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  • A few spanners short of a Prime Ministerial toolkit
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    In Germany and in France, government remains big. Come left, come right public spending remains half national product. In Japan and the United States government stays small. It may have to grow in Japan (for who else is going to look after all those ...

  • The catastrophe Blair, Clinton and Saddam have in common
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    So did the Americans. As for the Iraqis, they remained silent for years - even as their own people began to fall victim to unexplained cancers around the former battlefields. Even now, Saddam Hussein's regime has made not a single statement about the...

  • You do the cooking, mummy, I'll pay no rent
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    But it needn't be that way. You could be going back to a warm, clean home, eat a well-cooked supper, go out on the town, come back with your girlfriend, and still have a hot breakfast served - to both of you - in the morning. Like living in a hotel, ...

  • Letter: Police threaten freedom
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    We wish to express our grave concern over recent events at the University of Central England. A volume of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs has been the subject of police action and the university may be prosecuted. The implications would be extremel...

  • Letter: Let Kosovo defend itself
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    That is that further terror against the 90 per cent majority Albanian population by Belgrade's police and army will not be tolerated. Surely we have learnt the cost of appeasing Slobodan Milosevic, Europe's last dictator. Had we stood up to him in 19...

  • Letter: Flagpole fallacy
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    PETER FOXTON Buckhurst Hill, Essex

  • Letter: Priest was misguided
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    S G ARMSTRONG Otford, Kent

  • Letter: Amateur on the wing
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    The vacuous saying he quotes of a local poet that "art dignifies a place'', language as slack as his - eg "art counts for nothing if it does not move ... it aspires to something transcendent ...from which to construct our dreams'' - does understandin...

  • Letter: Smoke without fire
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    DAVID LEARNER Tooting, London

  • Leading Article: That's enough, Philip
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    This is the same crusty reactionary who was at his wife's side when she spoke at the "People's Banquet" to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary last year, listening as she spelt out that the monarchy "exists only with the support and consent of t...

  • A tale with everything: the Prince of Darkness, great men - and King Tony
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    Scene: a battlefield in a marginal part of the Midlands. Enter King Tony with his victorious forces, attended by Dukes Prescott, Cook, Mandelson etc. Lord Livingstone stands off to one side, plotting. Prescott: See how the Tories flee the field in pa...

  • Letter: Legal aid reform flawed
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    It fails to deal with the inherently unfair costs rule whereby innocent health authorities are unable to recover their legal expenses; this promotes legal aid "blackmail" where cases are settled for commercial reasons regardless of their merits. The ...

  • Letter: Proud to be provincial
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    Is Vanessa Thorpe's corner of London really so very parochial that she believes "the homosexual community" has reacted with "shock and anger" to the statement by Ian Tucker [former acting editor of the gay magazine Attitude who says he is now straigh...

  • Letter: The Germans' burden
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    Dr TEODOR GOROSZENIUK Guy's Hospital London SE1

  • Leading Article: Blair can't march in two directions
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    There is another paradox, in that Mr Blair's message to local government is all about leadership. His enthusiasm for directly elected mayors, not just for London but for all our big cities, suggests that the best way to get things done is to vest str...

  • Letter: The price of pain rises
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    Contrary to popular belief most people with long-term chronic conditions are not exempt from prescription charges, unless they qualify on the grounds of age or low income. It is not unusual for a person with chronic arthritis to need a monthly prescr...

  • The Box
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    But when her own will was published, her favourite charities must have raised an eyebrow ... from the Aids Trust to the Red Cross's anti-landmine campaign, from the English National Ballet to Great Ormond Street Hospital. The famous children's hospit...

  • Letter: Let Kosovo defend itself
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    Serb paramilitaries, and now regular units of the Serb army under direct instructions from Milosevic, will be met by an indigenous force. The international community should not attempt to tie its hands. Dr LEONARD STONE London E1

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Monday, 9 March 1998

    A 9x12ins print of this photograph can be ordered on 0171 293 2534, price pounds 15

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • ... 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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....

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