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Sunday, 15 March 1998

  • Letter: Plutonium perils
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    A fierce debate is going on between the proponents and detractors of this process, which mixes plutonium oxide extracted in nuclear reprocessing plants with uranium oxide and binds them in ceramic pellet form for burning in thermal reactors. BNFL has...

  • Leading Article: Trust Labour's old cultural ideals
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    Such is our suspicion, though, of Ministries of Culture, a foreign concept like Ministries of Justice or the Interior, that Chris Smith had to tack on two other words to soften the impact. In popular perception there are only two kinds of culture, hi...

  • Letter: Understanding art
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    That the public or officialdom takes an interest in art doesn't mean it understands it - look at the derision once heaped on Impressionism and Modernism, and praise for mawkish and moribund Salon works. Nor is the unfashionable claim that art needs s...

  • In dealing with China, mistrust is the better part of diplomacy
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    But only bare statistics are available. Secrecy extends to the correct date for the founding of the Communist Party, how many millions died because of Mao's economic fantasies during history's worst-ever famine between 1959 and 1961, or how many demo...

  • Letter: Diana and charities
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    Research by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and NOP indicates that around three million people gave to charity in response to the Princess's death, and that about a third of these individuals were encouraged to give solely because of...

  • Letter: Prescott `smears
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    The facts tell a different story. We put a journalist, Simon Trump, into Mr Prescott's Hull constituency in 1996 because of rumours of political infighting and to find out at grassroots what was going on. We used subterfuge (the reporter did not reve...

  • Letter: Too long a life?
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    SHEILA D HAYDEN Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

  • Letter: Merchant of modernity
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    Indeed if you think (as I do) that the love Antonio bears for Bassanio has a homosexual element, the play tackles "gay issues" too, in that justice in the end decrees that Antonio should not bleed for his love. Very suitable for today's classrooms. T...

  • All the thrills, glamour and heroism of an agent's life (an estate agent, that is)
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    TOP OF THE MARKET YOUR NAME is Hugo, and you are looking for a house in the country, preferably with 5,000 acres of gardens and grouse-shooting and preferably within ten minutes of central London. How do you set about looking for it? a)You drop a not...

  • Big Government is coming back, thanks to the little kids
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    Not yet, perhaps, but community Kindergarten are on their way. Behind the tax adjustments affecting women and children some ambitious rethinking about children has been taking place. It's only a matter of plans, proposals, seminar papers and projecti...

  • Clunky, chunky and their drivers have a problem, too
    Monday, 16 March 1998

    I've got a better idea - with the added bonus of screwing William Hague and his wife and all those other Range Rover drivers, who are probably Tories anyway. Increase the road fund tax on all those "off-road" vehicles which are on road, on our roads,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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'...

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