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  • Rowan Pelling: Ghosts and ghouls at New Year
    Sunday, 29 December 2002

    I never see New Year as a time for riotous celebration. By the close of Boxing Day, I've had my fix of bonhomie. The Merry Gentlemen are rested and it's time for something darker. As we approach Twelfth Night, it is easier to sense the echoes from pa...

  • Let's go to war on poor schools and hospitals
    Sunday, 29 December 2002

    The year is ending with the shadow of war hanging over us all, memories of terrorist atrocities in Bali and Mombasa still fresh, and new fears about North Korea's weapons of mass destruction. Yet now is the moment when instinctively we feel we should...

  • Edward Heath: The fanatics in the Conservative Party risk everything we have gained
    Sunday, 29 December 2002

    It is now more than 30 years since I steered this country towards membership of the European Economic Community (EEC), as it was then called. I look back with great pleasure and nostalgia at my proudest political achievement. However, I do so wit...

  • Alexi Sayle: The best soldiers are frightened of everything
    Saturday, 28 December 2002

    Channel 4 showed a documentary on Christmas night about Derek and Clive, the foul-mouthed alter egos of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore who emerged in a series of improvised tapings in the late Seventies and early Eighties, before I was in showbusine...

  • Charlie Courtauld: Is this the world's least imaginative man? I'll bet you £200m that he is
    Saturday, 28 December 2002

    It won't change his life, he insists. He'll still be up at 5am every day, will drive to work and put in a full day at the office. Perhaps he'll invest in that chopper he's always fancied, maybe some tithes to his church, but otherwise Jack Whittaker ...

  • Kenya's Big Man must answer for the catastrophe that has befallen his country
    Saturday, 28 December 2002

    It was a delicious, if mildly terrifying moment. The time is five years ago and the place is the veranda of the Norfolk Hotel, in Nairobi. The elections which will see the end of his rule are still a long way away. Daniel Arap Moi is the undisputed ...

  • A C Grayling: We should not let baby Eve tempt us away from progress
    Saturday, 28 December 2002

    Of all the advances made in recent years by medical applications of genetics, the one that has promised most controversy is the cloning of human beings. Troubled debate about the prospect of such a development was sparked when the Italian doctor Sev...

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