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Thursday, 30 April 1998

  • Beware the press when money and arrogance are on the loose
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    Now comes the Hunt for Mary, a savage and pointless episode which disgraces tabloid journalism and makes hypocrites of broadsheet people too. Let us review its successes so far. Success one: on Wednesday night, a 14-year-old girl's life was suddenly ...

  • Campbell, Blunkett and Fayed join the playground skipping circle
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    Spin me a line. If I'm ill, Tell me I'm fine. Say the same thing If I'm dyin', Spin me a line. JUST ONE of the many modern playground rhymes which seem to be based on modern political reality, as I have found out in my rhyme-collecting in schools rou...

  • Letter: Top to bottom
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    AS I WAS taught at Cambridge in 1935 by a former Survey of India geodesist, the real problem about the height of Mount Everest (Stephen Goodwin's Everest Diary, 30 April) is not defining the top (which the Chinese did with their metal tripod) but the...

  • Blair's commitment to both old and new supporters
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    The exchange expresses why Blair reminds those who marvel, or alternatively fret, at his appeal to so called middle England, that all successful governments, including Margaret Thatcher's, have been built on popular cross-class coalitions of the same...

  • First years don't prove a thing - look to Labour history ...
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    The admiration is probably justified. If the Government has been lucky - suicidal Tory party, buoyant economy, US president desperately in need of a friend, and so on - well, in politics, you make your own luck, and Blair has exploited his own good f...

  • Letter: Mary Bell
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    MARK TREGLOWN Bristol

  • Leading Article: Sinn Fein will have to get real
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    The Good Friday agreement made a republican case for disarmament: it offers the IRA its best chance of achieving its aim of getting British "troops out", as part of a process of multilateral disarmament by which it, at the same time, gives up its wea...

  • Letter: Join the euro club
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    It is true that historically the UK has invested heavily in North America. But in future the opportunities for investment in Europe, where corporate rationalisation and consolidation has a long way to go before reaching the mature state of the US eco...

  • Letter: BSE mystery
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    THE DEATH of Clare Tomkins from CJD is very sad and very puzzling ("Vegetarian dies after battle against CJD", 23 April). Clare is not the first vegetarian to have contracted this disease allegedly caught by eating beef. We may be barking up the wron...

  • Leading Article: Brew Labour's millennium beer tent
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    It has long been the chant of his bitterest critics that Peter "it's my round" Mandelson, the minister responsible for the project, couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery. Well, he is the last person to be found crying into his beer and he has bold...

  • Letter: Bite on exports
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    TWO depressing items on 30 April. British companies not interested in a new British breakthrough in dental care. And a huge deficit on our manufactured goods. When will we learn? ROBERT DAVIES London SE3

  • Letter: Arms catalogue
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    IN HER piece on the Oxfam report about arms sales (23 April) Fran Abrams refers to a catalogue from the Defence Export Services Organisation which lists eight UK companies involved in the manufacture and supply of small arms and ammunition, and compa...

  • Letter: Mary Bell
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    HERBERT SOTTUNG Friedrichsdorf, Germany

  • Letter: Mary Bell
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    HOWEVER dark the detail of 's crimes and childhood, however repugnant the issue of payment, the plain fact is that we urgently must come to understand the intergenerational transmission of abuse and brutality which has created the culture of violence...

  • Letter: Mary Bell
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    JOHN MITCHELL London SE13

  • Letter: Mary Bell
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    The newspapers gleefully ripping her apart for accepting a few thousand pounds are the ones which would have offered ten times as much for an exclusive. What cynical swines newshounds can be (I was a journalist myself). KEN NORMAN Bowness-on-Solway, ...

  • Letter: Join the euro club
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    FOR A moment when I read John Redwood's article "When the new tills ring" (27 April) I thought he must be visiting from another planet. Most interesting from a former DTI minister is the idea that wicked foreign companies "may decide that this is the...

  • Letter: Mary Bell
    Friday, 1 May 1998

    Mary was not paid for committing the crimes. She was paid for agreeing - long after she had completed her sentence - to discuss the circumstances in which the crimes were committed. That is quite different from allowing a drug dealer, a professional ...

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