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  • Public lesson
    Friday, 5 July 2002

    Tony Blair is the first Prime Minister since the introduction of universal state education in Britain to use the service exclusively for his children. Purists can cavil at the selection procedures at the schools attended by his two elder sons and ...

  • Warning to the Chancellor: political reputations can go down as well as up
    Friday, 5 July 2002

    Internal linksInvestors puzzled by Blair claims of 'massive' market rise The context in which the Prime Minister made his suddenly famous comment about shares is interesting. "Yes, the stock market has fallen," he said on 19 June, "but it is still ...

  • Second-time lucky for digital television
    Friday, 5 July 2002

    The simplest way to try to understand digital television – and this is addressed to the 99 per cent of the population that finds phrases such as "digital terrestrial television platform" and "free to air" confusing – is to pretend that nothing has...

  • Harry Torrance : Why are we so obsessed with exams?
    Friday, 5 July 2002

    It's a strange Alice-in-Wonderland World we enter, when we enter the world of examinations and testing; exam passes and test scores have never been higher, yet the moral panic surrounding exams and educational standards continues unabated.Interes...

  • The economic, democratic and cultural reasons for joining the euro
    Friday, 5 July 2002

    "OK," said at least one of my e-mail correspondents this week, a slight exasperation evident behind the departed cursor, "all that stuff about old Geldof is diverting, but what is your view about the euro? If you are in favour of it, why?" So this is...

  • The case for dealing with this heinous crime in a special way
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    The acquittal of the snooker player Quinten Hann on a charge of rape has once again raised the question of anonymity for women who accuse men of this crime. That is understandable; it does seem unfair that women are protected from publicity in suc...

  • A distinguished doctor tells the truth about the sickly state of the NHS
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    He may be the high priest of one of Britain's more powerful vested interests, but Sir Anthony Grabham, the new president of the British Medical Association, speaks with some authority on the parlous state of the National Health Service. In his ina...

  • Why London needs help
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    The Government should be applauded for its decision to appoint a commissioner to improve standards in London's schools. It is odd perhaps that it hasn't done something before. The problems in the capital are unique. The high cost of living makes it i...

  • Anthony Grabham: Is the cure in sight for the NHS?
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    I note with real sadness that equity of access to care, which was one of the great aims of the NHS, today frequently means equity of access to poor or indifferent services unless, of course, you happen to be one of the growing numbers of private ...

  • Susan Bassnett: How can intellectuals be so unreasonable?
    Thursday, 4 July 2002

    Different cultures have perceived the role of intellectuals in different ways. At times writers, thinkers and academics have been seen as subversive figures – persecuted, even executed by a repressive state; while at other times they have been seen a...

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