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Thursday, 23 May 2002

  • It is not the state's role to dictate to us how much we should save for old age
    Friday, 24 May 2002

    Gordon Brown has carried all before him since his triumphant Budget last month. But there is a shadow on the Chancellor's horizon, where the sky is dark with chickens coming home to roost. In his first Budget, five years ago, his cleverest stealth...

  • Give economic migrants the chance of legal entry
    Friday, 24 May 2002

    The Sangatte refugee camp has become the focus for the xenophobic tendency on this side of the Channel. But the existence of the camp does not give rise to the nightly game of train-hopping at rail yards near the French tunnel entrance. As the chi...

  • Game on
    Friday, 24 May 2002

    If this World Cup turns out to be half as dramatic as the build-up, then we are in for a rare old treat. Roy Keane, Ireland's fiery skipper, has been sent packing after a bust-up with his manager. A civil war broke out in the Swedish camp as team ...

  • Tony Blair: We must take science seriously
    Friday, 24 May 2002

    We need to ensure our bright young people share our excitement about the potential of science and the role they can play. We particularly need to reverse the decline in maths, physics and engineering, and make science a career to aspire to, for g...

  • This is a battle of political pride, not national interests
    Friday, 24 May 2002

    If war does break out between India and Pakistan, it will be an entirely unnecessary and avoidable disaster. There is not the slightest sign that the populations of either countries are clamouring for conflict. Nor is there any real reason for one...

  • We're deluded if we think we can turn back the tide of asylum-seekers
    Friday, 24 May 2002

    Does gatte mean "sense" in old French? In which case Sangatte means "nonsense". Or perhaps it is a Gallic word that connotes a diversion, maybe a lurid spectacle that draws the eye away from the real world. Sangatte is certainly a side-track. The ca...

  • 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...

  • 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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