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  • Lesbianism becomes fashionable
    Sunday, 29 September 2002

    At this time of year, one's thoughts naturally turn to lesbians. If cuddling up to one female body is an appealing thought as autumn rolls in, how much warmer would it be to curl up with two? And luckily the BBC is obliging us with Tipping the Velvet...

  • Gwyn Prins: The man is a tyrant whose time has come. The war must be fought
    Sunday, 29 September 2002

    Why did Tony Blair stake high on his weaker card? Yes, he genially mugged or outflanked his more obvious critics on Iraq last week, even if his celebrated dossier added little new to public knowledge about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction. Th...

  • Philip Hoare: Hell upon earth and other shocking impieties
    Sunday, 29 September 2002

    Out walking in the New Forest, my seven-year-old nephew Jacob turned to me and said: "Do you know what memento mori means?" Somewhat taken aback, I was about to enlighten him, in that casual but loftily avuncular manner one adopts on such occasio...

  • Thank you, Edwina, for blowing open the hypocrisy of the Major years
    Sunday, 29 September 2002

    If the revelations by Edwina Currie about a four-year affair with John Major had come to light any time before 26 November 1990 – the date of the second ballot for the Tory leadership following the resignation of Margaret Thatcher – he would neve...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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