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  • Mr Bush has betrayed hopes of a kinder and gentler globalisation
    Saturday, 2 February 2002

    Internal linksE-mail trail may lead to Pakistan kidnappersStraw in warning to Bush over expansion of conflictChess-loving Afghans survive to play againLeading article: Mr Bush has betrayed hopes of a kinder and gentler globalisationProfile: Hamid Kar...

  • Lauren Booth: Should Cherie do a Tony and appear on Graham Norton? I don't think so
    Sunday, 3 February 2002

    There goes Kate Moss, shimmying across our peripheral vision again, looking at once both louche and immaculate. Kate drives me mad: it's hard to rationalise the irritation that rises in my craw about a stranger who seems happy to snub me from the...

  • Jonathan Meades: The death of a chancer
    Sunday, 3 February 2002

    Life, according to the poet Frost (that's Sir David, not Robert) is something called "a theme of opportunity". Not, perhaps the most elegant epithet, and one that might have been lifted from a self-help book written by a motivational guru – but I...

  • Plinth sense
    Saturday, 2 February 2002

    Internal linksHandbagged! The Marble Lady has nowhere to go Carrara! Just what storm-racked Britain, staggering through 2002, needs: a diverting, harmless but symbolically laden little spat. And who better to provide it than Baroness Thatcher?Should...

  • Lord Birt should be forced to explain himself to MPs
    Saturday, 2 February 2002

    The mockery of John Birt could be a turning point for Tony Blair. The appointment of the unrespected former director-general of the BBC as an adviser to the Prime Minister on crime 18 months ago was simply baffling. But his translation to adviser...

  • White South Africa needs black friends to survive
    Saturday, 2 February 2002

    In the bad old days they called it DF Malan International, in honour of the dreary Calvinist who led the National Party to victory in 1948. Daniel François Malan, godfather of apartheid, a lump of plump certainty with his jowled face and squinting ey...

  • Felipe Fernandez- Armesto: Not everyone wants to be an American
    Saturday, 2 February 2002

    America's anxieties have changed. At first, after 11 September, the dinner-party question was, "Why don't they like us?" Now Americans ask, "Why aren't they like us?" With a semblance of victory and a small measure of security, introspection is over,...

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