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Saturday, 9 May 1998

  • HRH deserves better than the oily-aproned brigade
    Sunday, 10 May 1998

    This week's effort at a portrait of Her Majesty by one of the beret-wearing fraternity was not, I suppose, quite as offensive as some in recent years. We must be grateful, in this day and age, that she had her full complement of limbs, that she did n...

  • Leading article: Rights and their limits
    Sunday, 10 May 1998

    "Even when his or her own life depends on receiving medical treatment, an adult of sound mind is entitled to refuse it," Lord Justice Judge declared this week. As a starting point, such a forceful statement of libertarian principle should be applaude...

  • At ITV, the fish rots from the head
    Sunday, 10 May 1998

    This is what is at the heart of the affair of The Connection, a documentary about heroin smuggling from Colombia to Britain which was exposed this week by the Guardian as having five important falsehoods at its core. While everyone accepts that Micha...

  • The Cook, the cover-up, his aides and their blind stupidity
    Sunday, 10 May 1998

    To be a dog of war is suddenly a noble calling. We are invited to admire Tim Spicer and his Sandline International - a name as pregnant with euphemism as the United Fruit Company in Guatemala or James Bond's Universal Export. If people like him don't...

  • Mr Gordon has a quiet drink
    Sunday, 10 May 1998

    AMID all the hue and cry over Mary Bell and the money paid to her for her co-operation with Gitta Sereny's book, nobody seems to have paid much attention to that other criminal, the former IRA terrorist Sean O'Callaghan, who is hoping to make a prett...

  • He wasn't that good
    Sunday, 10 May 1998

    It is an open secret that Tony Blair would like to see elected mayors in all British cities. After Thursday's lamentable turnouts in London and elsewhere, he will be even more convinced that local government needs substantial reform. Bringing persona...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    "I always say that if there is something detrimental, derogatory or otherwise ghastly to do, I will be the person made to do it." - Ulrika Jonsson, TV personality. "Most guys think women in the military aren't attractive. I wanted to show my feminine...

  • Letter: Why I didn't vote
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    I firmly believe that London needs an overall strategy and that the present system is failing the citizens miserably. On this basis you might say I should have voted "Yes". But I could get no satisfactory answers to questions about the proposed Mayor...

  • Why rock chicks are no longer under the thumb of any guy
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    A new survey reveals that the five most popular albums of the 1990s are all by women. Whitney Houston leads the list with Bodyguard, which has sold 30 million copies, followed by Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Alanis Morissette and the Spice Girls. Micha...

  • Leading Article: More openness, please, Mr Cook
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    Politically complex, the moral questions posed by events in Sierra Leone are straightforward: the democratically-elected government was ousted by a military dictator, and Britain appears to have covertly assisted the legitimate government in returnin...

  • Leading Article: Time for change in local voting
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    One powerful explanation for the low rate of participation lies in the "nationalisation" of local elections. In recent decades they have become an excellent vehicle for the disgruntled voter to punish an unpopular government. Politicans can't easily ...

  • Leading Article: Safe new Radio 4
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    And yet... the surprising thing about the changes brought in by James Boyle, controller of Radio 4, is how little protest there has been. Now, a month on from the small earthquake we can add: not many hurt. This is an extraordinary achievement for Mr...

  • Letter: Middle East's tragedy
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    Mr Arafat has been a tireless campaigner on behalf of his people all his life. The futility of armed struggle against the USA's premier client state in the Middle East has been repeatedly brought home to the Palestinian community, and in Oslo the dip...

  • Letter: Challenge to the church
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    Sir: Your article "Is it now time to elect the monarchy?" (8 May) raises the question: is it now time to elect canons of the Church of England? They are chosen without reference to ordinary churchgoers like myself, who do not even have a direct vote ...

  • Letter: Jury say yes
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    MICHAEL BRYANT Carnforth, Lancashire

  • Letter: Britain's strong pound
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    The exchange rates quoted in it for the pound sterling included the following: 8.37 Deutschmarks, 13.56 French francs, 118.00 Belgian francs, 9.73 Swiss francs, 8.50 Dutch guilders, 17.06 Norwegian kroner, 18.12 Danish kroner, and 61.00 Austrian schi...

  • Letter: Nappies: a plastic peril?
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    Do any of these re-usable nappies get a quick spin (electricity/gas again) to fluff them up? Do any of these parents resort to the tumble drier or central heating radiators (driven by fuels that change our atmosphere) after the sort of wet week I've ...

  • Letter: Act now to avert famine
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    It's all too easy to sit in London and play the numbers game, debating where a humanitarian crisis ends and a famine begins. In the meantime people are put at ever-greater risk of dying as each day passes without sufficient aid getting through to the...

  • Letter: Why I didn't vote
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    It couldn't be that all the main parties looked identical in most parts of the country and so there wasn't much of a choice for voters? It couldn't be that most powers have been removed from local government and so there isn't much to vote for? And i...

  • Cover me in Lycra, put me on the pitch, and - hey presto
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    Mmmm. We all know what is being promised here, don't we? And it sure as hell ain't a game of hockey. Except, of course, that a game of hockey is exactly what is on offer. The girl is 18 year old England hockey international, Lucilla Wright, her "plac...

  • Letter: A better life for animals
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    We have instruction and a test when we want to drive a car; we have some rudimentary classes when children are brought into the world - but most people who take on an animal have no idea how to care for it or train it. I would like to see the reintro...

  • Reading the runes of the London referendum
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    Elections and referendums are not just a choice offered from on high, they are a chance for the people to answer back. The low turnouts around the country in Thursday's local elections are being treated as though they reveal some great new mystery. T...

  • Letter: Let the skateboarders rip
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    Quite rightly, no one was taking a blind bit of notice of this bureaucratic nonsense. For a moment, I was led to think that grey old England was at last starting to come alive. My seven-year-old son remarked, "This place is fun", something which has ...

  • Letter: Drinking and driving
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    British roads are the safest in Europe. In countries like France and Germany, where they have the 50mg limit, there are two and three times more drink/drive fatalities. In the UK, most of the worst road accident fatalities are caused by drivers who a...

  • Letter: Nappies: a plastic peril?
    Saturday, 9 May 1998

    Eleven years ago I chose to wash nappies rather than throw them out, and at a rough estimate the nappy-bucket routine takes about ten minutes a day. The pressure to use disposables comes from the current obsession with "convenience" at all costs, and...

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