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  • Leading article: A new model for green politics
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    And, sometimes, environmental opportunities that are staring us in the face remain unexploited. Today, we report that a nation that made its wealth on the sea, that had the most powerful navy and built an empire with it, is failing to harness its rem...

  • Leading article: An economy in need of a convincing growth plan
    Saturday, 18 February 2012

    There is, however, also no clear pattern upon which a definitive judgement might be made. Indeed, in the past week alone, the conflicting signs have been altogether bewildering. The retail figures are stronger than expected, but the verdict of a cr...

  • Andrew Gimson: We must save this admirable marriage
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    In political terms, this was astute. Cameron has made it harder for his rival, Alex Salmond, to portray him as an arrogant Englishman. Salmond is a seducer who thrives by bringing out the worst in other people.But from an emotional point of view, Cam...

  • Susie Dent: Chopsing or jaffocking, why Brits are thrilled by wordplay
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    One of the joys of language is its constant evolution, and a lexicographer's job is both to track new words and to reassess those from the past. Tomorrow, Radio 4 will bring a rich assortment of both to its listeners in the show Wordaholics, hosted b...

  • Letters: The history of Secularism
    Saturday, 18 February 2012

    Secularists have an intellectual and credal pedigree of their own, going back to Greek and Roman believers and half-believers who knew nothing of Jehovah, such as Aristotle (whose Ethics is a marvel of moral writing) and Cicero (whose On Duties led t...

  • Leading article: A touch of complacency over Libya
    Saturday, 18 February 2012

    After a series of public irritations – from David Cameron's European veto, to Nicolas Sarkozy's attack on UK "interference", to the scrap over fighter jets for India – the British Prime Minister's eighth official visit to the French capital needed ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (19 February 2012)
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    Alan GibbonsCampaign for the BookLiverpool As a Syrian, it seems that my country and its people have no friends ("All the evidence points to sectarian civil war in Syria...", 12 February). We see the hypocrisy of those now clamouring for our rescue...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Greece sells its independence to escape the burden of debt
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    In return for €230bn, made up of €130bn in fresh loans and €100bn in write-downs on privately held Greek government bonds, Greece is relieved from its immediate debt burden. But the money does not go to the Greek government, still less to the Greek p...

  • DJ Taylor: Keep the red flag flying? Could do...
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    Back in the days when Labour Party conferences – and indeed the trades union movement – mattered, I could see the practical value of Labour's union paymasters without being able to appreciate their ideological justification. In the era of Callaghan a...

  • Doug Parr: Why we must surf this wave of hope
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    The UK is uniquely placed to deliver marine renewables. Our wave and tidal stream resources are the envy of the world and we have a strong history in offshore engineering. Many of our dormant shipyards could be brought back into productive use, just ...

  • Harriet Walker: 'Shut up and get the party poppers ready!'
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    At a normal party you might expect to be ushered into a comfortable seat, but at a surprise party a red-faced German shouts out at you to get away from the window and take your standard-issue party hat off until the allotted time. In short, the diffe...

  • Nick Clegg: We can lead from the front in disarming
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    The ongoing suffering of the Syrian people was therefore a powerful backdrop to international negotiations on the flow of arms last week. States have a right to defend their citizens and someone has to sell them the necessary means. But states also h...

  • Leading article: Too soon to throw away the Lemsip
    Saturday, 18 February 2012

    It seems that the virulent H1N1 "swine flu" strain behind the 2009 pandemic has almost disappeared, ceding dominance to the less vicious H3N2 variant. After two bad years in succession, it is a welcome reprieve. Even better is that, notwithstanding t...

  • Alice Jones: So much bitterness and hostility in just a few smudged, shaded lines
    Saturday, 18 February 2012

    It seems like such an old-fashioned rigmarole when Twitter is spooling out hundreds of word pictures a second from the press benches and public galleries. What's the point? Now I know. The first sketch to come out of the hearing of Chris Huhne and hi...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (19/02/12)
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    Hurry, hurry – more than 100 original works of art by fashionable names are being sold off in a silent auction at the Chelsea Arts Club, ending on Wednesday. Paul Smith, Peter Blake, Ralph Steadman, Theo Fennell, Rolf Harris and Ken Howard are among ...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (19/02/12)
    Sunday, 19 February 2012

    I once met a person so young that he had owned a satnav for as long as he had owned a car, and as a result he had never learned to read a map. Perhaps that pre-GPS skill is no longer relevant, but it was an admission as infantilising as if he were ...

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