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  • Summer mirage
    Saturday, 20 July 2002

    At last! The bag is flung in the corner, maths but a memory, project notes in there somewhere, the report released with a timing and spin that Jo Moore could only envy. Yes, the summer holidays are here, finally, in all their late-rising, idly moo...

  • Doctor-murderers are rare, but there is a lesson to learn
    Saturday, 20 July 2002

    The scale of Harold Shipman's crimes is so great that it enters the zone of myth. The obscurity of his motive only adds to the power of the story. Paradoxically, the very uniqueness of his case provides some assurance that something similar will n...

  • Strikes, militants and the coming divorce between Labour and the unions
    Saturday, 20 July 2002

    Does anyone really believe that Britain is going back to the Seventies? Of course not. It only feels like that because Gordon Brown announced huge increases in public spending at the start of the week and public-sector trade unions rediscovered an...

  • The IRA have said sorry because they want to create an impression of humility
    Saturday, 20 July 2002

    I didn't believe I would ever see them do it. The statement of apology was one of the more surprising declarations of recent Irish history. The Provos are generally in the habit of blaming everybody else for the bloody consequences of their acti...

  • Sean O'Grady: Mr Kennedy isn't the only one who enjoys a dram
    Saturday, 20 July 2002

    Some years ago I spent a brief but enjoyable time working for the Liberal Democrats in Westminster. From what I can remember from that time, whenever I met Charles Kennedy in a bar or restaurant I was more drunk than he was. No, I'm not bragging....

  • I'm not surprised we're the world's worst tourists
    Saturday, 20 July 2002

    Someone called Cindy telephoned yesterday. "Hi, Sue," she said. She had an American accent. "I'm calling from Airhead PR. Can you give us your email address so we can send you a whole bunch of interesting stuff?" I said I didn't have an email address...

  • It is not for Mr Prescott to tell the rest of us where we can live
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    For all the virtues of social democracy, this Government also displays too many of its vices. In this week's public spending review, we got higher public spending on the kind of services best obtained by collective provision – but we also got cent...

  • Shamed by two lost boys on the other side of the world
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    It is possible that many Afghans claiming refugee status in Australia no longer fear persecution back home. The two boys who sought refuge in the British consulate in Melbourne say they left Afghanistan about two years ago, when it was ruled by th...

  • Two dozen wise words
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    It took 203 years, but a decade ago the United States did the right thing. The last of the required states (Michigan) finally ratified the 24 words that became the 27th amendment to the US constitution. "No Law, varying the compensation for the servi...

  • Ghazi Algosaibi: Osama bin Laden should not be dignified by justification
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    I must start by frankly admitting that Saudi Arabia has always been an efficient factory for the production of myths. The reasons are not difficult to comprehend. The name "Arabia" is itself a myth-maker. The mere mention evokes all kinds of magi...

  • Drivers. Unions. Residents. I'm going to sue the lot of them
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    She reminded me of Charles Laughton as the hunchback of Notre Dame, did the young woman driving the yellow Beetle that came round the badly parked lorry at speed yesterday, turned the corner and nearly killed me. Her shoulder was raised grotesqu...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Don't always believe the worst about Russia
    Friday, 19 July 2002

    When a Russian plane collided with a DHL cargo plane over Lake Constance two weeks ago, the gut reaction outside Russia was that the Russians were somehow to blame. Either the plane was not airworthy or the Russian pilot was incompetent. Within 24 ho...

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