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Monday, 16 March 1998

  • Letter: Hospital mergers
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    The prime reason given by the Royal College of Surgeons and the BMA for merging so as to obtain catchment populations of upwards of 500,000 is that otherwise it is not possible to provide continuous consultant cover, and thus safe emergency services,...

  • Letter: After the hunt Bill
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    MARK RASMUSSEN London E11

  • Letter: After the hunt Bill
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    You cited adultery and abortion as practices regarded as wrong by many people where you clearly considered legislation to be inappropriate. Would you say the same about paedophilia, rape, or murder? Obviously it is a question of where to draw the lin...

  • Letter: After the hunt Bill
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    The majority of the nation wanted it to succeed. The majority of country people wanted it to succeed. The overwhelming majority of the House of Commons voted for it to succeed. But the Government didn't want it. An indirectly elected government chose...

  • Letter: After the hunt Bill
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    We had a fox earth and a badger sett on the farm. We did not interfere with our foxes. We understood wildlife and took every precaution, not allowing hens to nest in hedges and always shut up houses at night. It is useless for gamekeepers to shoot, s...

  • Letter: No Teletubbies here
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    I have a two-year-old boy and no television. Gasp! I spend my time with my son walking, visiting friends, museums, farms and toddler gyms, playing with trains, Duplo, "soft stuff" (wonderful invention), bits of cardboard, paper and loo rolls, drawing...

  • A newspaper is no ordinary business, it is a trophy asset
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    But how did we get to this point? In 1986 we raised the pounds 18m capital with which the newspaper was launched from 30 or so pensions funds, unit trusts, life assurance funds and the like. We placed a limit on the size of individual shareholdings. ...

  • Leading Article: Justice is justice, even 80 years late
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    The passion of the Lawrence family, so cruelly let down by the criminal justice system; the determination of the Hillsborough victims' relatives; the anger (and puzzlement) of those deprived of a loved one by CJD - there is no guarantee that state in...

  • Letter: After the hunt Bill
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    The helical horn was slung in double-coil, from left shoulder to right side. The huntsman's girth determined the length (and therefore, pitch). Longest was 14ft (in D) and lesser hoops 13ft and 12ft (in Eflat and F). The multiple harmonies of these l...

  • Playing happy families is not the way to the nation's heart
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    Meanwhile a small boy - name of Ben, the child of Sue Nye, Brown's political secretary - solemnly munches his way through his third birthday tea between the grown-ups. The irresistible effect of the picture, which was on most front pages yesterday mo...

  • Where agony aunts turn when it all gets too much for them
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    Dear Auntie Agony, You really must help, as I am feeling almost suicidal. I have been running a problem corner for a major group of provincial newspapers for several years now, and the pressure must be getting to me because I find myself subject to t...

  • Letter: Hospital mergers
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    It is perfectly simple: you just have to imagine that Canterbury was not there and you were going to build it. "Let's have a city of at least 40,000 people, and about another 100,000 just outside, with a big tourist attraction in the middle; say, two...

  • Letter: Portia's prejudice
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    JAMES LOADER Orpington, Kent

  • Hague's best hope: say little and pray for a recession
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    Here are a few - entirely unsolicited - pointers to how you should handle your speech after today's Budget. My first piece of advice is don't look up at the press gallery before you speak. It's always a bit dispiriting watching the journalists rush o...

  • Letter: Don't shun Turkey
    Tuesday, 17 March 1998

    In a wider context, Turkey is the main barrier to the coalescence of a potential sectarian war-front stretching from Bosnia to Basra and beyond, by way of Palestine. For all our sakes, the Turks should be rewarded for eight decades of secular governm...

  • 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,...

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