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Tuesday, 22 October 2002

  • We need to be assured on the quality of training for classroom assistants
    Wednesday, 23 October 2002

    The Government's plans for modernising the teaching profession have much to commend themselves. However, they do need more work before they can be seen as a coherent package to give the profession the world-class status ministers so earnestly desire ...

  • Jon Holmes: The dangers of English football's closed shop
    Wednesday, 23 October 2002

    As a sports agent, I have never felt the urge to run a football club. Nor, in joining Gary Lineker's bid to save Leicester City this week, am I trying to do a Victor Kiam. But there are times when every football fan must do his duty...Those of us...

  • Harriet Harman: If you assault your wife you are a criminal
    Wednesday, 23 October 2002

    We want to make sure that we do everything we can to ensure that the criminal justice system is doing all it can in preventing domestic violence and prosecuting those who commit it.Prosecutors are right to remember always that the woman's safety ...

  • Are the lights going out all over Labour land?
    Wednesday, 23 October 2002

    Memories of the 1970s will be awakened if next week's industrial action by fire fighters goes ahead. But it is not only in the field of industrial relations that this Government needs to worry about reminders of the "winter of discontent". Quite apar...

  • We are being put at risk to protect the fire service's restrictive practices
    Wednesday, 23 October 2002

    Victimisation? I'll give you bloody victimisation. Unison goes on strike? Our school shuts. The G&M in local government has a one-day stoppage? Our school shuts. The NUT downs nibs for a day? Our school shuts. If RMT on London Underground has a s...

  • No real warning was possible before the Bali outrage
    Tuesday, 22 October 2002

    The Foreign Office can justifiably be blamed for many things, including its tardy response to the needs of relatives and friends of the Britons who died in the nightclub bombing in Bali. It was slow to dispatch qualified staff to the scene, slow t...

  • The rail unions should not use the safety of the public as a political tool
    Tuesday, 22 October 2002

    Bob Crow, the leader of the RMT rail union, is an easy man to demonise. That is, he cares little about his public image. So extreme is his distaste for the Blairite ways of spin and presentation that, when criticised he has replied to his critics wi...

  • Matthew Taylor: Fair funding will benefit all parties
    Tuesday, 22 October 2002

    One of the fallacies of the debate on party funding is the view that it is only happening because of damaging press stories about funders and their possible motives. IPPR first published research on this in 1994. Then as now the problem was that ...

  • Rupert Cornwell: What Kennedy would have said to George Bush
    Tuesday, 22 October 2002

    President Bush's confrontation with Saddam Hussein is heaven for addicts of historical parallelism. For some, Saddam is Hitler, and Europeans who refuse to confront him are committing a new Munich. Alternatively, the US risks being dragged into a ...

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