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Sunday, 8 February 1998

  • Comment: Today's the day for peers to come to the aid of the little fish
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    The ostensible aim of the Competition Bill - now at Committee stage in the Lords - is to bring United Kingdom law on competition in line with European Law. It is also designed to make the British economy more competitive. This, second, objective is m...

  • Leading article: Wise old bird who deserves the chance to spread his wings further
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    All the stuff about the fast and furious rooting out of wrongdoing smacked a little too much of posturing for the sake of today's headlines, from a party leader who senses his grip on the moral high ground of politics is slipping. That does not mean ...

  • Letter: Urban poverty
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    The reasons are, first, that poverty and deprivation are not particularly concentrated. Yes, there are some places much worse than others, but any policy to target the areas most affected will always miss most of the target group. Most poor people do...

  • Letter: Arts funding
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    Together with thousands of other Greenwich Theatre supporters, we're still here, and for the best of reasons. The Greenwich is the one place left, not just in south-east London, but in the whole of south-east England, where we can see original produc...

  • Letter: Benefits of fluoride
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    Early US projects were at 5 parts per million. In areas of India, fluoride occurs naturally at 14 parts per million and causes widespread physical damage, especially where malnutrition exists. But in the UK, fluoride addition is rigorously monitored ...

  • Letter: Diplomacy and Iraq
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    JAN TYSZKIEWICZ Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

  • Comment: Sex, lies and conning the man with the hamster
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    The cut-off date was the following morning - a mere fifteen hours away. The children's faces fell, at which point my friend declared that she had to work the next day and wouldn't it be possible to bend the rules just a little. This was not true, but...

  • Letter: Disposable PM
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    If we had been a republic at the beginning of the Second World War we would have been stuck with President Chamberlain - and lost! The true value of constitutional monarchy is that it makes bad political leaders instantly disposable. JOHN DAVIS Bookh...

  • Comment: The greatest story ever told: an immaculate entertainment concept from Disney
    Monday, 9 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-ordinat...

  • Comment: Thank God he never got near Downing Street
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    It's considered indelicate, even in our coolly secular age, to bad-mouth the dead. But Powell, in death as in life, seems to inspire a peculiar brand of flatulent praise so it's important to do two things - to itemise the contradictions and to trace ...

  • Letter: BBC drama
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    No focus-group research was undertaken to consider the project. In fact, focus-group research is never used in BBC Television as a deciding factor in any commissioning decision. ALAN YENTOB BBC Director of Television London W12

  • Letter: Short measures
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    Although we feel a little more confident after a drink, research on highly skilled bus drivers has shown that their judgement was affected long before their skills deteriorated. After a very small amount of alcohol, they were sure they could drive an...

  • Letter: Pooh in the dome?
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    Your reports says he is "languishing" in New York. I have seen him several times and he looks remarkably comfortable, though Kanga has problems with her throat and Tigger has lost the bounce he has in The House At Pooh Corner. As Christopher Milne on...

  • Letter: Silkin's `Stand'
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    It was this sturdy businesslike resourcefulness, uncommon among little mag editor-publishers, which underlay the extraordinary solvency of Stand to which the article paid due respects. MICHAEL HOROVITZ London W11

  • Letter: Diplomacy and Iraq
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    The astonishing self-interest and biased, unreasoning diplomacy of the pro-Romanian French at Versailles and Trianon set up the Second World War and produced the fractious nation states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia that failed the test of time an...

  • I vow never to let the word sex pass my lips again
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    Sex. It is essentially a private act between two or more consenting individuals, or so the experts tell me. With the Global Economy in jeopardy, and worldwide environmental concerns never more pressing, it is little short of outrageous that so many o...

  • Our Church, their club
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    The thief in this case is the Prime Minister. Not that long ago, the man who was Archbishop could claim to be England's moral guide, our spiritual leader. But the historic mission of the Church of England to offer spiritual care to all through its pa...

  • Too much camera club circa 1958
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    Last week I attended the press opening of the first of no fewer than four Cartier-Bresson exhibitions that will be taking place in Britain alone in 1998. Naturally I had my camera with me for my visit to "Henri Cartier-Bresson: Europeans" at the Hayw...

  • This little piggy had a sorry end
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    IT'S ALL very well John Prescott telling fellow ministers to get out of their chauffeur-driven limousines and walk. He does so himself only to cross the pavement and order a large box of monsterburgers. The Deputy Prime Minister was spotted parking h...

  • Leading article: Jaw before war in Iraq
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    There must be a small part of Mr Blair's and Mr Cook's brains - the part which contains modesty - which reflects that a year ago, they were Opposition politicians with no more potent weaponry than the soundbite. Now they are at the heart of the West'...

  • A fine thing, the family: but there's no need to force it on us
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    I am the product of a conventional family and willingly endorse the model. But there is a family fundamentalism on the march which is less agreeable. The marriage crusades are about to begin, and I for one want to get out of the way of the chargers. ...

  • Worse than a crime, it was a blunder
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    The prime minister was successful in his mission. Indeed, it has become part of Old Labour mythology, though in slightly incorrect form. What is usually asserted is that Attlee prevented Truman from dropping the atomic bomb on China. In a sense this ...

  • Letter: Introverts were around long ago
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    Synergy's Inner Directeds want to "discover themselves", while "Self Explorers" are "tolerant, self-aware people" who believe in being "true to yourself". "Experimentalists" are creative and self-confident. Outer Directeds compare themselves to other...

  • Letter: Spengler and the 'decline of the West'
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    But if Spengler is to be invoked, it may be kind to warn any girding their loins to read him that he has so little to say about "the decline of the West" that one suspects the "sunset" title (far more potent in German) was a catchpenny wheeze; he is ...

  • Letter: I'm afraid I can't tell you that ...
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    Well, I'm all for law-breakers being brought to justice, and getting the punishment they deserve. But I had enough of est- ablishment figures behaving as your columnist when the "son of a Cabinet minister" was discovered selling drugs. There's someth...

  • Letter: Foot in mouth
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    Helen Fryer Hastings, East Sussex

  • Letter: Ecstatic clubs
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    A group like this has been operating in many "alternative" clubs in Leeds for several years, and I am disturbed by the influence they have had on a number of people I know. M Shrewsbury Leeds

  • Profile: She who knows tyranny; Madeleine Albright
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    Born in 1937, she spent the war first in London and then in the Surrey suburb, her Czech parents having fled to Britain on fake diplomatic papers after Hitler's invasion of Prague. "I remember when we moved to Walton-on-Thames, where they had just in...

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 February 1998

    Don Aston Solihull l I DO see the joke ("Never lie your baby on his front, on his back - or on his side", Real Life, 1 February), but how's this for laughs: around 20 studies worldwide have shown that babies are up to 12 times more likely to die if t...

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