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Saturday, 7 March 1998

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: We couldn't let the real Queen Mum into The Garrick
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    Margaret Thatcher was a woman; so too is the doughty Lady Olga. I have a great deal of respect for the forthright views of Miss Linda Lee-Potter, and no time spent with Mrs Bottomley is ever wasted, even if one does begin to flag after the first quar...

  • Celebrity is not the same as power
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    All these eminent (or at least famous) women have been lined up by Emma Bonino, the European Union's hyperactive Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs. She wants their help to put pressure on Afghanistan's Taliban fundamentalists, who have sent women...

  • Profile: Ed Balls - Brown's young egghead
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    Taking time off from planning next week's Budget to advise an acquaintance was characteristic of his generosity. Equally typical was that his advice was so complicated as to render it, in practical terms, difficult to act on. This is, after all, the ...

  • Tony Blair can't get what he wants until he knows what he wants
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    As a result, we have been able to project our own hopes on to it, with the result that the range of disillusionment is very broad. Socialists believed that its spending restraints were mere flimsy, a veil spun to seduce Middle England. After a discre...

  • The quest for pure truth
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    My reaction was rather dramatic and 10 years later I have ended up putting together a book called On Giants' Shoulders, which is a brief history of great scientists and their discoveries from Archimedes to DNA. But the conversion was late and it was ...

  • The charming Lord Irvine
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    ACTUALLY, I may be in a position to put some information Lord Irvine's way. It is well known that the palace of Westminster is the world's oldest building site. Since it dates back at least 1,000 years, it makes Heathrow look positively the finished ...

  • Leading Article: Deaths only hasten peace
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    Our first and natural reaction to the murders of Damien Trainor and Philip Allen last week is a feeling of despair. Their violent and pointless deaths seem to signify all that is most dispiriting about the search for a settlement in Northern Ireland....

  • ... and the casting vote goes to Mandelson
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    There are now four separate developments, five if we count the methods of election to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly as distinct. The others involve Europe and the House of Lords. But to begin with there is the Labour-Liberal Democrat...

  • Liberty! Equality! Fraternity! Now add Cruelty!
    Sunday, 8 March 1998

    No one is suggesting that the minority of people who enjoy galloping across fields on a sunny morning should be forced to give up their hobby and congregate instead at acid house raves in Brixton. But to elevate a rather costly field sport into a way...

  • Letter: Iraq legacy
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    The possible links between the use of depleted uranium (DU) ordnance by the allied forces in the 1991 Gulf "war" and the increase in the number of childhood cancers in Kuwait and southern Iraq have been known for a long time. Thus a secret 1991 repor...

  • quote unquote
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    I was so depressed that I went to see a bereavement counsellor. He told me I was too depressed to treat - Lucy Ellman, novelist You have to be careful with women in Britain. You must never say, `Are you a housewife? - Michael Bloomberg, American busi...

  • Letter: But is it art?
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Following referral of the publication to the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Crown Prosecution Service has advised police that they have grounds both to ask the university to destroy their copy of Mapplethorpe and to instruct its publishers Jona...

  • Letter: Glad to be gay
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    This could not be further from the case. Last years my queer music programme won gold at the Sony Radio Awards, I performed at London Gay Pride - and indeed only recently returned from marching at Sydney's Gay Mardi Gras carnival parade last weekend....

  • Letter: Student fees
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    DENIS CARTER Government Chief Whip House of Lords

  • Now that's what I call equality of opportunity
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Before the headline grabbing Lord Chancellor's leaked memo this week few realised Scottish Labour are about to do something revolutionary about gender balance at the ballot box ... fewer understood it and even fewer cored. In fact twinning - or pairi...

  • Leading article: The problem with our wanton boys
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Many of the modern ills which so exercise Jack Straw and Tony Blair touch on the behaviour of males. Crime, petty vandalism, public disorder, lone parenthood, family breakdown, educational standards. In each case it is boys and men who are the focus ...

  • Leading article: Children's right to privacy is paramount
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    A 14-year-old boy and his friend were set upon outside their school by five older boys, thought to be from another school. The boy was bruised and scratched, but otherwise all right. So why was this minor incident the front-page lead story in The Exp...

  • Beautiful or not, we should never surrender to the image police
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Jocelynne Wildenstein - the Bride of Wildenstein as she should be known - is an awful warning of the dangers of cosmetic surgery. This is the lady who claimed that she had been so pampered by her billionaire husband that she did not know how to boil ...

  • Letter: Porn on the Internet
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    In their report on Internet Content Rating the IWF claim not only to be enemies of the pornographer but also to be defenders of free speech. By enabling users the choice to screen out distasteful or offensive material, so the argument goes, there wil...

  • Letter: Iraq legacy
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Sanctions are the modern weapon of mass destruction and are being applied to finish the job started by the massive bombardment of Iraq in 1991. If such a bombardment were applied to sensitive sites in this country such as Porton Down and Aldermaston,...

  • Letter: House-moving hell
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Lenders are primarily concerned with the security of the loans they choose to make. Of course chartered surveyors are happy to provide the inspection and valuation reports they require, but we accept that where this ratio of loan to value is clearly ...

  • Rest in peace? Today's spooks don't have the ghost of a chance
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Once upon a time in 1993 in the county of Derbyshire, a joiner called Andrew Smith, his wife Josie and their children, moved into a beautiful country cottage, in the village of Upper Mayfield, for which they paid pounds 44,000. At first the Smiths we...

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