The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from December 10, 2001

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A Confident America Is Choosing Its Next Targets
WHEN AMERICANS wish to summon the emergency services, their equivalent of a 999 call is to dial 911. This may explain why "911" has now passed into the language as shorthand for the events of 11 September. While I have been in Washington for a conference,...
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A Family Affair: `Some Muslim Men Say I'm a Disgrace' ; Shazia Mirza, 26, Was a Full-Time Teacher before She Won the London Comedy Festival; Now She Is Britain's Only Female Muslim Stand-Up Comic. Her Father, Mohammed Ayaz, Is the Chairman of the British Asian Business Consortium; and Her Mother, Sarwat, Is a Teacher. She Has Three Brothers, Cameron, Razwan and Imran, 27, an IT Recruitment Consultant
Shazia Ever since I was nine I've known I was funny. I remember in RE classes when I was reading from the Bible, I would go out of my way to be extremely serious and people would just crack up laughing. I'm a natural dead pan. I'm Muslim and my family...
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Ageing Centaurs Are Retaking the Roads of Youth
MOVE OVER, late fathers: this is the age of the late cyclist. Once upon a time I had a symbiotic relationship with my bike: it being the only affordable means of travel, I went everywhere on it. Then came the motorbike, then the car, and for 30 years...
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Alcohol Abuse Is Now Biggest Killer among Women
SOARING LEVELS of alcohol abuse among British women mean that they are more likely to die from cirrhosis of the liver than cervical cancer, the Government's chief medical officer warns today.Liam Donaldson's first annual report says rates of cirrhosis,...
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American Times: Washington - Story of Black Slave's Escape to Freedom Is Finally Authenticated as the Real Thing
THE STORY was written more than 140 years ago with a sharpened goose quill on paper made from linen and cotton rag paper. It tells, with heavy-handed moralising and amazing coincidences, of the life of a black slave woman who escaped to freedom. After...
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ANIMAL WELFARE: The Growing Pains of a Selectively Bred Chicken ; A Plan to Accelerate Further the Unnatural Growth Rate of Broiler Birds Is Condemned by Campaign Groups
PICTURE A six-year-old child weighing 286lb, or more than 20 stone (130kg). That, says a senior research scientist, is the reality of life for Britain's broiler chickens - and it is about to get substantially worse. Think of a six-year-old with a body...
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Basketball: Tigers Pounce to Deny Lindstrom
DAVID LINDSTROM is still waiting for his first win as coach of the London Towers after they lost 101-96 at the Southern Conference leaders Thames Valley Tigers in the BBL Championship. Lindstrom replaced Lino Frattin, who was sacked after the Towers...
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Big Four Pre-Empt Clampdown on Business Banking
THE UK'S largest banks have clubbed together to take evasive action against forthcoming regulation in small business banking by drafting a voluntary code to pre-empt a tougher rulebook expected to be suggested by the Government. The revelation comes...
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Birthdays and Anniversaries
Today: In 1982, Michael Dokes won the WBA heavyweight title by stopping the defending champion, Mike Weaver, after 63 seconds in the shortest world heavyweight fight on record. Jahangir Khan, arguably the finest ever squash player, was born in Pakistan...
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Blunkett under Fire after Race Comments
DAVID BLUNKETT came under fire from MPs and community leaders yesterday after he called on ethnic minorities to help racial integration by adopting the norms of British life and learning to speak English. Interviewed by The Independent on Sunday, the...
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Book of the Week: Tiger Woods - How I Play Golf
Tiger Woods - How I Play Golf With the editors of Golf Digest (Hardback) Little, Brown and Co, pounds 25 AFTER THE inevitable rash of pretenders purporting to be the definitive guide to the Tiger Woods secret, then, at last, along comes the real thing....
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Boxing: Defeated Ashley Loses Battle against Age
IT IS likely that five or 10 years ago Crawford Ashley would easily have beaten South Africa's Sebastiaan Rothman but on Saturday night at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, his challnge for the World Boxing Union cruiserweight title and his career...
