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  • Leading article: A fascinating battle begins
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    As so often, Mr Salmond's reaction to the decision was adroit. He left the public response to Nicola Sturgeon, his deputy, as if dealings with a foreign power were beneath his dignity, and then took the headlines with his announcement of the date of ...

  • Leading article: We play a risky political game in Saudi Arabia
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    As uncertainty rocks regimes across the Arab world, it is a game that is becoming even more difficult to play. And the moral trade-offs only look more squalid than ever.There is little that can be said in favour of the Saudi Government. It is a ste...

  • Paul Vallely: Who did give the green light to torture?
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    There may yet be demonstrations and deadly riots around the world in protest. But I suspect not. This is no Abu Ghraib, for the scenes of degraded torture in that Iraqi prison were inflicted upon the living rather than the dead. But what the two have...

  • Hardeep Singh Kohli: A Scotland that believes in itself can be what it wants
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    But depart I did. Twelve weeks stretched out into six months. Those months melted into years, then decades. Now my future seems inextricably linked to The Big London one way or another. And Scotland has changed in my absence.The year I left Glasgow, ...

  • Letters: Fatcat salaries
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    The reality is that very few companies lose the existing advisory vote. Since it was implemented in 2002, thousands of reports have been submitted to shareholders. The number voted down is far less than 1 per cent. There is no reason to expect this t...

  • Leading article: Time to rethink stop and search
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    There are three basic problems with stop and search. The most glaring is that, used randomly, it is highly inefficient: barely one in 10 searches results in an arrest, and in some areas the rate drops as low as 2 per cent. Even so, police use of the ...

  • Alice Jones: You can't buy Tequila Mockingbird on Amazon, can you?
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    Meryl Streep started the trend in The Iron Lady, ageing by a couple of decades to play Margaret Thatcher in her dotage. More showy is J. Edgar, released next week. Leonardo DiCaprio, 37, below, plays the FBI director from his twenties up to his death...

  • Shashank Joshi: A relationship with strategic – and business – motives
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    The desert kingdom mounted its own counter-revolution. It took advantage of buoyant oil prices to spend billions of dollars on social spending and dispatched a pan-Gulf force to quash Bahrain's uprising.So it's more than a little awkward that Saudi...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (15 January 2012)
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    Jeremy Crook is correct in highlighting the value of having a role model, and Race for Opportunity's research over the past few years has consistently identified the value BME people place in having access to a role model when it comes to making deci...

  • DJ Taylor: Why do the rich need ever more money?
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    The issue is complicated by the fact that the rich men's apologists will keep on maintaining that £5m a year in take-home has nothing to do with privilege. No, they fondly insist, it is a reward for drive and determination, expertise and perseverance...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'We took a TV home. I admit I am weak'
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    The children were not pleased that they were being denied a basic human right. But they had to put up with it. I figured they weren't really deprived: after all, there were piles of DVDs and iPlayer soon arrived on the computer and Victoria and I bor...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Whose hands are behind those dramatic YouTube pictures?
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    But suppose that our journalist takes out the word "rumour" and substitutes "YouTube" or "blogger" as the source. Then, going by recent experience, editors will nod it through, possibly commending their man or woman for judicious use of the internet....

  • John Curtice: A solution that dare not speak its name
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    Welcome to the paradox at the heart of the fierce dispute between the Scottish and UK governments about how the Scottish independence referendum should be conducted.The cause of the controversy is "devolution max" – the idea that Scotland should beco...

  • Menzies Campbell: I am proud to be Scottish. And British. And European
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    But it is my patriotism that drives my opposition to independence. With independence, we will diminish ourselves and Scotland. We will give up the benefits of a union which has lasted 300 years, which has served Scotland well, and which Scotland has ...

  • Leading article: A rare case of executive humility
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    The timing of Mr Horta-Osorio's announcement is certainly telling – just days after David Cameron's promise to stop executives undeservedly "filling their boots". And the Lloyds boss will still receive his £1m basic salary.No matter. Mr Horta-Osorio ...

  • Harriet Walker: Why should puffed-up parents be granted more respect than teachers?
    Saturday, 14 January 2012

    But his new plans aren't simply about employment rights and performance – they highlight exactly what is wrong with the way we view the profession more generally.In our enlightened society of getting what you pay for, when you don't like something, y...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (15/01/12)
    Sunday, 15 January 2012

    Fatima Whitbread suffered a nervous breakdown when she wrote her autobiography in 1988, so traumatic was the experience of reliving her childhood. But now I can disclose that the ex-Olympic javelin thrower, who recently did a spell in the celebrity j...

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