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  • It's not rocket science: free access to museums works
    Wednesday, 1 January 2003

    At least one piece of news can be hailed at the start of this year. The rise in the number of museum visitors by an average of 70 per cent since admission charges were dropped is proof, if proof were needed, that, at a time when film-makers, televisi...

  • Britain shutdown
    Wednesday, 1 January 2003

    Tomorrow is, in theory, the first normal day of 2003. In practice, for many of us who will not return to work until Monday, it is yet another day of holiday. Even for those who will return to work as normal tomorrow, there is surely something excessi...

  • Jill Jacobs: This year, I'll only make resolutions that I can keep
    Wednesday, 1 January 2003

    Though I joined an expensive health club at the start of last year, I barely made it to the gym and, instead of cutting my credit-card debt in half, I tripled it. I quit eating chocolate for about a week and I still swear like there's no tomorrow...

  • Rowan Williams: Our restless search for a new identity
    Wednesday, 1 January 2003

    A New-Year visit to the theatre is something special. At no other season is there so much choice – from period dramas to pantos, murder mysteries to musicals. There's something magical about the theatre. It is a different world in which anything ...

  • Kofi Annan: To save Africa, we must save Africa's women
    Wednesday, 1 January 2003

    A combination of famine and Aids is threatening the backbone of Africa – the women who keep African societies going and whose work makes up the economic foundation of rural communities. For decades, we have known that the best way for Africa to t...

  • A sly, weaselly and dishonest policy over cricket
    Wednesday, 1 January 2003

    For once I am unconned. Yesterday, listening to a Foreign Office minister, Mike O'Brien, being interviewed about the forthcoming England cricket match in Zimbabwe, the veins began to stand out in various bonier parts of my physiognomy. Summarise...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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