slower than the av...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'Our gerbil had some kind of death wish'
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    I remember vividly the grisly ends that met our pets when I was a child. The worst was perhaps the unfortunate demise of our rather pretentiously named tortoise, Shelley. It was hibernation time, and we dutifully followed the instructions in our tort...

  • Patrick Mercer: Review the review. Our options in Libya are too limited
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    No one can doubt the depth of the financial difficulties that Britain faces, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the budget sheets of the Ministry of Defence. The MoD must find savings like every other government department and, with five overbl...

  • Catholics urged to give up meat
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and leader of Catholics in England and Wales, said every Friday during the 40-day period of Lent should be marked by the faithful with an act of self-denial. "The ancient tradition of the Church...

  • Natalie Haynes: Warning: the wording on this medicine will drive you to drink
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    And, reassuringly, there is the occasional reversal of fortune, when a story suggests that some scientists (not the ones I know, obviously, before they throw a Bunsen burner at me) have such a poor understanding of words that they shouldn't be allowe...

  • Leading article: May Day on the move
    Saturday, 5 March 2011

    That there may be a political aspect to the suggestion, however, should not obscure the desirability of spreading statutory holidays more evenly through the year. This spring, because of a late Easter and the royal wedding, has an even greater concen...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    Some great news for women in the run up to International Women's Day on Tuesday: the glass ceiling is officially smashed, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. Women make up 35.8 per cent of full time workers, and 35.5 per cent...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 6 March 2011

    This could create a bit of a headache for courtiers planning her Diamond Jubilee celebrations for 2012 because the centrepiece of the four-day holiday is likely to be a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, which is entered at the imposing ...

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