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Saturday, 7 November 1998

  • I take New Labour to be my lawful wedded nanny
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    Labour's Green Paper on the family was itself an odd concoction. It went out of its way to make a lot of people upset by delivering edicts on what sort of family is best, while shying away from embracing the full consequences of its megaphoned moral ...

  • Focus: What's next for women? No clout without money
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    Early last summer, to be exact, when the Government suddenly recalled its election commitments on women and announced a nearly identical set of measures. Admittedly the names were different, Harriet Harman - remember her? - and Joan Ruddock instead o...

  • Letter: Supporters rally to defend a well-loved scavenger
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    Surely you should provide more factual pieces, explaining perhaps why BSE has never really been a problem of "beef farming" but rather a "dairy cow" problem. One thing that can be agreed on is that farming is in a mess and will remain so while politi...

  • Profile: John Birt: Out to save the BBC - and he might
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    This judgement is either absurdly uncomprehending or remarkably subtle. Such lists, for a start, habitually confuse "power" with "influence". Perhaps, too, this one is trying to make a subtle point: that a Murdoch or a Robinson is freer to do as he p...

  • Why the moral majority is more forgiving than we thought
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    Most commentators agree that Clinton was not the issue in the elections. That is in itself astounding. Since January, his affair with Monica Lewinsky has dominated the news. He has suffered personal disgrace on an unprecedented scale. His nasty littl...

  • Letter: Supporters rally to defend a well-loved scavenger
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    As a hunt monitor who follows and films hunts two or three times a week throughout the season, I have never witnessed a fox running "right in front of the hounds several times while being hunted and surviving". Terriers do not chase foxes, they maul ...

  • Letter: Death of Chile's dream
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    It didn't stand a chance. The haemorrhage of cash as the rich, fearing the communist and the educated peasant, wired their money to foreign accounts and the interference of the USA didn't help either. America does not like freely elected states when ...

  • Letter: Supporters rally to defend a well-loved scavenger
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    While with the League Against Cruel Sports from 1971 to 1997 I never heard a member describe foxes as "vermin" or advocate the killing of foxes. Mr Clark also makes the ludicrous claim that "foxes are unused to daylight", then later says that foxes s...

  • LETTER: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    Failure to use condoms increases sexually transmitted disease worldwide. In southern and central Africa Aids is threatening the very survival of communities. Perhaps the Pope should be apologising for the consequences of his birth control policy, rat...

  • The Agreeable World Of Wallace Arnold: How dare they gag Sir Cliff, our national treasure!
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    When Mrs Simpson arrived at Fort Belvedere, generally on a Friday afternoon, just as dusk was settling in, it was her custom to rush up the main staircase and into the library. There she would find the then Prince of Wales's most precious possession:...

  • Leading Article: We have a debt too
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    Now she has put her foot in it again. Interviewed on the Today programme about the catastrophe in Central America, and about what the British government is doing to help, she said (with characteristic lucidity) that "debt relief takes too long to be ...

  • Focus: What's next for women? - Equality time, or so they would have us believe...
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    MARGARET JAY is no ordinary woman. Her father, James Callaghan, was a prime minister. Her former husband, Peter Jay, was an ambassador to Washington. Her former lover, the American Carl Bernstein, was an award- winning journalist. Like Jane Austen's ...

  • Letter: A big hat is not enough to rehabilitate Camilla
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    C COULTHARD Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

  • Focus: What's next for women? - Her husband even stays at home to look after the kids
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    She will use the same undemonstrative tactics in her latest job that she deployed for 11 years at the CPRE - persuading mobile phone companies to disguise their pylons and forcing the Government not to cover up greenfield sites. "I see myself as an i...

  • Letter: Education in the real world of Lambeth borough
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    However, what irritates me more is the argument put forward by Ms Lipman that, somehow private schools segregate children from the real world. Apart from the fact that the very quantity of private schools in this area means that they are just as much...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    KEITH FLETT Tottenham, London N17

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    But in the USA Gaye had his first top 10 hit as early as 1963 ("Pride and Joy"), notching up a total of 14 Top 40 entries prior to "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" reaching No 1 on 14 December 1968. What's more, the following March it became the UK...

  • Quotes Of The Week
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    Actor Harrison Ford on being named "Sexiest Man Alive" by 'People' magazine The atmosphere that is de- veloping around the question of Mr Mandelson's sexuality is worse than unwholesome: it is Clintonesque. George Walden Former Tory minister The Gove...

  • Letter: A big hat is not enough to rehabilitate Camilla
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    Her general attitude to life appears to echo that of the landed gentry of pre-war years. She pays no heed to the fact that 80 per cent of the population want to see her favourite pastime (hunting) outlawed. When the wishes of the electorate finally p...

  • Quiz Of The Week
    Sunday, 8 November 1998

    1. Who has won the Governorship of Minnesota on a platform of lower taxes and legal prostitution? 2. This year is expected to have been the world's warmest for how long? 3. Who joined ITV after a 30-year exclusive association with the BBC? 4. What is...

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