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  • Estelle Morris has given headmasters and teachers a real chance to succeed
    Wednesday, 17 July 2002

    The cautious welcome given by the education world to the £12.8bn rise in the Secretary of State's budget might be considered a grudging response to the Chancellor's generosity. But it spoke volumes about the realisation among teachers' leaders and...

  • Sacred duty
    Wednesday, 17 July 2002

    When the BBC governors discuss the future of political coverage today, voices within the corporation will urge them to axe the flagship Sunday political programme On the Record and the nightly Despatch Box on the ground that shows that are preoccupi...

  • Beware the diplomatic storm brewing in the Mediterranean
    Wednesday, 17 July 2002

    A bizarre little spat has flared up between Spain and Morocco that rings a great many alarm bells, very loudly. At its most benign, the dispute over the tiny island known as Perejil to Spaniards and Leila to Moroccans is a pale and ridiculous imitati...

  • A good day for Parliament and the Prime Minister
    Wednesday, 17 July 2002

    It is not often that, in a single day, the reputation of Parliament, MPs, the system of government and the personal standing of the Prime Minister are all improved. But the grilling of Mr Blair by the Liaison Committee of select committee chairme...

  • Katherine Duncan-Jones: The flower power of Shakespeare
    Wednesday, 17 July 2002

    Though, in 1913, Gertrude Stein claimed that "Rose is a rose is a rose, is a rose", this is not how it seemed to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. For them, a rose could range from a monarch to a tavern, from a gold coin – a "rose noble" – to a...

  • Is this the last chance for public services?
    Wednesday, 17 July 2002

    There is little that is psychologically more unsettling than having your wish come true. In 1976, in the last Labour administration before this one, the last Labour chancellor before this one negotiated a loan from the International Monetary Fund for...

  • Mr Brown's plans are admirable; we must hope that he will deliver them
    Tuesday, 16 July 2002

    The Chancellor, Gordon Brown, described it as a "spending review for education". It was certainly that, and lived up to the billing, skilfully engineered by Treasury spin doctors, that secondary schools in particular were to receive a boost to the...

  • Even when militants rage, we should uphold our own values
    Tuesday, 16 July 2002

    The British-born and educated Omar Sheikh has been found guilty of the murder of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and then killed by having his throat slit by a razor, after uttering the words: "My father is a Jew, ...

  • Critical mass
    Tuesday, 16 July 2002

    So, the Dome is not only the most publicised waste of public money in living memory, it has now been condemned, in a poll of architects and businessmen, as the ugliest building in the world. No one is ahead of the third leader department in condemnin...

  • Shirley Williams: We must defend the champions of democracy
    Tuesday, 16 July 2002

    It is vital for the prospects of democracy that genuine asylum-seekers are not denied asylum. When brave men and women like the leaders of East Timor and the opposition politicians in Zimbabwe are prepared to risk their lives in defence of human ...

  • Andrew Dilnot And Carl Emmerson: There are losers as well as winners in these plans
    Tuesday, 16 July 2002

    The 2002 Comprehensive Spending Review had very few surprises. In part, no doubt, this reflected extensive trailing, particularly on education. The Government had little choice but to allocate substantial increases to education, because so much ha...

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