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  • Don't appease the racists, Mr Blunkett
    Friday, 31 May 2002

    The Home Secretary's plan to speed the deportation of failed asylum-seekers is an ill-conceived answer to a problem that will not be so easily solved – if it is a problem at all.Certainly, there is a superficial attraction to the idea that failed a...

  • On the ball
    Friday, 31 May 2002

    Here we go. Bring on the world! Our sofas can take it! Sorry? Ah, you're one of those people who think that the flag of St George on all those vans and trucks has got something to do with the jubilee. Or you're Scots. Or Welsh. Or Northern Irish. S...

  • Why waste another fortune on Wembley just as the Dome is kicked into touch?
    Friday, 31 May 2002

    No powers of clairvoyance are required to tell the fortune of the plans for a new national football stadium at Wembley – we have the advantage of hindsight, looking back at the Millennium Dome.This is not a good week to sign the deal for the financ...

  • What on earth is the expansion of Nato
    Friday, 31 May 2002

    Critics of Europe can't have it both ways. You can't deride the Europeans for failing to get their act together on a common foreign policy and argue that the Continent is being driven by a remorseless push towards Euro-federalism. Either you don...

  • Surprise, surprise! I find that I have become a reluctant monarchist
    Friday, 31 May 2002

    The vicar has run a flag up his new, white pole. This is all a bit of a surprise. He is not an over-expressive man either in the street, or (I gather) in the pulpit, and you can't imagine him wanting to be associated with the unspiritual enthusiasms ...

  • The small matter of the monarch's cash should not obscure a bigger question
    Thursday, 30 May 2002

    This weekend marks the culmination of the jubilee celebrations. Although it has been a difficult year for the Queen personally, it has been a highly successful one professionally; "The Firm" has shored up its support across the nation with a PR campa...

  • Carole Angier: Levi's great strength was his fatal flaw
    Thursday, 30 May 2002

    Primo Levi was a brilliant, hypersensitive child with a possessive and dominating mother, who would only approve of him if he was unlike his father. So he learnt to be unlike his father. He retreated into the strongest parts of himself, his intellec...

  • It's not only the boys that can fail at school
    Thursday, 30 May 2002

    Internal links'Sexist' teachers are holding back brightest girls In a lecture that is to be delivered today in Belfast, Professor Jannette Elwood does useful work in exploding some of the myths that lie around that shiny image of modern success, th...

  • There is only one real winner in this cabinet reshuffle: Gordon Brown
    Thursday, 30 May 2002

    Excuse a certain smugness after I suggested on Tuesday, before any knowledge of events about to unfold, that continuing speculation about Stephen Byers until the summer recess would lead to administrative paralysis.Mr Byers' eventual recognition ...

  • MJ Akbar: Pakistan cannot expect the support of India's Muslims
    Thursday, 30 May 2002

    Internal links Straw hints at deal to avert war in Kashmir A revealing but rarely revealed fact is that Muslims in the rest of India give no support whatsoever to the separatist insurgency in the Muslim-majorit...

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