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Monday, 4 February 2002

  • Give these overdue rights to everyone (not just MPs)
    Tuesday, 5 February 2002

    Internal links Unmarried and gay partners of MPs are given pension rights The decision of the Government to change the law to permit the gay partners of MPs and civil servants the same rights as married couples...

  • Stephen Pollard: The write stuff: a tale of obsession in the political jungle
    Tuesday, 5 February 2002

    When I told a friend that I was about to start writing David Blunkett's biography, he asked me if I had a spare room. I looked puzzled. "The best piece of advice I ever received," he said (he is in the middle of writing a biography himself) "was ...

  • Martin Narey: I want a prison service that makes lives better
    Tuesday, 5 February 2002

    No one thinks that locking more and more people up is a sensible way of spending public money. Many of the people we are locking up will not benefit in any way from their sentence. Many of them will lose jobs, accommodation and family support and...

  • George Walden: Ignore all these peevish patriots and give the rock back to the Spanish
    Tuesday, 5 February 2002

    Internal linksBritain and Spain on course to agree future of Gibraltar by the summer There seems to be an inverse law of empires, whereby the smaller the remnants of colonialism, the louder the patriotic roar when there is any question of returning ...

  • Marina Baker: Television worthy of our times
    Tuesday, 5 February 2002

    I am always prepared to give popular culture a chance. It's good to know what the masses are watching, which is why I gamely tuned in to a few episodes of Popstars last year. I was rewarded by bearing witness to the premier airing of what is now gen...

  • Gibraltar's people ought to accept this sensible deal
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    The ferocity with which many Gibraltarians will denounce the deal expected to be announced today between Britain and Spain to share sovereignty over the Rock may be a moment of catharsis. It reflects the understandable feeling of betrayal shared by m...

  • One-hit wonder
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    Googlewhacking. It is the latest sport. There is a particular difficulty with explaining it, however, which is that it uses Google. Many people who use the internet know that this is a search engine that is good at finding reliable information. Th...

  • This week Mr Blunkett is a liberal, and he is right about prison reform
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    Internal linksThis week Mr Blunkett is a liberal, and he is right about prison reformBlunkett unveils hostels plan to cut jail numbers Our oxymoronic Home Secretary, the liberal authoritarian, continues to puzzle. Before Christmas, David Blunkett s...

  • Kate Saunders: The bride had everything save her family
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    Outwardly, the marriage of Holland's Crown Prince Willem-Alexander to the Argentinian Maxima Zorreguieta was a royal wedding by numbers.All over Europe, royal blokes took their morning suits and musical-comedy uniforms out of mothballs, and their...

  • Michael Howard: The dangers of America's growing unilateralism
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    I begin this lecture by being self-referential or, rather, by referring to a lecture that I gave three months ago at the Royal United Services Institute. In that lecture I expressed doubts about the efficacy of bombing as an instrument in "the war ag...

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