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Wednesday, 27 November 2002

  • A salient lesson from the tale of the Cat and the Lord
    Thursday, 28 November 2002

    Gloomy just at present, isn't it? Downturn and disruption all around, winter coming in, grim and dark, most of the country stuck in traffic, the failure of Diana, Princess of Wales, to be voted the Greatest Great Briton, the cricket; no wonder lar...

  • The stakes are high, for this is a pivotal moment in the life of the Government
    Thursday, 28 November 2002

    One of the Chancellor's better-remembered predecessors, Nigel Lawson, described the public-sector borrowing requirement as the small difference between two very large numbers. He found to his cost just how quickly the two very large numbers concer...

  • Michael Heseltine: Mr Brown did not tell us the whole truth
    Thursday, 28 November 2002

    So, Gordon Brown has finally had to admit it – he was hopelessly optimistic about Britain's ability to avoid the consequences of the global downturn. So far, at least, he may have avoided the dreaded "boom and bust", but like all the previous dis...

  • Andrew Grice: Deep potholes appear on Gordon's long and winding road to No 10
    Thursday, 28 November 2002

    Gordon Brown is now at a crossroads both politically and economically. The road he hoped would take him to 10 Downing Street has proved much longer and more winding than he expected when he stood aside to give Tony Blair a clear run for the Labou...

  • Rape has become a trivialised crime
    Thursday, 28 November 2002

    This Government always talks great guns about how it cares, above all, for the victims of crime. "Victims, witnesses and communities", it said last week, should be at the centre of the criminal justice system. The same ideal was put forward as the re...

  • First in
    Wednesday, 27 November 2002

    It doesn't quite match up to the relief of Mafeking in 1900 or even the attempted seizure of Baghdad in 1915 (actually, that failed with the loss of more than 50,000 lives – but we don't like to dicuss it at the moment), but John Simpson's liberation...

  • The lessons to be learnt from these worrying failures in the classroom
    Wednesday, 27 November 2002

    Tony Blair's oft-repeated mantra that "education, education and education" were his top three priorities was never supposed to herald a fall in reading standards in primary schools four years after Labour swept to power in 1997. Yet this is precise...

  • A better deal is needed for London's public workers
    Wednesday, 27 November 2002

    The Trade Union would be the last people to admit it, at least publicly, but the best service they could perform for their members would be to press for the break-up of the national pay bargaining structures that so dominate the landscape of public-...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Poor countries need their nurses more than we do
    Wednesday, 27 November 2002

    What can be madder than this? Britain is donating £70m a year in the form of international aid to a southern African country on the verge of starvation while at the same time it is stripping it of its most precious resource – skilled nurses.Malawi t...

  • Steve Connor: The primate paradox that makes experiments on monkeys both necessary and controversial
    Wednesday, 27 November 2002

    At the heart of the debate over using monkeys in scientific research is the primate paradox: their closeness to humans makes them the ideal experimental model for the study of the brain, yet because they look so much like us, they also appear to fe...

  • It's time to reform the sex laws and our minds
    Wednesday, 27 November 2002

    If you visit the website of the company "Complete Excellence", based somewhere in Dorset, you will be invited to buy something more exotic than country crafts. Jilly and Mike, you soon discover, "are happy to welcome you to their quiet, discreet...

  • Alan Miles: Tony Blair has inflamed our dispute
    Wednesday, 27 November 2002

    I stood on the picket line on Monday with my colleagues from the Red Watch at West Hampstead Fire Station, and waited eagerly for Tony Blair to address the nation.We watched a man with an odd look in his eyes, a look of a man who perhaps knew he wou...

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