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Bridge
IF THERE is a safe route to your contract, one which eliminates guesswork, then that is the route to follow. The hand is from the semi-finals at the 2001 World Championships, and Tor Helness of Norway was at the helm, against Italy. In both rooms South...
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Britain's Top 500 Companies Lag the World in Capital Investment
BRITISH INDUSTRY is lagging behind its international competitors in terms of capital investment and the gap is widening, according to an authoritative study published this morning. The world's 500 biggest companies increased their capital expenditure...
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Campaign against Terrorism: Aid Agencies Start to Shift Food Stockpile after Rail Bridge across River Is Reopened
THE FIRST train for nearly five years has crossed the Friendship Bridge, linking the Uzbek port city of Termez to the Afghan town of Hairaton. It was carrying humanitarian aid for Afghan refugees battling winter cold, disease and hunger. The aid is urgently...
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Campaign against Terrorism: Allied Friendly Fire Kills Three Mujahedin on the Front Line
AMERICAN PLANES bombing Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida fighters in the White Mountains of eastern Afghanistan have accidentally killed three more soldiers of the Afghan mujahedin, the third "friendly fire" incident in eight days. The deaths came as the...
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Campaign against Terrorism: Bombers Pound Tora Bora Caves as Tribes Argue over Strategy
AMERICAN BOMBERS pounded the hills and caves of Tora Bora yesterday, trying to soften al-Qa'ida defences for a ground assault by Afghan tribesmen. Pakistani forces moved to seal escape routes on their side of the border. In the south, rival tribal leaders...
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Campaign against Terrorism: Cheney Claims Video Shows Bin Laden Rejoicing
AMERICAN OFFICIALS say they have a videotape of Osama bin Laden praising God for the 11 September attacks which, they say, is conclusive evidence the leader of al-Qa'ida ordered and planned the atrocities. The 40-minute video, seen by President Bush's...
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Campaign against Terrorism: Tribe Persecuted by Taliban Find Refuge amid Blown-Up Buddhas
HEAPS OF boulders and rubble mark the spot in Bamiyan where the Taliban blew up two giant statues of Buddha, Afghanistan's most famous archaeological treasures, which they condemned as un- Islamic. The Buddhas were carved out of a brown sandstone cliff...
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Campaign against Terrorism: Warlords Still Fighting over the Spoils of Victory
DAYS AFTER the Taliban finally relinquished control of their last stronghold of Kandahar, the city appeared to be in serious danger of being caught up in new fighting between rival warlords. Under the terms of an accord reached with the Taliban leader,...
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Case Summaries: 10 December 2001
THE FOLLOWING notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports. Trespass to land DPP v Tilley and ors; Tilly v DPP; Admin Ct (Rafferty J) 16 Oct 2001. AN OFFENCE of aggravated trespass under s 68(1) of the Criminal Justice...
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Channel 5 Condemned for Not Checking Facts in Documentary
CHANNEL 5 has been condemned by television regulators for a programme in which a motorbike crash victim discovered, wrongly, that he would never walk again. The injured man, who has not been named, was still in hospital recovering from a broken neck...
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Chess
WHILE MOSCOW is currently, even with number dramatically reduced, the fulcrum of world chess, there has been plenty of other recent action elsewhere. This has included the Spanish, Italian and German Championships - the first two were won by Miguel Illescas...
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Clinton Faces Anger over His Support for Jewish Charity
PROTESTS ARE expected in Glasgow tonight when the former US president Bill Clinton attends a dinner in support of a Jewish charity established to buy land in the Middle East. Mr Clinton is visiting Britain to speak at three charity dinners for the Jewish...
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Clinton Faces Protest over Tour for Jewish Charity Tour
PROTESTS ARE expected in Glasgow tonight when former US president Bill Clinton attends a dinner in support of a Jewish charity established to buy land in the Middle East. Mr Clinton is visiting Britain to speak at three charity dinners for the Jewish...
