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Tuesday, 6 January 1998

  • Sonny, you should have been Jewish, you'd have had more sense
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    While Kennedy died playing American football on skis near Aspen, Colorado, Bono met his maker alone, not far from a chairlift at the Heavenly Ski Resort, 55 miles south-west of Reno. Now, of course, he parts the powder in the real celestial thing. Bu...

  • Letter: Classic car dilemma
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: The Government is to implement the European Commission proposal to ban the sale of leaded four-star petrol from 2000. This will adversely affect all of as who have older or classic cars. Most cars made before the 1990s will be unable to run on u...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Lord Howe and his colleagues (letter, 5 January) assert that if Britain is not to be marginalised in Europe, this will depend "more than anything else" on safeguarding our right to enter a single currency "at any time". This is tantamount to joi...

  • True confessions of a social outcast
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Yes, all things considered, I am rather in favour of the Millennium Dome. There. Feeling better already. Better out than in. I should add that I am not paid by the Government to say this, that Peter Mandelson has nothing on me, that I am seeking no o...

  • Letter: Role for the old
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Ken Jackson ("Welfare Reform? We really don't have any choice", 2 January) is right. Our long-standing link with the Muslim community of Gunjur in The Gambia provides us with a cruel mirror in which to reflect on our own society. In their societ...

  • Letter: Nordic humour
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Miles Kington (30 December) tells us that every New Year's Eve in Germany they show the same film on television, Dinner for One, James. We do the same in Norway and in Sweden. To us Norwegians, it is not really Christmas until we have watched Di...

  • Camilla, Mo and Tiggy, yes - Dipsy, Winky and Laa Laa, no. Women in the news in '97
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    The top boys' name being Dodi, you will be hardly surprised to learn that the outright winner in the girls' section was Diana. This was always popular in previous years but had its appeal diluted because the name came in various forms - sometimes as ...

  • Letter: Ottoman `freedom'
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Sinan Akinal (letter, 30 December) asks us to remember the "degree of tolerance and religious freedom that existed within the Ottoman Empire", adding that "things ... started to go wrong in the Balkans towards the end of the 19th century". He mi...

  • Letter: The 1000 bug
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Is anything known about how the previous millennium was celebrated? Did King Aethelred II (968-1016) run into difficulties with his preparations, hence his nickname "the Unready"? JOHN CANNELL Bedford

  • Letter: Bad debts
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: It is not Diane Coyle who has forgotten that, during the Eighties, more than a half of the Third World's debts owed to the commercial banks were written off as losses; it is Nigel Wilkins (letter, 2 January) who has forgotten that these write-of...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    It is inconceivable that a letter of this sort could have been written by politicians of equivalent standing on the other side of the Channel. Everywhere, at all times, and especially on anniversaries such as this, continental politicians lay great s...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    EPP member parties have never been particularly happy with their alliance with the Conservative Party, partly because of Tory Euro-scepticism but mostly because of a perceived lack of Tory commitment to social solidarity, Third World development and ...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    It was a vote against a patrician Conservative regime grown insufferably arrogant, and contemptuous of the electorate, a regime well represented among the signatories of the letter; the people who gave us ERM. M J KNIGHT Slough, Berkshire

  • Leading Article: Dialogue is the only hope in Algeria's darkest hour
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    The answer would be easier were Algeria in terminal collapse, and requiring international intervention to prevent mass starvation. That has not happened yet, and on balance is unlikely to happen. The country's rulers may be failing in the primary dut...

  • The dawning of the age of the Anglo-Saxon
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Along with this superior economic performance has come a dominance of Anglo-Saxon economic ideology. A couple of years ago British think-tanks were praising "Asian values" and some British commentators were even lamenting the fact that our financial ...

  • Why Ulster's Protestants are unhappy with Mo Mowlam
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    The real crunch for the process will come, months and possibly years from now, if and when it is seen to lay the foundations of a lasting settlement. That will also be the crunch time for Ulster Protestants, who will face the historic choice of accep...

  • Letter: Paying for the Pill
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Sir: Madeleine Simms (letter, 3 January) carefully overlooks the fact that people may be quite happy to pay the pounds 40 charge for the Pill, provided it went towards improving medical services for the sick. Is it seriously being suggested that larg...

  • Letter: Unjust cannabis law
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Now 27, I wish to study for a PGCE and teach primary children. Does the Home Secretary think I would be suitable for such a post? I find myself hoping that William Straw is also convicted. The weed will not harm his prospects as it has mine. K SELBY ...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Sir: The fact that only six Conservative Members of Parliament joined a Euro Commissioner and a small number of former MPs in signing the letter (5 January) on Conservative Euro policy does, I believe, demonstrate that their views are those of a very...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    The signatories, apart from two businessmen, are pretty firmly men of yesterday, but at least they are consistent. All were passionately in favour of the ERM experiment which just happened to cost one million (mainly working class) Brits their jobs, ...

  • The letter that rocked the Tory lifeboat
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Elegant bunkum but bunkum nonetheless. First, many of the most dramatic economic effects of EMU - including the locking of interest rates by the participating countries - will probably be apparent well before 2002. Second, if Tory policy is so pragma...

  • Governing by focus groups is just playing at democracy
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Alas, it will probably not be yours truly but the usual suspects from middle England who will be rounded up to give their ultra-reasonable opinions on all this. In these gale force days you don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows, a...

  • Leading Article: Sitting tight does not win elections, Mr Hague. It is time to be radical
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    The easy answer for the Leader of the Opposition is: do nothing. There are more than four years until the next election. Why rush to create policies now that are likely to be outdated by the time they are put to voters? All that is needed, say some T...

  • Letter: Library fever
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Sir: When young lads aren't watching or playing football, they are often drawn to read about it; one valuable spin-off from the success of Fever Pitch is that there are now many well-written books about every aspect of football in print. Canny teache...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    I did. I was out on the doorstep every weekday night for three weeks. If there was one thing I learnt it was that the broader public have an intense distaste for a party which perpetually squabbles in public. The question all Conservatives have to as...

  • Letter: Unjust cannabis law
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Michael Streeter recognises (Saturday Story, 3 January) that "there are good reasons to protect juveniles facing criminal allegations". He then adds, "in cases of teenagers accused of similar offences ... and named by the media, government law office...

  • Letter: Unjust cannabis law
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Sir: The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, says that if campaigners can show that cannabis is not a dangerous drug, then the Government may reconsider its stance on cannabis prohibition ("Straw's challenge over cannabis drugs", 5 January). The evidence has...

  • Letter: Welfare reform
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    Sir: It is amazing that Ken Jackson can so elaborate a condemnation of something that does not exist ("Welfare Reform? We really don't have any choice", 2 January). He argues that Tony Blair is right not to defend the status quo, and he criticises th...

  • Dodi, Daniel Arap, Greg 'n' Tim, Elton: a boys' own guide to the news in '97
    Tuesday, 6 January 1998

    This year has been no exception. Indeed, although John Major was indubitably in the news a lot, and also indubitably our Prime Minister until May, the name John never hit the headlines. If a paper had said: "John flies out", nobody would have known w...

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