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Saturday, 25 February 2012

  • Leading article: Let Colvin's life bring shame on Assad
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    The other meaning is in one of those truths, the humanitarian emergency in Syria, on which Colvin was reporting when she was killed. In her last words she said: "In Baba Amr. Sickening, cannot understand how the world can stand by and I should be har...

  • Leading article: Ministers must show that back-to-work schemes pay
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The announcement from Poundland that it was to cease its participation in one particular work-experience scheme also lent the whole debate a certain symmetry. It was, after all, with Poundland, and the complaint brought by Cait Reilly, an unemployed ...

  • Paul Vallely: Why the West pussyfoots around Assad
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    Those who were born in the Libyan city of Benghazi proved more fortunate. Their dictator was Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. When he declared his determination to wipe his political opponents from the face of the earth, the West decided to intervene. Nato t...

  • Letters: Economic crisis in Greece
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The imposed austerity measures are having the severest social and political consequences.Mass unemployment and deepening recession, the humiliation of national pride and the erosion of democracy are producing a darkness and desperation reminiscent of...

  • Leading article: The dark side of The Sun on Sunday
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The publicity blitz heralding its creation has been exceptional, if unsurprising – Rupert Murdoch knows all about striking the first commercial blow and does not do things by halves.What is perturbing, though, is the way in which The Sun appearing on...

  • Alice Jones: Adland's new orthodoxy: cause offence, and then let Twitter do the rest
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    Now, though, an original concept is not enough. If you really want to sell, sell, sell, you just need to shout something rude as loudly as you can. This week a betting firm (no names, no more publicity here) released an advert in which they invited ...

  • Viv Groskop: Poundland may not be a dream job – but it doesn't have to define you
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    This was around the late 1980s, early 1990s, and I was in the sixth form and earning money for driving lessons. The problem was, I was an overzealous stacker, eager to please and wanting to save my co-workers the extra graft of having to restack late...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (26 February 2012)
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    The UK's substantial arms industry includes the arms giant BAE Systems. Arms exports are subsidised and supported by the Government, which actively promotes arms exports. Saudi Arabia used British armoured vehicles to suppress protests there, but the...

  • Katy Guest: I need an invention to tell me where I put my address book
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    Also last week, a report was published called "The Homepage of Our Lives", which offers a scary vision of how we will all live in 15 years' time. I'm all for the kitchen surfaces that keep your coffee hot and your beer cold, and sensors to tell me wh...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: A short walk around my neighbourhood
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    This new resolution to pace the streets has merged with another idea put forward by my friend Sir Timothy Ackroyd, the very well-connected actor and favoured customer at the Idler Academy. He advised that I should get off the computer and do some old...

  • DJ Taylor: To clean a house, you start at the top
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    Deplorable as all this no doubt is, it raises a question that has hung over most forms of public life for at least half a century. How is that those serial misbehavers, those drunks and fornicators and trust-abusers elevated to high office by a grate...

  • Claudia Pritchard: Enjoy the here and now. The rest can wait
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    From the cheap seats in the gods, it is bizarre to see patrons in the stalls checking, even sending, messages off and on throughout the course of the play – not only at One Man..., although, possibly because of the influx of a more switched-on genera...

  • Agnès Poirier: Call me Madame? Au contraire...
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    It will, of course, be a satisfaction to many French women not to have to tick the Mademoiselle or Madame box and answer what their nom de jeune fille is, as opposed to their nom d'épouse. French women have indeed lived in a world where they carried ...

  • Church 'has no right to say who can wed'
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said the Church did not "own" marriage and that the State was entitled to make changes.With the Government due to begin consultations on the subject next month, she acknowledged the issue pr...

  • Leading article: Fewer drinks on the House, please
    Saturday, 25 February 2012

    The days of boozy lunches are gone, and the bars – with occasional lapses, as we discovered this week – are genteel salons of cross-party fraternisation. Even if MPs have changed their habits to this extent, though, the question remains: should Par...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (26/02/12)
    Sunday, 26 February 2012

    Paintings by Rolf Harris, Ken Howard and Theo Fennell went for bargain prices to members of the Chelsea Arts Club last week, after a charity auction ended in some confusion. As I reported last Sunday, the works were being sold to raise funds for The ...

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