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Sunday, 24 November 2002

  • The BBC's stunt may be silly, but it proves democracy is alive
    Monday, 25 November 2002

    The Great Britons series was a lazy way for the BBC to attract a bit of attention, although it was a harmless enough means of launching an artificial controversy about some fairly high-minded questions.Comparing the different kinds of claims to great...

  • Politicians, Mr Blunkett, should not set sentences in individual cases
    Monday, 25 November 2002

    The sentencing of criminals demonised by the press is the subject of a simple confusion. So it is well to be clear about the respective roles of politicians and judges in deciding how long people should stay in jail before today's decision by the H...

  • Paul Vallely: A life sentence has rarely meant a life in prison
    Monday, 25 November 2002

    A friend of a friend was convicted for murder a few years ago. He was given a life sentence. Most of us think that we know what that means. But when you get up close to an event like that, everything gets a lot more complicated. The House of Lords ye...

  • Alex Duval Smith: Our woman in Paris
    Monday, 25 November 2002

    Tony Blair's spat with President Jacques Chirac in Brussels seems to have blown over, until the next time. But even as Chirac was cursing the Prime Minister's "insolence" over farming subsidies, another French politician was going beyond the call ...

  • Philip Gould: Permanent campaigning is out of date
    Monday, 25 November 2002

    It is clear enough what is meant by the permanent campaign. Typical descriptions are:"A non-stop process seeking to manipulate sources of public opinion to engage in the act of governing itself.""The convergence of government and politics."I believe ...

  • The bright side of the spill
    Sunday, 24 November 2002

    The tragic oil spill from the tanker Prestige now affecting Spain's Galician coast could not obscure an encouraging, if unpublicised, achievement. The number of such accidents has dropped extraordinarily over the past decade. In the 1970s there was a...

  • Von Hagen's slice of life
    Sunday, 24 November 2002

    The chance to be at the first public autopsy to be held in Britain for 170 years was too great to resist. Held in the East End of London, the procedure was performed by a team led by Professor Gunther von Hagens, famed for his popular and controv...

  • The judges must protect us from the politicians
    Sunday, 24 November 2002

    In the wake of 11 September 2001, still reeling from the horrifying events, I received a telephone call from an American friend – a passionately liberal New Yorker – whose first words to me were, "To hell with civil liberties". It was a carefully des...

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