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Wednesday, 18 September 2002

  • A complete re-examination of our A-level system is needed
    Thursday, 19 September 2002

    Estelle Morris, the Secretary of State for Education, was indubitably right when she told the BBC's World At One yesterday: "It is no good going to school, quite frankly, for all those years and working hard, if you don't have confidence that you ...

  • True Brits
    Thursday, 19 September 2002

    Resistance to change has long been both the curse and the blessing of these islands. A doughty distaste for any threat to ancient liberties is, sadly, all too often matched by a refusal even to consider bold initiatives in the social field. Howeve...

  • A member of the axis of evil wants to come in from the cold
    Thursday, 19 September 2002

    At one level, North Korea's belated admission that it kidnapped 11 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and early 1980s merely underlines how well earned is Pyongyang's reputation as perhaps the most ruthless, paranoid and hermetically secretive regime ...

  • Why do we need LEAs?
    Thursday, 19 September 2002

    On the face of it, Ofsted's first ever overview of the performance of local education authorities, published this week, is hardly good news for those working in town halls. Even ignoring the fact that more LEAs (41) were classified as being unsatisfa...

  • Hamid Ali Alkifaey: Throw out Saddam and free my nation
    Thursday, 19 September 2002

    I left Iraq 22 years ago. There was no way I could live any longer under the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein. The Iran-Iraq war was just beginning and I, luckily, managed to get a visa to come to Britain as a student. I remember thinking that I wo...

  • Efraim Zuroff: This man's prosecution and conviction was a highly significant victory for historical truth
    Thursday, 19 September 2002

    The release yesterday by a Paris appeals court of the convicted French Nazi war criminal Maurice Papon – after he had served only three years of a 10-year sentence for complicity in crimes against humanity – has once again highlighted the complexit...

  • We must let boys explore their feminine side
    Thursday, 19 September 2002

    A number of British families are currently trotting off to Belgium in order to secure the services of a clinic where they can select the sex of their future offspring. The desire to choose the sex of one's child is nothing new. In the past, all sorts...

  • Ms Jowell's strange flirtation with cultural protectionism
    Wednesday, 18 September 2002

    Internal linksSurvival of BBC3 rests on strict conditions for quality, minister insistsLeading article: Ms Jowell's strange flirtation with cultural protectionism Of all the BBC's new digital channels, it is BBC Three that has proved the most troub...

  • New society
    Wednesday, 18 September 2002

    During the course of an interview with Woman's Own, published on 31 October 1987, Margaret Thatcher remarked that "there is no such thing as society". The argument about what precisely she meant to say has waged, on and off, ever since. Her own ex...

  • Saddam's offer should be accepted by Western hawks as well as doves
    Wednesday, 18 September 2002

    And with one bound he was free. Saddam Hussein's announcement that Iraq will re-admit UN weapons inspectors "without conditions" has had the obvious and intended effect of dividing his enemies.The international coalition that had, until this Machi...

  • Andrew Brown: At last, a theological row that's about theology
    Wednesday, 18 September 2002

    Internal linksAnalysis: Will sex rip apart the Church (as the Archbishop said to his flock)?Andrew Brown: At last, a theological row that's about theology It's almost always front-page news when a bishop says something obviously true. Dr George Car...

  • Now even the Tories want to give peace a chance
    Wednesday, 18 September 2002

    The implications of the unconditional offer by Iraq to accept a UN weapons inspection alter the terms of political trade for all three of our parties as they prepare for the conference season and next Tuesday's Commons debate.For Tony Blair, the ...

  • Richard Askwith: Why you won't see me marching for my countryside
    Wednesday, 18 September 2002

    You can't go far in my part of Northamptonshire without seeing one of those curiously respectable red, white and green posters urging you to march for "Liberty and Livelihood" on Sunday. They're everywhere: in fields, in garden fences, in the windows...

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