10 MAY 2003

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he Labour party suspended Mr George Galloway, an MP, from

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'holding office or representing the party' while it investigated complaints that remarks he made during the war against Iraq might have constituted 'behaviour that is...

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Weak foundations

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ony Blair turned 50 this week. The milestone has been celebrated with a special exhibition by the staff of No. 10. In an impressive display of their tal ents, the spin doctors...

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I found myself twice debating with Ottilia Saxl, director of the

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Institute of Nanotechnolog, on the radio last week. She assured listeners that 1 was -. quite wrong to imply that big business was behind the technology. Governments, she...

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Now the real fight begins, and this time the Pentagon won't help

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he central proposition behind the government's public-relations campaign since the end of the Iraq war is that Tony Blair has undergone some mid-life personality enhancement. We...

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T ile Questing Vole S hould we really have been surprised at

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leaked wire-taps revealing that Mo Mowlam has what the wholesome housewives of Middle America call 'a pottymouth'? Or that while secretary of state for Northern Ireland she...

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If you embarrass the government, you may end up in police custody

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n the early hours of last Thursday, armed police arrived at the Belfast house of Liam Clarke, the Sunday Times's Northern Ireland editor, and his wife, Kathy. They seized four...

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Why is the BBC so scared of the truth?

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Rod Liddle switches on the television and is alarmed to find that broadcasters either ignore or deny what we all know is happening L et us imagine for a moment that you are a...

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Banned wagon: global

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A weekly survey of world restrictions on freedom and free trade This column does not often find common cause with American farmers, nor with farmers of the developed world in...

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'I focus on winning'

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lain Duncan Smith tells Mary Wakefield that the Tories' new Fair Deal needs no razzmatazz to win over the public R ight! You've got 40 minutes,' says Nick Wood, lain Duncan...

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The toffs fight back

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You know what? There isn't a conspiracy against the middle classes in education. On the contrary, says Rachel Johnson, they've never had it so good I ,. f you read only the...

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Mind your language

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I was trying the other day to find out who first came up with the term moral equivalence, and so I turned to Twentieth Century Words, edited by John Ayto (Oxford). He doesn't...

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OK: just stop gloating

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The coalition victory should be celebrated, but it was not an unmitigated triumph, says Andrew Gilligan In 1991 we were Liberating Kuwait. In the Falklands we relieved the...

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What a shower!

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Why do we put up with pathetic trickles when foreigners have power showers? Because we are mean and timid, says Nell Butler I 'm in a Swiss mountain village. I've spent the day...

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Ancient & modern

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Two British commandos from the Special Boat Service (motto 'Not by force, but by guile') escaped capture in Iraq by trekking some 100 miles across mountainous terrain, by night,...

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Germany falling

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Berlin lives in the past, says Andrew Gimson. Welfare is generous, and the nation is going bankrupt Y ou are leaving the civilised sector. These words were pinned. in German and...

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That's enough grovelling, PM

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The Atlantic alliance is essential to the national interest, says Malcolm Rifkind, but Mr Blair should not give unconditional support to the US liw hy is Tony Blair regularly...

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A little town where the spirit of Old England still lives and flourishes

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V illages and little towns are rather like people: they either have charm or they don't, and it's not always easy to explain why. When I am staying at my house in the Quantocks,...

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My Beckenham referendum

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From Sir Philip Goodhart Sir: Of course there should be a national referendum before this country is asked to sign a new European constitution. If the present government will...

Arrogant Mr Patten

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Front Mr Tim Congdon Sir: Unlike Christopher Patten (Letters, 3 May), I do not regard Britain's future position in Europe as a matter of musichall entertainment. My article...

Where are those WMD?

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Front Mrs Elizabeth Morley Sir: 'If there are any weapons of mass destruction,' writes Boris Johnson (The fear, the squalor . . . and the hope', 3 May), 'the good news is that...

From Mr John Jenkins Sir: I was struck by Boris

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Johnson's account of comments made to him by Thomas, his translator in Iraq, to the effect that a country with a tyrant is better than one with no leader at all. Thomas...

A kiss too far

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From Lieutenant-Colonel D.M.C. Rose Sir: I was horrified to see our Prime Minister kissing the President of Russia. Can you imagine Neville Chamberlain kissing Hitler, or...

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What revolution? revolution?

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From Mr Greg Richey Philip Hensher (Books, 26 April) labours under the rather startling delusion that Margaret Atwood is a novelist of remarkable foresight, offering her...

In thrall to safety

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From Mr Mark Carden Sir: Modern state-sponsored fearfulness does not result just in absurd over-reaction to real problems (Leading article, 3 May), but also in the imposition of...

Help for heroes

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From Brigadier Peter Macdonald (Rtd Sir: When in 2001 I heard that many of the men living on the streets in Bristol were ex-servicemen (Mary Wakefield's article. 'Lions betrayed...

Who's kidding whom?

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From Mr Neil Clark Sir: What is it about the Russian position on weapons inspections that a man of Mark Steyn's undoubted intellect fails to understand ('Why I nearly resigned',...

Kicking killers

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From Mr David C. Taylor, FRCVS Sir: The giraffe mentioned by Paul Johnson (And another thing, 3 May) which walked the 550 miles from Marseilles to Paris in 1826 was actually a...

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If you want to get ahead in the Tory party, do not become an assassin

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e shall probably never know what drove someone like Crispin Blunt to carry out a suicide attack on kin Duncan Smith. The young a respectable, middle-class, and pro-European...

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George isn't much use after lunch nowadays so we'll put him right for pension

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I n ten days' time the shareholders in Glaxo SmithKline will have their chance to put the clock forward. They are invited to agree that Jean-Pierre Gamier, who is GSK's chief...

