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  • Class act
    Tuesday, 26 November 2002

    For those of us who queued three or four hours to get tickets to see Simon Russell Beale at the London's Donmar Theatre and still failed to get any, it's little consolation to know that he has gained the Evening Standard award for best actor and Sa...

  • The far-right threat has receded, but we must not ignore the lessons of history
    Tuesday, 26 November 2002

    Almost three years after it became the first nation in Europe to vote a neo-fascist party into power, the voters of Austria have now, seemingly, reversed this trend. True, the world will have to see whether the country's system of proportional repre...

  • Mr Blair and his sluggish response to an emergency
    Tuesday, 26 November 2002

    What if Tony Blair had made a few weeks ago the remarks on the fire strike that he uttered yesterday? It is difficult to suppose that they would have prevented industrial action. Indeed, Mr Blair's tough-sounding stance might have provoked the fir...

  • Virginia Ironside: I understand her parents' stance, but horror tactics will almost certainly fail
    Tuesday, 26 November 2002

    It's understandable that the parents of poor Rachel Whitear feel a desperate need to do something. They want to feel that if a video of her life, unveiled yesterday at John Masefield School in Ledbury, Herefordshire, will save just one other teenager...

  • Jenny Diski: My first fashion statement
    Tuesday, 26 November 2002

    In spite of the Victoria and Albert Museum's Versace festival, and books such as Fashion Statements: the Archaeology of Elegance, I've never been convinced by the idea of fashion as art. I don't see why it has to be; it has so much else to do. When c...

  • 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 ...

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