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Monday, 26 January 1998

  • Letter: Let the secrets out
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    A visit to the Public Records Office will show that vast tracts of the historical archive will remain closed to the public well into the next century, including even records relating to the Second World War. The intelligent approach adopted by the Fo...

  • Letter: Clinton the hero
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    Enough ink and air time have already been spent on the highly plausible Republican agenda, as well as the oft stupidity of an otherwise brilliant, exuberant, and economically successful President. What I will find interesting to observe is how this w...

  • Letter: Let the secrets out
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    The 30-year rule introduced in 1967 was a relaxation of the 50-year rule established in 1958 by the Public Records Act. Before this, there was no period after which public records had to be released in the Public Record Office at all. Both rules repr...

  • Letter: Politics of abortion
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    It is partly a debate between a church that teaches that even a fertilised ovum before implantation has a right to life overriding almost all other considerations and those who allow other priorities during the earlier, particularly during the insens...

  • Advice to ministers: spend less on yourselves
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    Travel, accommodation, entertaining - guidance for ministers on the use of public funds. Introduction by the Prime Minister. I have often spoken of the hard choices this Government is making and will have to make and for which we ask the support of t...

  • Letter: Pavement parking
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    But there is a second issue: pavement parking results in broken and unstable paving and this causes injury, sometimes lasting. This is a major cause of the rising cost of highways liability claims which are bleeding local authority highways maintenan...

  • Preserving the countryside is a natural Labour issue
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    The strenuous efforts made at the weekend by ministers, including Mr Prescott, to reassure their critics that they are not intending, as William Hague now accuses them, of concreting over England's green and pleasant acres suggests they are waking up...

  • A sex scandal in Washington could lead to a war in the Middle East
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    Yet far more serious is the fact that the US president - who never did more than complain privately to Israel about its wish to destroy the Oslo agreement - no longer has the slightest leverage over the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. And...

  • Letter: Trapped women
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    The Government's commitment to develop a national strategy on the issue is very welcome. However, there is little point in the Government encouraging women to seek help, if at the same time it cuts off their escape routes. Women who leave violent mar...

  • Unfortunately the Dome debate has greatness thrust upon it
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    But I see it as my duty to contribute to the Great Millennium Debate as well, before I die, so I have gathered together a panel of experts to continue the debate, including Melvyn Bragg, Germaine Greer, Julie Burchill, Paul Johnson, Jonathan Miller, ...

  • Letter: Clinton the hero
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    GLENYS WILLIAMS Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Letter: Healing the mind
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    Scientists may have difficulty detecting specific signs of mental illness - there is no blood test or brain scan which proves you have schizophrenia - but they have no problem detecting biological changes. Such findings have inspired a complete chang...

  • Leading Article: The green grass of homes is territory Prescott can con quer
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    Mr Prescott can take some comfort from the fact that had the Tories won the last election, they would be in exactly the same position as he is - faced with official projections of rising household numbers and the torrent of local opposition likely to...

  • Letter: How many houses?
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    MARC CRANFIELD-ADAMS Media Relations Manager The House Builders Federation London W1

  • Letter: Challenge to Bell
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    JOAN LANGROGNAT Harrow, Middlesex

  • Letter: Killer cars
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    DALLAS BREWIS Great Orton, Cumbria

  • Letter: Spelling corrections
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    The respected Dictionnaire historique de la langue francaise (Robert) includes lengthy articles on neologisms, on borrowings and on anglicisms. These have been major factors in the formation of the French language, I read; the Academy has always incl...

  • Letter: Nuclear review
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    This follows the recent revelation in the House of Lords that the yearly running cost for Britain's nuclear weapons system is not pounds 200m, as both the Tory government and to date the Labour government have always claimed, but a whacking pounds 94...

  • Letter: BSE and censorship
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    The first case of a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy in a domestic cat was indeed, as Mr Carleton states, discovered at the University of Bristol by veterinary surgeons: Janet Wyatt - now Janet Bradshaw - working in association with Dr Geoffre...

  • Leading article: Arise Sir Geoff, and everyone else who can turn around our schools
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    What he did was not complicated; it was simple. The way he transformed a useless school in a barren urban district was not simple in the sense that it could be reduced to a 10-point plan to be applied automatically to all sink schools - but in the se...

  • Welfare to work: The interview - Money, detail, good intentions: but ca n the job be done?
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    So this is it, the big one, the jewel. And very glittery it looks, too. This is the start of the Government's pounds 3.5bn welfare-to-work strategy. Two weeks ago the first 12 New Deal schemes rolled out their carpets to 18-24-year-olds who've been c...

  • Letter: Killer cars
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    P MASON Norwich

  • Letter: Smoky Australia
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    PHILLIP WIDDEN Chairman, Association for Nonsmokers' Rights Binfield, Berkshire

  • Letter: Spelling corrections
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    The Oxford English Dictionary gives both spellings a long history, but for the psychological sense, "extravert" first appeared in 1915, and "extrovert" in 1918 in an American journal, so the latter spelling may well be an Americanism. PAUL DORMER Gui...

  • Think the unthinkable: a party in Baghdad, and an Alistair Cooke worth listening to
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    So, what would happen if the President were forced to leave the White House in disgrace? Well, the first thing that would happen would be that the most senior and most experienced elder citizen in America would be asked to pronounce on the matter. Wh...

  • Letter: Gung-ho trading
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    Sure, let's open up markets and, by so doing, give indigenous peoples a conduit to the global forum. But where do worker's rights, obligations to child health and education, diligent use of fertilisers and pesticides and other broadly-supported UN in...

  • Letter: Freedom of faith
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    He dismisses (The Clash of the Icons, 24 January) the Pope's message of freedom in Cuba with a word that was once unprintable. It aptly describes his own view that contemporary Catholicism is not about freedom: "Dignity, yes. Freedom, no," he claims....

  • Evolutionary sexology: What can our DNA tell us about sex in the Oval O ffice?
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    What about, "I did not urge anyone to say anything untrue"? This statement is not strictly inconsistent with President Clinton having said, "Vernon, tell her that if she keeps her big yap shut she'll be well looked after," but it might, all the same,...

  • Letter: Mahler at the BBC
    Monday, 26 January 1998

    Three decades ago I wrote, presented and conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in a BBC2 examination of Mahler's music under the title "The Vision of Gustav Mahler". It was one of the magnificent Workshop series which was such an imaginative feature o...

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