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  • Expelling pupils is easy - changing them is the hard part
    Saturday, 12 October 2002

    As a way of improving discipline and average examination results, expelling badly behaved children is simple and effective. It should be obvious, though, that it does not solve a problem; it merely moves it somewhere else. It is correct, then, that a...

  • At last, a politician saying something sensible about drugs and addiction
    Saturday, 12 October 2002

    Not all of the proposed policy would work but there was more sense in it than a lot of what we've heard about drugs down the years. The Tory Home Affairs spokesman, Oliver Letwin, is offering rehab and not retribution, tough love rather than a t...

  • David McKittrick: Will this crisis turn into a catastrophe?
    Saturday, 12 October 2002

    The political world has yet to figure out whether the latest extreme turbulence in the Irish peace process is catastrophic or just another of the crises which it has periodically encountered and overcome.It will certainly be a major setback when t...

  • It's those frozen babies I feel sorry for
    Saturday, 12 October 2002

    Let me start by assuring you that I am not taking the following subject lightly. Me, frivolous? Perish the thought. Or better still freeze it. I refer of course to Emily, the ice baby as the newspapers are calling her, who was conceived from an ...

  • Brookside Closed
    Friday, 11 October 2002

    Cheerio Tinhead, see you later Jimmy, take it easy Ron. The residents of Brookside Close will soon be adopting a lower televisual profile. Channel 4 has announced that it is moving the soap from its prime-time evening slot. So we will be seeing less ...

  • The enemies are still waiting in the wings
    Friday, 11 October 2002

    "Vulnerability" was the appropriate theme of the Tory conference. This was just as well since no one was more vulnerable, at the start, than Iain Duncan Smith. The Tory patient was near death and had to be put on a life-support machine when it w...

  • Mike Tomlinson: Should A-levels be the basis for higher education
    Friday, 11 October 2002

    We have much to do to help the public at large to understand the examining process. It has become more transparent in recent times, but we must remember that transparency should not be assumed to equate to understanding.Compared with the A-levels of...

  • Ignore the delivery: Mr Duncan Smith's speech was really rather interesting
    Friday, 11 October 2002

    To the same tune, the first words of Iain Duncan Smith's speech yesterday might as well have been: "He was boring, but he was decent."Indeed, his speech-writers, presumably having consulted the polling evidence for signs of what the public actua...

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