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  • Mr Duncan Smith should be wary about claiming that history is on his side
    Tuesday, 11 June 2002

    Attending an international conference of centre-right parties in Washington yesterday, Iain Duncan Smith must have felt a little like the ugly sister at the grand ball. His host, President Bush, is the most prominent and powerful example of how a c...

  • Suits you?
    Tuesday, 11 June 2002

    The President of the Royal Academy is a sculptor. The secretary of the Royal Academy is an economist. A clash was inevitable. It seems that Professor Phillip King, the president, won the clash as the secretary, David Gordon, resigned, and interview...

  • An explosive device in the midst of a turf war
    Tuesday, 11 June 2002

    Just as the threat of nuclear war between India and Pakistan was starting to recede, the US Attorney General, John Ashcroft, lobbed a new incendiary device into the cauldron of international war fever. The US, he said, had arrested a "known terrori...

  • Sir Ron Cooke: 'We must assert the importance of geography in the curriculum'
    Tuesday, 11 June 2002

    Geography is fundamental to understanding such enduring issues as social equity, globalisation, and the relations between environment and society.The new Education Bill limits the core compulsory courses for the 14-16 age group to English, maths, sci...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Let us not become two nations of car drivers
    Tuesday, 11 June 2002

    The time will come when every driver in the south-east of England will be monitored by a spy-in-the-sky and charged for driving on roads we already pay for through the road tax. This is the only way, says a new survey commissioned by the Department o...

  • Bill Morris: Mr Blunkett, now trust me: you are wrong on asylum
    Tuesday, 11 June 2002

    The failure of the Government to explain its asylum policy and to manage dispersal effectively means that we now stand on the threshold of a fatal breakdown in this country's honourable asylum tradition. This crisis of understanding does our nat...

  • Knockout
    Monday, 10 June 2002

    Better even than preventing the match from going ahead was that Mike Tyson should fight and be defeated. It was never feasible that the convicted rapist could be denied a venue – somewhere in the world would put the lure of money above disapproval of...

  • Rally round the awkward squad in the face of all this spin and control freakery
    Monday, 10 June 2002

    Tam Dalyell, the backbench Labour MP for Linlithgow, is a maverick – "n, a person of independent or unorthodox views, after Samuel A. Maverick (1803-70), Texan rancher who did not brand his cattle". He is therefore essential to the political health...

  • A neat way to try to combat alcohol abuse
    Monday, 10 June 2002

    For all the agonising about the use of illegal drugs in this country, the most harmful mood-altering substance remains alcohol. Anything that provides people with better information about alcohol and that might encourage more sensible drinking is the...

  • Richard Koch: 'Individualism is replacing managerial capitalism'
    Monday, 10 June 2002

    EM Forster wrote: "Failure or success seem to have been allocated to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, and in the universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle."I am going to argue that there is a lot more wr...

  • Our Man in Paris: Divided by proximity
    Monday, 10 June 2002

    A French television company once had the bright idea to make a version of the Australian soap Neighbours, set in Paris. They had to abandon the idea. No one could imagine any realistic dialogue between Parisian neighbours.Like all apocryphal stor...

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