Saturday, 4 February 2012
Leading article: Fairness is more than fine wordsSunday, 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 BBCSunday, 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...
Patrick Cockburn: The death of the American dream in AfghanistanSunday, 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...
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...
Matthew Bell: As time goes by, a night in Rick's Café means more than ever beforeSunday, 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 governmentSaturday, 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 ProportionSunday, 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 lawSaturday, 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: Not such innocent presumptionsSaturday, 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...
Leading article: Hope for the best, prepare for the worstSaturday, 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...
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...
Michael McCarthy: Huhne's departure will sadden all who care about the environmentSaturday, 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...
Malaysia airlines Flight MH370: There are some slightly less nefarious reasons for flying on a stolen passport
To see what Ukraine's future may be, just look at Lviv's shameful past
Ukraine crisis: There is no moral equivalence between Moscow and Kiev
Western leaders cannot face a ‘looming’ war. So I guess they'll patch something up - and let Russia gobble part of Ukraine
The confinement of four Saudi princesses is a reminder that the Gulf states are evil empires, especially if you are a woman
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