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  • The forgotten inmates
    Sunday, 9 June 2002

    It usually takes a terrible crime for us to remember that Broadmoor and Britain's two other special hospitals, Rampton and Ashworth, exist. They are mentioned only when the most disturbed of killers are sent to them after conviction. They house peopl...

  • John Prescott: You can't drive motorists off the road. You can drive them to their senses
    Sunday, 9 June 2002

    In this newspaper's leading article "Beware, Mr Darling, of the backseat driver in No 10" last week, a statement was attributed to me, made in 1997: "I will have failed if in five years' time there are not many more people using public transport ...

  • Charlie Courtauld: I'm just popping out to the chemist for my repeat prescription of cigarettes
    Sunday, 9 June 2002

    It's hardly surprising to me that Iain Duncan Smith is not having a great time as Tory leader. Using my infallible pick-a-winner method, I could have warned party members that Ken Clarke was the preferable choice. Nothing to do with the policies:...

  • Michael McMahon: Of course teachers cheat. I did. Then I came to my senses: I quit
    Sunday, 9 June 2002

    "Education, education, education"? Testing, testing, testing. The first is what we were promised, the latter is what we've got. A week ago last Friday, my 17-year-old son's first year in the sixth form came to a dreary conclusion with an afternoon of...

  • The gaping holes in Britrock's royal tapestry
    Saturday, 8 June 2002

    There are some angry band managers and record company bosses this weekend. Organisers of the Party at the Palace last Monday did, I gather, invite a number of big names who felt it wasn't their scene, and said they were washing their hair that night....

  • What head teachers should not do when parents misbehave
    Saturday, 8 June 2002

    The frustrations of headteachers are understandable, but those who believe that children should be punished for the indiscipline of their parents are making a terrible mistake. It is true that the intimidation of teachers by parents is an increasing ...

  • Just get me out of the church on time
    Saturday, 8 June 2002

    Numbers would be well down, I knew that. Only a zealot would expect more than a handful of congregants to show up for morning service the day England were playing their first World Cup match. But at 10 o'clock last Sunday morning there wasn't on...

  • Conor Ryan: It's back to the humble telephone for advisers now
    Saturday, 8 June 2002

    Another Transport Department e-mail is big news. Dan Corry's inquiry about the affiliations of the Paddington Survivors Group has made special advisers public whipping boys again. Yet political advisers have a vital role. And without them, civil s...

  • The danger is that India and Pakistan think they could survive a nuclear war
    Saturday, 8 June 2002

    Nations have gone to war over a great deal less, but seldom have they had so much to lose. A fairly self-evident thought, I admit, but after 15 hours in the heat and dust of the frontline it was as close to analytical perspicacity as I could manage. ...

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