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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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