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Sunday, 4 January 1998

  • Letter: Hydrogen cars
    Monday, 5 January 1998

    The problem with using hydrogen as a fuel is not in finding an engine that will run on it. A conventional internal combustion engine will do that almost as well as a fuel cell. The difficulties are in carrying the fuel, and making it in the first pla...

  • Letter: Cannabis hypocrisy
    Monday, 5 January 1998

    Laws are meant to protect people and society, not simply impose the will of the Government on its citizens. Recently beef on the bone, like cannabis, has been declared dangerous. Yet known poisons and dangers, not only the likes of alcohol and tobacc...

  • Letter: Cannabis hypocrisy
    Monday, 5 January 1998

    It seems odd that our society is one where huge quantities of alcohol are regularly sold with impunity to people with many disastrous results, whilst a substance widely regarded by physicians and criminologists as responsible for virtually no harm is...

  • Letter: Paying for the Pill
    Monday, 5 January 1998

    Whatever the reasons for our unwanted pregnancy rate, it is evident that they do not include inability or unwillingness of people to pay for contraceptives. ALAN PAVELIN Chislehurst, Kent

  • Will the boys who can't read still end up as the men on top?
    Monday, 5 January 1998

    I report this conversation not because it is rare but because it is so common. Every parent has had it at least a thousand times and so I hardly think it is a secret that boys behave badly and have since forever. Every mum and dad knows this. Every s...

  • The moral high ground is a chilly place to be
    Sunday, 4 January 1998

    Tony Blair's government is not, at first sight, an obvious source of sex scandals. Although the Blairs themselves embody an updated version of family values, the Labour Party embraces a wider constituency; it has several openly gay and lesbian MPs an...

  • Leading article: Are Blair's babes dumb?
    Sunday, 4 January 1998

    It is with great disappointment that we have watched this dream disintegrate while the Ministry for Women watches from the sidelines. The women- friendly government has never materialised, in the same way it never emerged under Margaret Thatcher, des...

  • When Margaret positively purred with approval
    Sunday, 4 January 1998

    I am probably best known for coining her most memorable aphorism: "There is no such thing as society". It was at the end of a hectic day in and around the conference hall. Margaret had eased off her shoes and was treating herself to a light Scotch an...

  • Treat us like adults
    Sunday, 4 January 1998

    The change of government that swept Tony Blair into Downing Street was momentous, not before time, but not unprecedented. The tidal wave of applause that swept through the doors of Westminster Abbey after Earl Spencer's speech at his sister's funeral...

  • British interests, Nigerian tragedy
    Sunday, 4 January 1998

    Britain, the former coloniser of Nigeria and its main supplier of arms, could not escape involvement. As the outcry over the famine grew, Harold Wilson's government came under attack at home and abroad for providing the weapons that tightened the noo...

  • The genetic stock-taking is over and we can leave the family fold
    Sunday, 4 January 1998

    No doubt there are a few oddball adults, as well as a great many schoolchildren, for whom Twelfth Night and the return to work will come all too soon. But the general perception of the Christmas and New Year break is of a long dark night of the soul....

  • Mr Straw, I sympathise, now please shut up
    Sunday, 4 January 1998

    Whether this is a good or bad scheme, and how precisely it is to be implemented, are matters about which we can dispute at length. What is evident is that they were not put candidly to the voters last April - when Mr Blair saw more profit in mendacio...

  • A woman wants a mistress, too
    Sunday, 4 January 1998

    I always thought the life of a mistress sounded great: a nice flat in St John's Wood, no dull domesticity, looking like a glorious vamp and - apart from spending Christmas Day alone - a life full of gaiety and excitement. Still, when I grew up I thou...

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