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Saturday, 26 December 1998

  • Letter: Gulf attacks lack hard evidence and imagination
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    At Ease, a voluntary advisory service, had to deal with more conscientious objectors to the last Gulf war than to any other conflict before or since. In addition, many returned from the Gulf saying they would never again take part in such an action. ...

  • Letter: The deliverers and despots who hold our future in their hands
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    David Chidgey ("Where's the meat in `apple pie'?") says we must join the EMU, which will give UK industry a stable (sic) and presumably, desirably weak currency, and stable, low interest rates. Why not just slash interest rates and weaken sterling an...

  • Profile: Friends of Bill: We're just the pals who can't say no
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    But none of these was quite as grotesque in its way as the pop singer Carly Simon at a pro-Clinton rally, where she sang the hallowed civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" on the President's behalf, before pronouncing that: "He's a very great presi...

  • And here's to you, Mr Robinson
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    I do not see any reason why the Tories should have all the good dinners, clothes, gardens - or houses in Notting Hill. The whole point of socialism is to raise living standards for the greatest number of people, not reduce them to a grim Stalinist co...

  • The tale of a Minister quite without Employment
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    All the Talk is of Master Peter Mandelson, his Loan from Mr Secretary Geoffrey Robinson, and his great Fall; as to which all Manner of lofty Precedents are cited, in such a Number and of such an Authority as to satisfy my Lord Hoffmann himself, not t...

  • How to be fair to the fox
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    If I am honest with myself, I recognise the question, in this form, as a real one. The little troupe of hardened followers, passing over the hill in their frock coats, top hats and woollen breaches, astride polished horses which bob in the foam of ho...

  • Letter: Too much to swallow
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    HS NUTTALL Liverpool

  • Leading Article: No cause for Tory gloating
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    The essence of what is known as the New Labour project consisted of coming to terms with the political success of Thatcherism. Few voters want to return to the 1970s, with hyper-inflation and union stranglehold. Thatcherism understood that both tradi...

  • Put women in their place: at the top of the tree
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    And looking down on all this, the cards that really do have the yuk factor about them: those whiter than white, purer than pure depictions of the Madonna and Child. Images of that sort, together with all those bottles of eau de cologne and dinky bits...

  • Nothing like a mug to reveal the inner person
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    For those of my regular readers who might have missed both the pieces I wrote for the European, let me bring you up to date with what has been going on with me since I last appeared in these pages in August, which is, after all, what they pay me (les...

  • The Diary: God protect us from jolly churches
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    Was it some such incident which led to his arrival in Battersea Dogs' Home where we met him two or more years ago? Among the many emotions evoked by his howls - irritation, pity, anguish at the suffering of another - there is the worst feeling of all...

  • Letter: Provocative philosophy behind animal rights
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    Editors have a responsibility to counter these articles with more on outstanding (often Gandhi-style) figures in this movement, a movement which, as your article points out, is seen by some as "the logical next step in social evolution". The most cel...

  • Labour's misery: you ain't seen nothing yet
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    But Mandelson's resignation does not have such immediately beneficial effects for the Prime Minister as it does for his political Svengali. (Robinson's resignation, on the other hand, can only help Blair.) Mandelson had nothing to lose by his self-sa...

  • Letter: The deliverers and despots who hold our future in their hands
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    PETER ALLSOPP Bramley, Surrey

  • End of story
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    Sid was wearing a hideous new jacket that Veronica gave him for Christmas. I can't imagine what Veronica was thinking about. It's about three sizes too big for a start. And the two-inch red and black checks make Sid look like a retired lumberjack. Bu...

  • Letter: Gulf attacks lack hard evidence and imagination
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    Nor are sanctions going to lead to a breakthrough. Bureaucratic nit- picking in the West ensures that many desperately needed items are embargoed on grounds of potential "double-use", while most of what is allowed through is diverted from the mass of...

  • Letter: Gulf attacks lack hard evidence and imagination
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    The report (leaked to the US government four days before it was available to the UN) consists mainly of complaints that the Iraqis were unable or unwilling to provide documents which may have contained information on weapons of mass destruction. Thei...

  • Letter: Too much to swallow
    Sunday, 27 December 1998

    BEDE BEAUMONT London W2

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