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  • Mr Blair is right: Irish republicans must abandon violence now
    Friday, 18 October 2002

    One of the Prime Minister's great strengths has always been his ability to analyse a problem with honesty and clarity. This he did yesterday in his speech in Belfast. His explanation of why the republicans clung to the paramilitary option, even aft...

  • Artificial intelligence
    Friday, 18 October 2002

    You thought it was all over. Man versus machine, that great theme of science fiction, played itself out when Garry Kasparov lost to Deep Blue in 1997. But just when computers thought they ruled the (chess) world, Man changed the rules. That is the ...

  • The real threat comes from terrorism, not rogue states
    Friday, 18 October 2002

    The logic of George Bush's campaign against the axis of evil, never persuasive, is coming apart in his hands. After months of heavyweight war rhetoric directed at Iraq, the US State Department has casually claimed that North Korea has admitted it h...

  • As far as I'm concerned, politics is an honourable profession to be respected
    Friday, 18 October 2002

    For five months, ever since their extraordinary advance from obscurity to government, the senior members of the Lisjt Pim Fortuyn party in the Netherlands have been behaving like the delegates to a Trotskyist unity conference. In May they got a ...

  • Weddings are fashionable, but not necessary
    Friday, 18 October 2002

    How telling it is that the Lords should have decided to scupper the government Bill which aims to extend adoption rights to couples who aren't married. Yet when the high-minded peer, Baroness O'Cathain, began her campaign to deny cohabiting hete...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

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