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  • Mwai Kibaki: A promise to root out corruption
    Tuesday, 31 December 2002

    Corruption will cease to be a way of life in Kenya. I call upon all those members of my government and public officers accustomed to corrupt practices to know and clearly understand that there will be no sacred cow under my government.One would h...

  • Tim Luckhurst: More and more Scots want an end to devolution
    Tuesday, 31 December 2002

    Since devolution, writing about Scotland has felt like filing news from a remote parish in Eastern Europe. At a festive party an old friend from London asked whether I had noticed the appointment of Britain's ambassador to Moldova. True to the fo...

  • Take my word for it: only PR can save the Tories from the road to oblivion
    Tuesday, 31 December 2002

    New Year's Eve is a time for politicians to issue messages for the year ahead. Pundits, myself included, are also prone to forecast the political future – often with disastrous results. But as my colleague, Adrian Hamilton, correctly argued on t...

  • Britain can be safer without turning millions into criminals
    Monday, 30 December 2002

    One prediction that can be made with certainty is that next year there will be more criminals in Britain than there are now. This is not because the country is becoming a more lawless, crime-ridden place. On the contrary, the best evidence is that th...

  • Counter-strike
    Monday, 30 December 2002

    Among the many improbable scripts being written for the new year, the news that the military top brass are pressing for a big pay rise for the armed forces prompts a thought on how things might turn out in a universe only subtly different from our ow...

  • David Clark: Labour no longer needs Tony Blair to win an election
    Monday, 30 December 2002

    As Tony Blair considers his Government's prospects for the year ahead, he will do so with perhaps greater apprehension than at any time since he became Prime Minister. On the face of it, his position could hardly be stronger. The Conservatives app...

  • Maureen Freely: Cloning babies isn't creating Frankensteins
    Monday, 30 December 2002

    Last Friday, a flamboyant, orange-and-white-haired Frenchwoman who was once a research chemist and is now "a bishop of the Raelian sect" called a press conference in Florida to announce that she and other scientists working for Clonaid, a company...

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