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  • Impartial advice
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    It was a smart move by the Liberal Democrats to use the Data Protection Act to request information held electronically on their MPs by government departments. The exercise has yielded some fascinating e-mails. Before now we had little idea that Mat...

  • Europe's farmers should not be allowed to go on harvesting subsidies
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    Franz Fischler, the European Union's Agriculture Commissioner, must wonder what he ever did to deserve such punishment, for his is the worst job in the EU. Every commissioner likes to think that it is his destiny to reform the Common Agricultural ...

  • Richard Rogers: Imagine a city designed for all the people
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    Cities can be the most beautiful and joyful manifestations of civilisation. But they can also be socially polarised, physically squalid and environmentally destructive.New vitality has been achieved in many city centres through lottery-funded cultura...

  • Gerald Kaufman: Is Greg Dyke getting too big for his boots?
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    Shakespeare, as so often, had the catchline for it: "Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus." The Colossus in the play of that name was Julius Caesar. The man who today may claim to be the Colossus of British broadcasting ...

  • It doesn't matter who provided the sperm
    Wednesday, 10 July 2002

    It is appropriate – though tasteless – for this column to begin amidst the ammoniac scents of the gentlemens' loo at a service station, somewhere on the A12 round about lunchtime last Saturday. There stands a line of men at the urinals, each one hold...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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