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  • While shepherds watch
    Saturday, 21 December 2002

    In the nick of time, a modern parable for Christmas. Ideally, these things are best set in the Holy Land, and this one comes from France, but it does have pedigree. There, high in the Alps, a shepherd has killed a wolf that he said had been killing h...

  • There are welcome signs in Harare of an end to Mugabe's tyranny
    Saturday, 21 December 2002

    My friend in Harare sounded at the end of his tether. In the past week the fuel queues have started to snake along city streets and meat stocks have been vanishing from supermarket shelves. The agony that was until now confined to the countryside is...

  • Don't tell me that thin isn't a feminist issue
    Saturday, 21 December 2002

    Women are going straight. It's official. After months, years of painstaking research, physiologists in Vienna have come up with incontrovertible proof that the female torso is becoming more androgynous. Or, to put it another way, less like an egg-tim...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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