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Monday, 9 March 1998

  • Ashdown and Blair - the future of the Lib Dems lies with them both
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    But this doesn't make the party's chronic dilemma any easier to resolve. It's pointed up by every hallowed demand on the Liberal agenda that Blair effortlessly grants. The Lib Dems' official stance towards the Government is that of "constructive oppo...

  • Did you know that prune awareness week is nearly with us?
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Ralph Waldo Emerson in his journals said that a day was a miniature eternity - and if you look at the list of special days it certainly seems that way. The Roman Catholic Church and its holy days of obligation has nothing on the late 20th century dia...

  • Worried about porn? You too can be an Internet policeman
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    People are at once worried and despairing about the Internet. They can see that it will eventually bring material to the computer screen that will be as powerful as anything which is available in the cinema, on video or on television. For the moment,...

  • Letter: Serbia's path to war
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    On my return I was naively surprised to find no mention of these and other horrors, although I have since noticed a small and obscure paragraph on the subject. With the actions of the Serbs in Kosovo on the front page (9 March), would I be wrong in a...

  • Letter: Priest was not a bigot
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    The priest gave Catholic last rites to Damien, who would have wanted them, and prayed with Philip, who would have wanted that and no more, yet he is judged "a bigot". Had he given the sacraments to a Protestant in those circumstances, he would presum...

  • Letter: Myth of media choice
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    When we had fewer television and radio channels the controller's difficult job was to provide a balanced schedule that could appeal to the widest possible audience. The lack of "choice" meant that occasionally viewers and listeners might have the enj...

  • Letter: Tips from Canada
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    IAN L FREEMAN Leeds

  • Letter: Heavy NHS workload
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    The real problem is that the overwhelming majority of consultants are now doing too much; many are at their wits' end trying to cope with extremely heavy and relentlessly increasing workload. Reductions in junior doctors' hours, an alarming increase ...

  • Letter: End of estate agents?
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Estate agents are about the only middle-men in the market who don't hold their own stock - because, they say, they can't afford to - and their clients therefore have to borrow heavily to cover the transfers over which they preside. Agents also have a...

  • Leading Article: Drum-beating will not help Kosovo
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    This, however, is dangerous language and the British government should think very carefully before associating itself so closely with the American line that all the world is a potential target for military intervention. To stick to President Clinton ...

  • Leading Article: Parental panic on TV
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Not all change is for the worse, but neither ought it to be uncritically accepted. Children's access to the Internet can be a tool for acquiring new knowledge; equally it can augment those forces in the modern world which make childhood innocence so ...

  • The Tragi-comical History of King Tony, Part Two: enter, stage left, the Ghost
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Scene: The Palace of Westminster. Enter King Tony accompanied by noblemen, courtiers, supplicants, advisers, Catholic priests, spin physicians, etc. King Tony: Now, tell me, wise old men and gentle courtiers, What is the greatest problem of our age? ...

  • Letter: No competition
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Many would not see the distinction. As one familiar with software other than that of Microsoft, I avoid using its products to the same extent that I boycott the emanations of News International. Gates and Murdoch in their attitudes to competition are...

  • Picture of the Day: Wounded Elephant', by Ronald Rae
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

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

  • Letter: Serbia's path to war
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    If Slobodan Milosevic continues down this path - a course which has been escalating for years - the result will involve several other countries in the region and perhaps even Turkey, making Bosnia look like a picnic. Such a war (specifically the hund...

  • Letter: Rossing uranium mine
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Not only does this company have no knowledge or record of Mr Holland being among the few geologists then exploring in the Rossing area - none of whom were British or Australian - but there was no mine at Rossing in 1969. It was four years later that ...

  • The Box
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    However, the former hack was not impressed with his treatment by the Germans and complained to his hosts following lunch about his seating arrangements. Not only should he have been placed at the top table, Grey pointed out, but he was placed next to...

  • 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

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