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Sunday, 15 February 1998

  • Letter: Save the Arts
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    The prestige of Britain continues to be carried abroad by the outstanding success of theatrical productions which originate in this country, and our much applauded film industry relies on the early theatrical training given to its stars. At a time wh...

  • Letter: Save the Arts
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    Since everyone is rightly concerned to maintain public confidence in the National Lottery, perhaps the spotlight can be turned onto one of its least understood side-effects. I refer to the unwise decision that Millennium Commission grants should be s...

  • Letter: Iraq resolution
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    As regards getting rid of Saddam, the US ended the Gulf War deliberately without toppling him because, we were told, to do so would leave a power vacuum which would be even more perilous. If that was true then, isn't it still true now? As for the wea...

  • Letter: Iraq resolution
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    1. If Saddam is an evil dictator and his possession of weapons of mass destruction poses a serious threat to regional peace, how come his neighbouring countries, to whom he is supposed to be threatening, do not support military action against him? 2....

  • Letter: Iraq resolution
    Monday, 16 February 1998

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  • Letter: Iraq resolution
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    AS INTENDED, the build-up of forces in the Gulf has concentrated the minds of the international community. It is unacceptable that any state should disregard resolutions of the Security Council and it is right that every possible step should be taken...

  • A little help for those who just can't find the right words ...
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    The marketing of such a product presents some obvious problems. It would, I assume, be racked in the Speciality section of the average card shop but, unless there has been a sudden boom in do-it-yourself annihilation, projected sales could hardly jus...

  • The risks of expulsion: Ghetto logic that threatens to engulf the peace process
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    They want Sinn Fein banished. This is partly because of the IRA's apparent return to killing, but more fundamentally because few if any Unionist politicians can conceive of a new settlement which might include republicans. Born and brought up in a st...

  • Dear Enoch played the game, though he seemed to forget his friends
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    From Professor Julian Bastable Sir, I have not seen it mentioned in any of the obituaries that Enoch Powell had a deep and abiding love of cricket, and expressed this love in his very own way, that is, through the classics. He formed a cricket XI whi...

  • Letter: Iraq resolution
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    What happens if Saddam is killed or overthrown? What follows in the ensuing instability? Will Iraq break up? What will Netanyahu's Israel do if the Iraqi army is destroyed? Will Israel opportunistically attack Syria and the Palestinians in Lebanon? I...

  • Leading Article: Are questions of taste proper questions for a prime minister?
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    Then there is Mohamed Al Fayed's ludicrous claim that he is 99.9 per cent certain that his son and the Princess of Wales were victims of a conspiracy by British intelligence agents. Even after making due allowance for the disorienting effect of grief...

  • Letter: Royal funds
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    Regarding your leader "Listen to Australia, look at Holland: get on your bike, Ma'am" (14 February), information about the Queen's money has been available to the public for years through the Palace publication Royal Finances and is also available in...

  • Depoliticised youth: What's the matter with our dumbed-down youth?
    Monday, 16 February 1998

    Could this be the "ethical" foreign policy promised by Robin Cook the week after the exhilarating electoral triumph of last May? How long ago that seems now and how false. One ethic for Saddam and a very different one for the butcher Suharto in Jakar...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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