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  • Jackie Ballard: We're witnessing the death throes of a cruel sport
    Thursday, 5 December 2002

    It may not have realised it, but the Government did something of real, far-reaching, significance this week. It wasn't just that it announced the end of hare coursing and deer hunting, although that was a very welcome breakthrough. On behalf of th...

  • People are interested in policy, not politicians
    Thursday, 5 December 2002

    People are losing interest in politics; or so goes the accepted wisdom that is so often quoted to us by pollsters and journalists and, of course, politicians. You can see that from the falling numbers of the electorate who are bothering to vote. You ...

  • 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...

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