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  • The A-level furore must not obscure wider failures in the education system
    Saturday, 28 September 2002

    With all the inevitability of a slow-motion train crash, the crisis over this year's A-level grades claimed its first victim yesterday. As Mike Tomlinson, the head of the inquiry, said, "It was an accident waiting to happen." But it will take more...

  • In praise of Mr Clarke's plain-speaking on the euro
    Saturday, 28 September 2002

    No sooner did Charles Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat leader, call on the Government to end the conspiracy of silence on the euro than Charles Clarke, the Labour Party chairman, duly obliged.In his interview in our pages today, he becomes the first ...

  • Bridling at paths
    Saturday, 28 September 2002

    Where would the world be without celebrities? You might complain about the modern obsession with them, the assumed interest in their most minute doings, such as going shopping or getting pregnant; but it would be a huge mistake to dismiss it all. For...

  • Mary Dejevsky: Never mind the choice, just give me the quality
    Saturday, 28 September 2002

    Recently arrived on my desk is a stylish yellow and white brochure that looks for all the world like a company annual report or the sort of privatisation propaganda that "Sid" tried to seduce us with many moons ago. It is, in fact, the Liberal De...

  • A timely reminder of the Irish Republic's brush with a kind of ethnic cleansing
    Saturday, 28 September 2002

    I doubt that I have read a book as moving in at least a decade. Now there's a claim. But, oh, does this novel deserve rapture. At the age of 74, William Trevor has produced a masterwork. The Story Of Lucy Gault was nominated this week for a Book...

  • Thomas Matussek: We must learn to communicate
    Friday, 27 September 2002

    Knowledge of foreign languages, the ability to understand our partners across political, cultural and linguistic frontiers, is a vital part of global communication, of peaceful competition and co-operation. We owe it to our children to prepare th...

  • The disillusionment of Prince Charles (and others who nurse grievances)
    Friday, 27 September 2002

    "Doctors of my acquaintance," said my psychoanalyst friend over his espresso, "distinguish between a patient who has a complaint and one who has a grievance. Complaints can be dealt with and resolved, grievances can't."This was useful. We had be...

  • Julia Gash: There is nothing sexist about pornography
    Friday, 27 September 2002

    Earlier this week, at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton, I delivered a speech in support of a motion to regulate pornography. As someone who works in the sex industry, I was speaking from the front line. Seventy-two per cent of the customer...

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