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  • Gift list
    Tuesday, 3 September 2002

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned. London's mayor, Ken Livingstone, seems to prefer champagne and cigars while London grinds to a halt.The list of his free gifts was released yesterday just as the closure of the northern part of Trafalgar Square caus...

  • Mr Blair's speech underlines the weakness of this summit
    Tuesday, 3 September 2002

    When a national leader at a global gathering takes the podium for his five minutes of speech time, he has a choice. He can use his precious allocation to make one or two memorable points with force, or he can try to cover the whole gamut of issue...

  • Vigilance, not panic, is needed as we meet the challenge of terror
    Tuesday, 3 September 2002

    Last Thursday, security officers at a Stockholm airport apprehended a 29-year-old Swedish citizen after detecting a gun in his hand luggage. Yesterday, Kerim Sadok Chatty was remanded in custody for an initial two weeks to allow accusations that h...

  • Gerald Kaufman: The Chief Rabbi must not back down on Israel
    Tuesday, 3 September 2002

    My text today comes from the Book of Samuel: "I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan." Last week I was among those who praised the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, when he spoke out about the predicament faced by Israel. He said what a number...

  • Beware of bombast, Mr Duncan Smith. Many Tories oppose a war on Iraq
    Tuesday, 3 September 2002

    There is something about a sunny 3 September, for anyone over the age of 70, that evokes a stirring of the heart. Memories are of the consequences and failures of appeasement, and the subsequent radio broadcast by Neville Chamberlain announcing...

  • Time for bed
    Monday, 2 September 2002

    Where would we be without think-tanks to tell us about trends in modern life that we might otherwise overlook in our haste to make it through the day without losing the car keys? Special thanks then to the Institute for Public Policy Research for l...

  • Getting it right in future is better than rewriting the past
    Monday, 2 September 2002

    No one doubts that the failure of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to secure convictions for the murders of Stephen Lawrence and Damilola Taylor is distressing. It must add immeasurably to the grief of the families to have it repeatedly...

  • Mr Bush has divided Baghdad's enemies more than Saddam ever could
    Monday, 2 September 2002

    If international diplomacy is a game of poker, President George Bush has played a strong hand incredibly badly. Driven by an American public incensed by the appalling attacks on the twin towers, he has edged towards an entirely unrelated war against...

  • Our woman in Sydney: Forgiveness is easy if you're a sportsman
    Monday, 2 September 2002

    Australians idolise their sporting heroes, but exactly how indulgent are they prepared to be if an idol turns out to have feet – or even another extremity – of clay? Very indulgent indeed, if the sport is Australian Rules and the man in question ...

  • Mark Seddon: Can 'lucky' Blair survive the Iraq crisis in his party?
    Monday, 2 September 2002

    We have become attuned to the leader of the free world, President George Bush, pronouncing on matters of life and death while improving his handicap on the golf course. So it came as something of a relief when Tony Blair maintained an icy silenc...

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