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  • A welcome shift: no evidence, no war
    Monday, 9 December 2002

    Saddam Hussein has launched his weapon of mass obfuscation: 11,807 pages allegedly listing everything in a country twice the size of Britain which could be used to make chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.No doubt, this is partly intended as a dr...

  • A destructive proposal, but Lord Heseltine is doing his party a service
    Monday, 9 December 2002

    Michael Heseltine is to be congratulated on cutting through the self-imposed restraints which prevent Conservatives honestly appraising their plight. In his interview with The Independent today, he cruelly but rightly says that the party, flatlinin...

  • Neighbourhood watch
    Monday, 9 December 2002

    Politicians get a poor enough press, so let us give praise where it is due. Stephen Pound, the honourable member for Ealing North, has added to the gaiety of the nation since he was elected five years ago.Before that, his main claim to fame was as t...

  • Stanislaw Komorowski: The Poles are not Europe's poor cousins from the East
    Monday, 9 December 2002

    The greatest Briton of all time, Sir Winston Churchill, once said: "There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess – and there are few mistakes they have ever avoided."He said so in 1945 and we are now at the end of 2002. The natural question is...

  • Michael Glover: Behind all the noise and brash ideas lies the banal trickery of a brainbox
    Monday, 9 December 2002

    For once the judges' favourite was also clearly the people's favourite, if we are to believe the comments board at the Tate gallery.Yet the award of the Turner prize to Keith Tyson raises serious questions about the nature and direction of this perpe...

  • Our Man In Paris: The secret gallery
    Monday, 9 December 2002

    One of the most popular museums in the world has a room stuffed with great paintings that visitors seldom see. It is a secret gallery, except for those who have stumbled upon the secret. The small room is poorly signposted, and hidden in an awkwa...

  • Catherine Pepinster: From towers to gherkins
    Sunday, 8 December 2002

    I'm not known for my fondness for football; I can just about identify David Beckham when he pops up in adverts for Marks & Sparks. The last footballer before him to register was probably George Best. But even I feel regret as Wembley's twin t...

  • Steve Jelbert: Nice one Liam! Bravo Charlotte! Where would pop be without you?
    Sunday, 8 December 2002

    Last week saw a tragic loss for the nation. Many great British cultural icons have fallen in battles fought on the Continent and now, alongside Lord Byron and Saki, we can add two more – Liam Gallagher's front teeth. The Oasis frontman's latest r...

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