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Thursday, 14 November 2002

  • Calling all firefighters: return to join the rest of us on Planet Earth
    Friday, 15 November 2002

    Industrial action makes quite normal people behave oddly. Yesterday the Association of University Teachers (AUT) – as mild-mannered a bunch as you could hope to be lectured by – held a strike in the capital. The issue was their London weighting ...

  • John Paul II: We need a union of the spiritual and the economic
    Friday, 15 November 2002

    Truly deep is the bond that exists between the Holy See and Italy! We all know that this association has passed through widely different phases and circumstances, subject to the vicissitudes and contradictions of history. But at the same time, we...

  • Paul Vallely: I can't stomach these sanctimonious vegetarians
    Friday, 15 November 2002

    Really I ought to be a vegetarian. I'm a cyclist. I've got a beard. I lean towards leftist communitarianism. I sometimes wear sandals, and have been known to do so wearing socks (which is probably a confession too far). But my problem is that I reall...

  • Pageantry, pomp and two institutions dressed up to the nines but some way past their best
    Thursday, 14 November 2002

    The state opening of Parliament is more than just a treat for tourists and David Dimbleby. Its pageantry and tradition, its absurd rituals and archaic office-holders, its antiquated costumes and, above all, the central role of the monarch herself ...

  • Tim Luckhurst: Listen to a Scot: longer drinking hours don't help
    Thursday, 14 November 2002

    One imagines that Her Majesty is rarely troubled by licensing laws. When she fancies a bracing gin and Dubonnet at two o'clock in the morning, the biggest problem must be to find a butler to serve it who is not absorbed in erotic adventures with...

  • Andrew Grice: How public unease has led to a growing sense of insecurity in New Labour
    Thursday, 14 November 2002

    When the Cabinet met last Friday for a session without civil servants, Tony Blair and his ministers were warned that the biggest danger to the Government was "a general sense of insecurity" among voters.The gloomy message in Labour's private polli...

  • One more cup of coffee, one more starving family
    Thursday, 14 November 2002

    When we hear tales from Ethiopia about an eight-year-old child waiting to die, a mother without milk, a father without hope, something seems to rip in the fabric of our comfortable lives. That is a poor image, but you know what I am trying to express...

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