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  • Mr Darling's modest little schemes, and the art of the possible
    Wednesday, 11 December 2002

    Good news for motorists stuck in traffic on the A453 between Nottingham and Junction 24 of the M1. The Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling, has announced a programme of road widening schemes that will help frustrated drivers in Notting...

  • Jimmy Carter: US world dominance will not change in our lifetimes
    Wednesday, 11 December 2002

    The world has changed greatly since I left the White House. Now there is only one superpower, with unprecedented military and economic strength, and our nation's voice most often prevails as decisions are made concerning trade, humanitarian assistanc...

  • Why I hope Cherie Blair has seen off her critics
    Wednesday, 11 December 2002

    For six years, Cherie Blair has been bumping up and down on the rough sea of public life. Here she is, bobbing along at the start of the race, commanding some respect for the careful way she steers her frail craft. But there she goes, crashing i...

  • The Sketch: Darling does neat U-turn on road policy and avoids a ram raider
    Wednesday, 11 December 2002

    Alistair Darling, the Transport Secretary, who got a basinful of the Cherie/Carole Caplin affair when he appeared on Today, was at least brave enough, afterwards, to turn up in the Commons yesterday. Jack Straw, by comparison, had earlier managed ...

  • Stop dissembling and tell us the truth about this sorry affair
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    The story of the Prime Minister's wife and a convicted fraudster becomes more depressing as each day goes by and the press drags yet more damaging confessions from an unwilling Downing Street. Yesterday Number 10 owned up to the fact that Cherie Blai...

  • A forgotten continent that struggles with adversity but brims with vitality
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    Out of Africa always something new, said Pliny. But there is more to it than that. There is almost always something violent about the way that news from Africa explodes periodically into our consciousness. Most recently it has been a suicide bomb i...

  • Barbara Benedek: Women in media can bring about change
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    Despite a number of high profile and very talented women at the top of our industry, women remain noticeably under-paid and under-utilised in the television and film industries. Brand new figures from Skillset's 2002 Audio-Visual Industry Census reve...

  • Paul Waugh: Typhoon of gossip surrounds new recruit for the Tory defence team
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man. After years of being dismissed as "loony", "crackpot" or "bonkers" (© Parliamentary Labour Party), Dr Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East and all-round leftie-baiter, finally ascended to the higher plane of the sh...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Are the American hawks pulling back from war?
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    Here is your pre-Christmas quiz starter for ... war. Who said these words in the days before Baghdad handed over its 12,000-page weapons report to the United Nations inspectors?"I'm quite sure President Bush is not going to make a decision [to go to...

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