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Saturday, 21 November 1998

  • Letter: Bad treaties, bad translation
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    Russia's losses were almost entirely non-Russian in population. By contrast, some 30 per cent of Austria's German population was placed under foreign rule by the Treaty of St Germain, and a similar proportion of Hungarians by that of Trianon. All Fir...

  • Letter: A prayer for understanding
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    Quite right too, except that it is not in the Bible. It is a part of Article XXIV of the 39 Articles of Religion in the Book of Common Prayer, which reads: "It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church, t...

  • Now Hillary has been unmanned
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    "I think she's feeling incredibly confident about how good she looks," said Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue, explaining why she offered the cover of the latest issue and an inside spread to Hillary Clinton. Ms Wintour wanted, she says, "to giv...

  • You can't expect condemned men to behave
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    From the moment the House of Lords effectively rejected the European Parliamentary Elections Bill for the fourth time, the Government's tactics were obvious: to turn the argument from one about closed lists as a means of proportional representation i...

  • Letter: Thackeray revisited - and rewritten
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    NICOLAS WALTER London N1

  • Letter: The forgotten power of song
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    in-patient of a neurological ward undergoing a battery of tests. The boring hum of TV days and anxious, restless nights was intermittently soothed by the sound of a solitary, faltering singing voice. Inhibited by convention, I only felt able to join ...

  • Letter: Not true about me - or my book
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    Even if what he had said about me had been true, I think it would have been childish to object, in the way he did, to my alleged intellectual affiliations. But as a matter of fact I have never been "associated with the Salisbury Review", never contri...

  • No wonder Tony is a control freak
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    "If control freakery means strong leadership," wrote Mr Blair in Friday's Independent, "then I plead guilty." That is on the same lines as parents telling their teenage children: "If caring about whether you get raped or murdered staying out so late ...

  • Profile: Jessye Norman: Diva who chose the wrong stage
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    A day after the first night, the two of them were sitting with colleagues in the greenroom reading the notices, one of which praised Miss Battle as one of the finest young black singers in the country. She flung down the paper with an angry, "Why can...

  • Letter: Cancer
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    She is wrong. Thousands of men are alive and well owing to the effective introduction in the late 1970s of a chemotherapeutic drug called Cisplatin. In 1971, the mortality rate for advanced testicular teratoma was 100 per cent. It is now nearly alway...

  • Letter: John Clare
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON London N6

  • Letter: Durex ad
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    I wish to choose when I discuss sex with my children, not have the subject imposed from a previously innocuous source. BARBARA MARLOW Blackford, Somerset

  • Leading Article: Goodbye to justice
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    THE PROPOSALS by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, to "reform" criminal legal aid, expected to be announced in the Queen's Speech on Tuesday, profoundly threaten the quality of British justice. As we disclose for the first time today, Lord I...

  • All William needs are some shorts - and a beard
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    I agreed that the picture was thoroughly gloomy, but he begged to differ. "From our initial poll-readings," he said, "it seems there's a solid 2 per cent rise in our support from rural Welsh divorcees between the ages of 35 and 42 in white-collar job...

  • Leading Article: A threat to justice
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    No one could argue that forcing fat cats to pay their own bills is an unworthy objective. Nor could anyone argue that the present criminal justice system is perfect. There is, for example, ample evidence that the quality of criminal defence legal wor...

  • Why as a democrat I had to vote against my own party
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    But it is simply false to claim that the "people versus the peers" was the issue last week behind the rejection by the House of Lords for the fifth time of the Government's Bill to alter the proposed system of electing members to serve in the Europea...

  • A spliffing great headache
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    There are schools throughout the land in which the first lesson after lunch is a write-off for children who have spent the previous hour taking recreation-ground drugs through such contraptions, or just rolled up in Rizlas. They return to school wide...

  • Letter: Thackeray revisited - and rewritten
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    Would he think it acceptable to cut it from a reprint of the novel before publication? Would he launder Shakespeare clean of anti-Semitism in case attitudes to Jews in 16th-century Venice might be seen as offensive now? The attempt to manipulate our ...

  • Letter: Bad treaties, bad translation
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    What the Kaiser said - and evidence that he actually said it is shaky - was "eine (or die) verachtlich kleine Armee" - "the contemptibly small army". Not quite the same as "the contemptible little army". The uninflected verachtlich is used adverbiall...

  • Quotes Of The Week
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    Israeli defence minister Ariel Sharon explaining his policy on the West Bank The free market has done more to liberate women than all the political posturing in the feminist movement. Tory MP Teresa Gorman They can get stuffed. They can get on with t...

  • Letter: Directory enquiries
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    TIM MICKLEBURGH Grimsby, Lincs

  • Is Prince Charles doing a Diana?
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    If Prince Charles were preoccupied with his own dignity, then he would, I think, have lodged a complaint about an earlier Mirror front page, that of the previous Saturday, which, headed "YOU SEXY KING", was almost wholly occupied by a photograph of t...

  • Letter: Business sense of common burials
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    One aspect that the article overlooks is the probability that there are people who would like to take advantage of municipal schemes that can arrange a burial for pounds 135 - albeit in communal graves. I can't think of any time in at least the past ...

  • Letter: Labour tastes
    Sunday, 22 November 1998

    KEITH FLETT London N17

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