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  • The North Sea must not be allowed to become a dead sea
    Thursday, 24 October 2002

    For the past 15 years, European fisheries ministers have found themselves caught between a rock and an increasingly hard place. The rock was the determination of their home fishermen, to carry on fishing as hard as possible – perfectly understandable...

  • Stormy weather
    Thursday, 24 October 2002

    Just when you thought it was safe to plant your vines, cultivate peaches and apricots and get out your bikini for the long hot summers, here comes the latest forecast. Rain, rain and more rain for the next couple of hundred years. That's not so bad w...

  • Don McKinnon: Beyond the 'clash of civilisations'
    Thursday, 24 October 2002

    People talk glibly about the "Western civilisation", or the "Hindu civilisation", or the "Islamic civilisation" as if each of these is a sharply defined entity. As a Kiwi l can tell you that there are considerable cultural differences between Aus...

  • I can't blame Ulrika for not naming the man
    Thursday, 24 October 2002

    When Ulrika Jonsson first sold her memoirs to the tabloids, it was the promise of revelations about Sven-Goran Eriksson that drew them in. But it is no fun-filled romp that has made the press stay with Jonsson's experiences over the last few day...

  • Jackie Ballard: The RSPCA is about a lot more than fox-hunting
    Thursday, 24 October 2002

    Since the announcement of my appointment as Director General of the RSPCA, there has been a good deal of press interest and comment about the society, about me and about my background. Somewhat to my surprise, some of it has actually been fair and...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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