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  • Now let Mrs Blair chair a seminar on the future of the RSC
    Saturday, 11 May 2002

    It's not often that the arts are ahead of other government portfolios in creating constitutional controversy; but the row this week over Cherie Blair chairing a seminar on transport will have brought back memories for some in the arts. Mrs Blair ...

  • It's the way they tell 'em
    Saturday, 11 May 2002

    Oh, dear, oh, dear, oh, dear, as Mr A A St J Hancock used to say. But, sadly, yes: Rik Mayall, Harry Enfield and Vic Reeves are to appear in a video campaigning against the euro.The comic's curse, famously, is wanting to play Hamlet; tragically, r...

  • The Tories must confront their Militant tendency
    Saturday, 11 May 2002

    The Conservative party has faced a choice ever since people began to resent non-white immigration into Britain: to appease or confront racism.There is a respectable-sounding argument for appeasement: it is possible that Margaret Thatcher's use of ...

  • It is important to avoid a rush to judgement on this latest rail tragedy
    Saturday, 11 May 2002

    After all the questions in Parliament, the ministerial statement about the circumstances surrounding the non-departure of a press officer and the threat of a motion of censure, suddenly the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Transport hav...

  • Suu Kyi's release is a tribute to her courage and the value of sanctions
    Saturday, 11 May 2002

    I listened to it all from afar, wishing I was there. I could picture the scene: the metal barricades, the secret policemen scuttling around, the reporters and the supporters counting down the hours. And beyond the barricades, University Avenue, the ...

  • A samovar from Boris Yeltsin? I want one too
    Saturday, 11 May 2002

    An American friend rang from Idaho last week to ask if I could get hold of a list of the 200 official gifts due to go on display at Buckingham Palace this summer as part of the jubilee exhibition. It opens on 5 August and Jayne, my American friend...

  • On the ball
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    Not long to go now. The geisha girls are preparing, the sushi chefs are limbering up, Sven Goran Eriksson has finalised who he will be taking with him. All eyes are on Hertfordshire, where, this Sunday, David and Victoria Beckham will host a party...

  • This national joke has ceased to be amusing
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    Nothing is more humiliating – and dangerous – for a politician than to be come a figure of fun. Whatever remaining shreds of political credibility the Transport Secretary, Stephen Byers, might have clung to before his parliamentary performance ye...

  • Anne Gregory: PR need not be mere propaganda - it can provoke an exchange of ideas
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    The way we have structured our society means that we are massively dependent on others. This applies to us as individuals – dependent on others for our food, homes, jobs and transport – and to organisations, too, who depend on their suppliers, custo...

  • Tim Luckhurst: England needs devolution like a hole in the head
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    I have long wondered what John Prescott dreams about. My list usually includes an American- style constitution that would give the Deputy Prime Minister automatic assent to ascend to the premiership in the event of something nasty happening to Ton...

  • So much pessimism, so much false prophecy - but so little sense
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    The air is full of talk of European rough beasts, whose time has come around. After 60 years the Second Coming is at hand and the indignant desert birds are squawking. "Europe is sliding into a new abyss," says one leftish British commentator. "The g...

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