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  • Letter: Lost Prince John
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    Most of these deaths are of young people, like the Prince, who "fell asleep" after a seizure and never woke up. It is also true that until very recently these deaths were kept hidden. The death certificates in many cases would not reveal the cause of...

  • Letter: Assault on Iraq
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    LAWRENCE HANSEN London SE1

  • Letter: Business rates
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    The amount a business pays in rates depends on the its location; if the rateable value of the land the business occupies is high, its rates will be high. Returning the business rate to council control would not mean that the burden is shifted from re...

  • Letter: `Lost' Prince John
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    Royal children in the early years of this century were not exposed to the kind of publicity their descendants face today; but, far from being hidden, Prince John's existence and appearance were made known to the public through photographs. I have 17 ...

  • Manipulated soya beans: How can we learn what's in the food we're about to eat?
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    There are major changes taking place in the way our food is produced. British shoppers have indicated they are suspicious of them. Ministers have expressed similar doubts. Just this week they blocked the planting of these crops in Britain and also de...

  • Leading article: We're shown up again. For once, Britain should follow the French
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    Forget the nominal transport minister, Gavin Strang. The man on the mat is John Prescott, Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions. Commiserations. He is, by nature, a big spender who is marooned in a Cabinet where financial rect...

  • On the day before tomorrow, some tender thoughts from little Ginger far away
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    To Tonytumps - Bombs Awa y! You can come back to our little White House as often as you like! - his little Billikins. LITTLE Tonykins - my very best wishes for doing everything I asked you to, and more! all my love, as long as you keep doing it! May ...

  • The gentle art of compromise: Rupert Murdoch features in three challeng es to Blair
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    The first concerns the trade unions and how to put into practice the manifesto promise to give statutory recognition rights to unions that have the support of "51 per cent of the relevant workforce". It's well known that the meaning of that innocuous...

  • Different careers, similar lessons: Oswald, Enoch and David - Britain d emands more than charisma
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    This difference really struck home this week, when a coincidence of events led me to think about charismatic political leaders in this country. First, last Sunday, Enoch Powell died. Immediately tributes in many newspapers testified to the unique qua...

  • Letter: Pyramid publishing
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    The American Egyptologist Mark Lehner knows a thing or two about the Sphinx and the pyramids, having spent 20 years studying them in the field. Yet when he publishes a popular book on the subject (The Complete Pyramids, Thames and Hudson, 1997), pack...

  • Letter: Testing athletes
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    LESLEY BROWNE London SW1

  • Letter: Pyramid publishing
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    Most subjects have their shadowy sisters which feed on the lack of knowledge. These are tolerated, humoured or ignored by the academic world; think of alternative medicine, the authorship of Shakespeare's plays, or alchemy. Their popularity may refle...

  • Letter: Assault on Iraq
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    You may recall that no sooner had the Iraqi army been ejected from Kuwait than the chattering classes started wailing about America's "hidden agenda" and how overthrowing Saddam Hussein was not part of the UN's mandate. America and her allies were th...

  • Letter: Assault on Iraq
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    After a bombing campaign by the US and its allies, Saddam grants the UN inspectors unfettered access to all the sites that they wish to examine. Then after several months he throws them out on some trumped-up charge, forcing the West once again to mo...

  • Letter: Assault on Iraq
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    This is the last throw of an ineffective UN/US/UK policy. Iraq can easily re-acquire chemical and biological, if not nuclear, weapons after an inspection. The UK must think and speak for herself, however friendly we may be towards America. We should ...

  • Letter: Assault on Iraq
    Friday, 13 February 1998

    I find it difficult to see any moral distinction between the arguments of some Anglican bishops (letter, 11 February) and those of the "peace at any price" advocates who forced me to waste six of the best years of my life, and many of my contemporari...

  • The drums of war: What madness is this? Bombs are not the way to peace
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    No sooner had I filed a series of reports to London on this new and terrible war crime of Saddam Hussein than a British diplomat, lunching with one of my editors in London, remarked that "Bob doesn't seem to understand the situation." True, he said, ...

  • The myth of air power: What madness is this? Bombs are not the way to p eace
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    A similar political and military failure may await the impending bombardment of Iraq. As with the Gulf War, hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqi civilians will certainly die. But this will not "punish", or even damage, Saddam Hussein. There is no rea...

  • Leading article: The hard lesson for Labour's new MPs: Speak your min ds
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    Led by the former vice-chancellor of the Open University, Lord Perry of Walton, a group of peers is to look dispassionately at the drug and the contexts in which it is used. Far be it from us to anticipate the outcome. Suffice it to say that a lot of...

  • Letter: Whose heroes?
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    ROBERT SHELDON MP (Ashton under Lyne, Lab) House of Commons

  • Letter: Wedding bills
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    When I married in 1937, I was in a job in which women were automatically dismissed on marriage. We therefore got married in a registrar's office during our lunch hours and went back to work in the afternoon, with no celebration of any kind, so that m...

  • Letter: Sex education
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    First, we need earlier sex education and freely available contraception, as in Holland, where under-16 conception rates are nine times lower than in the UK, and age at first intercourse higher. Second, it is time for sex education to be included in t...

  • Letter: Tunnel rail link
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    However, Waterloo is a much less accessible station for the majority of people in Britain than St Pancras. A rail passenger from anywhere north of London would be likely to save at least one hour's journey time by using St Pancras rather than Waterlo...

  • Letter: Vain plea
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    DAVID STONE Weymouth, Dorset

  • How to survive those awkward moments with a perfectly delicious wife
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    The reason is simple. There is a pile of magazines on our bathroom floor, and the one on top is a copy of Sainsbury's Magazine for June 1995, which catches my eye every time I manoeuvre myself into the bath and begin the long process of getting out a...

  • Letter: Whose heroes?
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    When Western analysts pick non-Western heroes, they go for conciliatory figures, while Western heroes come from the warrior and confrontational class like Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. If non-Western analysts were to pick We...

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    ROGER GARRETT (Music Teacher) Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    Hence the new emphasis by President Clinton and Tony Blair that the real purpose of military action is to protect Iraq's neighbours from a future attack from Saddam Hussein. If so, it does seem a little odd that all but one of these neighbours, Kuwai...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    It is clearly not the principle that all states must comply with all UN Security Council resolutions binding upon them, since the US clearly does not believe that Israel must comply with all (or, indeed, any) UN resolutions binding upon it, among the...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    As a result, a few years hence, Iraq may be in a position to unveil a strategic biological warfare capability sufficient to embolden Saddam to renew his geo-political ambitions in the Middle East. How would the UN Security Council then respond to Ira...

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    In Ireland, 100 writers a year are given a bursary of a living wage while they work on a project approved by a panel of writers. Actors, musicians, writers and visual artists all benefit from tax-free income. This imaginative approach to funding has ...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    TREVOR COX Croydon, Surrey

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    CHARLES HUGHES Felixstowe, Suffolk

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