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  • Afterlife
    Monday, 28 October 2002

    Everybody loves you when you are dead (figuratively speaking). How many politicians must ruefully reflect on our sentimentality towards them once they have departed the stage. When Estelle Morris took herself at the common estimation of her abiliti...

  • The Church should influence the state, not be part of it
    Monday, 28 October 2002

    The one advantage for the Church of England of being the official state religion ought to be that it has some influence on national life. But George Carey, who has delivered his last sermon as Archbishop of Canterbury, has achieved something worse ...

  • Mr Putin was right to end the siege, but let him be honest about the mistakes
    Monday, 28 October 2002

    It is unreasonable to be too critical, with the advantage of hindsight, of the decision taken by Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, to end the siege at the Moscow theatre.With the hostage-takers plainly sincere in their willingness to die, it ...

  • Our Man in Paris: A not so magical kingdom
    Monday, 28 October 2002

    After a five-year rearguard action of heroically mean-minded stubbornness, I have been defeated at last. I took the children to Disneyland Paris. By sticking close to my five-year-old daughter, I managed to avoid all the scary rides. Grace and I ...

  • The world is a dangerous place. We must protect it
    Sunday, 27 October 2002

    Terrorism in Moscow and Bali; impending war with Iraq; breakdown in Ireland and Israel: it is easy in the urgency of important events to forget the underlying trends and forces shaping our world. The vast issues of increasing poverty and environmenta...

  • Phillip Knightley: To be gripped by fear is to lose the battlle
    Sunday, 27 October 2002

    If you go to the opera you risk being taken hostage. If you go on holiday you might be blown up. If you stop for petrol you could be shot by a sniper. Open a letter – does it contain anthrax? What's going on these days? Where will the next outrage be...

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