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  • The war may be over, but Mr Blunkett has become confused about drugs
    Thursday, 11 July 2002

    Cannabis is by far the most commonly used illegal recreational drug in Britain; indeed, it is probably less harmful than tobacco or alcohol. The grounds for believing it provides a "gateway" to harder drugs are, at best, anecdotal. There is litt...

  • A brave attempt to further the cause of prison reform
    Thursday, 11 July 2002

    Penal reform has always been a Cinderella cause in this country, and those who campaign against the appalling conditions that all too often obtain in our jails have to struggle to be heard. So it is all the more encouraging that Cherie Blair has...

  • On tap
    Thursday, 11 July 2002

    Still or sparkling? Either way, bottled water has always been an expensive way of rehydrating. Of course, in some countries, the ones where, in the old phrase, "you can't drink the water", such a luxury was a necessity. In Britain, despite its fine V...

  • Labour may be preparing its own poll tax disaster
    Thursday, 11 July 2002

    Last December I warned here that "Buried in the small print is the intention to abolish the standard spending assessment (SSA). This is the formula that is used to decide the level of grant to councils from the Government. Most MPs think it is unf...

  • Cherie Booth QC: What I was told by a drug pusher
    Thursday, 11 July 2002

    I'm delighted to be here. Delighted to have the opportunity to give this first Lord Longford memorial lecture. I am particularly pleased to have been able to renew my acquaintance with Lady Longford . She is of course a notable women in her own r...

  • Europe's farmers should not be allowed to go on harvesting subsidies
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    Franz Fischler, the European Union's Agriculture Commissioner, must wonder what he ever did to deserve such punishment, for his is the worst job in the EU. Every commissioner likes to think that it is his destiny to reform the Common Agricultural ...

  • Impartial advice
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    It was a smart move by the Liberal Democrats to use the Data Protection Act to request information held electronically on their MPs by government departments. The exercise has yielded some fascinating e-mails. Before now we had little idea that Mat...

  • Richard Rogers: Imagine a city designed for all the people
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    Cities can be the most beautiful and joyful manifestations of civilisation. But they can also be socially polarised, physically squalid and environmentally destructive.New vitality has been achieved in many city centres through lottery-funded cultura...

  • Gerald Kaufman: Is Greg Dyke getting too big for his boots?
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    Shakespeare, as so often, had the catchline for it: "Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus." The Colossus in the play of that name was Julius Caesar. The man who today may claim to be the Colossus of British broadcasting ...

  • It doesn't matter who provided the sperm
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    It is appropriate – though tasteless – for this column to begin amidst the ammoniac scents of the gentlemens' loo at a service station, somewhere on the A12 round about lunchtime last Saturday. There stands a line of men at the urinals, each one hold...

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Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

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The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing