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2 August 2004
In 1997 the British people wanted a new politics, but the failed gestures of the intervening seven years have brought them back to precisely the disillusioned state from which they sought to escape at that time.
19 July 2004
Society is complicated, and a legislature split between two dominant parties presents a bogus polarity in which those complications are unrepresented.
28 June 2004
Mr Blunkett's ill-judged decision to try to bounce Humberside Police Authority into suspending their chief constable is a symptom of a deeper malaise at the national tier of government.
24 May 2004
Al Qaida and Fathers 4 Justice may be a very far cry indeed from one another, but they occupy, nonetheless, two places in a continuum of political failure.
10 May 2004
Politicians who wring their hands at the abuse practised by their forces in Iraq should remember where the abuse started - with a false prospectus for war created out of spinning and deception.
2 February 2004
Lord Hutton has treated the
government with a care that he has not extended to the BBC. But, whereas prime
ministers come and go, the BBC has a fixed place in the firmament, and any
long term damage inflicted upon it by his lordship's failure of understanding
will have consequences for us all.
8 December 2003
At the onset of hubris, can
schadenfreude be far behind? But it's not too late for Tony Blair to acknowledge
that his Labour critics have a point of view, too.
29 September 2003
British politics is drowning
in a culture of confrontation where reason and objectivity have little place.
The Hutton enquiry shows that there can be another way.
15 September 2003
When everybody around the
prime minister knows what he wants to hear, objectivity is the first casualty.
25 August 2003
The September dossier on
WMD was not so much a balanced judgement as the case for the prosecution.
Where in Downing Street were the people making the case for the other side?
28 July 2003
Power lies in the ability to get things right. A decision is not right because the decision-maker is powerful, but because the process of reaching it has been effective. That requires openness to the truth, not managed information.
21 July 2003
Information is only as good as the assessment that is made of it, but an assessment does not itself make the information true. No amount of power can make it true, either.
14 July 2003
True power consists not in the exercise of force but in the ability to bring about the desired outcome. It is always easier to start something than to control where it goes.