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Cobblestone Scheme Gives Blackburn a Bumpy Ride
COUNCILLORS IN Blackburn could be forgiven for assuming that a ready team of proud British artisans would be available for work when they decided to build one of northern England's most enduring symbols - a cobbled street. But, in an example of how historic...
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CRICKET: Giles Doubts Add to Hussain's Worries ; Left-Armer May Be Needed to Reinforce Five-Pronged England Bowling Attack for Second Test despite Uncertain Fitness
IN FOUR weeks on tour, Nasser Hussain has won the hearts and minds of India, but not yet a Test match. He has two more chances, though, with tomorrow's second Test here being played on a surface half-way between rolled mud and a tennis court at Roland...
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CRICKET: Zimbabwe Restore Self-Belief Thanks to Flower
ZIMBABWE RESTORED some much-needed pride following their record- breaking defeat to Sri Lanka as they posted a four-wicket win over the West Indies here yesterday. The Africans crashed to the lowest-ever total in the history of the one- day international...
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Dame Judi Adds Ultimate Bafta to Lifetime of Awards
DAME JUDI DENCH was honoured last night with the highest accolade bestowed by Bafta, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, for a career as long as it is varied and a popularity to match. At a special ceremony in London, she followed in the...
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Digital, Cable and Satellite Television: Today's Choices
ALONGSIDE SIMON Schama, David Starkey (right) is one of the men credited with making history on television "sexy". His comprehensive series, David Starkey's Henry VIII (9pm The History Channel), which is showing on three consecutive evenings, underlines...
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Familiar Ploys That Are Used to Avoid Taking Responsibility
AS WE live in a society where people rarely accept responsibility for their own errors, thank goodness for enquiries, court actions and the like. They are powerful cleansing agents. They dissolve the usual excuses, whether they be those put forward by...
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Flickering Bulbs That `Symbolise Mortality' Win the Turner Prize
THE MOST audacious and most criticised entry in this year's Turner Prize competition won Martin Creed, a conceptual artist, the pounds 20,000 winner's cheque last night. Work 227: The lights going on and off was just that - an entirely white gallery...
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Football: Advocaat Heads for Exit Door ; Rangers 3 Heart of Midlothian 1
THE RANGERS manager, Dick Advocaat, finally confirmed yesterday that his three-year tenure as manager at Ibrox is approaching an end. The Dutchman refused to elaborate on who would be his successor and when he would make way, but the indications after...
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Football: Chamberlain Is Watford's Hero ; Coventry City 0 Watford 2
TWO SECOND-HALF goals by Stephen Glass earned Watford their third away victory of the season, but the real hero of the hour for Gianluca Vialli's side was his goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain, who made a string of fine saves to keep out an increasingly desperate...
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FOOTBALL: Charlton's Urgency Subdues Spurs ; Charlton Athletic 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1
THIS IS what supporters of Tottenham Hotspur were telling themselves. We are stronger. Our passing is better. We can score goals. We like this manager much more than the last manager. With a bit of luck, we could even have a shout in the Championship....
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FOOTBALL: Dacourt Blow as Kewell Shines ; Blackburn Rovers 1 Leeds United 2
DAVID O'LEARY'S insistence that Harry Kewell needed to build on his wondrous solo goal against Swiss opposition elicited the desired response from the Australian yesterday as Leeds, with generous assistance from the woodwork, squeezed past Blackburn...
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Football: Dyer Makes Return at Ipswich
KIERON DYER gave both Newcastle United and England a boost yesterday, returning from a long injury lay-off as a second-half substitute in the Magpies' hard-fought win at his former club, Ipswich. Dyer, who broke into the England side under Kevin Keegan...
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FOOTBALL: EUROPEAN ROUND-UP: Ronaldo Delight with First Goal since Return
RONALDO, TWICE voted World Player of the Year, was delighted after scoring his first goal in over two years yesterday to help Internazionale win 3-1 at Brescia. The Brazilian finished confidently following a neat one-two with his strike partner Christian...
