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  • A better prescription
    Wednesday, 4 December 2002

    The drugs policies of successive governments have been timid and inconsistent. But one measure contained in yesterday's drugs plan – beyond the downgrading of cannabis, which we hailed when it was mooted earlier this year, and the expansion of rehabi...

  • Noreena Hertz: We need women in the centre
    Wednesday, 4 December 2002

    A few months ago, the former Dutch Minister of Development, Evelyn Herfkens, asked me something that so disturbed me that I have decided to focus on it in my talk today. What she asked me was this: "Surely it's better that women are exploited tha...

  • Joyce Quin: Why should we abandon democracy?
    Wednesday, 4 December 2002

    Soon, probably in January, Parliament will make a decision about the future of the House of Lords. Over 300 MPs have already signed a House of Commons motion in favour of a wholly or largely elected House of Lords. Yet arguments against electing a...

  • Stephen Pollard: Modern audiences do anything but listen
    Wednesday, 4 December 2002

    According to the reviews, the performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony that I went to last week was "transcendent", "emotionally perfect" and "violently good". A friend called me the following morning and told me that it was one of the most powerfu...

  • If Saddam is such a monster, why did we arm him and trade with him?
    Tuesday, 3 December 2002

    According to the Foreign Office dossier, Saddam Hussein: crimes and human rights abuses, "Iraq is a terrifying place to live". It certainly is, and even the most vociferous anti-war campaigner would have to agree that Saddam heads a brutal, cruel,...

  • Smoked out
    Tuesday, 3 December 2002

    At last, a sign that the leadership of the Fire Brigades Union is not completely bereft of political judgement. The leader of the FBU, Andy Gilchrist, announced yesterday that the next eight-day action will now be suspended. "Talking will begin th...

  • There is no need to impose a high-tax culture across Europe
    Tuesday, 3 December 2002

    Single market, single currency, single tax system. The progression seems natural enough. The Single European Market, completed in 1992, can only function efficiently if transaction costs are minimised and transparency maximised. That implies a single...

  • George Joffe: Imperialism rears its ugly head again
    Tuesday, 3 December 2002

    The theoretical background to international affairs that we are looking at today is a replay of the old late-colonial agenda of la mission civilisatrice that emerged from France in the post-revolutionary period, and the idea, dare I say it, of the w...

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