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Friday, 22 November 2002

  • The appeal of a whalebone corset and a bustle
    Saturday, 23 November 2002

    With any luck Phoebe Filo or Stella McCartney or some other big cheese with clout in the fashion business will watch either one of the two new period dramas starting on television this weekend – preferably Daniel Deronda, there are too many serf...

  • Why the next American election is the real deadline for war in Iraq
    Saturday, 23 November 2002

    One of these days, somebody should dig through the sand and find the base of that pillar of received wisdom which says that war in Iraq can only be fought in early spring. The weather will make fighting impossible, we are told; the narrow fighti...

  • John Grieve Smith: Why an ageing population is no cause for gloom
    Saturday, 23 November 2002

    It is a sad comment on us that the welcome fact that people are living longer and healthier lives has come to be regarded as a potential economic disaster – the so-called "demographic time bomb". It has become a world-wide pretext for cutting back st...

  • Wrong medicine
    Friday, 22 November 2002

    There are many reasons for being sceptical of the campaign led by Paul McCartney, Elton John and Zoe Ball to defend herbal remedies from Brussels regulations. It seems drearily anti-European, and in defence of treatments that are often based o...

  • Britain is becoming a safer place. So why is Mr Blair attacking our civil liberties?
    Friday, 22 November 2002

    The Criminal Justice Bill provides full measure of how far Tony Blair and David Blunkett have lost their way on the issue of crime.In a rational universe, this Government ought to be proclaiming modest success in the fight against crime and bringi...

  • The firefighters' leaders have made a terrible mistake
    Friday, 22 November 2002

    The firefighters' leaders laid about themselves last night, accusing unnamed people of "trying to engineer" an eight-day strike. This is part of a pattern of trying to avoid their own responsibility for their disastrous handling of this dispute.Jo...

  • Gordon Marsden: There are much fairer alternatives to top-up fees
    Friday, 22 November 2002

    The 19th-century French historian Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that the most dangerous time for any government is when it decides to reform itself. Perhaps he could usefully have added "when it decides to address head-on a major issue too long swep...

  • Robert Baker: Long may we keep on taking the tablets: let's just steer clear of polar-bear liver
    Friday, 22 November 2002

    Should the sale of vitamins and supplements be more tightly controlled? It seems pointless when they're so harmless. We live, though, in the age of evidence-based medicine, and just being harmless isn't good enough any more. If you are selling a...

  • Helena Kennedy: Labour should know better than to erode fundamental values
    Friday, 22 November 2002

    The latest proposals on criminal justice reform look like further signs of an alarming authoritarian pulse at the heart of the Government. Why is it that people we assumed to be liberal have lost their enthusiasm for civil liberties?It would be too...

  • Basil Fawlty was right – the Germans started it
    Friday, 22 November 2002

    Last week a taxi driver – let's call him Fred – told me this story. During the last war Fred was a boy growing up in the Islington area of north London. When there had been an air-raid – and after the emergency services had done their job amids...

  • Colin Powell: In our diversity, lies our strength
    Friday, 22 November 2002

    From muslims here tonight and from Muslims throughout the world that I have been privileged to meet, I have learnt to respect Ramadan as an intensely spiritual time, a month of worship, a month of contemplation and self-renewal for Muslims everywher...

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