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Sunday, 9 June 2002

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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