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Monday, 23 February 1998

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    HAREEN MARCELLINE Dyce, Grampian

  • Letter: Nuclear waste storage
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    It highlights a report by William Peden of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and suggests a picture of decay and potential danger because of the absence of a national nuclear waste disposal strategy following the scrapping of plans for the Nirex d...

  • Letter: A Mason - I admit it
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    In all that time, I have never known or heard of a Mason who derived unfair advantage from being a Mason. I have known Masons who contribute to various charities (and not only to help other Masons, as is often mistakenly stated). To be accepted as a ...

  • Letter: Whitehall mothers
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    SALLY DEALLER London SE15

  • Leading Article: Charity begins at the blockbuster
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    tin-shakers for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. If only the liner had sunk nearer the coast - this seems to be message - doughty lifeboatmen would have rescued Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Kate Winslet. The charity is hoping for generosity b...

  • When it comes to cricket, what's the use of a dead sparrow?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    Today the MCC is voting whether to admit women into its august membership. Early indications seem to suggest that, despite the efforts of its go- ahead committee, the old farts will have the last say and women will be bowled out once more. It's not s...

  • Letter: Foreign policy games
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    Their primary functions seem to be to play elaborate games which may end in war, to turn sensible ideas about new forms of European cohabitation into a folly of technocratic infighting, and to conduct so-called "relations" with their opposite numbers...

  • Letter: Back to the Old Deal
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    Tens of thousands of pounds of tax-payers' money are spent on each child's education until they are 16. When young people reach 18 they have the "New Deal", a scheme whereby tax-payers' money is used to "buy" temporary jobs for long-term unemployed y...

  • How the Iraqi mouse made the West's elephant dance
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    The very presence of Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, in Baghdad this weekend marks the return of Iraq as a player in the Middle East. It showed that President Saddam is still in business and likely to remain so. It also underlines his success i...

  • Why country folk want to hang a `do not disturb' sign on their gates
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    Yet the march is puzzling. What could possibly bring country people in such number - over 100,000 are expected - to the heart of the capital? They hate London. They despise people who live in towns. For decades the shires have been peaceful. Rural de...

  • Notes to Eddie, and other fascinating pieces recovered from the House of Windsor
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    I hate not to share these things with you, so today instead of the planned leisure feature (an article called "Decorate your lounge the Lord Irvine of Lairg way"), I am simply reprinting some of the more interesting items in the auction, which seem u...

  • Leading Article: Taming Iraq takes more than might
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    But none of that is a good reason why the Americans, let alone the British Government should not accept - as quickly as protocol allows - that the UN Secretary-General has carried out his mission to Baghdad admirably. If Saddam has now accepted terms...

  • Letter: Whitehall mothers
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    I have worked in the Civil Service since 1974 and have children now aged 20 and 10. Apart from two short breaks for maternity leave, I have continued to work since joining. I have never had regular childcare provision made available to me by my emplo...

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    It is important to remember that only something like 7 per cent of the tonnage dropped on Iraq and Kuwait was "smart". The rest was unguided, and targets were missed 70 per cent of the time. With 80,000 tons dropped, civilian casualties were extremel...

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    They were divided between a multitude of governments, set up without consultation; one of their most sacred territories was designated for Western colonisation; and their oil wealth was placed in the hands of a tiny minority and used largely to enric...

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    MARTIN AITKEN London N7

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    PAUL O'HANLON Runcorn, Cheshire

  • Pandora's Box
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    The TV docudrama about Princess Diana's romance with Dodi Fayed, currently being filmed in Mallorca, has been plagued by a familiar parasite. A swarm of international paparazzi have descended on the production of The People's Princess, stalking the l...

  • Letter: Irvine's wallpaper
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    JOHN MITCHELL London SE13

  • Letter: UN mission to Iraq
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    The very concept of a limited war needs to be questioned. As Gamal Abdel Nasser said: "For a war to be limited depends on the other side". And President Johnson once observed that the US must succeed against "that raggedy-ass little fourth-rate count...

