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  • The real damage of the Cherie Blair affair has been to the body politic
    Saturday, 14 December 2002

    Graham Greene used to divide his books into novels, which were profound studies of the human condition, and entertainments, which weren't. If the Cherie Blair saga were a work by Greene, it would be more an entertainment than a novel. The events of ...

  • Rage: an everyday story of fear and intimidation in the capital
    Sunday, 15 December 2002

    She was around 30 – blonde, aerobically primed, well-dressed in a short, expensive leather jacket and designer jeans; the sort of metropolitan woman who carefully considered her public appearance before leaving the house. She was standing behind ...

  • Marcus Berkmann: What have I done? Anyone would think I'd nailed my neighbour's cat to a tree
    Sunday, 15 December 2002

    We've already got the Christmas present no one wants: measles. It's funny how quickly the news spreads. Within a few hours of our first suspicions, neighbours were giving me strange looks. That evening an old bag of our acquaintance pointedly cut ...

  • Peter Stanford: Abused victims of Catholic priests deserve more than resignations
    Sunday, 15 December 2002

    There are two kinds of resignation. There's the Estelle Morris variety, a decent soul doing the honourable thing, candidly acknowledging failures and taking the rap for others as well as herself. After standing down, the individual often enjoys a ...

  • How Ira Gershwin foresaw the success of online shopping
    Saturday, 14 December 2002

    That Ira Gershwin knew what he was writing about with his lyrics, you know. Noting that they all laughed when Edison recorded sound, and that they told Marconi his wireless was a phony, Ira observed it was the same old cry – and he had learnt from hi...

  • I simply can't stand animals wearing clothes
    Saturday, 14 December 2002

    Poor old Mog. I only hope she didn't suffer at the end. Mind you, at 32 she was no chicken – well, of course she wasn't, she was a cat and the news that her creator, the children's author Judith Kerr, has decided to hang up her flea collar (Mog'...

  • Why does Washington concentrate its fire on Iraq rather than North Korea?
    Saturday, 14 December 2002

    Think of a country that possessed weapons of mass destruction, had already waged war on its neighbour, which kept its citizenry in a state of abject misery and fear, and you would think of a certain country which was shortly to be the target of ...

  • Paul Vallely: The Catholic church deserves to do its penance
    Saturday, 14 December 2002

    I received a letter yesterday from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. It was asking me for a £250 "one-off" donation to help fund the office they set up last year to sort out the mess over paedophile priests. I read through the letter with a...

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