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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: Mr Cameron must listen to the call to tax the rich
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    The broad charge of critics of the Lord Glasman variety – which is that Mr Miliband is being too intellectual and donnish for the stomachs of most voters – may have weight. Certainly, his poll ratings continue to languish. But Mr Miliband can rightl...

  • 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, ...

  • I say Pooh to all this Yanking up the Queen's English
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    I'm not talking about the greengrocer's apostrophe, or even the greengrocers' apostrophe. No, it's those solecisms which, because they weren't stamped out when they first appeared, became accepted. When did "invite" replace "invitation"? Likewise, th...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Every little helps, yes, but so do washing machines
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    Meanwhile, I've been taking a longer view on the pros and cons of Tesco Metros, Extras or Superstores. That's because the book I'm reading at the moment, Among the Bohemians, a history of the early 20th century's arty crowd (written by bona fide boho...

  • Letters: England's anthem angers Scotland
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    In the 1960s, to be a Scottish Nationalist was the equivalent of declaring your religion as Jedi Knight. No one took them seriously. Scots would be desperate for their team to thrash England at Murrayfield, but at the end of the match they were still...

  • Chris Bryant: The Church of England needs to forget its silliness about homosexuality
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    Sadly, the Church of England has got its cassocks so firmly in a twist that it seems completely incapable of coming to the same conclusion, purely and simply because he's gay.In the old days it was all very simple. Homosexuality was a deliberate choi...

  • Leading article: An establishment dilemma
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    If Jeffrey John is feeling impatient, that is understandable. He has, it is understood, been put forward several times for promotion only to be rejected for the same reason: he is openly gay and living with a male partner. When Dr John was nominated ...

  • Viv Groskop: Welcome to modern motherhood, Beyoncé...
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    Her most significant contribution, though? To ignite a debate about the best way to be born. Without intervention via the quickest and, er, most convenient exit? (Admittedly it's not always that quick. Or that convenient. Especially for the owner of ...

  • 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: Giving Oscars to animals is a beastly idea
    Monday, 16 January 2012

    But this notion raises questions. If the award is just for performance on screen, no good reason exists as to why an animal should not receive the same award as a human. But isn't getting an Oscar also supposed to involve something called acting – co...

  • 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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