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  • Election or not, the outlook remains bleak
    Thursday, 31 October 2002

    Nothing could now be worse for Israel, let alone what remains of the Middle East peace process, than that Ariel Sharon, having lost the support of the Israeli Labour party in his unity government, should throw in his lot with the religious zealots...

  • A familiar IRA tactic that must not be allowed to damage the peace process
    Thursday, 31 October 2002

    It is not difficult to discern the IRA's motives for breaking contact with the international disarmament body. In a statement to be published in the republican newspaper, An Phoblacht, today, the Provisionals will try to place much of the blame on...

  • Art attack
    Thursday, 31 October 2002

    Kim Howells, a minister in the so-called Department of Culture, has delivered his long-awaited critique of this year's Turner Prize shortlist. Having been invited to a preview of the exhibition, he scribbled his weighty verdict ("bullshit") on a c...

  • Gwyneth Dunwoody: MPs need to stay up late to do their job
    Thursday, 31 October 2002

    As I sat in my office at 11 o'clock yesterday morning, trawling through the piles of letters from my constituents, I started to wonder what exactly Robin Cook, the Leader of the House of Commons, thinks the average MP does during the day. Listenin...

  • Michael McCarthy: Accountants' wheeze unleashed an environmental disaster
    Thursday, 31 October 2002

    To the postwar forestry industry, and to the accountants who caught on, it was a corking wheeze; to conservationists it became a double disaster.The large-scale planting of conifers, tax free, transformed much of Britain's open landscape in the 1...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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