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  • This episode has shredded confidence in the integrity of England's exam system
    Wednesday, 16 October 2002

    It is in the light of the wilder estimates of the damage – some ranging up to 50,000 students – that we can greet with relief the news that "only" 1,220 A-level and 733 AS-level students have had seen their grades improved after the independent To...

  • Faint-hearted and far from the heart of Europe
    Wednesday, 16 October 2002

    One year ago, the British government opposed the very idea of a European Constitution. So the fact that it has now not only accepted the principle, but advanced a draft text of such a document and is the only EU government to have done so, represe...

  • Vote of confidence
    Wednesday, 16 October 2002

    Peter Snow can put his swingometer back in the cupboard. The outcome of the Iraqi referendum on whether Saddam Hussein should be granted a further seven-year term of office was always something of a foregone conclusion. Turnout is also expected to ...

  • Lucy Hodges: The truth about this university mega-merger
    Wednesday, 16 October 2002

    For years educationalists and ministers have moaned that British universities are too small and too badly funded ever to compete with the great colleges of America, or even Europe. Yet when the first moves to create a global competitor have come...

  • Paul Vallely: I used to enjoy fireworks. Now I want them banned
    Wednesday, 16 October 2002

    Moments of epiphany come in all guises. It was a hefty stick of solid pine – some five foot long and almost half an inch in diameter – that transformed me from a libertarian into an authoritarian just this time last year. The object in question came ...

  • 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...

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