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Tuesday, 23 July 2002

  • This awkward priest is a herald of good news
    Wednesday, 24 July 2002

    When Rowan Williams, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, first gave a lecture in Germany – the polymath primate can speak seven languages and lecture in five – he was approached by an earnest student who asked him: "What is your methodological star...

  • The feuding Conservatives have forgotten the most basic rules of opposition
    Wednesday, 24 July 2002

    In the short term at least, the demotion within the Shadow Cabinet of David Davis, a possible rival for the Tory party leadership, is something of a triumph for Iain Duncan Smith. It was, after all, Mr Davis who blinked. By accepting a considerab...

  • Turbulence ahead
    Wednesday, 24 July 2002

    Yesterday was a good day for planespotters and holidaymakers, but a bad one for the Nimby tendency. The Government released plans to build new airports and runways galore: at Heathrow, in the Kent marshes, at Stansted, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh,...

  • Andrew Gumbel: We should all join the resistance against Disney
    Wednesday, 24 July 2002

    We are wandering the aisles of our local supermarket, and my five-year-old son sees a plastic Spider-Man "spider squirter" toy loudly advertised on a packet of chocolate-covered cereal pops. Naturally, he wants to buy them. Naturally, I resist. He wa...

  • Jeb Bush" Florida's field of dreams
    Wednesday, 24 July 2002

    As governor of Florida, I look over the horizon and try to figure out how to build a climate where investment will occur more often than not, and in our state rather than some other place that is also aspiring for that capital. That sets me apa...

  • The deposing of Mr Davis is fraught with danger
    Wednesday, 24 July 2002

    Phil Edgar Jones, the executive producer of the Channel 4 Big Brother shindig, was asked this week if he was considering an offshoot featuring real live politicians. The idea, he said, was not as ludicrous as it sounds. "We have talked about it....

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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