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  • Clare Short is right - there is more to the Third World than famine
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    It was a good question and not one that I could easily answer. In fact, I find it difficult to explain to my children the vast inequalities they see all round them. "Why is that man sleeping outside?" "Where does he brush his teeth?" "Why is that old...

  • Pandora
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    "Norman Lamont is after my job," according to Tory Euro leader Edward McMillan-Scott, as reported in Wednesday's Daily Telegraph. "Not helpful," was the Boy Wonder's response to this accusation. "Not true," was former Tory MP Lamont's riposte. But wh...

  • The secret fear of BBC bosses - we won't miss their shows
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    Normally, the weather forecast on Radio 3 consists of a few mumbled words, generally in a Jean Brodyesque Scots accent, at the end of the odd disconnected sentences which comprise the Radio 3 news bulletin. But this was a proper weather forecast, wit...

  • Letter: Alternative medicine
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    In the meantime, how can I ensure that my clients are getting value for money? First, I ask them some detailed questions about their health problem and how it affects them. Second, I ask how they would know if their problem was to improve. Third, I c...

  • Letter: Power and clean air
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    The Government's Digest of Environmental Statistics shows that road transport is responsible for about twice as much fine particulate emissions (known as PM10) as power stations, and other industry for about three times as much. Coal- and oil-burning...

  • Letter: Ulster deal
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    JOHN A DAVIS Cambridge

  • Letter: Plight of the Bushmen
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    Survival has been campaigning for the land rights of the Botswanan Bushmen for 10 years now. In that time the government of Bostwana has exhibited a marked reluctance to acknowledge the rights of the Bushmen to their land and way of life. When the go...

  • Machiavelli's finest pupils are Tony Blair and Gordon Brown
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    This is rather a good moderniser's account of what happened to the 1974- 79 Labour Government. (Even without adding the words "including calling in the IMF" at the end of the first sentence in the quotation). It conjures vividly the spectre which hau...

  • Letter: The loss of Gazza
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    ALAN MANKIKAR Oxford

  • Letter: New council, old names
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    For all the talk of a brand new body, one hears of many people being invited to apply including members of the old council, one of whom has already served 11 consecutive years. My fear now is that some art forms will continue to be represented on Cou...

  • Leading Article: Let us end this game of Commons softball
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    Mr Mackinlay performed a valuable service in reminding Tony Blair of what was obvious to him and to his entourage before they found themselves in a position to be held to account. On Wednesday Mr Mackinlay used almost the same phrasing as Mr Campbell...

  • Leading Article: Mild pain, but the Bank is right
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    It is, of course, exporters who make the most noise, while estate agents slap another pounds 10,000 on the asking price in silence, which makes it sound as if things are worse than they are. Nor should we be too distracted by the illusion that the As...

  • Rhyme with no reason - an American visitor's guide to that quaint British slang
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    If this is so, and I am sure it is, it is about time that American visitors were given some help in this matter. And that is why today I am addressing myself to American readers who wish to have a quick and easy entree into rhyming slang. Yes, it is ...

  • Letter: Could do better
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    EMMA KING Thurlton, Norfolk

  • Letter: Alternative medicine
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    I have spent almost a quarter of a century as a conventionally qualified doctor practising two forms of complementary medicine, acupuncture and homoeopathy, within the NHS. I have always felt it was an important part of the job to tell patients what ...

  • Letter: Alternative medicine
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    The results of both studies could hardly have been more positive about the benefits of chiropractic treatment, compared with orthodox medicine, for patients with low back pain. The 1990 study concluded that chiropractic treatment had been significant...

  • Letter: Alternative medicine
    Friday, 5 June 1998

    Far from "scientific evaluation" providing an objective and disinterested means of clarifying the relative efficacy of "scientific" and "complementary" medicine, such a methodology, steeped as it is in the ideologies of modern technocratic science, i...

  • Letter: Gazza: the moral
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    PETER BERGER Bristol

  • Letter: New risk of nuclear war
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Of the many inaccuracies in his piece, which reads as an apologia for some of the more extravagant Hindu nationalist claims, one could cite the image of Tamberlaine as a Muslim fundamentalist hell-bent on slaying Hindus; a claim which ignores the fac...

  • Letter: Sock mystery solved
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    DAN WILLIAMS Southend-on-Sea, Essex

  • Yesterday's men? Don't worry, they'll soon be back in the news
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    No. Paul Gascoigne is yesterday's news. Yesterday's news is here today and gone tomorrow. And gone for ever? Certainly not. Yesterday's news always comes back when you have forgotten all about it. Sometimes it comes back as "Where Are They Now?" Some...

  • Leading Article: West dithers as Kosovo burns
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Thus it was in Croatia. Thus it was again in Bosnia. And now, it seems, we are seeing a repeat performance in Kosovo. None can say that this is an unexpected war. On the contrary, there have been predictions of conflagration ever since the Balkan war...

  • If you were Slobodan Milosevic, here's what you'd be thinking
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Slobodan Milosevic, the last despot of old Eastern Europe, purveyor of his own patented blend of failed socialism and rancid nationalism, is again playing at war, this time in Serbia's mostly Albanian province of Kosovo. Entire villages are laid wast...

  • Letter: Lottery addiction
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    The ills you describe are not apparent in New York, which spent pounds 138 per person last year, Norway a similar amount and Massachusetts pounds 322. The difference is that all these hugely successful lotteries did not need to lose hundreds of milli...

  • Leading Article: Schools pledge spins out of control
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Just over a year into the government, though, and the spin-meisters must now be feeling a little edgy. In their own formulation, we have passed through the "post-euphoria, pre-delivery" stage and some serious and awkward questions about the chances o...

  • Letter: Hanging on the line
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Recently a call to my local cinema to reserve seats resulted in a peak- rate call to Inverness which cost almost 10 per cent of the price of the tickets. I am increasingly attracted to companies which offer Freefone numbers. R S LETCH Maulden, Bedfor...

  • Even Andy Warhol was once just an anxious-to-please young man
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Poor Mr Brahim Ibnou-Cheikh, the proprietor of the Palms Cafe Kebab shop in London's Brewer Street, is himself being grilled by the London press as the man who served Gascoigne a chicken kebab (with chilli sauce) and precipitated his downfall, when t...

  • Could poverty lead students to prostitution and drug dealing?
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Despite these cost-cutting strategies I was very hard up. Each day I calculated whether or not I had enough money for the return bus fare between digs and college, a packet of ten Park Drive, a cream cheese sandwich, a cup of coffee and two games of ...

  • Letter: Gazza: the moral
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    That an unfit 31-year-old with a nicotine, alcohol and kebab dependency is so vital to the team demonstrates the weakness both of our national squad and the game in this country. The tears of the nation are not for Gazza, but for the dearth of real f...

  • Letter: Lottery addiction
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    For too many the Lottery has become the only focus of hope-against-hope for a better life. Gambling is a form of abuse: money abuse. To have made a crippling and demoralising mass addiction the price for subsidising someone else's idea of a good caus...

  • Letter: New risk of nuclear war
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    The strategy of sanctions will not work, as they hit the poor and will simply exacerbate the many problems facing South Asia. It reflects the neo-imperialist attitude of some Western countries. We need to identify the urgent problems in the context o...

  • Pandora
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, the Prime Minister's press chief, lives a Spartan life at Downing Street and turns down scores of lunch invites. Indeed Pandora believes that he has lunched with only one journalist since the election. That was with Kelvin McKenzie...

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