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Sunday, 31 May 1998

  • There may be great changes in store for Tony Blair's ministers
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    One bonus of 18 long years in opposition is that the four successive elections since 1979 have created quite a large pool of ambitious men and women capable of running departments. It might be tricky, but it wouldn't be impossible, to draw up a list ...

  • Letter: The perfect pizza
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    JILI HAMILTON Geneva

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    P HINSON Bourne End, Buckinghamshire

  • Letter: Theatre of the absurd
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    The old bookshop, with glass walls and in the middle of the ground-floor foyer, was a delight you came across as you had a drink or a coffee or paused to pass the time. MONICA FERMAN London NW6

  • Letter: Naming secular babies
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Clearly Maitland has not been to one of the ceremonies put together by parents with help from the Baby Naming Society, an organisation set up by Lord Young of Dartington in 1994. In these ceremonies, parents make promises to the child for his or her ...

  • Letter: Doctors not forgiven
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    At the time Matthew was operated on I was very grateful to James Wisheart and staff for providing what I then thought was the best possible care. But there is no way that I can I forgive Mr Wisheart or the hospital as I now know that I was misled abo...

  • Letter: Islamic bomb
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    It is only when Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, joins the mad world of "mutually assured destruction" that a draconian and all-embracing embargo is slapped on the country - led by the country that began the madness. Is this about nuclear lu...

  • Next-door neighbour's burglary ruined my life, `passive sufferer' tells court
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Last Friday I followed this up with an extract from another trial, this time a case in which a woman is suing her neighbour for damage caused by passive suffering, and as I think passive suffering is the sort of concept likely to appeal to the Americ...

  • Why can't Hindus and Muslims get along together? It's a long story
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Then they had another think. The next idea they came up with was a Hindu temple to be erected on the same irradiated spot, in the furnace heat of the Rajasthan desert, "to provide an ocular reminder", as one of the boosters of the project put it in y...

  • Leading Article: Make second-home owners pay up
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    What annoys Liberal Democrat councillors in the Lake District is that second homes pay half council tax, a confusion left over from when Michael Heseltine ditched the poll tax. He could not decide whether the new tax was a property tax or a tax on pe...

  • Leading Article: Culture of work faces family revolt
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    That kind of driving force has been missing in politics on both sides of the Atlantic, especially since Bill Clinton and Tony Blair reconciled their parties of the left to the end of "tax and spend". But perhaps we are already witnessing the next gre...

  • Privacy loss
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    THE OMENS are not good for President Bill Clinton after Sunday night's debate at the Hay Literary Festival. Robert Bennett, Clinton's silver- tongued American lawyer in the Zippergate investigations, was teamed with the brilliant Stephen Fry and writ...

  • Yes, Geri - it's hard to break out when you're cast in plastic
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Exhausted I can countenance: think of the Pan European tour, the numerous videos, the endorsement of everything from Chupa-Chups to Impulse Bodyspray. Simply the amount of different costumes demanded by Spiceworld The Movie were enough to give everyo...

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    It is self-evident that, for the most part, the poor survive thanks to their own efforts combined with the support of others. But it is an appalling struggle, which is why long-term development is so necessary. Emergencies are not inevitable and gene...

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    The success of these appeals depends on ghastly photographs, usually a starving black baby who is being tended by a white angel of mercy, and a simplistic, apolitical message that disguises a political catastrophe as a "humanitarian" disaster that ca...

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Those images depicting humanitarian crises may be shocking and moving but it is not Oxfam's experience that they make people turn away, as Clare Short suggests. An emergency appeal ethically presented helps to build a constituency of support for both...

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    JUDITH M STEINER London N6

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Monday, 1 June 1998

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

  • This time it's for real
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    But where are all the anti-nuclear protesters? Why have there been no marches, no pamphlets, no anguished protests from writers and artists? Have 50 years of intermittent campaigning for nuclear disarmament been no more than play-acting? And has bien...

  • Doctor, life's so good it's depressing
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    The sense of physical well-being is palpable in the States. If you visit once or twice a year, as I do, you notice the increase of wealth as if through a time-lapse camera. You meet people who don't know what to do with their money; couples who finan...

  • The Russians smell a porky
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    Wakeham described his chagrin when he saw a wildly distorted account of this "secret summit" appear on the front page of a newspaper, in which he found his advice to her twisted out of recognition. Yet Princess Diana had said she did not want publici...

  • Norbert Stiles, AE Housman and the chaps of '66
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    Thirty-two years on, we are facing another World Cup, but, mercy me, how times have changed! Have you noticed? These days, the players are not called John or Henry or Martin but "Ruud Gullit". They wear their hair in plaits, as though auditioning for...

  • There's only one global language - and my son speaks it like a native
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    Each morning, in his England home-strip pyjamas, he reads the back page of the Independent and the Guardian for match reports, transfer gossip, and news of injuries. Once he's dressed (in the black Robbie Fowler T- shirt, or the stripey Del Piero jer...

  • Leading article: The need to forgive
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    The Sun, which in January carried an "apology" from the Japanese prime minister (ghosted by Tony Blair's Words R Us unit in Downing Street), joined in: "How can we ever forget?" And when Mr Blair appealed for a warm welcome for the Emperor, the Daily...

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