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  • Mr Duncan Smith and the strange living death of the Tory party
    Saturday, 7 September 2002

    Of all the anniversaries marked next week, that of the election of Iain Duncan Smith as leader of the Conservative Party is unlikely to attract the most attention. The launch of his leadership was postponed and overshadowed by the attacks on the Wo...

  • An avalanche of unnecessary vetting set off by moral panic
    Saturday, 7 September 2002

    The clamour for the public to be protected from the predations of a tiny number of dangerous individuals has spawned a monster. The Criminal Records Bureau, set up this April, is a state-controlled computer-vetting system for checking the backgroun...

  • President Bush will have to shock the American people into war
    Saturday, 7 September 2002

    Over the last year I've made a couple of firm predictions. The first was that sooner or later George Bush would launch a war to topple Saddam Hussein; the second was that the American people would regain their sense of balance in the aftermath of th...

  • Paul Vallely: My advice to Blunkett is to put a sock in it, motormouth
    Saturday, 7 September 2002

    You can always get a cheap laugh by having a go at Liz Hurley. Throw in a disparaging reference to an ageing actress like Joan Collins and you can more than double the chortling. What larks the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, had the other day t...

  • The modernisation of Parliament needs more than new working hours
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    Now that clapping is allowed in the Chamber, a polite round of applause, please, for Robin Cook's plans to push the House of Commons in the general direction of becoming a modern, effective and accountable legislature.It makes sense for the Common...

  • Clever gimmicks won't make a more equal society
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    It might be thought that, after five years, it would be possible to begin to form a judgement on the Blair Government's record. There is one issue, however, on which it is too early to tell, and that is the fundamental one – for a Labour government –...

  • Contrary-wise
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    Teenagers say they want health advice, but they seem to ignore what they are told, according to the latest research. What a delicious misunderstanding! Of course teenagers do not ignore what they are told, they listen carefully and do the precise opp...

  • Digby Jones: Government never saw tourism as being important
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    Central government never saw tourism as being as important as it is. Out of the awful foot-and-mouth has come a silver lining – tourism has come to the attention of government. The cash now being ploughed by the Government into regional development ...

  • If you can get the crowds out to defend fox-hunting, why not to save the planet?
    Friday, 6 September 2002

    Last week I packed mother, brother and nephew into the motor, and together we did the bourgeois version of a pub-crawl, taking in no less than three (yes, three!) National Trust sites in one single day. As a family we can hold our drink, and it ...

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