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  • Stuck in a groove
    Friday, 13 December 2002

    Just in time, scientists have discovered why – or, rather, where – some tunes stay in the head. There is a bit just behind the forehead, apparently, which is where tunes get processed and, in some cases, stuck.If you spot the warning signs, therefore...

  • A chance for the EU to cover itself in glory
    Friday, 13 December 2002

    The summit in Copenhagen that started last night really is a big chance for the European Union to recover some of its weakened credibility.If its leaders can rise to the challenge of history, they can this weekend secure three great, interlocking a...

  • The authoritarian tendency does not have the answer to Britain's deep problems
    Friday, 13 December 2002

    Two of the most hopeful promises on which Tony Blair's government was elected were those concerning education and crime. But after five and a half years, progress seems stalled and, worse, the Government is increasingly heading in the wrong directio...

  • Robert Verkaik: Her judicial ambitions are dead in the water
    Friday, 13 December 2002

    Just for one moment, try to forget that Cherie Blair is the wife of the Prime Minister. How should we judge her? Stripped of the trappings of Downing Street, Cherie Booth QC is a successful barrister, with four children, who for 15 days of the year ...

  • Michael Brown: Don't put blind trust in blind trusts. Or the Government
    Friday, 13 December 2002

    "Is it not now time we had an urgent debate on blind trust?" I thought I heard Eric Forth, the shadow Leader of the House, inquire of Robin Cook in the Commons. Then again, he might have actually been asking for a debate on "blind trusts".But the ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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