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Friday, 13 February 1998

  • Leading Article: Listen to Australia, look at Holland: get on your bike, Ma'am
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    The Constitutional Convention in Canberra voted yesterday by 73 votes to 57 that Australia should cut its umbilical cord - its constitutional link with the Queen. The decision, which is likely to be ratified by a referendum next year, will set off a ...

  • Letter: Death of marriage
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    JOHN SCOTT MONCRIEFF Edinburgh

  • Letter: Advice from Blair
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    JEREMY FOX Norwich

  • Letter: Modern prayer
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    MARK STUBBS Luton, Bedfordshire

  • Letter: Lords and Commons
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    This reasoning seems to be perverse. Would it not be better to see the reform of the House of Lords in the context of the whole of Parliament, especially of the relationship between the two Houses? Meanwhile, it is clear that government intends to re...

  • Letter: Sinn Fein victory?
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    This will raise the question of whether the SDLP supports this exclusion and place it in the position of either having to do so or move closer to Sinn Fein's position. Do the two governments want to hand Sinn Fein electoral success against the SDLP o...

  • Get out of the way. That woman boxer's really mad - she's got PMT
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    In an ongoing industrial tribunal hearing to determine whether Jane Couch, the British-born welterweight champion known as the Fleetwood Assassin, has suffered sex discrimination, the BBBC came up with a peculiarly novel explanation for denying her a...

  • We must act. The threat posed by Saddam's arsenal is terrifying and real
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    There is nothing fuzzy about the threat that Saddam Hussein poses. Nor are the biological and chemical weapons he has developed the invention of comic book writers. They are real. Terrifyingly real, Ask his own people. It was why the United Nations, ...

  • Letter: Personality mayors
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    The real issue is that there is no London-wide government. In cities like Birmingham, however, the City Council is able to take strategic decisions to secure the future wealth and well-being of the city, while at the same time devolving power to loca...

  • Letter: Modern prayer
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    A modern version of the Lord's Prayer has been in use in the Church of England for over 20 years, and the principle that modern and traditional versions should exist side by side is widely accepted. A less tractable question is the wording of the mod...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    In the past, such use of force by a western superpower against a Third World country would have been called imperialism; these days it is called peace-keeping. As with the former Yugoslavia, the West now claims the moral authority to interfere with t...

  • Letter: Personality mayors
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    PAUL SWEETMAN Southampton

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    Tax-efficient giving is a great incentive to donors. Oxfam is one of many charities which currently derives much of its voluntary income from large numbers of people covenanting valuable but small monthly amounts often as little as pounds 2. Under cu...

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    Our response calls for even stronger tax breaks for the arts and heritage. We want to see tax relief on donations to all museums registered with the MGC, not just charitable museums and galleries. All donations to the arts, however small, should qual...

  • Quote Unquote
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    I have never seen such a tidy sleeper as Peter Mandelson. His hands were neatly placed on his thighs. His mouth was closed, his hair remained immaculate - Linda McDougall, wife of Labour the MP Austin Mitchell, after witnessing the Minister without P...

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    This government has the admirable ambition of reversing decades of centralising state power and giving some power back to the people. Its intention not to raise the burden of taxation is consistent with that ambition. So how to finance the growth of ...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Saturday, 14 February 1998

    Our development programmes in the region are still dealing with the damaging effects of the war in the Gulf in 1991. For its neutral stance at that time Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, suffered severe economic deprivation, which greatl...

  • 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...

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