7 Days

Nobel Bush? The Norwegian politician Harald Tom Nesvik nominated Tony Blair and George Bush for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, citing their "decisive" action against terrorism. At the same time, Bush proposed a $48bn increase in military spending and revealed that he keeps a baseball-style scorecard of dead al-Qaeda leaders, marking each fresh kill with an X. Previous Nobel Peace Prize-winners include Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King.

Labour fights debt Labour MPs were ordered to donate 2 per cent of their salaries after tax to the party, whose official overdraft stands at £6m after fighting the last general election. Charles Clarke, the Labour Party chairman, aims to raise £1.5m over four years towards the debt.

MMR debate rages Fears over a possible link between the MMR jab and autism may have led to an epidemic of measles in Gateshead. Health officials on Tyneside revealed four suspected cases; earlier, three cases had been confirmed in south London, where another 22 children are suspected of carrying the disease.

Dyson relocates James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, announced plans to move his main production site from Britain to the Far East. The surprise decision will mean the loss of 800 jobs in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, and was greeted with anger by unions and government ministers alike.

Teacher escapes prosecution Amy Gehring, a Canadian teacher, was cleared of engaging in under-age sex with two pupils. An earlier report by child protection officers, recommending that she should not work with children, then came to light.

Lagos violence continues Ethnic violence claimed the lives of at least 100 people in the Nigerian city of Lagos. Following clashes between local Hausas and Yorubas, the army deployed troops in an attempt to quell the fierce street fighting.

This article first appeared in the 11 February 2002 issue of the New Statesman, Take cover: evil is back