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Saturday, 24 October 1998

  • Leading article: The Wyes and wherefores
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, presides over a fractious coalition and is continually obliged to placate his right wing, which he did most recently by appointing as foreign minister Ariel Sharon, the man who was responsible for the disastrous and som...

  • The master-key that Gordon keeps hidden in his attic
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    But rather more than half of my term was served under Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Between the two of them, they accounted for no less than 18 unbroken years of Tory rule. Added together, it means that I experienced 25 years of Conservative gove...

  • Leading article: Alastair, I'm sorry
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    In January, the Prime Minister's press secretary, Alastair Campbell, admitted he had advised the Japanese prime minister on the "style" of his article in the Sun which apologised (or didn't) for the treatment of prisoners of war. Last week, he provid...

  • The Diary: Why the Stone conviction makes me uneasy
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Like everybody else in England, of course, I was haunted by the murder, and the barbaric attack on little Josie terrorised my soul. The pressure for arrest and conviction was immense. The women of the Medway towns of Kent needed to be protected from ...

  • Comment: 'Permanent revolution' is still a passing fad
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Read history and see The headlong flight of invincible armies. Wherever you look Impregnable strongholds collapse And if the Armada was countless when it set sail The returning ships Could be counted. Such stirring belief in historical dynamics is no...

  • Comment: My name is Margaret and I'm a recovering prime minister
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    As for his successor, the woman whose devotees have been so derisive about Heath's disloyalty has herself been wonderfully unhelpful since her involuntary departure from office nine years ago. She doesn't just speak to the driver, she spits on his he...

  • Comment: The inclusion principle should include the Cabinet
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    "You see," she explained, "they wanted it to have tea on." Moore stirred. "No, no, dear," he said. "That's not quite right. Coffee too." My conversations with Lord Jenkins have been more expansive. This week, with his report on electoral reform, he i...

  • Comment: The whining self-pity of the old right
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Fortunately for the kind of people I am talking about, my fantasies have rarely been put into practice. Ten days ago I was having lunch at The Ivy in central London with a friend who, noticing my state of agitation, asked why I kept glancing suspicio...

  • It was the torture tongs that Margaret loved best
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    "I'll never forget how you gave those wretched miners a run for their money," chortled Lord McAlpine, chewing on a cashew. "And you taught those nurses and firemen a lesson they'll never forget, ma'am," chipped in young Heffer, to a brief burst of ap...

  • Comment: Put my torturer on trial
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    For those who may not know the story so far, I am a doctor who went to Chile in 1971 to seek her fortune in a land flowing with red wine, swimming pools and poorly paid housemaids. Absurdly apolitical, I spoke no Spanish and never read newspapers any...

  • Letters: It might be that farmers have a lot to whinge about...
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    ESTHER PRITCHARD Holyhead, Anglesey

  • Letter: Mr Dobson, this is unfair
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    The Government should insist that movement in and out of early medical education becomes easier. A medical student who realises at 18 that medicine is the wrong career will find it almost impossible to move out. Giving up medicine may leave this high...

  • Letter: Not too big
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Since then we "rarely ... campaign or lobby for change", she says. She's right. As the current editor of the magazine, I believe that press "campaigning" is too often simply an appeal for publicity for the publication itself. The Big Issue neverthele...

  • Letter: Tax-free arts donations mean money for the top
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    It could be argued that funding for the arts has been "democratised" via the National Lottery, which is a "voluntary tax" that gives in part to the arts. But lottery players are not able to choose which organisations receive their "subsidy", as are d...

  • Letter: Let the children into bed
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Until recently it was normal for the majority of the earth's people to sleep together as family - but in dwellings and beds very different to ones used by your readers. My ex-wife and I believed that it was indefensible to lock or exclude from our be...

  • QUOTES OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Baroness Thatcher A hospital porter trips up, they have an investigation. A doctor kills a patient, they have a discussion. Stephen Parker, whose daughter died in 1989, on the Royal College of Surgeons The conflict should never have happened. We deep...

  • QUIZ OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    1. James Hormel's nomination for the US ambassadorship to Luxembourg was blocked by the Senate. According to Senator Trent Lott, this was because Mr Hormel suffers from a "disease". What was he referring to? 2. The engagement ring bought by Prince Ch...

  • LETTERS: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    CHRIS SMITH MP Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport THE authority of your article about the iconic qualities of the Fender Stratocaster (Real Life, 18 October) is weakened by the fact that the accompanying photograph is of a Gibson Les Pau...

  • Letters: It might be that farmers have a lot to whinge about...
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    He accuses farmers of "mass poisoning". Yet it was government that promoted the use of offal in animal feed and suppressed reports that it might be harmful. The majority of farmers who did not feed such products to their livestock and have not experi...

  • Letter: Mr Dobson, this is unfair
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    DR B DALEY Waterlooville, Hants

  • Letters: It might be that farmers have a lot to whinge about...
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    C SAUNDERS Sale, Cheshire

  • Letter: Mr Dobson, this is unfair
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    DR IAN QUIGLEY Romford, Essex

  • End of story
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Wally was as wide as he was tall, and one of the last of the old-style fighting men. His idea of a "straightener" would be to take his jacket off and trade head punches with his opponent while standing toe to toe on a handkerchief. In his younger day...

  • Letters: It might be that farmers have a lot to whinge about...
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    Most British farmers would dearly love to farm as they do in New Zealand, but consumer-driven legislation on welfare and the environment prevents them doing so. Meanwhile, the same consumers buy imported foodstuffs, bought with strong pounds, produce...

  • Letters: It might be that farmers have a lot to whinge about...
    Sunday, 25 October 1998

    M L PARRY Crymych, Pembrokeshire

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