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  • Winston Churchill was right: Parliament should vote on war
    Saturday, 14 September 2002

    Iain Duncan Smith marked his first anniversary as Leader of the Opposition by calling for a "substantive" vote in the House of Commons on Iraq. Never mind the obvious jibe that this would allow his party to record precisely how strongly it support...

  • Smash hits
    Saturday, 14 September 2002

    Poptastic! TOTP: 2000! No, it's all right, we'll calm down now. Nevertheless, we couldn't let last night's 2,000th edition of Top of the Pops pass unmarked. It's fashionable, we know, to regard TOTP as hopelessly unfashionable, but that is to miss...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Be warned, this President means what he says
    Saturday, 14 September 2002

    First, a confession. I have changed my mind. I did believe that, when push came to shove, war against Iraq would not happen. International opinion would deter Washington, and, after a summer of sabre-rattling, normal service would be resumed.No ...

  • We need a war to help us to fight the flab
    Saturday, 14 September 2002

    As night follows day, as sun follows rain, as Blair follows Bush, three or four times a year a dietician will step up on a podium in front of a conference of distinguished medics, adjust his spectacles, shuffle his papers and tell them that the ...

  • The world no longer cares who is king of the castle in Northern Ireland
    Saturday, 14 September 2002

    Louis MacNeice once chided his fellow Irishmen for deluding themselves that the world cared "who was king of your castle". He wrote as a man gazing scornfully on Ireland from the vantage point of London. MacNeice was contemplating a world threat...

  • Kofi Annan: The security council must face its responsibilities
    Friday, 13 September 2002

    We cannot begin without reflecting on 11 September 2001. The attacks were an extreme example of a global scourge, which requires a broad, sustained and global response. Any state, if attacked, retains the right of self-defence under Article 51 of...

  • Fat is a public issue - and a private grief when I am looking in the mirror
    Friday, 13 September 2002

    The other night I dreamt I had a six-pack again. I looked down, and there were these washboard abdominals, as hard and as exaggerated as if they had belonged to an action-man doll. In the dream they were my reward for months of exercise and mild rest...

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