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Sunday, 12 February 2012

  • Leading article: An anniversary that should shame us all
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    This week marks the tenth anniversary of the rendition from Bagram air base in Afghanistan to the camp of the last remaining British inmate, Shaker Aamer, some of whose letters home we have published today. "Physically I am fifty-fifty," he writes to...

  • Stefan Stern: Our public gaze is beginning to shame the shameless
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    For a Master of the Universe, Mr Hester adopted a pretty hushed tone when he appeared on the Today programme last week. Anyone who chanced upon the interview might have assumed that the person speaking was confessing to a moral aberration, or to a hi...

  • 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: Heat on The Sun can only intensify
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    But now even that shocking development is starting to lose its significance in the News International saga, as police take ever more reporters at The Sun in for questioning under the terms of Operation Elveden, which is investigating alleged bribes b...

  • Kate Allen: It's time for America to put an end to this shameful scandal
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    Shaker Aamer has lived the last decade of his life in limbo. He has gone from a young father in his mid-30s to a grey-haired man in his mid-40s in a cell in the detention camp in Cuba. During that time, he has been involved in protests against condit...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: How many industries could withstand this scrutiny?
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    But these latest arrests remind us the real action is taking place not in the Royal Courts of Justice, but at Scotland Yard, where the Met is desperately trying to play catch-up for its earlier lack of probity. There's little doubt the inquiry has se...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Making a complaint? You need some words of power
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    My father would win gold if complaining was an Olympic event. He'd be up there on the podium, with a tenacious glint in his eye, as broken customer service representatives littered the arena. I put it down to the fact that he never, ever gives in and...

  • Letters: Religion and politics
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    Instead of praising the end of this forced worship, your report ("Christians outraged after court rulings", 11 February) concentrated on the idiotic comments by the Christian Institute and the ludicrous claim by Eric Pickles that Britain is a Christi...

  • Leading article: Why we need to keep an eye on players' hands
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    Non-members of the football cult may be wondering whether we need to follow these tantrums in such detail. Alas for them, we do. As long as football remains a national religion, the players' lightest gestures on the field will be heavy with significa...

  • Sophie Heawood: Glossy stars aren't meant to go like this
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    Her's was a voice so large and so convincing – so very, very bothered – that it swept through all the awards and records held by female vocalists. Her version of "I Will Always Love You" became the biggest-selling song by a solo female artist in the ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Not everything is safe just because it's not illegal
    Monday, 13 February 2012

    Tweaking the chemical formula of a drug like ketamine does not make it safe. The answer to the question "Is it safe?" can only ever be: "It depends." Some legal highs may be safer than their "natural" alternatives. A good example is nicotine, the act...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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