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  • Screen test
    Friday, 29 November 2002

    Just when the pundits are urging Charles Kennedy to get serious, the Liberal Democrat leader announces that he is to host Have I Got News for You.Obviously Mr Kennedy's media advisers have decided that the only way that Radical Charlie is going to be...

  • Sketching out a more sensible approach to art exports
    Friday, 29 November 2002

    There must be little chance that anyone in Britain will be able to raise the £7.5m needed to keep a recently-discovered Michelangelo sketch in this country. Tessa Blackstone, the arts minister, has put a temporary ban on the export of the sketch, a...

  • Drop the rhetoric of war. We need cool heads and hard police work
    Friday, 29 November 2002

    Faced with such wickedness, the easy and wrong response is rhetorical overkill. A suicide car bomb in a hotel and a shoulder-launched missile attack on a civilian aircraft have had the effect that was intended, of striking fear into the hearts of mil...

  • The quiet American way of censorship
    Friday, 29 November 2002

    T he release last Friday, albeit only in New York and Los Angeles, of Philip Noyce's rendering of The Quiet American, Graham Greene's classic novel of 1955, was more significant than it might have seemed. Beyond the colour and intrigue of the fi...

  • Richard Boucher: The Pilgrims' voyage was about freedom
    Friday, 29 November 2002

    I understand there are people in England besides you who celebrate Thanksgiving. They do it in their own way, and a little earlier – 6 September, the day the Pilgrims finally left England. The Pilgrims and England were not on the best of terms when t...

  • I'm nervous as I watch Mr Brown perform his tricky balancing act
    Friday, 29 November 2002

    Lord Macaulay summed it up in his poem about Horatius at the bridge. You'll remember that Lars Porsenna of Clusium, king of the Etruscans, marched on Rome to reinstall his deposed fellow king, Tarquin. Rome wasn't the power then that it later became...

  • 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...

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