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How calm was the voice of reason?

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Philip Hensher GEORGE ORWELL by Gordon Bowker Little, Brown, £20, pp. 512, ISBN 0316861154 ORWELL: THE LIFE by D. J. Taylor Chatto, 120, pp. 448, ISBN 0701169192 Q rwell's...

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A rare touch with tigers

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Kate Hubbard THE FINAL CONFESSIONS OF MABEL STARK by Robert Hough Atlantic, £12.99, pp. 430, ISBN 184354152 A photograph at the front of Robert Hough's first novel shows a...

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Getting away with murder

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Raymond Carr THE DEGAEV AFFAIR by Richard Pipes Yale, f16.95, pp. 153, ISBN 0300098480 F ew suspected that 'jolly little Pell', Professor of Mathematics at the University of...

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Because it's there

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P. J. Kavanagh MOUNTAINS OF THE MIND: A HISTORY OF A FASCINATION by Robert Macfarlane Granta, £20, pp, 306, ISBN 1862075611 T his is a seriously good book; with learning worn...

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Where a trick may have been missed

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Paul Bew IRISH SECRETS: GERMAN ESPIONAGE IN WARTIME IRELAND, 1939-1945 by Mark M. Hull Irish Academic Press, £39.50. pp. 496, ISBN 0716527561 MI5 AND IRELAND: THE OFFICIAL...

A new take on Moses

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Paul Ferris FREUD AND THE NON-EUROPEAN by Edward W. Said Verso, in association with the Freud Museum, £13, pp. 84, ISBN 1859845002 p olemicists find their weapons where they...

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A refusal to mourn

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Theo Richmond LANDSCAPES OF MEMORY: A HOLOCAUST GIRLHOOD REMEMBERED by Ruth Kluger Bloomsbury, ,C12.99, pp. 272, ISBN 0747560056 R uth Kluger was six when Hitler marched into...

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A greed for particulars

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Caroline Moore SEEK MY FACE by John Updike Hamish Hamilton, £16.99, pp. 276, ISBN 0241141982 F rancis Spufford, in his engaging account of childhood reading, The Child That...

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Afar cry from Plato's Republic

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David Caute WAITING FOR THE WILD BEASTS TO VOTE by Ahnriadou Kourouma, translated from the French by Frank Wynne Heinemann, £12.99, pp. 445, ISBN 0434008141 T his witty and...

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When all the rules go

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Andrew Lambirth talks to Nicholas Garland, the political cartoonist, about his work A lthough best known as political cartoonist of the Daily Telegraph, and for his...

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Ever backwards

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Laura Gascoigne Breon OrCasey at 75 Berkeley Square Gallery until 17 May tell you what influences my art. LEvery bloody thing that happens to me and that I see from the time...

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Dramatic void

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Michael Tanner The Magic Flute Opera North Jerry Springer – The Opera National Theatre A fter a long period without any chance of seeing a production of The Magic Flute, in...

Bare essentials

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Giannandrea Poesio Paul Taylor Dance Company Sadler's Wells T inear narratives and an often disarm ngly uncomplicated movement vocabulary are distinctive features of Paul...

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Exploiting paranoia

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Mark Steyn X-2: X-Men United 124, selected cinemas U nless you're one of those hardcore anoraks still subscribing to The Incredible Hulk in late middle-age, most of us like...

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Grave mistake

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Toby Young Ghosts Barbican Bomb-itty of Errors \c11...linbarsarfors In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings Hampstead Q n the face of it, the production of Ghosts currently playing at...

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Rotten core

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Patrick Carnegy Measure for Measure Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford A leading politician gets caught in a sex candal — some things never change,' thus the somewhat...

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Nantes jamboree

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Peter Phillips A n intelligent fellow from Nantes — this isn't meant to be the beginning of a limerick — has invented a new kind of music festival. One wouldn't have thought...

Misplaced loyalties

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James Delingpole M y favourite moment in Cambridge Spies was the puppy sequence. It's 1933 and, fresh from inventing the NHS, eradicating global poverty and starring in an...

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Wind of change

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Michael Vestey T ibya, it emerged in Crossing Continents i on Radio Four last week (Thursday), is opening up and allowing limited scrutiny of its affairs. Although it bears...

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What people want

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ra lu New York T his is a very good time to be in the Bagel. The sun's out, the girls are walking around in their briefest, Central Park's blooming all over, and Miss Monica...

Standing profits

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Jeremy Clarke my boy asks me for advice about his future employment, I've always recommended that he might think about a career in sport, war or capitalism. Forget Art, I say....

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Watch out, Lenny

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Petronella Wyatt This year is the 60th anniversary of the I release of Casablanca. Poor old Humphrey Bogart didn't make it into even the top 20 of Channel 4's boringly bizarre...

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Alex the great

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MICHAEL HLNOEFISON M anchester United are the football champions of England again, for the eighth time in 11 seasons. Their victory against Charlton Athletic last weekend,...

Q. My wife and [are actors, and therefore we are

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at home most of the day. We have a Brazilian cleaning man who comes for three hours at a time three days a week. Our problem is that for a full half-hour of each of these...

Q. I wonder if you can help. I have been

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summoned to attend a general diocesan synod meeting. These gatherings of more than 800 der* and laity are dull in the extreme. Such issues as 'The report of the Strategic...

Q. I am only 48 but I have a terrible

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problem with crepe neck. I do not wish to have a full facelift yet. What can I do in the short term, Mary? R.B., Norfolk A. Toupee tape is used by Hollywood stars wearing...