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  • A lesson in diplomacy on the Iraq crisis from a past master in the craft
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    If anyone needed to know what world statesmanship ought to be about, and how far short Washington is now falling behind it, they need only have listened to the speech given by Bill Clinton to the Labour Party Conference yesterday. While urging the...

  • Chart topper
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    "I am rich beyond my wildest dreams," says Robbie Williams. An understandable enough claim, given that he has just signed an £80m contract with EMI in what is one of the the UK's biggest record deals, if not the biggest. But Mr Williams should be ...

  • The A-level debacle and the accountability of ministers
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    The sheer magnitude of the crisis over this summer's A-levels became clear for all to see yesterday as Mike Tomlinson, the former chief schools inspector who is heading the independent inquiry into what happened, revealed that as many as 450,000 A...

  • Bill Clinton: Tony Blair deserves your support
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    I think this whole Iraq issue is made more difficult for some of you because of the differences you have with the conservatives in America over other matters, over the International Criminal Court, the Kyoto Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty...

  • Is Bournemouth to be another Tory freak show?
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    The Prime Minister did what he likes doing best at Blackpool this week: taking on his own party and fighting the grumpy vestiges of Old Labour. This dinosaur reared its head on Monday, complete with its snorting cry of "card vote" and its distinct...

  • John Harris: It is a deal of Third World GDP proportions and looks increasingly ill-advised
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    Whether or not EMI have paid £80m for the next four Robbie Williams albums is a moot point: in yesterday's flurry of whispers, there was a familiar mixture of overheated journalism and PR hype.That said, his latest record deal will place him alongs...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Checking for breast cancer is best left to experts
    Thursday, 3 October 2002

    It is no accident that of all the cancers, those affecting the breast attract the most attention – something that is commensurate with the public interest in the organ. Breast cancer attracts one hundred times as much state research funding as prosta...

  • Clotted cream
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    Trust the English – or should we say Celts in this case – to look a gift-horse in the mouth and demand that it should be put down. To listen to some of the protest groups agitating at the success of Cornwall's Eden Project in drawing visitors, you wo...

  • Christabel Gurney: It is not choice we need, it is democracy
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    I took my seat in the Winter Gardens yesterday afternoon for the party leader's speech, hoping like many other delegates to be reassured by Tony Blair on the two big issues of this year's conference: Iraq and the Private Finance Initiatives. My o...

  • A speech that shows just how much New Labour dominates the landscape
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    Madison Square Gardens – that's what it looked like. Surrounded by his audience, Tony Blair gave a keynote speech that had been spun in advance as being politically pugilistic. Maybe. It was certainly a strange and effective one-man boxing match...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Welcome to the ways of the boys' club Edwina
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    The second that David Mellor allowed the words "cheap trollop" to escape his lips, you knew that the boys' club was in full cry. John Major may have arrived at Westminster as an outsider, always mindful of his humble origins, but he is now a full...

  • Harold Thimbleby: It simply adds up
    Wednesday, 2 October 2002

    We as consumers think computers can perform magic. Many of us are in awe of their power and feel ill-equipped to question manufacturers on performance and usability of everyday computerised gadgets. Often, if we cannot use a product or understand the...

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