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Tuesday, 3 February 1998

  • Letter: Anti-culture club
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    It is a myth that very few people want to hear contemporary art music. The problem is that the people who don't want to hear it are the ones who have the most disposable income, the most free time, and the loudest voices. If there is a dictatorship o...

  • Letter: Drink-drive laws
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    Most people who stop for a drink leave after two pints. I do it, as do many of my friends. We're not drunks, fiends, or killers of children on zebra crossings, and after two pints we obey every cat's-eye. We actually drive more carefully after two pi...

  • Letter: Thanks to Europe
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    I too vividly remember crossing the Channel, into a country in which it was impossible to get a decent meal in whole counties, because even if the ingredients were available, nobody knew what to do with them. A land where women left church early to p...

  • Leading Article: What Clinton can tell Blair about Murdoch, the titanic tax avoider
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    As for Britain, Murdoch is a man to whom a Labour prime minister opens the doors of Downing Street, the potentate to whom, mysteriously, party policies on concentrations of power and competition are not to be applied. So will Messrs Blair and Clinton...

  • Letter: You show me yours
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    PAUL O'HANLON Runcorn, Cheshire

  • Letter: Quick cash
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    ANDREW A JEFFREY Roade, Northamptonshire

  • Letter: A mongrel language
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    And once children have learned to read only the new code, try getting them to take an interest in the 600 years of English literature which will all suddenly look archaic. Or will they just scroll up a few controversially re-spelt Internet versions? ...

  • In search of that big idea: Bill or Tony: which one will history remember?
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    It might seem a little startling to have a top US columnist suggest that Thatcher was more important than Reagan: the latter did after all "win" the Cold War. But if you try and tie down the personal element of the achievement and the influence proje...

  • Unwanted house guests: Paddy Ashdown killed my guinea pig ...
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    Now everyone has heard that this government's imperative is to get as many people off benefits as possible. And presumably this is their latest secret weapon in welfare-to-work: get off the dole or we're sending Paddy round to stay. (Certainly it's l...

  • Letter: Saving the planet
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    It is certainly an ambitious undertaking, but attainable. However, public support for such a target may be more forthcoming if the spotlight shifts from global warming to things that more directly and immediately concern us. For example, with 8 milli...

  • Letter: Anti-culture club
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    Imagine if there was only one publisher of new literary fiction in the entire country. That is the relation a composer has to Radio 3. In this realm, Radio 3 is an absolute totalitarian state. It is an utter anomaly in the multi-media age.

  • Letter: Drink-drive laws
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    Often my pint of coke is only a few pence cheaper than my husband's pint of beer. The price of a pint of beer is inflated by the taxation levied upon it - why does my soft drink cost about the same amount?

  • Letter: All in the mind
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    On retirement off the coast of British Columbia, she joined the local yacht club to learn navigation. When the class was assigned exercises, the other potential yachtspersons complained that "that lady" always solved all the problems in her head. IAN...

  • Letter: Thanks to Europe
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    EU-based firms have responded by drawing attention to the national provenance of their products or the brand name. Audi has a sensationally effective "this car is German" message ("Vorsprung durch Technik"). VW has made a virtue of Germanic obsession...

  • The greatest story ever told - again, and this time, no one gets nailed to a cross
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    To allay fears about the Disney treatment of a Bible story, Disney executives have been giving interviews to selected members of the press, and I was lucky enough to have five minutes with Ralph J Kleinmut, who is Chief Disney Jesus Story Co-ordinato...

  • In the death chamber: So Texas thinks this is a humane substitute for the electric chair?
    Wednesday, 4 February 1998

    The gurney is the only piece of furniture in the death chamber in the Walls Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections prison. To the side is a window like that of the control booth in a TV studio. Karla Tucker nominated five people to watch her die...

  • The jury's verdict damned the lottery regulator, too
    Tuesday, 3 February 1998

    It would be wrong (and inconsistent of us, long-time critics of the libel law) to put too much weight on a single courtroom drama. Yesterday the jury believed Richard Branson. He cuts a very attractive figure, a walking advertisement for business as ...

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