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  • Kaizer Nyatsumba: At least Mr Blair has given us Africans some hope
    Wednesday, 6 February 2002

    Internal linksLeading article: Mr Blair's visit will not heal Africa's scars, but it is better than ignoring themBlair begins African tour with democracy plea On a discussion programme on television a few nights ago, an African ambassador based in...

  • Charles Kennedy: I'm in politics because it is fun. Why not try it?
    Wednesday, 6 February 2002

    There are four things that are fundamental to being a Liberal Democrat. We're the champions of good-quality schools, universities, hospitals, trains and buses, supported by a fair, transparent and honest tax system. We're champions of civil liberties...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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