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  • Whatever the Law Lords say, we can bring Pinochet to trial
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    The Divisional Court last week followed the traditional doctrine that heads of state are immune, no matter how barbarous their crimes. The House of Lords might on appeal prefer the approach of American courts, which have held the estate of Ferdinand ...

  • Leading Article: The Davies gamble
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    New Labour resolved to learn from all this. It decided that swift and decisive action should be its response to such situations. So when Ron Davies told the Prime Minister that he had made a "gross error of judgement" - albeit without specifying what...

  • Leading Article: Truth and consequences
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    In one prevailing view - that "mankind cannot bear too much reality" - the wounds inflicted by history can be healed only with an element of evasion or "denial", by a measure of wilful blindness. Hence, the Chileans were right to grant General Pinoch...

  • Help the poor bastards
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    There was no mention made of fathers, of course, and it seemed somehow discourteous and inappropriate to raise the subject. "You'd better get used to these kids, sir. They'll both be coming to school here!" joked Sara. "And they won't bunk off like w...

  • The agreeable world of Wallace Arnold: AA Milne, not Marx, is the 20th century's guru
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    WHERE TO begin? Peter Conrad is a very left-wingy type of modern-day academic, the sort who might well contribute to the arts pages of the New Statesman or the Guardian. Not for him traditional tweeds - oh no, that would be far too conventional. Inst...

  • Tony seems holier than the rest of us
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    Mr Blair's handling of the affair recalls the business of Caesar's third wife who, if you recall, was divorced by the dictator in curious circumstances. When her would-be lover Clodius invaded the all-female rites of the Bona Dea, which she had organ...

  • A tale of three men and some very muddied waters
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    The case of Gus Pinochet has not been properly reported, either in its initial or in its intermediate stages. The final stages will be gone through when the Law Lords hear the Crown's appeal this week from the decision of the Lord Chief Justice last ...

  • Letter: Oppressive leaders should be brought to justice
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    Why does nobody do a little research on the Allende regime? H BENNECKE

  • Blair won't stick his neck out for electoral reform
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    Mr Blair does not have much in common with the cheerfully unreconstructed Ms Abbott, but in the wake of the Lord Jenkins report on the matter, his demeanour suggests that he too finds a long night in with the Dulux preferable to dwelling on the commi...

  • Letter: We have the technology to foil stamp washers, says Royal Mail
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    The business has been detecting such frauds for more than a century and we are confident this is a crime that is in decline. Any losses are certainly far below the figure claimed in your story "Millions lost in massive stamp fraud" (18 October). The ...

  • Letter: God's vicar
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    Pope John Paul II, clearly suffering and in declining health, is a victim priest, closely identified with Christ whose vicar on earth he is; and whom he faithfully proclaims as the only hope for humanity. He deserves only our love and deepest respect...

  • Letter: Lesson of Thatcher's coup
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    In fact such was the sexist nature of politics at the time that many were overjoyed at her sudden elevation, honestly believing that a party with a woman leader - and an obviously middle-class suburban housewife at that - would never get itself elect...

  • Letter: Absolutely not a Conservative
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    KEITH FLETT London N17

  • Letter: Jayne Zito pinpointed true cause of tragedies
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    Long-term studies have shown that a purely pharmacological (drug) approach does not work with these patients. Their personalities need to be understood and helped in a psychotherapeutic way. But psychotherapy alone also does not work. A combination o...

  • Profile: The fox - He's a cute little creature, but he's for the chop, one way or another
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    It wasn't meant to be this way. When the Worcester MP Michael Foster topped the private member's bill ballot last year and tabled a bill to ban hunting with hounds, it was assumed that the huntsmen would by now have hung up their red coats for the la...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    IAN MESSENGER London E1 (originally of Woodbridge, Suffolk)

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    J B KIERNAN London E13

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    PHIL SQUIRE Nylund, Sweden

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    JEREMY STILES London SW17

  • Letter: Oppressive leaders should be brought to justice
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    A CHATTERJEE London E9

  • Letter: Absolutely not a Conservative
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    Absolutely not. The radical constitutional initiatives endorsed by Mr Blair are sufficient to demolish this particular myth. But he succeeds in appealing to the same electorate as the previous Tory regime with his repetitive emphasis upon toughness. ...

  • Letter: Oppressive leaders should be brought to justice
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    During the dark years of the Pinochet regime two Columban priests and one associate priest were expelled. Worse, Chilean police broke into our house in downtown Santiago, shot dead one of our lay staff and detained Sheila Cassidy who had sought refug...

  • QUIZ OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    1. How many books on Diana, Princess of Wales, have been published since her death? 2. President Jacques Chirac has broken with tradition and declined to send flowers in memory of which First World War hero? 3. Where did England soccer coach Glenn Ho...

  • QUOTES OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 1 November 1998

    Falklands veteran Simon Weston as the Argentine president paid his respects to the war dead It is a community trend, the increasing use of drugs and the thoughtless and dangerous disposal of syringes, and unfortunately aviation would appear not to be...

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