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Football: Ferguson Faces Up to `Almost Impossible' Task
AN EARNEST young woman was handing out leaflets at Old Trafford on Saturday, as the club's ambitions of retaining their Premiership title were gripped by terminal convulsions. She was not, as you might imagine, demanding that Sir Alex Ferguson, who has...
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Football: Football Cut Corners and Missed Chance to Clean Up
I RECEIVED a visit from an investigative journalist the other day. He had mentioned Wembley Stadium when he telephoned, so, ever eager to help shed some light on what has become one of the mysteries of modern times, I jotted down some notes on the sorry...
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Football: Fulham's Indiscipline Takes Shine off Victory ; Fulham 2 Everton 0
AN EASY victory and a highest position in the Premiership since the season's table became a meaningful one; yet Fulham face a testing week. Away games at Liverpool and Tottenham will ask questions of their defence and the Football Association will have...
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Football: Gnohere and Little Unite to Lift Burnley ; Preston North End 2 Burnley 3
BURNLEY YESTERDAY moved four points clear of second-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers at the top of the First Division after a thrilling Lancashire derby ended in their favour at Preston. Burnley are now unbeaten in eight matches, while their neighbours...
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Football: Gregory Makes History ; Canvey Island 1 Northampton Town 0
THE CANVEY Island story, selected by the BBC's Match of the Day as the most compelling of this weekend's FA Cup offerings, provided full satisfaction yesterday as a goal by Neil Gregory earned the Ryman League side a place in the third round for the...
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Football: Hammam Thinks Big as Cardiff Face Leeds
SAM HAMMAM, the owner of Cardiff City, will today ask the Football Association for permission to move his club's third-round FA Cup tie against Leeds from Ninian Park to the Millennium Stadium."I'm going to approach the FA in the morning to see whether...
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Football: Hard Work Still the Key to Saints' Fate ; Leicester City 0 Southampton 4
THE COLD light of a new week, not to mention the bare statistics of the league table, put Southampton's landmark victory on Saturday in a clearer perspective. It was their record away win in the Premiership era, constructed on neat, effective passing...
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Football: Henry Completes Arsenal Revival: Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 2 ; Wenger's Title Ambitions Boosted as Fellow Frenchman Polishes off Villa after Defensive Errors Threaten to Undermine Challenge
THE EXTENT to which the impending fall of the House of Ferguson has galvanised the Premiership was underlined in thrilling fashion at Highbury yesterday afternoon. While none of the contenders are yet writing off Manchester United, and they would be...
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FOOTBALL: Kilbane Impresses as Phillips Loses His Goal Touch ; Sunderland 0 Chelsea 0
FOR SUNDERLAND'S two Kevins, Phillips and Kilbane, this game demonstrated the cyclical nature of football. The last time Chelsea came to Wearside, Phillips won the match with a penalty and Kilbane, in the middle of a run which drew such criticism from...
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Football: Letter from Tokyo: Antlers' Success Lifts J-League Gloom
AFTER A season that could easily have finished in disaster, Japan's J-League ended on a triumphant note on Saturday after a scintillating finale saw Kashima Antlers crowned champions for the second consecutive season. Kashima, Japan's most succesful...
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FOOTBALL: Owen's Hard Edge to Liverpool Heart ; Liverpool 2 Middlesbrough 0
IT WAS not so hard to understand why the forest of eyebrows shot up when Liverpool's assistant manager, Phil Thompson, declared that his team had tightened their hold on the top of the Premiership with "fantastic football." The slate sky above Anfield...
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Football: Press Watch - Hoddle Poised for Fresh Spending Spree
TOTTENHAM'S spending plans may not be limited to a deal for Bobby Zamora. As well as suggesting that a pounds 5m move for the Brighton striker is planned for the summer, the Sunday Mirror reckons the Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle also has the Aston Villa...
