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  • Earthly matters
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    Michael Meacher, the Environment Minister, declared yesterday that "the world is in a very serious state". According to some reports, much the same could have been said about Mr Meacher himself. He was, we believe, rather agitated about not seeing ...

  • A case that undermines confidence in the NHS and the medical profession
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    The case of the disgraced former gynaecologist Richard Neale is one of the more disturbing in the annals of medical incompetence. In July 2000 the General Medical Council found him guilty of ruining the lives of 13 women. He did operations without...

  • Fresh ideas and free entry have revived our museums
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    Surprise. Governments can do the right thing. And make a difference. By doing what almost the entire world of literacy and the arts, including this newspaper, asked for and making museum entry free, the Department for Media, Culture and Sport has ign...

  • Saddam Hussein: God protects Arabs and Muslims
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    Among the lessons gained from the history of mankind there is the fact that greed and arrogance combined lead the oppressor to do injustice not only to others but to himself as well, once this union of greed and arrogance has misled him into a sense ...

  • The dark clouds looming over our countryside
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    The days have been damp and dull for August, but if you know where to look, you can always pick out some bright spots in the gloom. Take the resurrection of Snowdonia hawkweed, for instance. It may sound like a character out of Harry Potter, but is i...

  • A message delivered in Tripoli but aimed at Baghdad and Washington
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    For all the excitement being drummed up by the Foreign Office, this week's visit to Libya by a Foreign Office minister is hardly to be equated with Richard Nixon's epoch-making trip to China. Britain resumed full diplomatic relations with Libya th...

  • The dismal legacy of the race chief bowled out of his job
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    It seems fitting that Gurbux Singh's tenure as chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) should end in such ignominy. His departure from this vital and high-profile post was inevitable following his admission that he had drunkenly abuse...

  • Body shapes
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    Scientists, it is reported, are developing an elixir that will help people to control their appetites. Suddenly, we will all have the chance to be thin. The aesthetic and health benefits will be untold. Can't you just see it: there go the multi-mi...

  • Women want the doors of power opened for them
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    Nine out of 10 women now expect to have doors held open for them by men, according to something called the Future Foundation. This bit of news has been taken in some quarters as suggesting that a return to a more traditional society might be on t...

  • Jean Seaton: A service the market could not deliver
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    We've had this strange beast called public service broadcasting, which I would suggest has allowed us to have discussions about ourselves and programmes about ourselves and things that delight us and amuse us and are trivial and funny and all of tho...

  • Michael Meacher: Cold comfort for those attending the Earth Summit
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    The Earth Summit in Johannesburg, in just three weeks' time, will confront an overarching agenda: fresh water, energy, poverty, food. A decade on from the inaugural conference at Rio, these fundamental issues remain as unresolved as ever, and not ...

  • Wars have to be justified by the conviction that the alternative is worse
    Thursday, 8 August 2002

    Three thousand religious leaders constitutes a whole lot of morality. Being picketed by Anglican nuns is a new experience for the spiritually inclined inhabitants of Number 10 – or, indeed, for practically anybody. You would have to be a very spe...

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