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  • It will take a great deal more proof of Iraqi duplicity before I can support war
    Friday, 20 December 2002

    People have been getting a bit overexcited. The unfavourable comments about Saddam's arms declaration coming from London and Washington do not yet amount to a case for war. Colin Powell has said that the dossier is "troublesome", our own Foreign...

  • Derek Wyatt: The cricketing world must boycott Zimbabwe
    Friday, 20 December 2002

    In an earlier life, as Barrie Fairhall so elegantly put it in an article, I "once played rugby for England". From the 1960s through to the 1980s, few rugby players refused a trip to South Africa. John Taylor, the Welsh and British Lions flanker w...

  • Basildon Peta: England's naive decision will bring comfort to Mugabe
    Friday, 20 December 2002

    Robert Mugabe could not have hoped for a better Christmas present. While the President of Zimbabwe continues killing opponents and demonstrating his disregard for the rule of law, the International Cricket Council (ICC) rewards him for his acts o...

  • Rowan Williams: Time to take religion more seriously
    Friday, 20 December 2002

    The nation state could put up a pretty good case for relegating religion to the private sphere: internal differences of spiritual vision or moral loyalty posed a problem, and public truth was defined by what seemed the self-evidently truthful vis...

  • The Sketch: Idle pleasantries of Yuletide mask a bovver boy MP
    Friday, 20 December 2002

    It was Christmas cheers all round in the Commons yesterday for the Eric and Robin weekly show, which put on a suitably festive performance. This show is otherwise known as business questions to the Leader of the House and stars Robin Cook and Eric...

  • 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...

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