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  • Steve Connor: Quotas are the penalty for exceeding safe, sustainable limits for the past 25 years
    Thursday, 12 December 2002

    The scientific consensus is that cod stocks in the North Sea have been in decline almost continuously since the early 1970s and we are now close to total collapse unless something drastic is done soon.Each year government scientists from around Eur...

  • Mary Dejevsky: It was dishonest to mount the 'female' defence
    Thursday, 12 December 2002

    Who but a woman could have delivered Cherie Blair's Millbank oration? Who but a woman, more to the point, in the post-Diana age? All the tell-tale signs were there: the doe eyes, the cracking voice, the occasional head-toss of defiance, and som...

  • The Sketch: Blair was up for any battle - just don't mention the wife
    Thursday, 12 December 2002

    In the end, Cheriegate in the Commons turned out to be an anti-climax. We knew there might be the potential for trouble during Prime Minister's questions because the Labour minders had ensured Tony Blair was flanked not, as is normally the case...

  • Andrew Grice: Labour aims to attack hostile papers and rebuild bridges with the rest
    Thursday, 12 December 2002

    Tony Blair has always been good at turning problems to his advantage. Confident that the "Cheriegate" affair has peaked, he intends to use it to define Downing Street's relationship with the media.Yesterday the Government and the Labour Party la...

  • John Reid: How to win back power: a blueprint for the Tory Party
    Thursday, 12 December 2002

    This week the crisis in the Tory Party hit a new low. Michael Heseltine, grandest of the grandees, called on Tory MPs to sack Iain Duncan Smith and pick a new leader in Parliament. With a new man at the top in Westminster, the Tories would presu...

  • 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 ...

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