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  • Stop dissembling and tell us the truth about this sorry affair
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    The story of the Prime Minister's wife and a convicted fraudster becomes more depressing as each day goes by and the press drags yet more damaging confessions from an unwilling Downing Street. Yesterday Number 10 owned up to the fact that Cherie Blai...

  • A forgotten continent that struggles with adversity but brims with vitality
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    Out of Africa always something new, said Pliny. But there is more to it than that. There is almost always something violent about the way that news from Africa explodes periodically into our consciousness. Most recently it has been a suicide bomb i...

  • Barbara Benedek: Women in media can bring about change
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    Despite a number of high profile and very talented women at the top of our industry, women remain noticeably under-paid and under-utilised in the television and film industries. Brand new figures from Skillset's 2002 Audio-Visual Industry Census reve...

  • Paul Waugh: Typhoon of gossip surrounds new recruit for the Tory defence team
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man. After years of being dismissed as "loony", "crackpot" or "bonkers" (© Parliamentary Labour Party), Dr Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East and all-round leftie-baiter, finally ascended to the higher plane of the sh...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Are the American hawks pulling back from war?
    Tuesday, 10 December 2002

    Here is your pre-Christmas quiz starter for ... war. Who said these words in the days before Baghdad handed over its 12,000-page weapons report to the United Nations inspectors?"I'm quite sure President Bush is not going to make a decision [to go to...

  • 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...

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