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  • Elementary
    Thursday, 17 October 2002

    Yes, well. We doubt that the Great Detective would have needed more than two puffs on the first pipe to crack the Strange Case of the Fictional Character Being Awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Society of Chemistry: "There is in this cou...

  • A story of financial and creative mismanagement
    Thursday, 17 October 2002

    If there was ever a time when the various ITV companies could have welded themselves into a powerful national force ready to take its place on the world stage, it has long passed. It is impossible to view the merger of Carlton and Granada without thi...

  • Adoption should be about the needs of children, not the rights of adults
    Thursday, 17 October 2002

    The House of Commons has been "got at by the gay-rights lobby". So campaigners in the House of Lords claimed last night as the Lords overturned by 196 to 162 the vote by the Commons to permit gay and unmarried couples to put themselves forward to ado...

  • David McKittrick: A crucial witness has broken ranks
    Thursday, 17 October 2002

    Soldier 027 is a crucial witness at the Bloody Sunday tribunal because he is the only military witness at or near the shootings who departs from the line that all shots were fired at identified gunmen or bombers.While he says the shootings were un...

  • David Elstein: Channel 4 had too much money – and it blew it
    Thursday, 17 October 2002

    Channel 4 will soon be celebrating its 20th birthday, but it seems that it is not in much of a mood to party. Recently it has seen its audiences decline, and it has endured criticism about its programmes, some of it fair, some unfair.Importing Ri...

  • David Baddiel: So you think we've kicked racism out of English football?
    Thursday, 17 October 2002

    He's only a poor little yiddo, He stands all alone on the Shelf, He goes to the bar To buy a lager And only buys one for himself! An old marching tune of Mosley's blackshirts? A rather literal translation of the second verse of the H...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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