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Saturday, 24 January 1998

  • Letter
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    Diarmuid Hogan,

  • Letter
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    I Morgan, Lincoln

  • Letter: Bishops are not fat cats
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    The Bishops of the Established Church have to meet particularly large expectations in national and civic life, over and above their heavy ecclesiastical duties. In relation to the demands upon them and compared with other major players in public life...

  • Women about the House
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    For almost 24 years ago to the day, in January 1974, Mrs Clinton took up a job as a researcher in the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee, the congressional body charged with investigating the Watergate scandal. A recent graduate from Yale ...

  • Boycott's battle and Buttle's baby: spot the crime
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    Mrs Buttle's rise to fame and fall from grace has been bewilderingly rapid, even by contemporary standards. On Friday, she relegated President Clinton's Williegate scandal to an inside page of the Express, allowing it to lead with the headline: "So w...

  • Leading Article: It's character that counts
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    President Clinton is an extraordinary figure who exhibits two of the essential qualities of a winning politician. He is charming and he is lucky. His greatest slice of luck is the American economy. Since his election in 1992 it has grown consistently...

  • I advised Mishcon de Reya: fleece them for all they've got
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    But I have long maintained that grief is but a butterfly in the wind if it is not directed to a purpose. She was The People's Princess, and we must strive to ensure that she will be remembered as such, making quite sure that it is The People, and The...

  • We live under the most arrogant of all world orders, but it will not last
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    I nearly bought that house once, when I came back from Germany. It was cheap, but I found somewhere else bigger and cheaper and let it go. Ever since I have wondered what might lie under the floorboards: cigar stubs, lost pen nibs, perhaps sheets of ...

  • Sleazebuster without a red card
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    If he thought his workload would decrease with the departure of most members of the Commons' rogues gallery on 1 May last year, Sir Gordon has had to think again. Sleaze is as big an issue in Tony Blair's "fresh- start" Parliament as it ever was. Tak...

  • Cloning? Get used to it
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    Richard Seed of Chicago did no one any favours earlier this month when he announced his plans to clone humans, but Princeton geneticist Lee Silver was surely right to suggest in a lecture last week at the London School of Economics that human cloning...

  • Life at No 10 with grumpy Ali
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    Ali's diary will be riveting. No question about it. But grumpy. SILENCE now for the Hattie and Frank Show. Harriet Harman, the Social Services Secretary, who pickpockets single mothers, and her deputy Frank "Think the Unthinkable" Field were each inv...

  • Letter: Bishops are not fat cats
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    As for Mr Baker's suggestion that the budget for the support of bishops be diverted to the poor, the Gospels report a similar suggestion being made by a certain Mr Iscariot. Rev Alan T Perry Quebec, Canada

  • We may still remember an age of Blair
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    The necessary condition for inclusion in the list is a fair spell in No 10. Thus Attlee had six years, Macmillan six, Wilson eight (broken into two periods) and Lady Thatcher 11. But length of tenure is not quite sufficient. After all, Mr John Major ...

  • Letter: Smaller units
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    While we are, in the longer-term, supporters of a Europe of the regions, it is not our intention to dump "nation-states in the dustbin of history". We do not believe nation-states will or should disappear overnight. This would ignore their sovereign ...

  • Letter: A mobile tribute to John Smith
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    Tony Blair would do well to remember the legacy that John Smith left him on this issue. On many occasions he denounced the Conservative government for putting the interests of a small number of wealthy landowners above the majority of British people ...

  • Letter: Stop Saddam
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    Matthew Warman Cambridge

  • Letter: Repulsive meal
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    Mark Evans London W1

  • Letter: Not funny
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    Then, for some lucky ones, you find yourself free of dread. How did it happen? The passing of time, help from a doctor and a support group must have contributed. Will it come back again, as mysteriously as before? Such a serious disruption of life sh...

  • Letter
    Sunday, 25 January 1998

    David Hurst Matlock, Derbyshire

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    "Poets don't build swimming pools. I'm going to spend it on the electricity bill and food." - Don Paterson, on winning the pounds 5,000 T S Eliot prize "I am a well-known elitist. I don't even own a pair of trainers. If I did, I am sure they would be...

