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Saturday, 11 February 2012

  • Leading article: A good idea hobbled by austerity
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    He is right, too, that the feebleness of Labour's welfare reforms was one of that government's greater failings. But there is a danger in inferring from this that any drastic changes are right, especially if they save a lot of public money. This dang...

  • Leading article: An impression of drift that Mr Cameron must dispel
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    But even the ConservativeHome verdict that the Health and Social Care Bill should be scrapped – a view it claims is supported by no fewer than three Tory cabinet ministers – is not the most serious of the Prime Minister's problems. What should be e...

  • Jim Gamble: We are losing the race to protect our young
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    I have spent most of my adult life in law enforcement, combating terrorism in Northern Ireland, fighting organised crime in the National Crime Squad and, most recently, child abuse as the chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protectio...

  • Iain Duncan Smith: Fairness for the taxpayer – and for the claimant
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    Sadly, this vision has been eroded over the past decades as the welfare state has become increasingly bloated, and dependency has become the norm in many areas. The benefits system we inherited is broken, trapping in idleness the very people it was d...

  • Letters: The rising cost of energy
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    As the campaign launched by Compass in The Independent yesterday argues, with the average dual fuel energy bill having increased by 75 per cent since 2004, more action needs to be taken at a time when incomes are squeezed.However we have to ask wheth...

  • Leading article: Policing does not need a Prescott
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    But by throwing his hat into the ring to become the elected police commissioner for Humberside, he has managed at a stroke to highlight a great deal that is wrong with the whole idea of elected commissioners, both in practice and in principle. In s...

  • Laurie Penny: Decoys in boardrooms and pulpits won't fool the women of Britain
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    It's the latest Tory must-have accessory: just a little coy nod towards gender and equality can sex up even the dowdiest of political outfits and draw attention away from your worst features, like not having any actual plans to prevent a double-dip r...

  • Harriet Walker: Andrew Marr's fawning at the Queen's cottage sums up our new Dark Ages
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    It was OK to laugh at them, to point out their pointlessness, to roll your eyes whenever anyone mentioned the Queen's exhaustingly hectic schedule of opening hospitals and inaugurating high teas. But, while that sort of reaction might not get you thr...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (12 February 2012)
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    The UN resolution emphasised the Arab League "road map" for change in Syria and also, disturbingly, mentions "further measures" to be taken if after 21 days Syria had failed to comply with the resolution. Who should we send arms to and why would that...

  • Paul Vallely: There's something about Harry
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    The official name of Prince Harry, who qualified last week to pilot an Apache attack helicopter, is Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales. Henry James Redknapp, unlike Prince Harry, was designated by his full name in the courtroom where he was a...

  • Ian Burrell: How far will Rupert Murdoch go to save the Currant Bun?
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    But as Tom Mockridge, the loyal Antipodean lieutenant he has placed in charge of his wobbling British newspaper empire, issued an assurance to The Sun's staff that the media mogul had a "total commitment" to continue publishing the paper, journalists...

  • DJ Taylor: Top marks to our Schools minister
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    Mr Gibb's speech at Stockwell Park High School on the subject of persuading children to read was full of eye-catching soundbites. He noted that illiteracy was intimately linked to poverty. He proposed a test for six-year-olds to see whether they knew...

  • Patrick Cockburn: All the evidence points to sectarian civil war in Syria, but no one wants to admit it
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    In Homs, death squads from the Sunni and Alawi, the Shia sect that dominates Syria's ruling elite, are starting to seek out victims from each other's communities. Sunni say they are being massacred by shellfire; Alawi demand that their Sunni neighbou...

  • Sophie Heawood: Traveller TV - one part cringe, one part inspiration
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    Travellers are not new, but this sudden wave of interest in them is. In the British media, they have become a meme. Hence, yet another series showing us weddings where 17-year-olds wear dresses that weigh twice as much as they do, with miles of fabri...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: Why love isn't as simple as we think
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    Mr Krznaric's service is to break down love into the six varieties recognised by the Ancient Greeks. He says that the freeborn citizens of Athens would have thought that our contemporary idea of romantic love, which states that all six varieties coul...

  • Archbishop to renew his evolution battle with Dawkins
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    The leader of the Church of England, Dr Rowan Williams, will meet Britain's most outspoken non-believer to take on the complex subject of "The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin". The pair, who are unlikely to find much ...

  • Leading article: A coup of more than local significance
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    There is more to what has been going on than a bit of trouble in tourist paradise. After weeks of unrest, the country's first democratically elected leader in four decades, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned on Tuesday with a gun to his head in a coup led b...

  • Alice Jones: Why can't the BBC treat women as normal people
    Saturday, 11 February 2012

    Newsnight dedicated almost an entire edition to the PIP breast implants scandal, with mixed results. Jeremy Paxman prodded some silicon chicken fillets, riskily toyed with the word "tits", quizzed Katie Price, aka Jordan with a baffled sneer, and fai...

  • Katy Guest: The Rant & Rave of romance (12/02/12)
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    Because I have been deleting all the "targeted" Facebook advertising that tells me to get cosmetic surgery and lose three stone ("targeted" at me because I'm female, so sophisticated are their algorithms), I am left with lots of ads for chocolate a...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (12/02/12)
    Sunday, 12 February 2012

    Best known for playing Ricky in EastEnders, Sid Owen has said that his only ambition is to have a stab at Hollywood. Now he appears to be doing just that. As I can reveal, he caught a plane to Los Angeles last week. And if he's hoping to hang out...

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