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  • This national joke has ceased to be amusing
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    Nothing is more humiliating – and dangerous – for a politician than to be come a figure of fun. Whatever remaining shreds of political credibility the Transport Secretary, Stephen Byers, might have clung to before his parliamentary performance ye...

  • On the ball
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    Not long to go now. The geisha girls are preparing, the sushi chefs are limbering up, Sven Goran Eriksson has finalised who he will be taking with him. All eyes are on Hertfordshire, where, this Sunday, David and Victoria Beckham will host a party...

  • Tim Luckhurst: England needs devolution like a hole in the head
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    I have long wondered what John Prescott dreams about. My list usually includes an American- style constitution that would give the Deputy Prime Minister automatic assent to ascend to the premiership in the event of something nasty happening to Ton...

  • Anne Gregory: PR need not be mere propaganda - it can provoke an exchange of ideas
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    The way we have structured our society means that we are massively dependent on others. This applies to us as individuals – dependent on others for our food, homes, jobs and transport – and to organisations, too, who depend on their suppliers, custo...

  • So much pessimism, so much false prophecy - but so little sense
    Friday, 10 May 2002

    The air is full of talk of European rough beasts, whose time has come around. After 60 years the Second Coming is at hand and the indignant desert birds are squawking. "Europe is sliding into a new abyss," says one leftish British commentator. "The g...

  • Israel will react to this atrocity, but peace will only come through politics
    Thursday, 9 May 2002

    There was a sad inevitability about Tuesday night's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, just as there is about the next one, and the one after that. There was also a certain predictability about the responses. The Israeli government was quick to establis...

  • Tribunes of the people
    Thursday, 9 May 2002

    It sounds ominous. The Tribune Group is to be re-formed. The old Tribune Group, once a political base for the likes of Michael Foot and Barbara Castle, had become so tired and amorphous by the 1990s that even Tony Blair could become a member of it...

  • There is nothing sacred about the green belt
    Thursday, 9 May 2002

    Any economist would agree that one way to bring down the price of a commodity is to increase supply. So it is with housing, the spiralling cost of which in London and the South-east is fast becoming an economic and social problem. First-time buyers a...

  • Jack Straw: Europe and America must work together
    Thursday, 9 May 2002

    You know, but we sometimes forget, that the US is half a continent: its population is about equal to that of the five largest EU member states, its GDP greater still. Americans, correctly and rightly, consider that it is they as Americans who create...

  • Pascal Khoo-Thwe: Don't be fooled: Burma's generals cannot be trusted
    Thursday, 9 May 2002

    The release of Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this week from house arrest by the military rulers of Burma has been hailed as a new dawn. That could be true if all parties respond to the new atmosphere. But it would be premature to trust the generals to ...

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