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Sunday, 17 February 2002

  • David Laws: The NHS needs more than just more money
    Monday, 18 February 2002

    At a recent constituency advice centre, I saw a lady who had come to complain about the waiting time for an NHS outpatient appointment. She needed to see a neuro-physiologist because of problems with her hands which were causing her pain and maki...

  • Geoffrey Owen: Don't shed too many tears when the last Ford rolls out of Dagenham
    Monday, 18 February 2002

    The ending of car assembly at Ford's Dagenham factory this week will be widely seen as a symbol of British industrial decline. Although the closure will be partially offset by an expansion of engine production on the site, one is bound to feel sad,...

  • David Lister: And the award for worst speech ever goes to...
    Monday, 18 February 2002

    Every year at this time I'm reminded of one of my favourite performances at an awards ceremony. Accepting the best actress prize a few years ago, Vanessa Redgrave broke down in tears as she thanked the stage carpenter.Ah, we shall not look upon h...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Saddam is next in the firing line. It's just a matter of when
    Sunday, 17 February 2002

    Internal linksBritish paratroops shoot man dead in Kabul gun battleUS forces move on Filipino militantsAmerica 'chasing phantoms' in Iraq says arms expert Well, boys, this is it. This time it's Baghdad. No more messing around. George W – no one ca...

  • Charlie Courtauld: Neurologists anonymous
    Sunday, 17 February 2002

    Have you got a spare? Back-of-a-lorry job? A neurologist, I mean. You see, I seem to have lost mine, and I don't quite know what to do about it.For most of us, to be signed up to an NHS neurologist is something to be avoided. It means you're not ...

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own