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Wednesday, 6 May 1998

  • Everyone's nightmare: when Tony Blair and friends drop by for a photo-op
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    "One of the local councillors visited the cafe and presumably liked it because she came back with lots of New Labour men in black suits to check us out," said Andrew. Operation Jabberwocky was on. The suits warned the Brownlees not to tell anyone abo...

  • Leading article: Coup plot Cook never noticed
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    He would like us to think that he doesn't have a clue. If Mr Cook does know what the Foreign Office gets up to then he would be aware that officials had connived at a British firm of "military consultants", Sandline Ltd, supplying arms and mercenarie...

  • Leading article: Londoners must vote for a credible mayor
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    The Government's plan for London is far from perfect. It runs the risk of spreading a luxuriant new foliage of office-holders and advisers above the boroughs. At the same time the mayor may be impotent; the Treasury has ensured there is no financial ...

  • Letter: `Understanding' Bell
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    Clearly, any understanding derived from the story of Mary Bell, recounted in the public arena in all its appalling detail, should help us to make some sense of the crimes involved. However, we do not all reach the same conclusions in terms of the und...

  • Letter: Safer trains
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    Time and again we are told by those in charge of our railways that the ATP system that they have in mind is far too costly, requiring expensive computer equipment in every driving cab and at every signal. But the London Underground has a system of AT...

  • Letter: Keep the pound high
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    A strong currency is overwhelmingly beneficial because it confers the power to command economic output. Suppose the pound traded at twice its current value against the US dollar. We could purchase any dollar-denominated commodity or property for half...

  • pandora
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    THE TORIES were pleading poverty in front of the Niall Committee yesterday during its hearings on party funding. First Gillian Shephard, shadow leader of the House, appeared; she was followed by Lord Cranborne, Leader of the Opposition in the House o...

  • Letter: US threat to peace
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    First, when the world's greatest nation (in terms of military power) fields a Secretary of State whose contribution to this meeting will be remembered with the words, "It's up to the parties [to decide] whether we are serving the vegetables well," th...

  • Love, war and lost pyjamas - at last, the romantic novel everyone has been waiting for
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    Yes, Mills & Bang was created solely to bring you military romance, in other words blushful war sagas which combine killing and kissing, hand- holding and hand-to-hand combat in the same pulse-racing works of fiction! Here are some new titles whi...

  • Letter: Legal fat cat?
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    OLIVER MISHCON Temple, London EC4

  • Leading article: New men, real men
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    Well, the NSPCC has decided to do something about this with a "Men as Fathers" conference to study and heighten awareness of this phenomenon. Laudable though this is, it will take more than a conference organised by a charity to change society's assu...

  • Letter: Sex or football
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    SIMON WEBSTER Brentford, Middlesex

  • A new civic duty - giving a sample of DNA to the fuzz
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    Yesterday's meeting between Home Office ministers and Peter Gammon, president of the Police Superintendent's Association, to discuss the latter's call for the establishment of a national DNA database was completely coincidental. Almost any week bring...

  • Bill Clinton could look to the UK for a human rights lesson
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    Take China, admittedly always a tricky case. A policy of substituting public hectoring with private pressure is one thing. But quite another is President Clinton's agreement that the welcome ceremony for his visit to China next month should be held i...

  • Letter: Chance Blair has to seize
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    Sir: In Lichfield Cathedral recently, I received, alongside other West Midlands church leaders, over 15,000 petitions to the Government to support measures for sustainable debt relief for the world's poorest countries. When Mr Blair welcomes his fell...

  • Letter: Keep the pound high
    Thursday, 7 May 1998

    While it may make it more difficult to close orders, the selling has never been easier. The high value of the pound means that overseas selling costs are greatly reduced. With return air fares to the Far East for under pounds 400 and, for the first t...

  • Letter: Eurobank row
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    History shows that the artificial union of disparate nation states always ends in bloodshed. And I fear for the future of our grandchildren. The loss of sovereignty by absorption in to a "country called Europe", the inevitable eventual consequence of...

  • Letter: Men, sex and football
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    It really is very simple. Sperms and eggs. Men have lots of the former and our unsocialised imperative is to spread them about. With the dominant and most desirable males, the imperative is even stronger and whatever men may tell women as we gaze dee...

  • Letter: Eurobank row
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    However, now is not the time to express naive shock and jeer from the sidelines at Euro-politics. Nor can we allow a 15-nation project to become a statist and interventionist model designed by the French for them to use as an extension of their own n...

  • How I intend to bait the local party canvassers
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    Being now a normal nobody joining the massed millions of the silent majority I have no opportunity of venting my spleen if I hear or read something that begs a question. In the past I could rant and rave to a government minister either in private, or...

  • Letter: Box of tricks
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    MATTHEW TAYLOR MP (Truro and St Austell, Lib Dem) House of Commons

  • Letter: Real nappies
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    I started to use them four and a half years ago, when my second child was born, and my youngest is, I trust, about to bid them farewell. My original sets of nappies are still going (and white), and I reckon I have saved mountains of landfill, conside...

  • Letter: Rights and religions
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    We believe that faith communities and their associated organisations should respond warmly to legislation which makes it easier for United Kingdom citizens to protect their basic human rights. While we recognise some of the anxieties expressed by oth...

  • Leading article: C4: back to new ways
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    When Channel 4 was launched in 1982, it was told to innovate and experiment and to devote a "suitable proportion" of programming to tastes and interests not catered for by ITV. It took its remit seriously. Channel 4 has changed British television for...

  • What your name means - if it sounds funny and made up
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    Netanyahu's a funny sort of name, isn't it? It sounds sort of silly and made up, doesn't it? Dr Vernon Monicker writes: Yes, it does, doesn't it ? On the other hand, Yasser Arafat sounds equally silly and sort of made up, doesn't it? Dr Vernon Monick...

  • Leading article: When `defeat' is a victory for peace
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    The Oslo accords that seemed to pave the way for peace in the Middle East were agreed by Yitzhak Rabin, an Israeli prime minister who had never been known for dovishness. His assassination removed, in the short term at least, the possibility of chang...

  • The future of drugs: Patients no longer - we are all customers now
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    They represent two ends of the pharmaceutical spectrum. One is a drug with obvious consumer appeal - just the sort of market-driven product that people flock to buy and the big commercial drug companies love to create. The other represents our more t...

  • Letter: Men, sex and football
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    JAMES McANDREW London W1

  • Letter: Eurobank row
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    RICHARD BARTLE Colchester, Essex

  • Letter: Gill's Stations
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    LAWRENCE SCOON Workington, Cumbria

  • Relative values: Could government take on the task of making happy families?
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    No one sent me a card congratulating me on my parenting skills, but I expect this is because National Parenting Day is a new invention. It comes as all new inventions must, from the think -tank still unfortunately known as Demos. They have patented t...

  • Letter: Eurobank row
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    For the first time in British history, the only choice we (excluding the Northern Irish) shall have at the forthcoming Euro-election will be to support one party or another. Once we have made that choice, seats will be awarded to the parties within e...

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