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Sunday, 26 February 2012

  • Leading article: A farcical vote that does nothing for Assad's people
    Monday, 27 February 2012

    In any case, the President has already promised all or most of these reforms – fixed-term presidential mandates, multi-party elections and other gewgaws – raising the question of why a vote is being held. The answer to that, of course, is that the vo...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: The Sun on Sunday: the Screws without the stings
    Monday, 27 February 2012

    I fondly imagine that the majority of the i constituency feel pretty much the same about what is reported in lesser organs. You like to keep track of what passes for news these days – the latest from the world of reality television, who's having an a...

  • Leading article: A crucial week for Leveson
    Monday, 27 February 2012

    That is as it should be. People have a right to know to what degree contempt for the law had become routine in some sections of the media. But the bigger question is why the police tacitly allowed or were actively complicit in these unlawful practice...

  • Romana Canneti: Shining a light into darkness at the Court of Protection
    Monday, 27 February 2012

    These are all real stories, featuring real people, whose outcomes the courts have had the difficult task of deciding. But until this paper's long battle to prise open the doors of the Court of Protection (CoP) began, you would not have read them in t...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Lancaster has reminded us how to be good sports
    Monday, 27 February 2012

    Does he not realise – following England's defeat by Wales in the Six Nations at Twickenham – that churlish, boorish behaviour on such occasions is more-or-less expected, and that congratulating your players on having done their best, when they didn't...

  • Simon Read: Nine out of 10 people want inquiry into energy prices
    Monday, 27 February 2012

    The concept of fuel poverty – when people can't afford to heat their homes – was practically non-existent a decade ago but has become a major problem for millions. British Gas's owner, Centrica, complained last week that "mild weather" had cut profit...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Business and the community
    Monday, 27 February 2012

    If in conversation I say I have made £20 profit, we each understand what I mean, but if I say my company made a difference in the community, we have no agreed standards by which we measure this. It is vital that business accepts the principles of the...

  • 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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