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Saturday, 8 August 1998

  • Leading article: Democracy, not patronage
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    It is no reflection on the qualities of the Government's latest recruit to say that he should not have been appointed. Indeed, the Blair government should have moved in the opposite direction, towards a position where all ministers are MPs. There is ...

  • Rid us of the canker of compromise
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    However much we liberals in the West might have been dismayed by the finger-jabbing aggression of some of the Africans as they strove to make their views known, and abhorred their entreaties to members of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement either...

  • All deals and no ideals
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    So Socrates died and the rest of us moved on. The modern paradigm is somewhat different. It is no less perverse, but the pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme and it lacks the saving grace of nobility of purpose. David Shayler, the man we are in...

  • Use of the short attention span as a literary device
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    It seems like it was only yesterday that it was last summer, and my editor was ringing up, desperate - and I mean desperate - for me to fill in while a regular columnist was away on holiday. And now here we are again, albeit with a different editor, ...

  • If only finding that perfect place also meant keeping it...
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    You intend to stay an hour and stay a week. During the heat of the day, there's the shade of Carlos's bar, the long cocktails under the palm trees and eucalyptus. In the cool of the starlit night, there's Maria's harbourside restaurant with its simpl...

  • Leading article: Let the dust settle first
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    There were few mea culpas from either press or politicians when the truth emerged. After all, it was the kind of thing which Muslim fanatics might have done. And so, in the past few days, we have seen the same process at work. There had been no speci...

  • Imre Karacs' Bonn Diary: All for the love of the banana...
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    What is beyond dispute is that, after the war, at the time when the German government was not even allowed to kit out a policeman without seeking permission from each of the four Allies, Konrad Adenauer clashed with the occupying powers over the worl...

  • So what exactly has Monica done wrong?
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    As she emerged from a car, clutching a ladylike white handbag, she looked the sort of woman a man would think twice about telling a risque joke, never mind asking for fellatio. Pale, anxious, penitent, she gave the impression that the only way she co...

  • Profile: Anne Robinson: Annie gets her gun
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    Envy may be reprehensible, but it is the only fun some of us get. That is why we felt a frisson of excitement last week when 10 captains of industry from firms such as Ford, BT, Dixons, the AA, Airtours and Thomson Holidays held a well-publicised cou...

  • About this security business, I am an insider
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    The existing security officer, a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF Regiment called Don Holmes, a Yorkshireman, was posted elsewhere. As the Regiment's representatives at the station were responsible for its physical security, seeing to it that ill-dispose...

  • It's been a long, Lewinsky summer
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    "Fact is, George," says his wife, nearly as upright, with shining white hair that catches the 5pm sun, "America simply does not want to know about it." "You're right, Martha," chips in a friend, topping up their champagne flutes. "By the way," he add...

  • Letter: Clinton's affair with the economy
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    You are also sadly mistaken in using Dick Morris, the now-discredited former Republican who worked briefly for Clinton before being fired, as a credible judge of the Clinton presidency. Being called a "borderline third-tier president" by him is like ...

  • Letter: Open your ears, open your mind, and listen to something new
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    Margaret Drummond London SE3

  • Letter: Rabbi wronged
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    As secretary of the London Rainbow Group, of which Hugo was joint chairman, I saw him time and again defending Jewish faith while at the same time supporting and strengthening those of other faiths. Never did he waver in the affirmation of his belief...

  • Letter: Indians were not killed by Nazis
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    The overwhelming majority of American Indians who died as a result of contact with Europeans and European-Americans died from disease, not in battle or from massacres at the hands of whites. Massacres indeed occurred. The number killed in them is in ...

  • Letter: Kosovan cause
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    It is just sad that anyone paid any attention to Robin Cook's sweet- talking about human rights for Albanians. The West always wanted Kosovan aspirations for independence to go away. And little wonder that Serbian fascists always considered Britain a...

  • Letter: CS spray and the mentally ill
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    Police officers are not trained psychiatrists and, if faced with physical attack, do not have the expertise, or the luxury of time, to determine whether their attacker is mentally ill. The use of CS spray on NHS premises to "quieten patients" highlig...

  • Letter: Shifting sands, building beaches
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    Keith Clayton Norwich, Norfolk

  • Letter: Get to Auschwitz on your own
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    Visiting six summers ago I looked on aghast as transports of foreigners were herded through with breakneck efficiency by authoritarian guides with barely a moment to draw breath, let alone organise a meaningful thought. I was left contemplating both ...

  • Letter: Open your ears, open your mind, and listen to something new
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    Daniel Simons High Wycombe, Bucks

  • Letter: Open your ears, open your mind, and listen to something new
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    What he does not address, and what is often overlooked, is that rebuilding the contract between society and music is not solely the responsibility of composers: listeners have to work at it too. The contradictory jumble of likes and dislikes spilling...

  • Letter: Open your ears, open your mind, and listen to something new
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    We should ask instead, is contemporary critical writing dead? That we have problems in funding our home-grown talent is assisted by myopic criticism that is not about what is happening now but what has gone before. Music, as with any contemporary art...

  • Letters in brief
    Sunday, 9 August 1998

    Bill Richardson Dunboyne, Co Meath l DONCASTER Council need not be so helpless over the town's sleazy image ("Aids shock for wild clubbers", 2 August). It has the power to close some of the clubs, or at least to withdraw their drinking licences. Alan...

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