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  • Leading article: Mr Schröder has failed to reform Germany but still deserves to be re-elected
    Friday, 20 September 2002

    The German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, has been a disappointment in his first term. He was elected four years ago on a Blairish promise to manage the changes needed to modernise the German economy, but he was never clear about what those changes...

  • Mahesh Reddy: It takes imagination to be an engineer
    Friday, 20 September 2002

    It's funny that a majority of engineers, mathematicians and scientists don't think that they have the ability to be creative. They see themselves as mainly technical analysts with virtually no creative abilities. I have, on the other hand, found ...

  • Chris Bridge: Has the system reached breaking point?
    Friday, 20 September 2002

    Even this year, A-Level Results Day seemed to be going well. The usual pale faces came into the hall to pick up their results. Reluctant hands stretched out for the envelopes and hesitant feet moved students away to the corners of the room before the...

  • 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...

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