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Friday, 12 July 2002

  • How to sell a diplomatic failure as a success
    Saturday, 13 July 2002

    The Foreign Secretary had expected to be in Madrid yesterday, trying to meet the Government's self-imposed "summer" deadline for agreement with Spain over the future of Gibraltar. Instead, he found himself no further from home than the House of Com...

  • For this Government, a fair trial can only end with a guilty verdict
    Saturday, 13 July 2002

    If the character of a government is defined by its legislative obsessions, then Tony Blair's administration ought to be remembered for criminal justice reform. Under Margaret Thatcher, substantial Acts changing trade union law became a biennial eve...

  • A load of goblins
    Saturday, 13 July 2002

    Lo! There is rift and rupture in the world of magic and parable and firing of unformed imaginations! Terry Pratchett, winner of the Carnegie Medal for children's literature, yesterday marked his award with a splendidly combative attack on hobbits,...

  • The sweet smell of stating the blindingly obvious
    Saturday, 13 July 2002

    Write this down; it could be important. Gender is a variable, which should be taken into account in the treatment of pain. On second thoughts don't bother. It's only the result of one of those daft research projects whose sole purpose as far as ...

  • Fear and terror stalk Zimbabwe, for the worst is yet to come
    Saturday, 13 July 2002

    Africa had a new beginning this week. At least that is what the leaders who gathered in Durban would like us to believe. A new beginning under the grand title of the African Union. I would have been tempted to treat it as something other than a ...

  • Rupert Cornwell: It maddens his foes, but Bush is a lucky President
    Saturday, 13 July 2002

    Eat your hearts out, Bush-haters in Britain, Europe and beyond. It just ain't happening. This past week, the first of George W's 57th year on this planet, has been his worst as President by far. But, somehow, the good ship "moral clarity" sails on. T...

  • Crash. Bang. Wallop
    Friday, 12 July 2002

    As prangs go, Commander Richard Farrington's little adventure with HMS Nottingham is impressive. The destroyer has several holes in its hull after hitting Wolfe Rock near Lord Howe Island in the south Pacific. Although Commander Farrington was not ...

  • The Interbrew case: the principle at stake goes to the heart of a free press
    Friday, 12 July 2002

    Journalism might often seem a frivolous or irresponsible business. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it ought to be. But behind all the froth, the scandal and the entertainment, it is also a serious enterprise. We all know, even if it is not at the f...

  • University students should pay for their own education
    Friday, 12 July 2002

    The Prime Minster was so surprised by the strength of middle-class outrage at the partial withdrawal of the perk of free university education that he did what he always does in a tight spot. He ordered a review. That led to expectations, stoked by ...

  • Mary Dejevsky: We Europeans should claim our bragging rights
    Friday, 12 July 2002

    A more potent image of the crisis that has engulfed the US economy since the Enron scandal would be hard to find than the television footage of President Bush addressing Wall Street financiers as the Dow Jones indicator ticked ever lower in the ...

  • Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: The renewal of Africa belongs to this generation
    Friday, 12 July 2002

    We are meeting at a critical juncture in the history of our continent. We are poised for the new beginning. Our primary responsibility as the elected representatives of our people is to look at how far we have come and to prepare for the long and ard...

  • Abortion. Drugs. Gays. Transsexuals. We're not a progressive nation, are we?
    Friday, 12 July 2002

    Here's one that David Blunkett does not need to agonise over. Yesterday the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, upheld Christine Goodwin's right to be a woman. The judges unanimously ruled that her country – Britain – had breached her...

  • Paul Vallely: The subversive dynamism of market forces
    Friday, 12 July 2002

    A fairly typical bundle of post landed on the mat this morning. A hospital appointment for our two year old, 10 days hence. A phone bill. A change of address card. A postcard from holidaying friends. A newsletter from a pressure group. Two charity ap...

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