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Sunday, 24 May 1998

  • There are occasions when even television has to be responsible
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    The trouble is that this relaxed attitude to the truth has spread to parts of television where getting it right does matter. Let us rewind to November 1994. Central TV, taken over earlier that year by the media conglomerate Carlton TV, screened two p...

  • This could be the beginning of a beautiful affair - with the USA
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    This must be one of the best times and places in the world to be alive. Ever. America is thriving, with the lowest unemployment for nearly thirty years, low inflation and reasonable growth. Politically, this country is stable and (whatever you think ...

  • Warning - our museums are on the way to being history
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    The evidence is all too clear. Take, for example, Buckinghamshire County Museum - an award-winning local authority-funded institution which has recently suffered a cut of pounds 250,000 in its annual budget. The result is that the Director and many o...

  • Letter: Second home 'supertax'
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    In my immediate locality of Ambleside, during the last 12 months there have been no fewer than five properties sold, all of which have been taken by new owners from outside the area. All of these owners whom I've talked to have very definite plans to...

  • The horrors of Watford Gap, recounted in the ballad of the Bank Holiday driver
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    I got the following traditional ballad from the lips of a morose old gentleman who had walked over the bridge to the southbound side of the Michael Wood service area and couldn't find his way back. As it deals with the horrors of holiday traffic, it ...

  • Letter: A lesson in humanity
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    JOAN HAGGARD Harpenden, Hertfordshire

  • Letter: On trial for rape
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    The most basic principle of English law is that a man is innocent until proved guilty. This proposal stands that principle on its head. It assumes that any man on trial for rape is guilty and therefore ineligible to cross- examine the woman accusing ...

  • Letter: Nappies at the carwash
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    They can be passed down the family to subsequent children, along with other outgrown clothes. And they are reusable in another sense. They can be recycled as cloths to wash the car, polish the furniture, etc. I threw the last one away about the time ...

  • Letter: EU arms exports code
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    We urge governments to remind themselves that by agreeing the toughest code possible, they have the opportunity to help prevent great human suffering. The European Union accounts for 40 per cent of all arms exports to the developing world. Recent rep...

  • Leading article: Who wants to get on the bus?
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    Of course, we know what we really mean when we answer surveys like that. We mean that we would like to rid the roads of everyone else's cars and give ourselves a chance of trying out the twisty bits of the A-roads that the likes of Jeremy Clarkson ar...

  • Leading article: Now the going gets really tough
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    The sometimes subdued atmosphere in Ulster this weekend indicates that the people there know that the hardest work and most difficult compromises are still to come. They know that the vote itself did not dissolve sectarianism overnight and end violen...

  • Letter: Third World debts
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    Unfortunately, countries cannot go bankrupt, which is what they are if they are unable to pay their debts. Those who suffer most - the ordinary man, woman and child - have not contracted to any agreement whatsoever with the northern creditor, unlike ...

  • Letter: Turn to face Japan
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    What I appear to have missed is any reference to the thousands of innocent men, women and children in Japan today who continue to suffer the effects from radiation caused by the two atomic bombs dropped in the Second World War. Where, may I ask, is t...

  • Letter: Sexist women
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    They further assume that they will help the cause of women by treating men as personally and individually responsible for the abuses women have suffered over thousands of years. This is then used as justification for childish insults. My gender, like...

  • Pandora
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    THE lavish White House dinner for Tony Blair last February has become a major scene in Bill Clinton's latest campaign cash and Chinese satellite controversy. One of the guests, Bernard Schwartz, is the 72-year-old New Yorker who heads Loral Space &am...

  • Letter: Turn to face Japan
    Monday, 25 May 1998

    There are issues we should discuss with Japan. For instance, are the full facts about the events of the 1930s and 1940s available to the new generations in Japan through schools, universities and the media? Are Japanese veterans of those wars encoura...

  • I saw Major Ronald Ferguson in the fitting room
    Sunday, 24 May 1998

    It was a crisp autumn afternoon in 1989. I had just finished an excellent luncheon with William Rees-Mogg at Simpson's-in-the-Strand (I had the Roast Beef, he had the Potted Shrimps) and I was heading north towards The Garrick when who should I spy b...

  • Today's humble writers have made the lonely garret fashionable again
    Sunday, 24 May 1998

    You wouldn't think so from the lurid way authors are often portrayed, which suggests that their income is inflated and that it comes in four basic forms, all dodgy. Blood money is what writers are said to get for writing about murder - like Gitta Ser...

  • Leading article: A bright new day in Ireland
    Sunday, 24 May 1998

    The vision, energy and commitment of Tony Blair have been a blessing. Through the months of talks and the weeks of campaigning he has persistently demonstrated an unreasonable amount of optimism and an unusual amount of skill. His only stumble was th...

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