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Friday, 9 January 1998

  • Letter: Tories and Europe
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    No, it was a vote against the Tory Party itself, which for at least ten years before had been dominated by those dogmatic, uncaring apostles of unbridled self-interest, the "Parvenu Tendency", whose doctrine is best summed up by that infamous remark ...

  • Letter: Plans for `Britannia'
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    The Manchester bid was not late. Whilst Manchester was not among those who had expressed an early interest to government, their proposal was submitted on 29 September, the same day as the updated proposals of the Clyde Heritage Trust and a day before...

  • Hallelujah! At last the Government has seen the light, if not the Beeb
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    Astonishingly, John Motson's insult has, so far, gone unpunished by the BBC; so much for the protestations of the Corporation that it really, really wants to embrace Britons of all kinds. Perhaps equally surprisingly, no black player has been asked f...

  • Not all that comes out of the sea is just a blob of blubber
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    But the fish was not new. It was, on the contrary, very old. So old that, until Miss Latimer pulled it out from amongst the piscatorial plebeians on the deck of the Jolly Kaffir, it had been thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous period. I...

  • Letter: Millennium doom
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    When Jesus did not return in glory to judge them, they went to the Church to ask for their money back. They did not get it. JOHN C RUDGE Harlington, Middlesex

  • Letter: Nanny in the family
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    After three years, the nanny became an alcoholic. I sympathise with Charlotte Roberts's difficulties in deciding to get rid of her. What I can't sympathise with is her puzzlement over the nanny's desire to keep in touch with the children. Roberts beh...

  • Letter: Bootleg Stones
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    Just over 20 years ago I bought a bootleg EP on the TMQ (Trademark of Quality) label from a shop in Manchester which includes some of the tracks played to David Lister. As you can see from the sleeve of the record, the tracks are "Cops and Robbers" (...

  • Letter: Squalid public
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    The network recently introduced some attractive new trains, and of course we could do with more. But greater public expenditure does not compel drivers to turn up for work. Nor does it prevent passengers from scattering the new upholstery and floors ...

  • The winning and losing ways of Will Carling - rugby's first superstar
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    It was not the first time England's most celebrated rugby player had fallen flat on his face on the big occasion, but it was very definitely the cruellest. After eight years as captain of his country, Carling was leaving centre-stage on a stretcher r...

  • Letter: Artistic suede shoes
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    Please ask Ms Palmer to watch out for my upcoming entry for the Turner Prize, which expresses the eternal torment and surrealist futility of human existence and consists of the phrase "A-Wop-Bop-A-Loo-Bop-A-Lop- Bam-Boom" written in crayon on the bac...

  • Letter: Cure for congestion
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    CARLTON REID Editor, On Your Bike Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Letter: Out to lunch
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    What is it, exactly, that takes so long to cook? Since five and a half hours is allegedly the average, there are presumably some women who are still preparing lunch at teatime. In that case, what did their families eat for lunch and who cooked it? D ...

  • Leading Article: Eternity is an ever-expanding idea. And so is that Dome
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    Luckily, we have scientists on hand to explain that tornadoes are surprisingly common in Britain, it is just that they hardly ever hit houses. A layer of stable cold air, a low-lying mass of warm air, a thunderstorm and - whoosh! It spins, touches th...

  • Letter: Self's the man
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    C A BENTLEY Brentwood, Essex

  • Letter: Tories and Europe
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    Can Hague, Howard et al not see that to have a single market totally free of tariff controls, which they say they support, and 15 fluctuating currencies within it is a recipe for disaster? It is simply a charter for those countries with weak currenci...

  • Letter: Cure for congestion
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    Suggested cures are of two main types: those that rely on the price mechanism and those that don't. The first category includes higher fuel taxes (hitting hardest poor car users in rural areas, who cause little congestion); taxes on non-residential p...

  • Letter: Millennium doom
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    Dr M WILLIS London NW3

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    My problem is that I'm not sure I believe in Anthea Turner. Yes, she seems to exist. She appears on the telly and is much photographed for the tabloid press. But that could be a stand-in, or even a hologram. It is quite clear why all-purpose celebs a...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 10 January 1998

    I am a grocer's son and you are a grocer's daughter. What problems had you with the price of sago? - Peter Barry, former Irish foreign minister, recalling an abortive attempt to endear himself to Margaret Thatcher This business of being upset when th...

  • Letter: Anglo-Saxon upset
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    The term "Anglo-Saxon" as an economic category is deeply irritating, inaccurate and highly un-PC. Given that the US is the main country thus denoted, I'm surprised that our American cousins, sensitive and literal- minded as they are in these matters,...

  • Letter: Classic gas-guzzlers
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    MARK ORMISTON Isleworth, Middlesex

  • Leading article: Yes, Ms Mowlam, enter the Maze - and try to find a way out of the impasse
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    What he could not say was: "A Cabinet minister, going to plead with jailed terrorists to maintain their support for the ceasefire?" Of course, she says she will not be pleading, but the truth is that the Secretary of State is treating people convicte...

  • Letter: Hopes for Ulster
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    A great deal of confidence can be built relatively straightforwardly. Why doesn't the Secretary of State declare her intention to allow a limited amnesty for all paramilitary organisations that stick to their current ceasefire, effective from, say, t...

  • Out in the cold - boys at school, men at home
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    The validity and importance of such comments, in explaining boys' underperformance, is questionable. Research evidence is incomplete and often anecdotal. So, given the emotionally charged nature of the subject, there is a danger of over-hasty, wrong-...

  • Mo Mowlam's disarming ways may be just what is needed today
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    Clearly many observers were shocked and dismayed by her decision. When it comes to Ireland, it is almost as if we are so familiar with inertia and failure that anything new is a threat in itself. While the old methods used to bring about peace have n...

  • Welfare reform - we haven't seen anything yet
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    The injustice of this - which DSS officials are currently working on ending in a shake-up of the pounds 500m maternity pay budget - is worth mentioning because it's a reminder of the many aspects of welfare reform that having nothing at all to do wit...

  • It's a mystery - the strange death of the Irish peace process in three gripping chapters
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    OK? Get the idea? Right, here we go then with the story of: "The Strange Death of The Northern Ireland Peace Process". CHAPTER ONE "I'm afraid it's dead, sir. There's nothing we can do." The speaker was someone very high up in the Royal Ulster Consta...

  • Letter: Under the dome
    Friday, 9 January 1998


  • Letter: Tories and Europe
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    Although Maastricht requires economic convergence by intending EMUists, only Britain seems likely to meet the tests without cooking the books. For EMU to be a success requires sustained convergence. The improbability of this, taken with the way we pr...

  • Letter: Under the dome
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    MALCOLM ACE Colden Common, Hampshire

  • Letter: Under the Dome
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    In contrast, advocates for the Dome imply that the displays will be primarily intellectual or even spiritual (mind-boggling) in content. Andrew Marr ("True confessions of a social outcast", 7 January) suggests several topics, among them: "Is the car ...

  • Letter: Hopes for Ulster
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    Things are bound to get worse before they can get better. That they are getting worse, in day-to-day incidents, may even be a sign that they are getting better, for the simple reason that those fanatics who want no compromise will do all they can to ...

  • Letter: Tories and Europe
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    Some of those who prevented the last government from adopting a principled policy of opposition to EMU now say that they "will support Tony Blair" on this crucial issue (letter, 5 January). In answer to a question in the Commons on 15 December, the P...

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