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Football: Rams Ready for Daunting Midweek Challenge ; Derby County 1 Bolton Wanderers 0
GIVEN THAT a trip to Old Trafford apparently holds no fears for anyone these days, maybe Derby should not be too worried that the next assignment on their fixture list is Manchester United away. In any case, they have been there and done that. Derby's...
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Football: Rookie Roeder Outwits the Master ; Manchester United 0 West Ham United 1
HAD WEST Ham lost to Southampton six weeks months ago, Sir Alex Ferguson might have been on the phone to Glenn Roeder, commiserating with him on his sacking as the Hammers manager. "He is the godfather of managers," said Roeder of Ferguson after overseeing...
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FOOTBALL: Solano Strike Leaves Ipswich in the Mire ; Ipswich Town 0 Newcastle United 1
SADLY FOR ALL those football purists who admire the principles and philosophy of Ipswich Town, the Tractor Boys find themselves deeper than ever in a furrow from which there may be no escape. Relegation loomed closer after yesterday's defeat - their...
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FOOTBALL: The Independent Premiership Index
THE PERFORMANCES of every player in every Premiership match are being monitored by the Independent this season. Our reporters are giving all players - and referees - a mark out of 10. All players on the pitch for at least 15 minutes in a match will receive...
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Four Police Shot Dead in Israeli Army Raid
ISRAELI TANKS and helicopters launched a night-time raid on an Arab village, shooting dead four policemen, setting fire to one house and dynamiting another, and arresting several dozen residents.The assault on Anabta, in the northern West Bank, was still...
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French Cinematic Master Returns with Celebration of Birds in Flight
A FILM that is already being hailed as one of the greatest wildlife movies to be made - with lyrical shots of more than 30 species of bird migrating across 50 countries - will go on general release in French cinemas this week. The film - Le Peuple Migrateur...
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Germany's Bertelsmann Targets UK Media Companies with Pounds 6bn War Chest
BERTELSMANN, the German media giant, is looking to go on a spending spree, with EMI still on its shopping list and DM20bn (pounds 6.3bn) due to flow into its coffers from disposals. The highly ambitious private company is in a fortunate position, being...
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Golf: McLean's Bogey Misery Means Els Is First at Last
ERNIE ELS left it late to claim his first official tour victory of the year when he won the Sunshine Tour's Players' Championship here yesterday. The South African world No4 produced a final round seven-under- par 65 to give him a share of the lead on...
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Greeks Ask Turks for Information on Plane-Spotters
THE GREEK authorities have asked Turkey to pass on any information it may hold on the 12 British aircraft enthusiasts being held on suspicion of espionage. One of the plane-spotters, Paul Coppin, visited Turkey as a guest of the military before the trip...
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Health Spending Must Rise by Pounds 45bn to Hit Target, Think-Tank Tells Blair
TONY BLAIR will fail to meet his pledge to raise Britain's level of health spending to the European Union average unless the National Health Service receives up to pounds 45bn more a year, a new study suggests. Gordon Brown will be questioned about the...
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Hockey: Wallis Secures Win for Surbiton
JAMES WALLIS hit an unrehearsed penalty corner goal after 23 minutes to give Surbiton a 1-0 EHL Men's Premier victory against the leaders Reading and to end the Berkshire side's unbeaten run. It was Reading's first league defeat in the 25 games they...
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Hollywood Sends in the Troops ; after 11 September, Producers Trying to Predict the Audience's Mood Decided That Mayhem Was out and Escapism Was in. They Were Wrong. as Jerry Bruckheimer Tells Adam Smith, Revenge Is Now the Hot Ticket
When Jerry Bruckheimer first saw the images of the planes ploughing into the World Trade Centre towers and exploding into great clouds of fire, he thought what most people did - that it looked like something out of a movie. The irony was, he thought...
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Hope for the World's Poorest Children ; A Year Ago Independent Readers Raised More Than Pounds 100,000 for the Charity Hope for Children. on the Eve of the Launch of This Year's Christmas Appeal, Simon Jackman, the Charity's Projects Manager, Explains How Your Donations Were Spent in Africa and the Philippines
Bob Parson founded Hope for Children seven years ago, and runs the charity from his front room. When the phone rang last December, little did he know what the next few months might bring: being chosen as The Independent's Christmas charity realised more...
