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  • The welcome creation of a top-grade university
    Tuesday, 15 October 2002

    It is impossible to fault the architects of the merger of University College London (UCL) and Imperial College for the scale of their ambition: "This is about creating the world's number one university," claims Sir Derek Edwards, the provost of UCL...

  • Adopting the wrong ideas
    Tuesday, 15 October 2002

    Not for the first time, the Conservatives are sending out some distinctly mixed messages on social issues. Last week, at their party conference, we heard a much more compassionate, inclusive note than we have been used to. This week, however, comes...

  • The Bali bomb proves the need for a war on terror, not a war on Iraq
    Tuesday, 15 October 2002

    It is now clear that the bomb blast in Bali was the most murderous terrorist attack since the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York 13 months ago. Connected or not to the al-Qa'ida network – and there seems no conclusive evidence one wa...

  • Vive l'Empereur!
    Tuesday, 15 October 2002

    Of course the Duke of Wellington won the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, or rather, Napoleon Bonaparte contrived to lose it, seriously denting his reputation as a military genius, and condemning him to spend the final six years of his life on a ...

  • Why can you join the Labour Party in Baghdad but not in Belfast?
    Tuesday, 15 October 2002

    For the fourth time since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland power-sharing executive and assembly have been suspended. Direct rule, under a benign colonial governor in the shape of John Reid, is back. In terms of the day-to-day...

  • Unless there is more justice in the world, Bali will be repeated
    Monday, 14 October 2002

    At the time of last month's anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre, an assessment of the state of the war against terrorism seemed horribly inconclusive.Now we know why. Now we can understand a little better that this is what the "war...

  • Give lottery players a real choice, not an opinion poll
    Monday, 14 October 2002

    As well as setting teeth on edge, that phrase "good causes" should have sounded a warning. The National Lottery could not, when it was set up, simply be about gambling, so some of the money had to be diverted into something everyone approved of. ...

  • Don't look at me
    Monday, 14 October 2002

    Good of Michael Portillo to take time out from an empty schedule to appear on BBC 1's Breakfast With Frost. He had come to sit on the coveted sofa with a simple message: he did not want the Conservative Party to waste any more time on the squabblou...

  • Simon Calder: The rational tourist should not be afraid
    Monday, 14 October 2002

    Life is simple. You try to maximise happiness and postpone death. Unfortunately, these two aims often conflict, as anyone who has tried to climb Everest or run with the bulls in Pamplona will testify. So the wise tourist must apply risk management. T...

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