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Saturday, 14 March 1998

  • The reds in Tony's bed
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    This is the conventional wisdom of the Labour back benches, that the left has been chewed up and spat out by Tony Blair's New Labour party. Shorn of the red flag and Clause IV, a once dominant force has been consigned to the dustbin of parliamentary ...

  • Hitting his own sweet note
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    WHEN Ringo Balls visits York for the European Finance Ministers' summit next weekend, Creevey advises him to inspect the rolling gardens of the Royal Station Hotel where the politicians are staying. As part of a pounds 250,000 makeover, the hotel spe...

  • Lift the veil on racist Britain
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    Tomorrow morning, in smart new offices above a shopping centre in south London, a public inquiry into the case opens before a former High Court judge, and the question is being asked again: will Stephen's killers ever pay for their crimes? It is a pe...

  • Mail chauvinism: the last bastion has finally fallen
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    We are proud to recall that feminist writers have always received attention in our literary and features pages, especially if the authors were young, American and attractive. If we had the teeniest reservation about some of the good ladies' campaigns...

  • Ease up Derry and stare at those fine walls
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    Whether it was the original stuff or a remake from the blocks I now forget. Anyway, it was expensive. There was no doubt about that. My friend in the Labour Club, Christopher Norwood (MP for Norwich South 1964-70 and now dead, poor chap), calculated ...

  • Mock if you will, but there's much to learn from 'Hello!'
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    I would imagine that a good many readers of this newspaper, being of a "radical" (dread word!) disposition will be turning their noses up at this notable anniversary, or even laughing into the sleeves of their filthy, moth-eaten, real-ale-sodden "pol...

  • Profile: Enter genius, from left; Patrick Marber
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    But the author and director of the huge hits Dealer's Choice and Closer - the latter just voted Best Play of 1997 at the Olivier Awards - is in the spotlight now, and he is making a good impression. He is impeccably dressed in a suit that wants to be...

  • Leading article: Time now for redistribution
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    We have also heard tantalising hints that the Chancellor may finally have decided to tax child benefit. That would be welcome because it suggests that the Government can be cured of its aversion to increased tax and spending, and that it has not elim...

  • Why the Queen should abdicate: it's as natural as retirement
    Sunday, 15 March 1998

    How strong public dissatisfaction remains was shown in a leaked poll which led the Palace to conclude that a spin-doctor - contemporary form of the genie - should be appointed. The Sun revealed that the opening of Parliament is to be simplified, HRH'...

  • Letter: Philip's memorial
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    For many years I have worked in it as a group leader, and on several occasions have had the pleasure of meeting Prince Philip. In the company of young people from all backgrounds he was attentive, cheerful and remarkably well informed. If there were ...

  • Letter: Age no bar
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    STEWART RUSSELL London SE10 [We mean "young in spirit" - Eds]

  • Letter: Indeed Sir
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    PAUL BUTTLE Keswick, Cumbria

  • Letter: Modern Latin
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    Latin was, for several centuries after the foundation of Constantinople, the administrative language of the Roman Empire (both East and West). It is true that modern Greek owes (some of) its origins to classical Greek, in the same way that French, Ca...

  • High on the hog
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    A 9x12 print of this photograph can be ordered on 0171-293-2534

  • Letter: BBC and Parliament
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    You quote Sir Christopher as saying he believes such an undertaking would seriously compromise the independence of the BBC Governors. This claim highlights a convenient intellectual smokescreen that has arisen over the corporation's duties towards Pa...

  • Letter: Blair in church
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    The occasion aptly illustrates the Prime Minister's ecumenical outlook, as well as the convergence of the churches, rather than any "turning to Rome". Canon PETER ATKINSON Chichester, West Sussex

  • Letter: Border disputes
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    In other words, the Kosovo Albanians, like the Serbs and Croats of Bosnia, must for ever remain part of a state they detest. There must be an "end to violence" and a "negotiated settlement". The policy of all borders being externally sacred is an art...

  • Where I'll be in 2028, when asteroid XF11 hits our planet
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    "But now," my thought continued, "I probably won't be able to do any of those things, because - at precisely that time - some bloody great lump of space rock is due to punch a hole in the atmosphere and crash into the earth, extinguishing much life a...

  • Coca-Cola, Jane Austen - just what makes a classic?
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    Canon-making and canon-changing preoccupies our archive-minded pre-millennial time. Far from drowning in a sea of anything-goes relativism, as the doomsters claim, we draw up lists, compile charts and obsessively play at Ins and Outs. Last year, the ...

  • In Blair's Britain, everyone is included - even the outcasts
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    Now ministers are drawing the consumers of public services into their embrace. It will not endear them to the professional middle classes, whose ardour for New Labour is cooling faster than that of a dog doused in a bucket of cold water. The sight of...

  • Leading Article: Drop the humbug about hunting
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    "Daddy, is Tony Blair in the Cabinet?" Yes, he is the most important one. "And what does he think?" Well, a girl of about your age wrote a letter to ask him, and he wrote back saying, "I do think hunting is wrong and I will vote in favour of a ban in...

  • quote unquote
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    "I prefer mashed potato to exercise. So I have - how you say it? - muscles like mashed potatoes" - Jean-Paul Gaultier, fashion designer. "I am not sure if I am ironically post-modern or post-modern ironical" - Terry Wogan, broadcaster. "We are a youn...

  • Letter: Indeed Sir
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    MURRAY HEDGCOCK The P G Wodehouse Society (UK) London SW14

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    ON THURSDAY night, we took our campaign for tax relief on arts funding to the Royal Academy, where Melvyn Bragg chaired a debate on the pros and cons of adopting the long-established American system of arts support. There it is simple. Make a donatio...

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