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How Japan and Germany Lost Their Glass Slippers
ONCE UPON a time, Japan and Germany were at the cutting edge of economic performance. In the 1960s, for example, Japan enjoyed output growth of more than 9 per cent a year and Germany was happily chugging along at 4 per cent or so. By the 1980s, growth...
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Leading Article: Mr Blunkett Has Quickly Emerged as an Intolerant, Illiberal Home Secretary
WHEN DAVID BLUNKETT was appointed Home Secretary six months ago, he was welcomed by those who thought civil liberties worth protecting. The world has certainly changed since 11 September in that respect, rendering those days of innocence when the Government...
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Leading Article: Selective Breeding Is More Worrying Than GM Food
WHEN DOES it stop? At what point does the search for ever cheaper food come up against the obstacle of legitimate concern for animal welfare? The answer should be: some time ago. The standard chicken reared for meat grew to a full size of 1kg in 1976....
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Men's Style: How the Cardigan Became Cool ; While Drawing the Line at the Belted Variety, Aficionados of Style Are Touting the Cardigan as the Item to Be Seen in This Season. So, Asks Claire Dwyer Hogg, Is It Time to Re-Evaluate Our Knitwear?
It used to be something you simply wouldn't have been seen dead in. Or if you did, it was a sure sign that you were nudging 70. But recently, the good old-fashioned cardigan has undergone something of a quiet revolution, and is now gracing the torso...
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Men's Style: The Seven Essential Rules for Office-Party Dressing
IT'S THAT time of year, but then you knew that, didn't you? Most people in your office have been talking about it for ages, although you're only just getting used to the idea. For you it's not that big a deal, and it's not as though it's the sort of...
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Monday Book: Memoirs of a Bloomsbury Survivor ; Ups and Downs: Diaries 1972-1975 by Frances Partridge (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Pounds 18.99)
FOR YEARS after her death, Virginia Woolf's diaries lay silent in the vault of Westminster Bank in Lewes. The same privacy might have veiled Frances Partridge's had she not, in her late seventies, decided to publish her wartime diary as A Pacifist's...
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Mr Blunkett Has Insulted All of Us
FIRE AND fury erupt again as yet another white British politician tells black and Asian Britons that they must play cricket like Englishmen (who, as we all know, are matchlessly glorious even when defeated) and try harder to acquire the English language...
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Murdoch Revives His Plan for Free London Newspaper
RUPERT MURDOCH has revived his plans for a free London newspaper to rival Associated Newspapers' Metro. News International, Mr Murdoch's company, had begun talks with Railtrack to take exclusive rights to distribute the new newspaper at mainline stations,...
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My Beating by Refugees Is a Symbol of the Hatred and Fury of This Filthy War ; Report by Robert Fisk in Kila Abdullah after Afghan Border Ordeal
THEY STARTED by shaking hands. We said "Salaam aleikum" - peace be upon you - then the first pebbles flew past my face. A small boy tried to grab my bag. Then another. Then someone punched me in the back. Then young men broke my glasses, began smashing...
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NHS: How an Armchair Promise by Tony Blair Led to Some Unhealthy Tensions in Downing Street ; Gordon Brown Faces More Questions on Health Spending as the Prime Minister's Pledge to Match Europe Continues to Discomfort the Treasury
TONY BLAIR'S pledge to raise the level of health spending in Britain to European Union levels is a promise that looks certain to return to haunt him. The commitment has caused friction between himself and Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, who does not want...
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Obituary: Professor Sir Colin Buchanan
COLIN BUCHANAN made a substantial contribution to the world of urban planning and transport. His 1963 report to the Ministry of Transport, Traffic in Towns, presented a new and comprehensive view of the issues surrounding the growth of personal car ownership...
