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  • Catherine Pepinster: Pope John Paul could learn a thing or two from Donatella Versace
    Sunday, 20 October 2002

    Earlier this year, thanks to the Pope, I wasted my money. During a visit to St Peter's in Rome, I stopped in a Vatican gift shop and bought my friend Lucia a string of pink, pearly beads – a rosary. Lucia, a devout Catholic, has a fondness for ro...

  • William Shawcross: There will be more attacks. And they will get worse
    Sunday, 20 October 2002

    Last week Tobias Ellwood, who comes from Aldbury in Hertfordshire, flew to Bali to identify his brother Jon's remains. He gave a poignant cry that summed up the horror of the new world in which we now all live. He said his family came from a tiny...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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