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  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    "Doing Blair was definitely difficult at first, but he is getting so messianic now it is a lot easier." - Rory Bremner, impressionist. "A drunk man is more likely to find a woman attractive. So, if all else fails, get him drunk." - Dr Patrick McGhee,...

  • Letter: Gays and the church
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    DENNIS WRIGLEY Community Leader Maranatha Community Manchester

  • Letter: Beef-on-the-bone peril
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    JACK CUNNINGHAM was absolutely right to protect the public from the dangers of BSE-infected bone marrow. It is most unfortunate that the powerful meat and farming lobbies are attempting to overturn this wise precaution ("Farmers hail court ruling ove...

  • Letter: Gays and the church
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    THE REV Guy Davies (letter, 28 April) opposes homosexual behaviour, but fails to admit the existence of homosexual people. I spent over 30 years trying to make myself fit the Church's traditional framework of sexual teaching and the more I tried, the...

  • Letter: Gays and the church
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    Being cowed by the "second marriage" lobby is possibly a lot more popular among church members, and sitting in the pews with serial adulterers a lot less uncomfortable than letting in gays. ROBERT SENECAL London EC1

  • Beware politicians on the Internet, as they find forms of manipulation
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    This week, the efforts of Messrs Hague and Blair to top one another in the realm of cyberspace democracy were worthy but should not be repeated unless and until everyone has had some lessons. Mr Blairs' unfamiliarity with a keyboard was manifest; his...

  • The downside of the pill that's billed as an up
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    Viagra certainly appears to have a vroom,vroom effect, boosting manly vigour and self-image. It has even achieved the ultimate American accolade - top billing on the cover of Time magazine. It is clearly the answer to Pfizer's prayers, the pharmaceut...

  • Jarvis Cocker's mum is a Tory - and he will be one, too
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    Jarvis, it transpires, was also a Cub Scout, who passed some of his tenderest years in saluting the flag, singing hymns and collecting badges for various arcane skills involving string. Mum, a pillar of society clearly, is not only a Tory but will - ...

  • Letter: Surgeons no fat cats
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    TIMOTHY RAGGATT QC believes that his taxable income of pounds 190,000 is the same as a consultant surgeon ("Top lawyers get pounds 500,000 a year from legal aid", 29 April). He is seriously wrong. The NHS salary of a consultant is a maximum of pounds...

  • Letter: Protecting Venice
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    MICHAEL McCARTHY'S report (21 April) highlighted the threat of catastrophic flooding facing Venice. For nearly two years I chaired the international panel of experts that supervised the preparation of the environmental impact statement for the propos...

  • Letter: Hear Mary Bell's cry
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    IN YOUR leading article about Mary Bell (30 April) you state "We have learned nothing from the book that would stop such crimes happening." This is not the case. If people who have been similarly abused read Gitta Sereny's book or excepts they will r...

  • Letter: Flag upside-down
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    IT'S NOT a myth that our national flag hung upside down is a recognised distress signal (letter 28 April). However, I've only ever seen it referred to in a marine context. British-registered ships fly not a full-scale Union Flag, but a monocolour ens...

  • Letter: Gays and the church
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    The word translated "abominations" in Leviticus 18 does not only deal with matters of ritual impurity but also with moral evil. The same word is used to describe child sacrifice and idolatry in Deuteronomy 18. The teaching an sexual morality in Levit...

  • Letter: Algeria's agony
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    ROBERT FISK draws attention to the danger in Algeria of civilians armed and supported by the state ("Militias implicated in Algeria's reign of terror", 23 April). Recent atrocious massacres appear to have woken the international community to the appa...

  • Letter: 'Real' nappies
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    I AM going to have a baby in October (all going well) and find myself in the midst of a baby boom among friends. I have been seriously considering not using disposable nappies. There seem to be some great alternatives about, which don't add to the la...

  • Letter: Beef-on-the-bone peril
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    Dairy cows receive antibiotics when there is a need to treat illness, for example mastitis, and this is done under veterinary supervision. By law, milk produced by treated cows must be withheld from the bulk supply for an appropriate length of time t...

  • Leading Article: Mary Bell: time to step back
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    Mary Bell has already given her name to a part of common law, the so- called "Mary Bell order", which prevents the identification of a child, in her case, her child, now that she has changed her name. Now the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and th...

  • Leading Article: Black-cool irony
    Saturday, 2 May 1998

    The Prime Minister is also to blame, kiss-me-quick hats and black pudding being deemed too Old Britannia for New Labour. "Suddenly they're too posh to come to Blackpool when they get power," Miss Thompson laments bitterly. But Blackpool is fighting b...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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