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Obituary: Sir Peter Blake
PETER BLAKE'S achievement was to be at the forefront of the move to turn ocean racing from an adventure into a professional sport. With winning ways and style he grabbed from the Americans the top prizes in sailing; he set a world record for sailing...
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Obituary: Sir Ray Powell
IT IS in the nature of parliamentary democracy that there should be some names who, although hardly well-known outside the confines of the House of Commons, are extremely important in the day-to-day workings of Parliament. Ray Powell, from 1979 the Labour...
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Omagh Report to Accuse Police of Bungling Inquiry
FURTHER DAMAGING revelations about the RUC and in particular its Special Branch will emerge on Wednesday when the Northern Ireland police ombudsman, Nuala O'Loan, publishes her report on the Omagh bombing. Leaks from the draft report were revealed last...
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Pandora in America
Here in the frontline trenches of the war against terror, spring has arrived. And this is not just because of events in Kandahar. We might be just two weeks from Christmas. but with temperatures in the mid-70s, Washingtonians have been enjoying the balmy...
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Police Officer `Threatened to Stamp on Man's Broken Leg'
A METROPOLITAN Police officer has been suspended and others are being investigated over an incident in which a man lying handcuffed and helpless with a broken leg was allegedly threatened with violence. The episode was captured on video by a householder's...
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Prideaux and Middleton Take Charge at Railtrack in Boardroom Shake- Up
THE GOVERNMENT will this week attempt to get a grip on the crisis afflicting the rail industry by appointing a new chairman and chief executive of Railtrack, the collapsed network operator. John Prideaux, a former head of Inter-City who made his fortune...
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Prized for Detailing the Lightness of Being
THE WHOLE point of the Turner Prize is to attract attention. So perhaps it's only right that the artist on the shortlist who attracts the most attention should win it. The judges haven't always seen it like this. There's been no more attention- grabbing,...
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Pro-Euro Conservatives to Disband and Join Lib Dems
THE BREAKAWAY Pro-Euro Conservative Party is to disband and join the Liberal Democrats in the hope that they will overtake the Tories and become Britain's second party. The Pro-Euro Conservatives had hoped to break the mould of British politics by persuading...
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Pro-European Conservatives to Disband and Join Lib Dems
THE BREAKAWAY Pro-Euro Conservative Party is to disband and join the Liberal Democrats in the hope that they will overtake the Tories and become Britain's second party. The Pro-Euro Conservatives had tried to break the mould of politics by persuading...
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Questionnaire: BRETT ROBINSON Oxford University Rugby Union Captain
What is your prediction for tomorrow's Varsity match? I expect it to be very close and extremely hard fought, but, of course, Oxford will just sneak it. We couldn't be better prepared and we're ready to play hard, very hard. You've played rugby at the...
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Racing: Pearl Still Champion in His Own Backyard
IT IS almost four years since Florida Pearl won the Festival Bumper at Cheltenham on his second trip to a track, and he has carried the weight of Ireland's expectation on his broad bay shoulders ever since. Far from tiring of his burden, though, he travelled,...
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Reaching the Real EU Average Would Cost Pounds 45bn
In this submission to the Commons Treasury Select Committee tomorrow, Sean Boyle and John Appleby of the King's Fund explain why Tony Blair is likely to fail to reach his target of increasing Britain's spending on health to European Union levels: TONY...
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Rent Claim Minister Faces Calls to Quit
A GOVERNMENT minister was under pressure to resign last night because he claimed pounds 40,000 in allowances to cover the cost of renting an office he already owned. Nigel Griffiths, minister for Small Business and MP for Edinburgh South, has received...
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Revamp at BA Delayed as Job Loss Fears Mount
BRITISH AIRWAYS has delayed plans for a further radical pruning of its short-haul European operations, which is expected to result in more job losses and the withdrawal from unprofitable routes. Rod Eddington, BA's chief executive, had asked the airline's...
