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Tuesday, 27 January 1998

  • Leading Article: The Broadcasters say politicians on television are bor ing. They're quite right
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    But now the BBC is asking questions. The acid test is audience appreciation, because if viewers don't like what they are served they will exercise their zapping option. According to the research, they profess themselves ignorant of the archaic termin...

  • Letter: Miners' suffering
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    In 1661 John Evelyn first noted the harmful effects of "Newcastle cole" to those who mined and used coal. By 1831 medical authorities had recorded lung disease in coal miners. In 1915 HM Medical Inspector of Factories, H M Collis, noted higher levels...

  • Letter: Clinton's historic role
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS Westerham, Kent

  • Letter: Pampered rustics
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    The fox is not a significant pest to farmers but if his dispatch is essential then this can be achieved by shooting - swiftly, selectively and with the minimum of disturbance to the target and its surroundings. Those of us privileged to manage land, ...

  • She may be a tough cookie, but I don't have to stand by her man
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    But, hey, what do I know? If you are shocked by the very mention of cunnilingus then I am in turn shocked that some newspapers refer to Clinton indulging in an "an unorthodox sex act" with Lewinsky. Unorthodox? And you thought it was compulsory. We a...

  • Letter: Air and Rail
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    Dyce, just north of Aberdeen, was reopened for the airport, though restoration of the "subbies", Aberdeen's lost local trains, would improve matters. Glasgow's airport link was hampered by the notorious politics of Paisley, but is now being prepared ...

  • Letter: Forgotten Dome
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    On the other hand, 46 years on I can still draw a reasonable sketch map of the Science Exhibition in the basement of the Geology Museum at South Kensington, showing where to find the giant carbon atom, the spiral periodic table, the Brownian movement...

  • Labour's arms policy - so where are the ethics?
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    Seven months before the general election, Labour's conference voted to review export credit guarantees, a quarter of which are used to underwrite arms deals. But apart from ending backing for arms deals with some of the most deeply indebted Third Wor...

  • Letter: No Superwoman
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    I don't believe there's anything "super" about big-bucks managing staff who also manage their domestic responsibilities. She's very bright and very privileged and that's about all that should be said. I work full time, have a 10-month-old daughter, t...

  • When cool Britannia meets hard-headed economics
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    Knowing the fragile state of most newspapers' finances I replied warily that, provided he didn't mind not being paid very much, I was sure the papers would love to have him on board. "Oh, I'm not worried about the money," he said - and of course I th...

  • The Pope in Cuba, via CJD, Robin Cook and the contents of the millennium Dome
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    Well, if you think you are reasonably well versed in what's what and who's doing it to whom, we challenge you to take our monthly news quiz! All you have to do is read the following questions and then answer them. OK, here we go: 1. If President Clin...

  • Letter: Pampered rustics
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    To send a postman in a van thirty or forty miles down narrow roads to deliver a single postcard to a rural idyll costs a great deal more than the chap who bicycles 500 yards from the sorting office and walks down my street, but the postcard carries t...

  • Letter: Clinton's historic role
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    PAUL REIDERMAN Brussels, Belgium

  • Letter: Clinton's historic role
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    JOHN DAVIS Bookham, Surrey

  • Letter: Clinton's historic role
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    I think the King is but a man as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me ... All his senses have but human conditions; his ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man; and though his affections are higher mounted than ours, yet,...

  • Letter: Clinton's historic role
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    He is not alone in seeing peccadilloes in perspective. Edward Gibbon wrote of Charlemagne: "Of his moral virtues, chastity is not the most conspicuous: but the public happiness could not be materially injured by his nine wives or concubines, the vari...

  • Letter: Bubbly Baths
    Wednesday, 28 January 1998

    JEFF PICKTHALL London SW4

  • 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...

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

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

  • 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: 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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: 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: Challenge to Bell
    Tuesday, 27 January 1998

    JOAN LANGROGNAT Harrow, Middlesex

  • 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...

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