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Thursday, 9 April 1998

  • Letter: Dangerous driving
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Ms McNamara's other point was that motorcycles were overtaking on the wrong side of the road. That's where you are whilst overtaking. This is not illegal. NEAL CHAMPION Staunton, Gloucestershire

  • Why Mandy won't come out to play
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    And, no, James wasn't slyly exploiting tabloid affronts to privacy and decency. He has points to make. Unlike Bryan Gould's autobiography, which reviled Mandelson as "queeny", giving the Sun the chance to run "Gould `Outs' Mandelson" in hypocritical,...

  • Letter: British Jews not perfect
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    How regrettable, then, that the one way in which they do represent us is in the perpetuation of Anglo-Jewry's tired and cliched "poor me" mentality, our seeming inability to accept criticism of anything Jewish or Israel- related, and worse, our const...

  • Letter: Moving the King's Library
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    The suggestion that the books would have disintegrated "in time" if they had remained where they were is unconvincing for those of us who have handled books and manuscripts up to 500 years old which still appear to be in pristine condition despite th...

  • Leading article: Courts martial on trial
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Yesterday, Lieutenant-Colonel Keith Pople was acquitted by a court martial of prejudicing military discipline and scandalous conduct. What he and Lieutenant-Commander Karen Pearce got up to hardly qualifies as a scandal these days, but it was grippin...

  • An Irish lesson - look to the last power-sharing agreement
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    They did it before. Unionists and nationalists once before united in an attempt to make a fresh start in Northern Ireland, in the Sunningdale agreement of 1973-74, in a deal eerily similar in many respects to that which is now on the table. It was ha...

  • Letter: Independent Scotland?
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    How important is the Union? Politically, 18 years of Conservative majorities in England and Labour majorities in Scotland indicate that so long as New Labour keep Middle England sweet, Scotland is irrelevant. Economically, Scotland's mix of export-de...

  • The private pleasure we take from observing public pain
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    I became visibly aroused even though there were other people present. Nine pages in the Sun, five in the Mirror never mind all the rest. They were asking for it. It's not really my fault is it? In my defence all I can say is that this is a mutually c...

  • A modest proposal to censor the Internet
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    He had a computer running the product: and it was true that if you tried to access newsgroups such as alt.sex.pictures, a big sign flashed up saying BLOCKED. However, while I'm not exactly a dedicated hacker, it took me less than a minute to find a W...

  • A mysterious Easter weekend assignation with the Crusaders of Calais
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    It was the man next to me in the pub who had asked me this innocuous but challenging question. It took me unawares. This was partly because I had no idea what I was doing for Easter, and partly because I had no idea what I should be doing for Easter....

  • Letter: Parisian meridian
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    P J STEWART St Anne's College, Oxford

  • Letter: Long-remembered hoax
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Such a figure is Joseph Crabtree (1754-1854), poet and polymath, in honour of whom the Crabtree Foundation was formed in 1954 at University College London. Articles have been published which have hinted at an element of hoax. Would that more journali...

  • Letter: Sentencing paedophiles
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    No doubt the public need protecting from paedophile offenders but this is already catered for in the Criminal Justice Act 1991 s2 (2) (b). What the Home Secretary seems to be proposing (report, 7 April) is little short of internment without trial. If...

  • Leading article: Israel's search for security
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    It is a little hard to recall that, a few months after the proclamation of the State of Israel in 1948, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons that this event was "one of the most hopeful and encouraging adventures of the 20th century". Indeed h...

  • Letter: A fair share for London
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Government figures show pounds 4,228 expenditure per head to London. Until the Government publishes figures showing exactly where money is spent, we must rely on other estimates, which show that London actually subsidises the rest of the UK to the tu...

  • Letter: Long-remembered hoax
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Possibly William Boyd wished to write himself into the history books as the Australian poets Jim McAuley and Harold Stewart did in 1944 with Ern Malley and the Angry Penguins. If so, maybe he should be grateful that his little ruse was not as success...

  • The Government may know your secrets, but who told them?
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    It was common knowledge in my family that the phone was tapped. A friend who was a local GP, and like my Mum and Dad a member of the local branch of the Communist Party, had been told as much by a terminally ill Post Office employee. I used to wonder...

  • The paedophile that haunts our imagination
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    The anger itself is natural, when there are sexual predators who kill on the loose, and when the law has been unable to keep them locked up. But there are very few such sex-murderers and no evidence that paedophilia is more prevalent now than before....

  • Letter: Foggy logic
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    DAVID W McCRIRICK Weymouth, Dorset

  • Letter: Tate fund-raiser
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    Surely, in these troubled times we should surely be thankful for any artist without descending into petty ontological speculation. Indeed, so impressed was I by Boyd's detective work that I am applying to the National Lottery for funds to set up a ne...

  • Letter: Bonzo Britannia
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    PETER RUSSELL Glasgow

  • Leading Article: Blair's foot-washing Maundy photo-op
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    The ceremony recalls the Last Supper when, according to St John, Jesus rose from the table, laid aside his garments, girded himself with a towel and proceeded to wash the feet of his disciples. Afterwards he gave them a command, or mandatum (hence Ma...

  • Letter: The elusive civil servant
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    In his analysis of the reasons for bad civil service advice, he blamed the anonymity of that advice and the continual shifting of civil servants from one department to another. It is always the department's advice. The individual civil servant respon...

  • Thoroughly modern etiquette from one-who-knows-where-you-are
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    From time to time, I hope to bring an update on these forms of address, and today I am going to make a start with those ones that seem to give readers the most concern. To a bishop Begin your letter: Dear Sir/Madam, End your letter: Yours in doubt an...

  • Letter: Education spending
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    The facts are as follows. Total Department for Education and Employment cash plans for 1998-99 (after allowing for the debt sale and the transfer to local government of funds for nursery education) represent a cash increase of 6 per cent over 1997-98...

  • Leading Article: Is big best for British business?
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    Well, this is certainly not the time or the place to predict a stock market crash. The last time commentators started speculating on this, last autumn, around the 10th anniversary of the 1987 crash, the markets did indeed see a nasty "correction". Bu...

  • Letter: Tests for modified food
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    CSL Food Science Laboratory launched such a test last October at a meeting of food industry, laboratory and biotechnology companies that was attended by, amongst others, Nuclyx. Since its launch, this service has already been used by a number of inte...

  • Letter: The future of defence
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    I can reassure him that rather than being overlooked, as he feared, the starting point for the review was indeed a thorough forward-looking reassessment of our foreign policy and security objectives. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry o...

  • Hitler's children - the spawn of the twentieth century
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    But release from guilt - and the realisation that our endless fascination with Hitler and the war he unleashed is entirely justified - came quickly, from the most unexpected quarter, Time magazine. Driven by that eternal American obsession with lists...

  • Letter: Involuntary euthanasia
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    In Holland, where euthanasia is part of accepted medical practice, there have been hundreds of cases of involuntary euthanasia. Indeed the Remmelink Commission estimated that three people per day were killed without consent in Holland in 1990. HUGH J...

  • Letter: Tests for modified food
    Thursday, 9 April 1998

    What is needed now is not more laboratory tricks, but real political action, like that of Iceland Foods in declaring their own-label products non-GM. Other retailers and companies would do well to follow their lead. And, yes, I do mean political acti...

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