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  • How to restore faith in the figures: destroy an audit firm
    Saturday, 6 July 2002

    When it comes to making sure that company accounts are as honest as they can be, nothing proposed by Patricia Hewitt can match the incentive effect of the liquidation of Andersen, one of the world's largest accounting firms.The Secretary of State ...

  • A headless Thatcherism is no basis for a credible alternative government
    Saturday, 6 July 2002

    It says something for the power of Margaret Thatcher's legacy that someone, 12 years after her departure from office, still thinks it worth taking a metal pole to her marble effigy and knocking its head off. It was quickly established that Paul Ke...

  • Doors stop
    Saturday, 6 July 2002

    For those who do not partake of the heady mixture that is Sixties nostalgia, the Doors are simply a piece of wood for keeping rooms apart. For others, they provided the soundtrack to a time and a place. Digital remastering and induction into the "Roc...

  • Peter Tatchell: Gay Pride is now respectable, and the worse for it
    Saturday, 6 July 2002

    Today's Gay Pride parade and Mardi Gras festival marks the 30th anniversary of the first Gay Pride celebration in Britain. I helped organise that first celebration in 1972, when 700 lesbians and gays marched from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park.Ther...

  • If only people were more intelligent when they talk about America
    Saturday, 6 July 2002

    A few weeks after 11 September, I spoke at a meeting of a human rights group in rural England. Back then – how improbably distant it seems now – we could talk of little else but the slaughter in America. The world had shifted on its axis and anybody ...

  • Rain, rain go away (until after the wedding)
    Saturday, 6 July 2002

    After 20 years of summer holidays in Scotland, you'd think I would be used to bad weather in July. "Don't be so pathetic," my husband, who is from Argyle, would say. "You don't need good weather to have fun," and we'd put on sou'westers, waterproofs ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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