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Sunday, 17 May 1998

  • Unionists are marching towards a No vote and bitter future battles
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Their intention was to signal support for the peace process but, ironically, it appears they instead dealt a grievous blow to its chances of success. Over the years that process has often looked doomed: one 1996 book by a respected academic has a who...

  • Descending from the high moral ground to the G8 summit
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    And speak it she did. She talked of the potency of symbolism. Of how today showed that compassion fatigue was far from dead. Of how self-fulfilling cynicism must be banished. Of how optimism and principle and determination could move mountains. Of ho...

  • Can the Queen's garden party really be improved by television?
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    The card was thick enough to be propped up somewhere unmissable in a casual sort of way. My mother-in-law was impressed. It must have been sent in error but serendipity rules fine by me. She talked of nothing but hats for the next month. There is som...

  • Leading article: Rights are sacred - except in church
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Article 14: "The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion ..." Never mind that Britain has been signed up to this well-meanin...

  • From little lad to old codger: my life measured out in Cup Finals
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    My father was a brewer in Wrexham, and the brewery owned the Wrexham Football Club ground, the Racecourse, so my father found himself with his finger in small football pies - in fact, he was for a time Honorary President of the club, which was more t...

  • Letter: Take the slow train
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: There is no way of realising James Murphy's dream (letter, 15 May) of a train journey between Newcastle and Paris taking only five hours. The total market for travel between the North-east and Greater Paris is relatively small. Air is always lik...

  • Letter: A united Ulster
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Andrew Boyd (letter, 15 May) seeks to rubbish the Good Friday agreement by asking what kind of agreement asks Protestants to support the IRA, and Catholics to support the UDA. The simple answer is that the agreement is inclusive. The tragedies o...

  • Letter: Price of India's bomb
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: The thousands of children who eke out a precarious existence in the streets and city dumps of Calcutta and Bombay must be bemused; their government can afford nuclear weapons, but cannot find the money to feed and educate the nation's most preci...

  • Letter: `Cheating' on TV
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: There is justifiable concern about the reconstruction of "events" in television documentaries. I hope that we can have a similar scrutiny of documentaries about travel in distant and hostile places. When we watch the intrepid travels of televisi...

  • Letter: Be fair to Gates
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: I have a modest web site - www.orthodox.co.uk - which has received nearly a thousand visitors in the last month. They have come from all over the world, from countries including Japan, Chile, Iceland, and South Korea, as well from the US, Canada...

  • Dancers demonstrating the tango at Chamatin railway station, Madrid
    Monday, 18 May 1998

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

  • Leading article: G8 fails victims of Third World debt
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    However, the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which lobbied the rich countries' summit in Birmingham, was not asking for anything so simplistic. The campaign, which takes its name from the biblical idea of the "jubilee" every 50 years when debts were forgiven,...

  • Pandora
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    While his Canterbury trial for "indecent behaviour" has been postponed until next month, Peter Tatchell and his gay rights' group Outrage! plan to distribute leaflets to the pupils of London Oratory School in Fulham this Wednesday. The Oratory is cur...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Yes, men hold more positions of power than women and few men take equal responsibility in the home, but women have enhanced their opportunities enormously in the last twenty years. Even though there is still a long way to go to achieve equality ...

  • Letter: Be fair to Gates
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Microsoft should be judged on its record. For several years, the company deserved its reputation for producing sub-standard products which, aggressively marketed, took market share from superior, more elegant rivals. Microsoft's main rival for m...

  • Letter: `Cheating' on TV
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: You report on restaging of events by makers of television documentaries ("BBC tackles documentary `cheating' ", 15 May). There is no way of guarding against "cheating" apart from the integrity of the person making the programme. However straight...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Suzanne Moore (Comment, 13 May) misses the point that women in power can also face both ways, observing morality in public whilst practising immorality in private. If power and wealth are the aphrodisiac that drives this type of behaviour, then ...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Sophy Robinson ("The things men do (and don't)", 13 May) is a typical example of the warped logic that vilifies men in general and fathers in particular. Her husband has a stressful job in the City in order to earn enough money to keep his famil...

  • A loveless marriage
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Clinton enjoyed a moment of brilliant reflected glory when Yitzhak Rabin and Yassir Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn in September 1993, the first fruits of the peace process which had begun in Oslo. Now Israel's 50th anniversary finds that ...

