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  • Tony Blair: I have learned the limits of government
    Monday, 20 May 2002

    The defining trait of the social democratic view of community is that it should be based on solidarity. We look out for each other and are tolerant of our differences. Labour believes in a "fraternal" community, where our relationship with each other...

  • Justice in the rough
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    The Golf Ball One has been freed. A small victory for common sense was delivered by the Court of Appeal when Mark Collinson's jail sentence for fishing for golf balls at Whetstone golf course, Leicestershire, was quashed. Admittedly, Mr Collinson ...

  • Once again, the US must take the lead through a diplomatic minefield
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    The latest flare-up of the crisis between India and Pakistan over the disputed province of Kashmir not only threatens to undermine American-led efforts to uproot Islamic terrorism from southern Asia. It has brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours...

  • Museums need to care for their money as well as their exhibits
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    Any visitor to the British Museum would not recognise it as an institution in crisis. Thronging with visitors from all over the world, it ranks second only to Blackpool pleasure beach on the list of the nation's most popular attractions. Exhibits ...

  • Dick Cheney: The country of the second chance
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    It's a privilege to receive this honorary degree from one of America's finest universities. Many of you will leave Michigan State today with definite plans of your own. Yet I'll wager that 10 years from now, many of you will find yourselves followin...

  • Paul Vallely: Doesn't this sound a bit too Christian for a bishop?
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    That great American comedian Lenny Bruce had the answer. How come, he would ask his audience rhetorically, when you go into the poorest part of town the grandest buildings inevitably belong to the Catholic Church? After all, it does claim to be fo...

  • I can't quite make my peace with pornography
    Tuesday, 21 May 2002

    "Velma" wrote to me yesterday, in her neat hand, to tell me that I was a pornographer. "You're the one for sex and anything to do with it," she told me, writing as I do for "porn magazines of filth unlimited in its absolute degradation". OK. (a) I ha...

  • A European country that is comfortable with consensus
    Monday, 20 May 2002

    Ireland is one modern European country where the people are not fed up with their consensus government and where, despite a recent sharp increase in immigration, they are not turning to parties of the racist right. Bertie Ahern has been rewarded b...

  • This convert to the cause of pluralism should be provisionally welcomed
    Monday, 20 May 2002

    Something is going on at 10 Downing Street. A new tone is emanating from the centre, a demeanour of humility and a willingness to admit mistakes and to learn from them.Above all, there is in Tony Blair's article, which we publish opposite, the pro...

  • Poop, poop!
    Monday, 20 May 2002

    Internal linksBirt toll road plan lacks PM's support "It keeps him occupied," Stephen Byers memorably commented on John Birt's job as blue-skies thinker for the Prime Minister. Instead of retiring as others do, to write letters to the newspapers as...

  • Salil Shetty: Apartheid is a continuing reality for India's Dalits
    Monday, 20 May 2002

    It is now eight years since South Africans voted in a government committed to equal opportunities for all people, rather than different treatment linked to the colour of their skin. But, in India, the world's biggest apartheid system – based on anot...

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