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Sunday, 19 February 2012

  • Leading article: No time for games in dealing with Greece
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    Indeed, the stakes could hardly be higher. Greece must pay back €14.5bn next month. Without the €130bn loan, it cannot do so, raising the spectre of disorderly default and a forced withdrawal from the single currency. Such an outcome would be catastr...

  • 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: Antibiotic overuse threatens us all
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    The implications are dire indeed. If bacteria can no longer be controlled by antibiotics, then common infections that are now largely harmless may become deadly diseases. But if the consequences of drug-resistant bugs are daunting, avoiding them is h...

  • 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...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: Why I'm turning my nose up at vin de Barrymore
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    While this week he's been alternating between sad Whitney tweets and shout-outs to his kids, his usual output is inspirational quotes interspersed with fulsome praises of Ciroc, the vodka brand he is ambassador for (sample tweet: "Peach Ciroc is Fina...

  • Simon Kelner: You don't need to be wealthy to enjoy sport of kings
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    I am an unashamed fan of National Hunt racing – that's the one where they go over jumps – and it has long been my dream to be among the other owners in the paddock before the race, remarking on how well my horse looks "within himself" (whatever that...

  • Letters: Smart meters
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    I cannot say the same for my home use. After the initial obsessive period, when you go round changing bulbs for lower energy ones, cook a hotpot after Sunday lunch to use retained heat etc, it rapidly dawns on you that most of your electricity use is...

  • Leading article: A welcome return of the undead
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    The studio first slid aside the dusty coffin lid in 2008. But it was not until the remake of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black, which opened this month, that the comeback was ensured. With Daniel Radcliffe for some star quality, and not a severed head ...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Others have survived such cold – but not for so long
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    Given a plentiful supply of water – of which Mr Skyllberg had no shortage in its frozen version – an adult human can survive for many weeks without food. Pictures of the inside of his car show an abundance of wrappers and other detritus which suggest...

  • Andrew Martin: You're being mean-spirited over term time holidays, Mr Gove
    Monday, 20 February 2012

    This amounts to a tax on having children, and I am all in favour of having children. That said, I like to give my own a wide berth, which is why I am often unaware the school holidays have begun – my first indication being that my wife will say, at a...

  • 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...

  • 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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