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Rugby League: McNamara Boot Sets Up Victory for Huddersfield ; Doncaster 4 Huddersfield 20
ON THE day that Doncaster celebrated 50 years as a professional club, it was appropriate that they should stage a spectacle redolent of the days of coal fires and factory chimneys. There was even something poetic in the way a parade of past players -...
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Rugby Union: New World Leaves Oxbridge Downstream ; A Changing Sporting Landscape Is Reflected in a Different Hierarchy of Values at University Level
LAST NIGHT in Cambridge there was a reunion of the 1961 rugby team, the only one ever to go through a season undefeated in the days when the university played all the leading club sides. Tonight they will meet up with their Varsity Match opponents in...
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Rugby Union: Zurich Premiership: O'Gara Kicks Points from Pack's Pressure ; Munster 15 Ulster 9
MICK GALWEY is planning to make sure that Leinster find 13 really is an unlucky number when Munster meet them in the final of the Celtic League at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday. Leinster made it 13 straight wins with their 35-13 semi-final victory...
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Rugby Union: Zurich Premiership: Quins Sent Crashing as Two-Try Scarbrough Sparkles ; Leeds 23 Harlequins 18
TWO MOMENTS of Scarbrough flair were enough to send Harlequins crashing to defeat at Headingley yesterday. Dan, Dan the magic man on the Leeds' right wing, scored two marvellous tries, each from 80 metres out, to keep alive Tykes' hopes of Premiership...
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Rugby Union: Zurich Premiership: Referee's Display Leaves Saracens Fuming in Silence ; Saracens 19 Newcastle 24: Pienaar's Under-Strength Team Succumb to Newcastle as Leeds Hand out a Lesson to Inept Harlequins
THERE WERE more fireworks off the field than on it after Newcastle consolidated their place in the Premiership with a satisfying third victory in London this season and an end to a brief run of defeats. First Rob Andrew expressed puzzlement at the omission...
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Rugby Union: Zurich Premiership: Saint-Andre's Change of Mind Costs Gloucester ; Bath 12 Gloucester 9
A RUGBY coach needs to be so many things to so many people - an employer, a friend, an accuser, a defender, a Samaritan, a philosopher, a general, a nursemaid - that a good one leaves the common or garden Renaissance man looking miserably one-dimensional....
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Rugby Union: Zurich Premiership: Saints under Scrutiny as Smith Gets Tough ; Northampton 23 Wasps 10
THESE ARE anxious days for Northampton's players. The club may have slipped away from the nether regions of the Zurich Premiership, but each individual player will be under scrutiny for the rest of this month, for the rest of the season, maybe. New coach...
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Sex Survey Highlights Youngsters' Lack of Knowledge
MOST YOUNG people in Britain think that having at least 10 sexual partners before marriage is normal, according to a survey published today. A study among people aged 17 to 25 by the youth sex advisory service Brook also found that nearly one third of...
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Snooker: Small Comfort as Higgins Defends Title
JOHN HIGGINS made a successful start to the defence of his UK Championship in York yesterday afternoon, but will have few supporters on his next outing at the Barbican Centre. The 26-year- old Scot defeated his fellow countryman Chris Small 9-5 to earn...
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Sport on the Internet
AT British Swimming News, the Amateur Swimming Association's site, World Cup competition with four junior British swimmers in action in Australia, has been to the fore. Less coverage has been given to the build-up for the European Short-Course Championships...
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Taylor, Jackson and Houston to Co-Star at Liza Minnelli Wedding
LIZA MINNELLI is to embark on her fourth marriage with what promises to be the most ostentatious celebrity wedding of recent years. The Oscar-winning actress, 55, who announced her engagement to David Gest last month, revealed yesterday that the lavish...
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Tennis: Korda Manages to Forget Past against Forget
HAVING COPED with jet lag and flu in the seven days since he guided France to Davis Cup triumph in Australia, Guy Forget was troubled by a sore shoulder from hitting umpteen aces en route to winning the Honda Challenge senior tour event at the Royal...
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