  • Leading Article: The Dome was a bad idea, but we must start to make the best of it
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    Too bad. We came to mock and stayed to, well, mock some more. We neither expected nor liked Tony Blair's decision to save the Dome last year, but we hoped we might be proved wrong. We thought that perhaps Mr Blair and Mr Mandelson had a cunning plan....

  • Letter: Let us chant
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    J SUMNER's equation of the Lord's Prayer to a football chant is rather hollow (letter, 20 February). I have yet to meet a football fan so ardent that he would consider kneeling down before bedtime and whispering a terrace song to himself. Considering...

  • Letter: Global politics
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    TARIQ ALI makes the all-too-frequent error of dismissing the environmental and animal rights movements as single- issue politics ("What's the matter with our dumbed-down youth?", 16 February). The struggle for animal rights is seen as part of a huge ...

  • Letter: Private counsel
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    ANNABELLE THORPE's article on counselling ("Mourners in a queue to be comforted", 18 February) rather missed the point: it's free or cheap counselling that's not easy to come by, and why should it be? The public, quite rightly, expects counsellors to...

  • Your cut-out-and-keep guide to the week ahead - whether there's a war or not
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    If, at all times, you can bear the following facts in mind, everything else will seem clear by comparison. 1. Saddam Hussein, the President of Iraq, is a psychopath without a conscience. 2. Do not take my word for this. I am quoting from what John Ma...

  • Letter: Microsoft monopoly
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    IT IS not entirely accurate to say that increasing returns are simple economies of scale ("The simple idea that lies behind Microsoft's aim to rule the world", 19 February). Increasing returns mean that a product is more likely to succeed simply beca...

  • Blind Love For TV: I can't see, but all I want to do is be a film-maker
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    All I actually know about is TV and media. If I got a job in anything else I'd soon be shown up as a fraud who had made some kind of hopelessly tragic life compromise. "Look at that sad lonely figure in the corner," they'd say, pointing at me. "He co...

  • A Fresh Start In The Gulf: Tony and Bill: stop war-mongering, it's time to start living with Saddam
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    America will, if there is a deal with Iraq, doubtless protest that this is only the result of its firmness. That is a deeply dubious proposition; in reality, Kofi Annan and his skillful diplomacy will have saved the day. If force is used, the failure...

  • Letter: Freemasons' motto
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    DAVID WALKER ("In defence of Freemasonry", 21 February) likens the Freemasons to all groups of like-minded and harmless people. He overlooks their unique motto, "Aude, Vide, Tace" - "Hear, see and be silent". This motto - which must have a practical ...

  • Our weak econony: Celebrate Cool Britannia, but don't ignore the rust
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    To give the Chancellor his full due, he is dourly impatient of any chat about Cool Britannia. He is more in tune with the following passage from Labour's election manifesto: "Many of the fundamentals of the British economy are still weak. Low pay and...

  • Letter: Town and country
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    Yet you risk driving a new and unnecessary wedge between meeting social and environmental objectives. The shortage of social housing is due to lack of funds, not land on which to build. Local planning authorities have earmarked land for hundreds of t...

  • Letter: Town and country
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    Lobby groups use the media to engender a public fear - many are prepared to misrepresent and lie about their targets, as they believe their cause is so great that the end justifies any means - it all sells more television time and newsprint. There is...

  • Letter: Town and country
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    THE countryside cannot be divided into neat little compartments - some good, some bad, as your leading article (20 February) seems to suggest. The Countryside March organisers recognise that, regrettably, there is an urban-rural divide. We seek to pr...

  • Letter: UN mission to Iraq
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    A $5.3bn oil-for-food programme to Iraq sounds impressive but would do little to alleviate suffering ("Annan offers oil-for-food deal worth billions", 20 February). Deducted from the previous $2bn deal under UN Resolution 986 were war reparations (30...

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