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Friday, 3 May 2002

  • A bad review for the nation's critics from a wounded director
    Saturday, 4 May 2002

    When the two tramps trade insults in Beckett's Waiting For Godot, the ultimate insult is "critic". It is a dirty word, too, for Dominic Dromgoole, the artistic director of the Oxford Stage Company. Mr Dromgoole is a rare iconoclast in theatre circ...

  • We cannot be complacent in the face of the BNP's minor electoral success
    Saturday, 4 May 2002

    The rise of the British National Party is a phenomenon that needs to be taken seriously. Unlike Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National in France, its support is highly localised and its representation in local government still puny. Three councillors i...

  • I'm glad I failed to win my local election
    Saturday, 4 May 2002

    It was not meant to be. I realise that now, the morning after, as I pick up the pieces of my blighted political career. The only honourable course is to be a good loser, or at any rate to be seen to be a good loser. I shall therefore hurry round to t...

  • No wonder voters have lost faith when politicians behave like Mr Byers
    Friday, 3 May 2002

    At a time when public disaffection with the political process is highlighted by yet another disappointing turnout in the local elections, it is doubly depressing to find a case of a politician conforming to the public's worst expectations. And yet t...

  • Old fashions
    Friday, 3 May 2002

    Progress, as we note here from time to time, is not always forward. There are, for example, quite a lot of "retro fashion trends". You will have noticed that car-washing by hand is far more of the now than the rather passé automatic wash. And what ab...

  • Angela Lambert: Keep the young alive - but let the old die in peace
    Friday, 3 May 2002

    The urgent question posed by the pitiful news photographs of Natasha and Courtney Smith, the latest conjoined twins, is: are we in the affluent, scientifically advanced West morally obliged at the start of the 21st century to maintain all life a...

  • Only grown-ups vote, and there are too many adult children in our society
    Friday, 3 May 2002

    More dispatches from the life front. First, on May Day four teenagers got on the Tube at Belsize Park, in north London: two boys and two girls. One boy wore a baseball cap and carried a skateboard, the other – about seven foot tall – wore a base...

  • The Palestinians must seize back their pride
    Friday, 3 May 2002

    Internal linksPeace conference proposals announced by PowellArafat tours his battered realmPalestinian state cannot be based on terror, says BushHuman rights group finds evidence of war crimesWhat does Britain's Jewish community make of events in Is...

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