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Wednesday, 18 December 2002

  • Allan Levy: Something can be done to prevent another Ainlee
    Thursday, 19 December 2002

    The facts in the independent report into the case of two-year-old Ainlee Walker, whose parents starved and tortured her and were convicted of her manslaughter, have a sickening familiarity. The roll call of children who have died in similar circum...

  • Matthias Kelly: From the inaugural speech by the new chairman of the Bar Council, in London
    Thursday, 19 December 2002

    The past few months have seen a vigorous debate over the mounting cost of access to a career at the Bar, and the impact that massive student debt will have on diversity in our profession. It is a problem that needs to be addressed. The status quo is...

  • The Sketch: Euan watches as Daddy gets caught by a low blow from Duncan Smith
    Thursday, 19 December 2002

    The Christmas spirits were disappearing fast from the Commons gift shop yesterday lunchtime as MPs, including the Defra Minister, Margaret Beckett, tripped over Commons staff to beat their way to the special "Members-only" queue.They emerged laden...

  • How we forgot about the women of Afghanistan
    Thursday, 19 December 2002

    When I was in Afghanistan six months ago, I met some women from Herat, in the west of the country, who had come to Kabul for the great political assembly, the loya jirga. We met in a stifling tent in the courtyard of the loya jirga offices. I w...

  • Paul Vallely: And a merry Eid/Chanukah/Christmas to you
    Wednesday, 18 December 2002

    A friend has one of those seasonal lights in his front window. You know the kind of thing, it's a kind of inverted "V" shape, with light bulbs pretending to be candles. "I know we're not Jewish," he said, " but we like it."I reached into my toddl...

  • Taylor Downing: Reconstructions have freed up history
    Wednesday, 18 December 2002

    One of the reasons for the current appeal of history on television is its range. As factual television has invented so many new formats in recent years, from makeover gardening to reality TV, so history has reinvented itself. At the one end, we h...

  • The Sketch: Tories have a field day as Labour cleans out its stables
    Wednesday, 18 December 2002

    Yesterday was an opportunity for ministers to sweep up the mess left by their predecessors. No, not Conservative predecessors, but ministers in the Labour government, since 1997, from whom they had inherited their jobs. So both Alistair Darling a...

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