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Saturday, 14 February 1998

  • At least the news is on at the right time
    Sunday, 15 February 1998

    What, one earnest inquirer asked during questions, were those printers who had been displaced by Mr Murdoch doing now? "Starving, I hope," I replied, quick as a flash. Whereupon two members of the audience (Welsh Nationalists, I was subsequently told...

  • Profile: Rupert Murdoch: Blair's red-top baron
    Sunday, 15 February 1998

    They enjoyed unrivalled power to manipulate public opinion on every issue - except, it seems, that of their own virtues. So the attacks on the Murdoch empire in the House of Lords last week, echoed in nearly every newspaper that he does not own, will...

  • The war machine is rolling - but it can be stopped
    Sunday, 15 February 1998

    But this is how Cool Britannia goes to war - calmly, casually, with its mind on more important things like whether The Verve will be voted best group. Our government knows that even if diplomacy fails by Friday, when the first moonless night in Febru...

  • Anarchy in the UK?
    Sunday, 15 February 1998

    For once upon a time, it was a serious matter indeed. Not so much in Britain - although Joseph Conrad based his tale of the attempted bombing of Greenwich Observatory in The Secret Agent on a historical event - but in Europe, where in the 19th centur...

  • You can box, girl, but I can't watch
    Sunday, 15 February 1998

    It was more out of courtesy to Beau then any interest in women's boxing that I attended a couple of Gogarty's fights in Las Vegas. My first experience confirmed my prejudices: I found it repellent and unnatural to watch young and attractive women pou...

  • Alone under the volcano
    Sunday, 15 February 1998

    TONY BLAIR'S ministerial prohibition on his government attending England's World Cup soccer matches in June may not prove as effective as he hopes. His lieutenants are already looking for ways to beat the ban. Leading the way is Charlie Whelan, rambu...

  • 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...

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