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Monday, 16 February 1998

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    ROBIN COOK ("We must act", 14 February) asserts that the aim of any military action against Iraq would be to diminish Saddam Hussein's ability to deploy, conceal and recreate his chemical and biological weapons. Does the Foreign Secretary seriously b...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    It is not hard moreover to discern an irrational motive - a personal animus against Saddam Hussein and a desire to inflict humiliation on him regardless of the effects on others, of the degree of international support and of longer-term policy priori...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    KEN CLARK Bedford

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    OXFAM'S protest about tax deductions for arts projects (letter, 13 February) refers to current patterns of charitable giving. The present balance of giving to the top 500 voluntary charities is dramatically weighted against arts, recreation, youth an...

  • The Tories take a few baby steps towards democracy
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    They also, broadly, live up to the claims Hague is making to be an unexpectedly fast moving and determined party reformer. In organisation, if not yet in policy, Hague has shown that he has learnt a good deal from the cautionary tale of Labour's atte...

  • Letter: EU arms code
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    TODAY, Britain and France table their proposal for a European Union Code of Conduct on arms exports. Could Europe finally be about to place principles before profit in decisions on arms exports? EU countries account for 40 per cent of all arms export...

  • Letter: Privacy law
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    YOUR report "PM against privacy law" (12 February) reveals some very confused thinking on this topic at the heart of government. Upon the incorporation into British domestic law of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), there will be both a ...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    Never mind the starvation and deprivation that the Iraqi people endure, Saddam Hussein continues to build up his personal wealth regardless. So there may be some bombing of his seven (or is it eight?) palaces. I have no problem with this. SIMON GARDI...

  • A Cassandra who had much to teach an aspiring war reporter
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    When people have that quality, it is hard to believe that they are mortal. One of Martha's closest friends said of her yesterday, "I just never thought she'd die." This was her ninetieth year. But somehow, dying did not become her. In The Face of War...

  • Letter: Dangerous women
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    ON learning that the British Boxing Board considers women unfit to fight because they become "emotional and vulnerable during periods" ("PMT makes women `unfit to box' ", 13 February), I found myself worrying about the clearly unsuitable jobs that wo...

  • Letter: Cancer treatment
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    WE are assessing the impact of receiving aromatherapy massage or relaxation therapy, used alongside conventional anti-cancer treatments, on patients' quality of life. We are not attempting to see if these therapies provide an alternative to conventio...

  • My philosophy is to get your kit off - for operational reasons of course
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    Absolutely: A mild form of "yes". Docudrama: A kind of television programme about a famous person, of whom there is so little film footage available that an actor has to be hired to impersonate him. Editor: 1) In television and film, a very minor per...

  • Leading article: Mr Straw should think again. The judiciary has a real role to play
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    The European Convention on Human Rights, which is being incorporated into British law, contains two clauses especially relevant to the activities of the media and the citizen. One broadly asserts the right of citizens to privacy (especially against t...

  • The best way to save the arts is to remove the single payer
    Tuesday, 17 February 1998

    It is important to see clearly what the American system comprises. The US government itself gives little directly to theatre companies, orchestras, museums and the like; instead they are supported by individual donations which, up to very high limits...

  • 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

    W R HAINES London SE27

  • 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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

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