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The Prime Minister has asserted that the London mayor was speaking for himself when he commented that some people are not clever enough to be a success

The way of the word

'Ricin? It looks and sounds as if it were one of those things that you generally see listed on the side of packets of breakfast cereals'

'And on the red, electric chainsaw, please welcome Mr Arto Lindsay'

Arto Lindsay | Jazz Café, London

Finance: It pays to offer the right incentives

When the practice of profit-related pay (PRP) is brought to a close at the end of this month, it will not be missed just by the 2.5 million workers who have been receiving its annual tax-free cash bonuses. Their employers, too, will mourn the passing of an initiative that has basically enabled them to award their workers pay rises at the Government's expense.

Letter: Pass the salt

AUSTRALIAN SUPERMARKETS offer a wide choice of processed food such as bread and cereals with low sodium content - less than 250mg per 100g of product. This choice is not available in the UK where the average amount in bread in supermarkets is 400mg/100g. A well-known cereal manufacturer produces low-sodium cornflakes in Australia but only produces cornflakes with high sodium content (900mg/100g) for the UK market. Australia is years ahead of Britain in providing real choice of food for a healthy diet. When will Britain catch up?

Education Comment: Monsanto may or may not be greedy, but its managers won't destroy its own business by poisoning its customers

TWO YEARS ago I was asked to chair a working party for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics to look at the regulations governing introducing genetically modified food plants into Britain: the subject is only mildly interesting ethically as most issues that medicine and animal husbandry raise are not at stake. Plants don't have rights, and it's not easy to be cruel to them. There are interesting ethical puzzles about our relationship with the natural world, but they are too metaphysically complex to build public policy on.

Make way for bumper trolleys

ONCE, ALL a shopper had to worry about was whether their trolley would travel in a straight line. Now they have to pick the trolley tailored for their needs.

Breakfast `key to health'

A BOWL of high-fibre cereal for breakfast may help women to cut their risk of heart disease by a third, a study has found.

Ariculture: Brown fails to impress Blair with CAP reform

NICK BROWN yesterday sought to fight off criticism over the deal he reached on the Common Agriculture Policy ahead of Monday's crunch meeting of European finance ministers.

Scotia sells `wonderfood' to US

SCOTIA HOLDINGS, the loss-making Scots pharmaceuticals group, yesterday gave hope to millions of food junkies with the sale of a revolutionary anti-appetite ingredient to the US cereal giant General Mills.
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