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  • Not Scargillite, perhaps, but almost as counter-productive
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    The firefighters return to work this morning to find their claim for a pay rise in ruins. If the Prime Minister did accuse their union leaders of Scargillism, however, he was wrong. The point about Arthur Scargill is that he took the miners out on s...

  • Ignore the xenophobes: we should welcome this wave of immigration
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    Gordon Brown – and the rest of us – ought to be pleased. The latest figures for asylum applications show an 11 per cent rise in the quarter to September. That means the British economy is still exceptionally strong, and still exerting its pull in the...

  • Rumour mill
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    Rumours, rumours, rumours: much agitation, we note, about the ease with which unfounded tittle-tattle can be spread through cyberspace. Much debate about practical remedies that could stamp out this irresponsibility; much moral mulling, too, over the...

  • Chris Powell: How to get better public services without more tax
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    Although Gordon Brown can bridge the gap between government income and expenditure with public borrowing for now, even if he nearly has had to double his original estimate for this year, Labour urgently needs to search for more appealing ways to...

  • Don't live alone: you'll end up as an old maid
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    Is it desperately sad or eminently sensible for a woman to live on her own? And, while you're working that out, you might also care to consider the length of a piece of string. The question was prompted by the news that one in seven of the prope...

  • Once again, Africa has become the battleground for somebody else's war
    Saturday, 30 November 2002

    We were driving from the airport to the hotel when the obvious thought struck home. We were sitting ducks. There were about 60 of us in two coaches without a policeman anywhere in sight. This was Morocco in September, not long after al-Qa'ida had att...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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