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  • Unthinkable
    Tuesday, 9 July 2002

    As the Labour Party launches Forethought, its new research centre, this may be a good moment to spare a thought for those who find themselves in the search for fresh ideas. For, in think tanks and centres for study and for research and for policy, ...

  • The Church of England should be self-confident and independent of spirit
    Tuesday, 9 July 2002

    In his sermon on Sunday, the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev and Right Honourable Dr David Hope, expressed the view that the Church of England "can learn from the wonder of Harry Potter". His congregation might have wondered instead if things had ...

  • Watch out: broadcasting is losing its diversity
    Tuesday, 9 July 2002

    The likely closure of FilmFour, the movie-making arm of Channel 4, is certainly bad news for what Tessa Jowell, the Secretary of State for Culture and Media, sometimes describes as the "ecology" of the media industry. Its demise would mean one fewe...

  • Andrew Brown: The Church should stop behaving like an adolescent child
    Tuesday, 9 July 2002

    Disentangling the Church of England from the state is like getting jellyfish off fishing line. You can't see what you're doing, the process is painful, and it's really difficult to get all of it done. Yet there is a surprising amount of support ...

  • Julia Strong: We must put listening and speaking back in the Literacy Hour
    Tuesday, 9 July 2002

    Here are some ingredients that teachers of any age tend to throw into their teaching repertoire, with scores of their effectiveness in helping students to retain information: explaining to others 90 per cent, practice by doing 75 per cent, discussion...

  • Making the abortion pill widely available is a sensible step
    Monday, 8 July 2002

    So much for the Conservative Party's concern for the vulnerable. Its deputy leader, Michael Ancram, says that he is against abortion pills becoming more widely available "because I think that anything that makes abortion easier and simpler in the e...

  • We cannot sell arms to Israel and pretend to be shocked if they are used
    Monday, 8 July 2002

    The Foreign Secretary was emphatic three months ago. "It is extremely important that there should be the greatest certainty," he told the House of Commons, about what the Government would and would not allow to be exported to Israel.That is the si...

  • No-win situation
    Monday, 8 July 2002

    We report today on the invention of the world's first "pupil-friendly" examinations, featuring better laid-out papers and a break in the middle to look up the... oops, we mean to recover one's strength. Doubtless such a plan will meet the same narrow...

  • Mark Borowski: Poles must play a part in Europe
    Monday, 8 July 2002

    In joining the European Union, Poland would not like to be a bulwark for an affluent, isolationist Europe. We believe that the gradual involvement of Ukraine in the common economic space is in the unquestionable interest of the EU. It is at the least...

  • Sean O'Grady: Why Mr Brown might thrive in a recession
    Monday, 8 July 2002

    Does Gordon Brown have nightmares? Recent financial events will have have provided his subconscious with plenty of raw material to frighten the poor man. So let us, for a moment, peer into Gordon's dreams... The stock market falls by another fif...

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