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Most of the key players in New Labour have had the treatment. There's been Blair (by John Rentoul of The Independent and by Jon Sopel of the BBC), John Prescott (by Colin Brown of The Independent) and Gordon Brown - no relation - by Routledge again. ...

  • Letter: Art in the regions
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: Andrew Lambirth's article "The glories of the garden" (ISM, 17 January) lucidly provided the historical context for the Royal Academy's exhibition "The Art Treasures of England", which has been selected from public art collections in the regions...

  • Leading article: A presidency unzipped: history will not judge him kindly
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    That is probably all that history - popular history anyway - will have room for: a couple of lines in a school textbook, and a photo of Bill and Hillary. (She, incidentally, is now more likely to be captioned as a stoic wife than the woman who tried ...

  • Letter: Defence review
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: It is regrettable that the headline you used in the article about the Strategic Defence Review ("Forces in revolt over cost-cutting review", 22 January) gave such a misleading impression of the story below. The fact is that the criticisms detail...

  • Letter: Woodlands for all
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: Publication by the Forestry Commission of a new standard for managing Britain's woodland (report, 22 January) is an important step forward for environmentally friendly forestry. But it is regrettable that the standard does not insist upon public...

  • Letter: Cycle warning
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: On-the-pavement fines for cyclists? Licences and number plates (Letters, 22 January)? No, these are bureaucratic and unnecessary solutions. All a cyclist needs is to be preceded by a recognisable motor vehicle bearing a prominent red flag. KENNE...

  • Letter: Ulster's identity
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    The first relates to the perception that "loyalism" relates to loyalty to the Crown and government of the UK. This is loyalty in accordance with the old Scottish Presbyterian concept of covenanting. Here loyalty is not an absolute that is simply give...

  • Letter :Travel insurance
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: Could it be that Tony Blair, in authorising the cost of ministers taking their partners on official visits abroad, is hoping that they will avoid the kind of accusations Bill Clinton is facing? It could be money well spent. STEPHEN LEEKE Warboys...

  • Letter: Glorious Galliano
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: Galliano the glorious! Galliano the genius! A most emphatic "yes". At last someone has had the courage to create a "variation on a theme" with the quality of fashions of a past age (Fashion, 21 January). Galliano's inspiration, Paul Poiret, drew...

  • Letter: Rickman says sorry
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: I should know better than to be led into a discussion of contentious issues where there is the possibility of its being reported ("Alan Rickman says RSC is wasting young actors' talent", 21 January). I have nothing but admiration and support for...

  • Letter: In praise of Leylandii
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: The hobby landscapers and weekend ecologists who denigrate Leylandii (report, 21 January) have no concept of the scale of damage which is being inflicted on the countryside by exposure, wind-blow and soil erosion. The only trees which can hold t...

  • Letter: Perfect purity
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: In Emily Passmore's interesting article on the Corbieres region of France (Travel, 17 January), the spiritual leaders of the Cathar (or Albigensian) community are referred to as "prefects". This is presumably a misprint for "perfects" as they we...

  • Letter: Leylandii
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    The notional value of such a tree would be a matter for discussion but the cost would be much less than the pounds 100,000 of fruitless litigation undertaken by Michael Jones and, of course, there would be no shadow to mar the proceedings ... T J CRA...

  • Castro and the Pope agree on one thing - down with America!
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    No, not Mick Jagger and Tina Turner on Mustique. Two great hero/villains of the second half of this century, celebrated their likely survival into the early years of the next, by meeting up, kissing each other and hanging out. The Pope and Fidel (hav...

  • Berating politicians will not bring public money back to the arts
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    A debate over arts funding in Britain could be a good thing. If it brings the public rushing to the artists' defence it will be marvellous. If it were, better still, to bring the public rushing to put their hands in their pockets and their bums on th...

  • If it's got a plug on the end of it, Bill Gates wants a piece of it
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    After all, nobody outside the computer industry cares very much if Netscape - a bunch of programmers who wear their baseball caps backwards, do their work and order pizzas at 3am, and live in Silicon Valley - gets rolled over by Bill Gates's behemoth...

  • Letter: Leylandii
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    JOHN ANDERSON Truro, Cornwall

  • Letter: Ulster's identity
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: The question of the "loyalists" of Northern Ireland is not whether they are British or Irish (letter, 22 January), but to what extent they are a nation unto themselves. The people of Ulster have a national identity that is separate from, but att...

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