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Sunday, 12 April 1998

  • Letter: Spare the rod...
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    I suggest that in two to three years time Suzanne Moore ("It's only common sense - hitting children is wrong", 9 April) does a follow-up article on the progress of this lovely lad, who has been given a personalised charter for a career in delinquency...

  • Leading Article: Reading by numbers
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    This year, everything is going to plan, even down to the relatively recent innovation of the leadership winning the votes that matter. So, when a teacher compared David Blunkett's plans for a "literacy hour" to "East Germany before 1989, where every ...

  • Leading Article: Give us a sunny bank holiday
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Forget the levying of taxes and the defence of the realm: the most basic and irreducible power of politicians is the allocation of public holidays. And, yes, we - those of us among the fortunate majority who do have the day off - are grateful for tod...

  • Long Love Spike - an ode by Adrian Mitchell
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Flunkies in cloud-wigs and the greeny light Of the Boardroom of the Death Star Line. The Board - ensconced behind their horseshoe desk Wearing straw bowlers, Old Estonian ties, Pith suits and floral clock frocks, Yes, Admirals of the BBC and Third Wo...

  • Best new books in the field: our springtime ramblers' round-up
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Here, then, are half a dozen of the best new books on nature of all the thousands we have been sent ... Janet Street-Porter's Book of Country Wisdom You've seen her striding out on TV from coast to coast, walking through the middle of crop fields or ...

  • Letter: West of Greenwich
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Ironically it is Britain which is, in a real way, still divided on "which meridian?" Since 1884, the world's "Longitude 0" has been that which the seventh Astronomer Royal, George Airy, established at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in 1851. But si...

  • Letter: Faith and treason
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Dr NIGEL HIGSON Hove, East Sussex

  • Letter: Floating motor
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    DAVID LLOYD Bristol

  • Letter: Schools need more cash
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    It is perfectly true that extra grants are being given to start on the backlog of repairs and maintenance under the New Deal for Schools scheme, that every school has been given a thousand pounds for books, that nursery places are being funded and th...

  • Letter: Faith and treason
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    ALEC HOLMES New Malden, Surrey

  • Ulster after the peace deal: Much can go wrong, but more looks right
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    The big danger now is of a pincer movement on the new agreement, an unacknowledged alliance in which extreme republicans and extreme loyalists develop a deadly rapport aimed at bringing it down. One anti-agreement loyalist has already predicted "mass...

  • His opponents underestimate William Hague at their peril
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Chris Patten was not joking when he told a Tory dinner party on April Fool's Day that Mr Hague had been sensibly leading the party from its traditional centre, with skill and determination. "He possesses formidable ability and an engaging unflappabil...

  • Letter: Schools need more cash
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    The sale of student debt, which raises money, is treated under the arcane rules of public expenditure as negative spending: in other words, to include it would reduce the quoted total of spending. Whether or not it is included, the receipts are in an...

  • Letter: Spying on the spooks
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    It is entirely legitimate for those whose lives have been affected by vetting, purging and blacklisting (not to mention more nefarious activities) to demand to be told how such things came about. It is also legitimate for historians of the British st...

  • Letter: The fall-out over Chernobyl
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    While Chernobyl is obviously important, there are several other nuclear plants of the same flawed design in Russia (Kursk, Smolensk, Leningrad) and Lithuania (Ignalina) as well as other plants that are considered to be unsafe, for example Kozloduy in...

  • We may have lost sight of God and the seasons, but Happy Easter anyway
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    They may feel they are swimming against a tide of Disneyfication and Coca-Cola ads, but the childlike faithful of the Christian church have little doubt, either. They will have been in church on Good Friday. They will be in church again today. It is ...

  • The broader meaning gets narrower
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    The same words could have been written now of Patrick Marber's West End hit Closer. No critic can better Tynan's rave, "I doubt that I could love someone who did not want to see this play", but the outbreak of superlatives for this, the second play o...

  • Newt Gingrich in a skirt? Help!
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    TALKING of Newt Gingrich, the welfare-slashing Speaker of the House of Representatives has been practising what he preaches.Having abandoned the beer-and-chocolate diet he once favoured, he has lost 30 pounds by sticking to a strict low-fat, low-sodi...

  • Profile Barry Humphries: Nothing like a dame Head Head
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    It is a question she might well address to herself. Is the name Everage, or Barry Humphries, or Sir Les Patterson or Sandy Stone - or all of these? One problem is that Dame Edna suggests different answers at each performance, especially in the second...

  • Don't throw the arsenic and old tea away just yet Head Head
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    This is something of a lost cause, as governments would admit if they were honest. You can't make divorce too difficult, or disillusioned spouses will start soaking arsenic off the wallpaper and tipping it into their partners' tea, as they did in the...

  • Letter: Capital view
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    The newly created second chamber should, like the Bundesrat in Germany, be made up of a cross-section of representatives from the regions. These will be people whose prime interest is in local or regional matters and not, like MPs, simply fitting in ...

  • Letter: The fall-out over Chernobyl
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Linda Walker Chernobyl Children's Project Glossop, Derbyshire

  • Leading Article: Enlightened pragmatism
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    More than two thousand people have died in Northern Ireland since the last attempt at a settlement in 1974 and, though there will be terrorist killings over the next 24 years, they will surely be much fewer. That is an achievement in search of superl...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold; John and Yoko spelled the end for gentlemen of bottom
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    My very first newspaper column, in Beaverbrook's Sunday Express, back in 1955, was about a recent fluctuation of .05 per cent in the Gold Standard. Old Man Beaverbrook asked me to explain what it would mean for the average British housewife. The answ...

  • Letter: Green light
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Andrew Warren London N1

  • Letter: Real abuse
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Name & address supplied

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Philip Kent, London W1

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Robin Puttick, London SW13

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Seamus Heaney, Nobel laureate, writing in the Irish Times yesterday

  • Proof that he's more than a pretty soundbite
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    On Friday the second of these investments of time finally bore fruit. For a man whose opinion-poll ratings have barely dipped since the general election, Friday's historic agreement is like icing on the cake. Whatever problems are to be overcome if t...

  • Letter: Art versus life
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    If the BFI is serious about its statutory remit to encourage the art of film, then it should offer multiplexes a similar financial incentive for any foreign language films they show. After all, a glance at the listings of our nationwide "art" cinemas...

  • Elected members, but not as we knew them
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    In 1930 the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Hewart, caused a scandal by writing a book accusing ministers of bypassing the Commons through statutory regulations having the force of law. It was called The New Despotism, and created the fuss it did bec...

  • Yes, it's going to work
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    True, Blair did not do it on his own. Some of the groundwork had been done by previous Tory administrations. George Mitchell had laboured mightily for the best part of two years. Mo Mowlam had injected her own sense of purpose since her appointment a...

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