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  • I'm all for war on Iraq - but only if I see the evidence that Saddam is a threat
    Friday, 30 August 2002

    The simple juxtaposition of the names "Bush" and "Churchill" gave every satirist in Britain the chance to have some simple fun this week. That Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, actually made no personal comparison between the two leader...

  • The doves in America need to speak up now to spare us war on Iraq
    Thursday, 29 August 2002

    We have little choice now but to conclude that President George Bush has made up his mind to go to war with Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein. He has not himself said as much, and is unlikely to do so when he makes his next set-piece foreign policy spee...

  • Set targets for schools, but not impossible ones
    Thursday, 29 August 2002

    Had things turned out a little differently, and had David Blunkett not been promoted to Home Secretary after the general election last June, we might well be now contemplating his resignation. For, as we remind the former Education Secretary today...

  • Alan Ryan: GCSEs are an outrage against teenage nature
    Thursday, 29 August 2002

    The release of A-level and GCSE results provokes predictable reactions. On the one side, the Government spokesmen stand like Stalin's ministers during the period of the Five Year Plan, praising the Stakhanovite heroes – heroines mostly – of schol...

  • No need for a new constitution for the European Union; it's already got one
    Thursday, 29 August 2002

    So the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has decided that there should be a written constitution for Europe. But there is one already. It is called the Treaty of Rome. This was signed on 25 March 1957 by the heads of governments of the original six...

  • Mary Dejevsky: You need more than just good A-levels for Oxford
    Thursday, 29 August 2002

    It is that time of year again: the first chill of autumn, the national trauma of A-level results – and the howls of indignation about who did not get into Oxford. This year's poster girl for the unjustly excluded is 19-year-old Anastasia Fedotova...

  • Donald Rumsfeld: The war on terror is far from over
    Thursday, 29 August 2002

    We know that today's global war on terrorism is not a Hollywood picture. It's real, it's dangerous. There's no question but that it's different from anything our country has faced previously. There's also no question but that success, victory wil...

  • How the environmental movement got serious
    Thursday, 29 August 2002

    It's safe to predict that the World Summit on sustainable development will not achieve the headline goals that it has set itself, from ending deforestation to reducing water shortages. But if you watch the way the debates are going, there is one...

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