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Sunday, 22 January 2012

  • Leading article: The race now changes for Mr Obama, too
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    At its most superficial, this result might seem to confirm a strange set of values. It could be concluded that betraying two wives, and one in an especially cruel way, is less of an electoral liability than being a Mormon or paying only 15 per cent t...

  • Leading article: A benefits cap is the way forward
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    The Lords, of course, have a job to do, and it is to their credit that so many of them take that job so seriously. In its debates on the Welfare Bill, the Upper House has shown a laudable concern for the plight of those who rely, for whatever reason,...

  • Oliver Wright: A popular reform that will cause real misery
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    But ministers are far more relaxed about these defeats than they were about the savaging their Lordships gave the Government's health reforms last year. This is because, on the issue of welfare reform, they believe they have public opinion on their s...

  • Leading article: The paltry politics of posturing
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    This is substituting the scapegoating of an easy target for grown-up politics. The former chief executive of RBS is the most visible and least contrite exemplar of irresponsible banking that contributed to the financial crisis. For Mr Cameron this di...

  • Paul Vallely: Maybe cowardice seems so despicable because we worry we'd also run away
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    The judge handling the case has labelled his actions "inept, negligent and imprudent". Political pundits have seized upon him as a metaphor for Italy's self-inflicted economic woes. And the words screamed at him by the chief coastguard after Schettin...

  • DJ Taylor: What the Dickens are we doing in Sri Lanka?
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    A quarter of a century later, all this seems to have changed. Rather than acting as a high-class travel agent, the Council's antennae are finely tuned to the aspirations of its international audience. Just now its literature department is rolling out...

  • Simon Kelner: I heard of Etta's death, but her life just passed me by
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    I am sure many readers will find this confession shocking, and brand me a musical Philistine, but I had this reaction at the weekend to the death at 73 of the R&B singer Etta James. I'm the wrong side of 50, and I have a reasonable working knowle...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Forget the fitness fads – just eat less and move more
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    As I was reading my zillionth magazine this week, I came upon two promotions that made me rage. The first was for Proskins Slim Leggings: "Fancy giving your legs a workout – without any actual legwork? Say hello to Proskins Slim Leggings". Quite apar...

  • Forget the fitness fads – just eat less and move more
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    As I was reading my zillionth magazine this week, I came upon two promotions that made me rage. The first was for Proskins Slim Leggings: "Fancy giving your legs a workout – without any actual legwork? Say hello to Proskins Slim Leggings". Quite ...

  • Letters: information technology
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    For example, aircraft, ships and most buildings have a design life of 40 to 70 years, but for the design software used, the software developers have a business model that sees them rewrite their offering every 10 years. If it were not bad enough that...

  • Tom Peck: A case that highlights the true quality of British justice
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    With total costs estimated at around £100m, a lot of British lawyers have a lot of  spasibos  to say, and there are many more giant pay days to come. Boris Berezovsky has already begun a second, $3bn (£1.9bn) case against the family of his deceased f...

  • Sarah Churchwell: So much for Republican 'family values'
    Monday, 23 January 2012

    It seems, for example, a fair description of Newt Gingrich's spectacular hypocrisy, as well as of the generous, philosophical tone some of the Republican faithful have taken toward this abdication of their supposedly foundational "family values". Gin...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (22/01/12)
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    But just think how much attention the museum would get had trustees appointed Evelyn Welch to the top job: she is the mother of chart-topping singer Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine. For I can reveal that Professor Welch was one of three c...

  • IoS letters, emails and online postings (22 January 2012)
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    Independence requires adherence to concepts of sovereignty and of a separate nation, whereas devolution needs a cultural identity and a recognition that many activities of government should be devolved to a body democratically elected by those who fe...

  • Harriet Walker: 'We lose sight of each others' lives'
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    After a moment feeling miffed, I realised it was entirely a blessing that nobody else had felt my arrival as significantly as I did. This was, at long last, the return to normality that I had craved from the moment my leg snapped in three places six ...

  • Jane Merrick: Mutualise the Royal Family? Why not?
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    But when it emerged that the £80m price tag could be met by the private sector, including a £5m donation from Lord Ashcroft – who knows a bit about spending money offshore – the royal flagship became a more difficult target. How do you oppose somethi...

  • Douglas Alexander: We're proudly Scottish - but still British
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    Under Margaret Thatcher, values that helped to define Scotland's sense of national identity – those of community and of social justice – came under sustained attack, and the autonomy of Scotland's own civic institutions, from our schools and universi...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave
    Sunday, 22 January 2012

    I looked on Wikipedia just now to read about Sopa, the American Stop Online Piracy Act that has got everybody, especially Wikipedia, all upset. Wikipedia led about 7,000 websites in a day-long blackout to protest against the Act, which they say amo...

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