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Wednesday, 17 July 2002

  • Leading article: Two cheers for Estelle Morris
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    Estelle Morris deserves two cheers for the increased spending announced for schools and further education in the comprehensive spending review. The third cheer for higher education will not be forthcoming yet, however, because Gordon Brown was almo...

  • The abolition of double jeopardy will undermine confidence in British justice
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    The abolition of the double jeopardy rule proposed by the Home Secretary David Blunkett would undermine the public confidence upon which our criminal justice system depends. For many centuries British citizens have surrendered to trial by jury bec...

  • The rhetoric over Iraq is reaching a dangerous pitch
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    President Saddam Hussein lashed out defiantly yesterday, returning the Bush Administration's axis of evil rhetoric in kind and vowing that "evil tyrants and oppressors" would never defeat him. There are many reasons not to feel sympathy with him, s...

  • Pet concerns
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    Hardly a day passes without some fresh health concern being raised. Always something to worry about. And now, today, we learn that more than half the cats and dogs in Britain are overweight. There are clearly important, possibly ironic, comparisons t...

  • David McKittrick: The IRA's leaders have mastered a new language
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    When Irish republicans talk in private about "the army", they mean not the British Army but the IRA, a usage that reflects their ancient and deep-seated assumption that the IRA is the legitimate army of Ireland. The pride that republicans have ab...

  • Scott Ritter: Bush could not do more for al-Qa'ida
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    You don't allow a friend to drive drunk. We have now got a drunk at the wheel of America; Britain needs to take the keys away from him.What George W Bush is proposing, taking military action against Iraq to eliminate Saddam Hussein, will effectiv...

  • Rape by soldiers is much more than 'simple lust'
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    As a lot of people have pointed out, one of the striking things about the new historical bestseller, Berlin: The Downfall, is the way that the historian Anthony Beevor gives great attention to the mass rapes carried out by the Soviet army during...

  • Andrew Oswald: Why students should pay fees of £7,000 a year
    Thursday, 18 July 2002

    The sun was shining. Then I heard the news: the review of student finance was being put back to October. I decided I had better go and have an ice cream to recover. What a hash the last few governments have made of higher education, I thought, as I o...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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