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Monday, 22 July 2002

  • Independence day
    Tuesday, 23 July 2002

    Labour will decide today whether to accept Ken Livingstone's application to return to the party he abandoned to win election as Mayor of London. But why would Labour want its erstwhile enfant terrible back in the fold? And, indeed, why would Mr ...

  • Stop playing the blame game and call a public inquiry
    Tuesday, 23 July 2002

    So now we know. Yes, says yesterday's report by Ian Anderson – the third of the Government's commissioned reports into the foot-and-mouth disaster – there were serious mistakes made in the handling of the outbreak. Yes, there were clear failures in...

  • There is no defence for a verdict that flies in the face of common justice
    Tuesday, 23 July 2002

    To the surprise of no one, the Government yesterday rejected the findings of a House of Lords committee into the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash, standing by its earlier conclusion that the two pilots were negligent. The Ministry of Defence said that...

  • Russell Jacoby: Multiculturalism is the opium of the intellectuals
    Tuesday, 23 July 2002

    Now we've entered the era of the fight against terrorism, which is pure evil. What does the West stand for in this fight? It's revealing that at a moment in the war against terrorism Bush asked Americans not to falter – in what? In shopping. He said ...

  • Paul Vallely: What is the point of education?
    Tuesday, 23 July 2002

    The chap who runs our local corner shop has built up a thriving business. But he does not want to hand it on to his son. No, he wants Patel junior to become an accountant or doctor or somesuch. He wants him to be seen to have "done well". So what wil...

  • An unwise target to set for students and their employers
    Monday, 22 July 2002

    Many of the complaints about the employability of British graduates made by the Institute of Directors are so blimpish it is surprising it did not add the demand that ministers ensure the lyrics of popular music be clearly audible. The IoD thinks e...

  • Blotto
    Monday, 22 July 2002

    The ability to organise the proverbial, er, party in a brewery must surely by now be replaced in common parlance by the ability to run a state-monopoly lottery. And, if one group of people in particular can organise neither, it must surely be Camelo...

  • Ministers cannot be trusted to interpret the rules of an ethical trade in arms
    Monday, 22 July 2002

    Britain's policy on arms sales is a mess. Expectations raised by the promise of a more "ethical" foreign policy in 1997 have long since been dashed. But they were replaced, among those well disposed towards the Labour Government, by an understandin...

  • Mark Seddon: Labour needs a new concordat with the unions
    Monday, 22 July 2002

    Barely a handful of seasoned industrial correspondents remain – including The Independent's Barrie Clement – so it is hardly surprising that the seismic changes now underway in Britain's second most powerful union, Amicus-AEEU, have bought forth...

  • Our Man in Paris: When the 'internut' drives out reality
    Monday, 22 July 2002

    Apart from his impudent, mournful expression, Thierry Meyssan is an unlikely looking left-wing activist. He wears a suit and a tie and he has short, dark hair. He looks like a door-to-door insurance agent from the 1950s. To France's shame, Mr Mey...

  • Richard Sorabji: Who needs drugs when you're Stoic?
    Monday, 22 July 2002

    What is it to face things stoically? Perhaps we think of people who clench their teeth and keep a stiff upper lip. But this is not Stoicism at all. Stoic serenity was supposed to have passed beyond the stage of inner struggle.There may be parallel ...

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