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  • Leading article: Fairness is more than fine words
    Sunday, 5 February 2012

    It was alleged, when Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, made these arguments in a speech last week, that he risked being anti-business. The Independent on Sunday is no more against successful businesses in competitive markets than are the British people...

  • DJ Taylor: All hail Patten, champion of a clever BBC
    Sunday, 5 February 2012

    All this, in the context of recent BBC history, is the equivalent of lightning out of a clear sky, and one would love to be a fly on the wall of the office of director-general Mark Thompson as he and Lord Patten set about the task of outraging the ph...

  • Paul Vallely: Must honour really be a thing of the past?
    Sunday, 5 February 2012

    We know this is wrong. A teacher friend of mine was suspended for nine months pending a trumped-up allegation that he had hit a pupil. You hear similar stories about teachers being falsely accused by pupils with a grudge or crush on them. An accusati...

  • Patrick Cockburn: The death of the American dream in Afghanistan
    Sunday, 5 February 2012

    The decision, revealed by the US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, with deliberate casualness to journalists on his plane, is an admission of failure. The US has an army of 90,000 soldiers in Afghanistan and is spending $100bn a year, but has still be...

  • Matthew Bell: As time goes by, a night in Rick's Café means more than ever before
    Sunday, 5 February 2012

    But how did this happen? How did a standard Hollywood romance, one of hundreds churned out by Warner Brothers in the 1940s, became engrained in Western culture as possibly the best-loved film of all time? It helps that the script is a catalogue of ov...

  • Leading article: Farewell to an advocate of greener government
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    The announcement was made; Mr Huhne tendered his resignation. The Prime Minister accepted it with regret; the Deputy Prime Minister and Mr Huhne's party leader praised the outgoing minister's achievements, and another Liberal Democrat, Ed Davey, was ...

  • Stephen Foley: If only Fred Goodwin had done things the Mark Zuckerberg way...
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    The cherub-faced Harvard drop-out has obviously been part of that 1 per cent since your grandmother joined Facebook a few years ago. If the flotation of his company goes according to plan, Mr Zuckerberg will soon be joining the top 1 per cent of the ...

  • Harriet Walker: 'February is the best month to detox'
    Sunday, 5 February 2012

    Personally, I like to eat brandy butter straight from the tub off a fork. So mine never melts and neither do my good intentions – they both just sit there, furring my arteries, while I get on with being inactive and think no more of it. Basically, wh...

  • Jane Merrick: Mine's a pint of Everything in Proportion
    Sunday, 5 February 2012

    This was technically a contraband half pint, as minutes earlier the Parliamentary authorities had ordered the Strangers' Bar staff to stop selling the ale, seizing the pump plate with its offending picture of a bikini-clad, bunny-eared blonde. The pi...

  • Letters: Tax affair violates spirit of the law
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    These arrangements are completely against everything in the Taxes Acts. Whoever approved them should do the honourable thing and fall on their sword immediately. I worked for the Inland Revenue (now HMRC) for over 30 years: an arrangement of this nat...

  • Leading article: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    For years, Israeli security officials have insisted to anyone who will listen that, without swift military action, Iran's path to a nuclear weapon is assured. Those claims have not so far been borne out. Iran, a recent International Atomic Energy Age...

  • Leading article: Not such innocent presumptions
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    Then the week concluded with Chris Huhne resigning as Energy Secretary, after being charged with – but not yet tried for – perverting the course of justice over a speeding offence, and John Terry losing the England captaincy, after his trial on a cha...

  • Michael McCarthy: Huhne's departure will sadden all who care about the environment
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    In particular he has stood up to the Chancellor, George Osborne, and to Mr Osborne's intensifying attack on environmental concerns as an irrelevant side issue which only harms economic growth.After the Chancellor's discourse to last October's Conserv...

  • Harriet Walker: Could a taste for crime fiction over romantic fiction add up to social decline?
    Saturday, 4 February 2012

    Topped by Dan Brown and shot through with James Patterson (who accounted for five of the top slots), it's a clear indication of our changing tastes. But why so grisly? And whither Catherine Cookson? Perhaps it's simply that gritty reality now differs...

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