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  • If the fire service is funded by taxpayers, is it right to charge users?
    Tuesday, 17 December 2002

    Unlike most such documents, Sir George Bain's 160-page report into the working practices and pay of the fire service is full of interesting ideas. The immediate issue is, of course, the question of brass tacks: how much money does he recommend tha...

  • A total ban is the only way to preserve Europe's fish stocks
    Tuesday, 17 December 2002

    Each year at this time, the European Agriculture and Fisheries Council meets to consider fish quotas, and each year it goes through the same depressing dance. The experts say that fish stocks are at danger point. The fisheries commissioner says th...

  • Tony Ryan: the spider is a master engineer
    Tuesday, 17 December 2002

    A spider is a miniature silk factory – its tiny body can make 400 metres of silk in just a few hours. The spider's web is an incredibly complex structure that does a multitude of tasks. Each of her polymer fibres is spun to do a specific job – so...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Farewell to the nearly man of American politics
    Tuesday, 17 December 2002

    If only Al Gore had called it a day when the US Supreme Court lost him America's closest presidential election. His name would have been inscribed in the annals of honourable losers. His political epitaph would have been his gracious and eloquent ...

  • The Sketch: Blair ignores more fuss and waxes lyrical to an undemanding audience
    Tuesday, 17 December 2002

    Tony Blair turned his attention from family matters back to everyday international politics - without giving a XXXX, about the Australian conman who had made a damp squib of a statement.The Prime Minister was bogged down by other concerns, such as...

  • Ann Somerville: Doctors and the fight for human rights
    Monday, 16 December 2002

    The British Medical Association has particular interest in human rights issues affecting doctors and health. In relation to Iraq, the BMA campaigned equally against sanctions on medical supplies as against Iraq's forcible involvement of health profe...

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