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Saturday, 12 December 1998

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    LFH BUSK Director General, British Heart Foundation, London W1

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    STEPHEN OLIVER Epsom, Surrey

  • Letter: Wrong about animal rights
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    Nobody assumes that people working for improvements for mistreated racial minorities must be particularly attached to those races to bother to help them. We simply value these activists for caring about those unlike ourselves, and in a weaker positio...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    NEIL HENDERSON Stornoway, Western Isles

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party It would be dishonest to say that I'm beyond ambition, but the fires of ambition are rather tepid these days. Chris Patten, ex-governor of Hong Kong, on his political future No taxation without resp...

  • End of story
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    The hotel was your classic early-Sixties, Eastern-bloc, pre-cast concrete nightmare. The receptionist didn't like me at all, and glared sullenly at me as I filled in the form. The room key that she pushed across the counter was attached to a lump of ...

  • Quiz of the week
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    1. Why were 25 volumes the size of Tolstoy's War and Peace written about a millimetre-long nematode worm? 2. Who sold a baby for pounds 41,000? 3. According to a new Home Office report, how many more times are blacks likely to be stopped and searched...

  • Letter: Good is good - with or without God
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    The interesting question for an evolutionary psychologist is whether, in the absence of proof one way or the other of the existence of any deity, there is any non-religious way in a Western context that we can release that part of our potential for g...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    NEIL MARTINSON BBC News, London W12

  • Letter: You can't go your own way
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    I must take issue, however, with one point. Ms Sinclair states that her father had executed a living will, and that her mother begged the young GP to act on it. She suggests that such action meant administering a possibly lethal dose of morphine to r...

  • At last, good old anger is back with us
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    We have had too much of focus groups, consensus politics and not frightening the horses in recent years. One of Lady Thatcher's most baleful legacies has been an entrenched fear, among centrist and leftish politicians alike, of saying anything that m...

  • Focus: It's hard to swallow
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    As successes go, that was not one of Monsanto's greatest. But it was in keeping with the problems that the company, and the technology, of GM foods and crops have faced when the public has encountered them over the past two years. The odd thing is th...

  • The Agreeable World Of Wallace Arnold: 'Tis a desperate man who takes the Duchess hostage
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    The news came through to the Wentworth clubhouse in the afternoon of Wednesday last. As vice-chairman, I was entertaining recent members with my reminiscences of driving off from the sixth, using my number seven on the eighth, my six on the ninth and...

  • Leading Article: The General has a point
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    The left's error is its tendency to double standards, or what has been more precisely called an "asymmetry of indulgence". It is more than 50 years since Orwell identified the left's problem as wanting to be anti- fascist without being anti- totalita...

  • Letter: Good is good - with or without God
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    MARK C WINTER Lancaster

  • Letter: You can't go your own way
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    Choice and dignity in death are denied us by many factors, primarily by the lack of adequate palliative care services, compounded by powerlessness and ignorance on the part of patients and their families, but campaigns for voluntary euthanasia will d...

  • Letter: Puffed up
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    "That's me!" she cries, looking at the "hip and jaunty" woman with the Marlboro Light. I was saying the same thing 10 years ago. I'm still smoking the Marlboro Lights, but the hipness and jauntiness have long since been cremated (alongside the pounds...

  • Letter: Get back to the dairy
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    The fats in butter are among the healthiest available to us. They are the kind of fats we evolved on, the kind we are designed to benefit from. There is no reason whatsoever to avoid them; they cannot harm us in any way. The fats in margarine, on the...

  • Letter: Wrong about animal rights
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    Regarding "nuanced thought", I could without difficulty list, among those who have espoused and defended the concept of animal liberation, a dozen distinguished professors in the fields of philosophy, theology, physiology, biology, biophysics, anthro...

  • This is Europe, not America
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    For most of the last half-century, Britain has had two options: to be a whole-hearted member of Europe or to be a satellite of the United States. The Murdoch and Black newspapers (which make up what Michael Heseltine calls "our North American press")...

  • The inns of court are set to flow with fine wines
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    The Home Secretary has so far received an excellent press. He has even been described as a future leader of the Labour Party whose prospects would have been disturbed had he arrived at the "wrong" decision (that is, a decision to send the general hom...

  • The Diary: From the sublime to the ridiculous in one week
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    I used to spend so many hours in Sheepscar Library, Leeds, that my parents would come in search of me. As a teenager, like any Leeds teenager, I hated to get up in the morning. Yet, at the call up the stairs by my mother of "Your book's come," I woul...

  • Focus: The People of the Year
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    Will Mo Mowlam repeat her success of 1997, in which she was named Woman of the Year ahead of Clare Short and Cherie Blair? How will Tony Blair - last year's Man of the Year and fifth in the villains' list - fare? And who's going to win the battle of ...

  • Thus does cloning make cowards of us all
    Sunday, 13 December 1998

    About twenty years ago I did some research in the archives of the small hospital in which I was then working. In the 1850s the hospital had been in desperate need of cash (as it had remained ever since). The administrators proposed to sell off some l...

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