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  • Money for reform: the Blairite mantra must apply to firefighters too
    Saturday, 19 October 2002

    For Britain's firefighters to throw away public sympathy for their claim for higher pay requires either real malice or real incompetence on the part of their union's leadership. Of all public sector workers, only nurses come close to firefighters i...

  • Politically correct? Yes, and proud of it
    Saturday, 19 October 2002

    A living language is a battleground, and every now and again a phrase is fought over with the kind of ferocity that turned the fields of Flanders to a sea of mud. The phrase of the moment is political correctness. Popularised by the liberal left a...

  • A bitter proposal
    Saturday, 19 October 2002

    Democracy is falter without unceasing vigilance of the proper balance between competing interests and liberties. That vigilance is an often thankless burden which we down here in this space happily assume. So: Government plans, revealed today, to for...

  • The IRA isn't defeated, but it knows that there is no chance of victory
    Saturday, 19 October 2002

    Writing after the death of Michael Collins at the hands of his former IRA comrades, Winston Churchill paid what Roy Jenkins has described as "realistic and unsentimental tribute". Churchill had been a member of the British team which helped nego...

  • I wasn't squeamish until I heard 'Farming Today'
    Saturday, 19 October 2002

    Early birds, if they're lucky, catch worms. If they're unlucky they catch the end of Farming Today, the Radio 4 programme that goes out at quarter to six every morning. From humble crofter to multi-million acre, estate-owning duke, everyone who ...

  • Caroline Ellwood: How can I teach tolerance when my son lies dead?
    Saturday, 19 October 2002

    As relatives in Bali search for the lost members of their families, those left at home wait anxiously for news. Through the intersecting webs of communication more and more people become aware of a particular loss, friends visit, letters of cond...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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