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  • Cakes and ale
    Wednesday, 30 October 2002

    "Let me have men about me that are fat," as Shakespeare's Julius Caesar famously declared. Now we know what he was on about. It is not just that the thin men are the one who will stab you in the back (memo to Mr Blair: don't worry about Gordon Bro...

  • A diplomatic spat that underlines our alienation from the heart of Europe
    Wednesday, 30 October 2002

    Rarely do diplomatic differences emerge into the public domain quite as unambiguously and undeniably as the British-French contretemps that erupted at the last European summit and now refuses to die down. At one level the argument is indeed, as Dow...

  • Chris Martin: The coffee market should be a great redistributor of money
    Wednesday, 30 October 2002

    I have to admit I was scared. When Oxfam approached Coldplay to help promote their Fair Trade campaign, it seemed right. While we're promoting our new album we felt it would be good to have something useful to say in interviews. But flying out to th...

  • MPs should stop being so macho and start working normal hours
    Wednesday, 30 October 2002

    As an observer of the political scene, I wholly support the proposals which Robin Cook, the Leader of the Commons, brought forward yesterday to reform the hours of the Lower House. It is totally bizarre, in a sophisticated media age, for the main ch...

  • Paul Vallely: When is a peccadillo a sacking offence?
    Wednesday, 30 October 2002

    How many mistakes are you allowed before you get fired? No, we're not talking here about Mr Blair's slavish pursuit of Mr Bush down the road to Iraq. Nor about the man who got the dose wrong in the Moscow theatre siege. Nor, even, about the cross-dr...

  • Michael McCarthy: Kyoto was never going to save the earth, anyway
    Wednesday, 30 October 2002

    There sometimes comes a point in a troubled human relationship where one party recognises, or perhaps both do, a sad but necessary truth: that for all the hopes with which we started out, for all our willingness to keep things going and trust to bett...

  • Practical philosophy
    Tuesday, 29 October 2002

    Riding high in the bestseller lists in France is a book by the education minister Luc Ferry, entitled What is a Successful Life? Although Monsieur Ferry does not reach any definite conclusions on this philosophic puzzler, his credentials for tackl...

  • A step in the right direction, but the future of Europe needs bigger thinking
    Tuesday, 29 October 2002

    For a government which claims that it wants to place Britain's relations with its European partners on a more stable footing, there has been a remarkable turnover of ministers charged with those responsibilities.Yesterday Denis MacShane became Tony...

  • President Chirac: bad for Europe, good for the US
    Tuesday, 29 October 2002

    A trick of the light in a photograph in a French newspaper the other day made President Chirac appear to have a comically large nose. The presidential hooter is substantial but it does not have truly De Gaulle-like dimensions. For many years it...

  • Graham Rook: Finding the germs necessary to healthy bodies
    Tuesday, 29 October 2002

    Are we sparing the dirt and spoiling our children's immune systems? The theory that some germs are necessary in developing healthy immune systems is gaining credence. Allergic disorders (asthma, hayfever, eczema) now afflict as many as 40 per cent of...

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