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  • Letter: Fawning MPs
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    ANNE LEWIS London SW15

  • Letter: Secular babies
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    Moreover, the BHA has been following work done for a long time by the freethought movement; the Ethical Church produced a ceremony for the "Recognition and Dedication of Children" in 1913, and the National Secular Society produced a ceremony for the ...

  • Letter: Case for Kenya
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    President Moi had foreseen that multiparty democracy may divide Kenyans along ethnic lines and in exercising his freedom of expression warned Kenyans about it. This unfortunately has turned out to be the case. He however accepted the eventuality and ...

  • They thought the L-word was dead and buried, but it's back
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    WILLIAM SAFIRE is not, as you might have gathered, a liberal. His columns in The New York Times make no bones about it. But the entry for liberalism in his political dictionary tells us about more than Mr Safire's personal political credentials: for ...

  • Why this millennium logo is just plain wrong
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    A piece of art that would live for another millennium? The best work of the most up to date designers and sculptors? An imposing monument? These, it appears are the qualities sought by the creators of the Millennium Doll, a (literally) statuesque fem...

  • Letter: It worked!
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    TONY NEWPORT Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire

  • Letter: Countryside in peril
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    Yes, people have the right to live and work where they choose, but forcing hardworking local people out of the towns and villages they grew up in to make way for absentee owners has torn the soul out of communities the length and breadth of Britain. ...

  • We need bad behaviour in sport, it's the way to win
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    I was head over heels in love, when I was seven, with a lovely golden- plaited girl called Josephine. 'Ah!' I remember our parents crooning when they saw us skipping along to school together, our innocent little fingers intertwined like sleeping baby...

  • Letter: Close calls
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    SARAH ADAMCZUK Bristol

  • Leading Article: 'Conspiracies' and national icons
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    In the case of Diana there is one person who seems determined to stimulate the theorists' fertile imaginations. Mohamed Al Fayed has consistently raised questions about the circumstances of her death. His tenacity makes many observes feel queasy, for...

  • Leading Article: Off-message on student loans
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    That is why next week's threatened revolt by Labour MPs against the Higher Education Bill is misguided and unjustified. The principle of the Government's reform is sound, but the case simply has not been made, either to MPs or to the general public. ...

  • Letter: Lessons for Indonesia
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    Both correspondents, however, fail to engage with the arguments of those with considerable experience of Indonesia who recognise that within the armed forces there is good as well as bad, and that every attempt should be made through teaching fora, s...

  • Letter: Pharmaceutical threat
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    The industry has a long tradition of over-reacting to modest proposals. In 1993, a new public right of access to information about drug safety was proposed in a private member's Bill: disclosure, of such information by the licensing authority was (an...

  • Letter: Lottery victims
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    It is for these reasons that the public policy of providing gambling on the basis of unstimulated demand was so effective. When it was still being implemented, there were more gambling facilities in Britain than any other European country and they we...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    "I think I have peaked too early. Everyone will be sick of me by the time it comes to vote" - Ken Livingstone, Labour MP, on his chances of becoming Mayor of London. "Soundbite and slogan, strapline and headline: at every turn we meet hyperbole. The ...

  • Letter: Fawning MPs
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    I have long wondered what possible use was served by those braying voices of Conservative Members of Parliament who used to compete to ask the most fatuous question of the day. I remember reading a copy of Hansard from the Second World War. Members w...

  • Letter: The real Synge
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    RICHARD SYNGE Cambridge

  • Letter: Countryside in peril
    Saturday, 6 June 1998

    To accuse South Lakeland District Council of Nimbyism is also wide of the mark - we have gone to great lengths (and expense) to overcome the Nimbys in order to provide affordable housing for local people. As councillors here can tell you the problem ...

  • 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...

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