  • Plenty more whales in the sea
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    They tried to rule out any possibility of dumping oil rigs in the North Sea and rigidly insisted on upholding the world-wide ban on whaling. Both stances will win them greenie points for environmental and political correctness. But neither will do mu...

  • Chubby-Chops for the chop?
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    JOHN Major is going off to the United States for a lecture tour and a short holiday with Norma. He may have been promised pounds 750,000 by publishers HarperCollins for his memoirs, but the Americans are not quite to ready to part with their dough to...

  • Leading article: G8: all mouth and no morals
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    G8 summits are over-organised. Birmingham was an imaginative choice. But given the pub lunches, the state banquets and the FA Cup Final it is hard to see when Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, Boris Yeltsin and the rest of them could find time to get any wo...

  • Press exposure of private lives is tough, unforgiving - and essential evil in the public sphere
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    But the way that the story, gathered by a journal known in the trade as the "News of the Screws", meandered into a mid-market paper and then into broadsheets is significant. It tells us that there is no longer a fire-break where privacy issues are co...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: In my day at MI5 we simply had a better class of spy
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Reports confirm he didn't attend one of our older public schools. This at least goes some way towards explaining why he made such a bosh-shot of his brief career as a double-agent. Imagine sticking one's country's top secrets to the cistern of a publ...

  • Losing him would be a humiliation for Blair
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    If the head of the Foreign Office, Sir John Kerr, is in a state of confusion - as he manifestly was when MPs questioned him last Thursday - and if the Foreign Secretary himself is hardly less muddled, changing his story as he does almost daily, what ...

  • Profile: George Soros: God of all he surveys
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Soros provokes ambiguous reactions. There is a sneaking admiration for his billion-dollar profits in the foreign exchange market at the expense of governments, even when the government is our own. At the same time he is feared because he symbolises t...

  • Listen to the mocking roar of the tabloid lions
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Lifting their heads from a tasty meal of raw gazelle to taunt Lord Wakeham, they humorously insisted they had already adapted - indeed were enjoying - their new diet. "He is preaching to the converted," announced Piers Morgan, editor of the Mirror. "...

  • Letter: Ian Griffiths criticism
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Chris Johnson, London E7

  • Letter: Romanians abroad
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Bernard Noble The Hague, The Netherlands

  • Letter: Fabian Society not a charity
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Michael Jacobs Fabian Society, London SW1

  • Letter: Those who would not fight
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Colin D Alderman Basildon, Essex

  • Letter: Cocaine snorting
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Catherine Comerford London W5

  • Letter: Blair's betrayal of Labour's roots
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Keith Flett President, Haringey Trades Council, London N17

  • Letter: Poetic licence
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    There is, of course, no "battle" at all; in fact all three academics quoted, on both sides of the debate (including myself), are members of the editorial board of the New Welsh Review and I strongly suspect that my colleagues would both support what ...

  • Letter: Not a charity
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    The public schools still turn out a large number of self-important, arrogant "leaders" and are, as ever, socially divisive, helping to perpetuate a sense of class that still bedevils this country. If they were deprived of their charitable status - a ...

  • Letter: Grotty Tube
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    George Stern London N6

  • Letter: Twelve helpful steps that can also hinder
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    That said, the movement has from the first been associated with the political right. The 12 steps are based on the ideas of Frank Buchman, a disagreeable character who founded the so-called "Oxford Group" and was notorious for his adulation of the Na...

  • Letter: What is true of Reagan is not true of all Americans
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Jeremy Neville Edinburgh

  • Letter: Too young
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Clare Darwin London N4

  • Letter: Crossword clue
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Naomi McClean Stockport

  • Letter: Blair's betrayal of Labour's roots
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    The Labour Party was created as the political face of the union movement and Blair is betraying his own inheritance. Why should he and the CBI be fearful of unions when 40 of the top 50 UK firms are union-organised? Trade unions are the last vestige ...

  • Letter: Twelve helpful steps that can also hinder
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    In the sole scientific study of 12-step in-patient treatment, only 14 per cent of patients abstained throughout the first year, and 20 per cent were controlled drinkers. Patients treated in more traditional units fared no worse. A recent American pub...

  • Letter: What is true of Reagan is not true of all Americans
    Sunday, 17 May 1998

    Carlin goes on to discuss Timothy McVeigh, the man convicted of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing which he says had "no political objective" akin to those of the IRA or ETA. McVeigh's involvement in the militia movement is indicative of the growing popu...

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