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Wednesday, 22 May 2002

  • Mr Hoon is trying to defend the indefensible
    Thursday, 23 May 2002

    It was sharp of the shadow Defence Secretary, Bernard Jenkin, to spot that the Government was trying to smuggle out its decision not to allow female members of the armed forces fully to serve on the front line.Using the old ruse of a written answe...

  • President Bush should listen to what he is told during his European trip
    Thursday, 23 May 2002

    Once upon a time a young American could proclaim "Ich bin ein Berliner" and Germany and all of Europe would be thrilled. Today the crowds will be out on the streets of Berlin for another American president – but to revile George Bush, not to prais...

  • Cross with care
    Thursday, 23 May 2002

    Much crossness at the Vatican, we note, over the fashion among celebrities for wearing golden, diamond-studded crucifixes. Various stars find themselves anathematised, accused of flaunting a Christian symbol costing large sums of money while forgetti...

  • Frederick Kempe: Why I prefer Europe to America
    Thursday, 23 May 2002

    For all America's current soul-searching about its war on terrorism, I would argue that Europe is a far more exciting place to live than America at this point in history. That's because while America has largely defined what it is and what it sta...

  • Face the facts: scientists can get things wrong
    Thursday, 23 May 2002

    Today, Tony Blair is due to give a speech in which he will condemn people who are "against science". "It is time to defend science," he said earlier this week, "to make clear that the Government is not going to allow misguided protests against sc...

  • Peter Mandelson: We've forgotten our first priority: education
    Thursday, 23 May 2002

    It was no accident that New Labour came to power with education, education, education as our number-one priority. Of late, though, this commitment seems to have become eclipsed by alternative priorities. I believe education must return to the politic...

  • It will take more than a video nasty to curb the damage from drug abuse
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    Not even the most dedicated proponent of the "shock" school of drugs control would claim that such an approach will solve the drug problem. The Government's decision to make available to all schools in England a video about the death of the heroin...

  • The United States rounds up the usual list of suspects
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    The most predictable list in diplomacy was published yesterday: the annual roll call of "state sponsors of terrorism". Mandated by a 1979 law, the Bush administration has fulfilled its statutory obligation and there are no surprises on the list of...

  • Roman camp
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    Has the worship of women always meant the emasculation of men? Archaeologists in Catterick, North Yorkshire, have discovered the skeleton of a cross-dressing eunuch dating back to the 4th century. The skeleton – found dressed in women's clothes and j...

  • Prue Leith: Cooking has become a spectator sport
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    Every civilisation, anywhere on the globe, in any century, has until now prepared its food and eaten in some kind of social community. Only outcasts and hermits ate alone. Outcasts were punished by being denied participation in social activities ...

  • This political cross-dressing is very confusing
    Wednesday, 22 May 2002

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to pigeonhole Iain Duncan Smith in the Conservative spectrum, and this week has not made the task any easier. First we had yet another example of "gay" issues threatening to put him back into the traditional T...

  • Student funds: let's be radical
    Thursday, 23 May 2002

    University underfunding is becoming a national scandal like the underfunded railways and the underfunded National Health Service. Students are increasingly taught in large classes and in buildings and with equipment that need upgrading. That is the ...

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