Friday, 11 October 2002
Expelling pupils is easy - changing them is the hard partSaturday, 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...
It's those frozen babies I feel sorry forSaturday, 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 ...
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...
At last, a politician saying something sensible about drugs and addictionSaturday, 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...
Brookside ClosedFriday, 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 ...
Ignore the delivery: Mr Duncan Smith's speech was really rather interestingFriday, 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...
Mike Tomlinson: Should A-levels be the basis for higher educationFriday, 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...
The enemies are still waiting in the wingsFriday, 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...
Mark Steel: Worried about what all the sugar in supermarket foods is doing to you? Don't be. At least it's not beef dripping
Owen Jones: The hypocrisy of the Great Powers is on display again in Ukraine
Ukraine crisis: If we treat Vladimir Putin as a leader who wants to grab Russia’s empire back, we will be inviting him to do exactly that
The controversy over Jared Leto’s Oscar win neglects the bigger issue
Ukraine crisis: One person’s saviour is another person’s conqueror
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