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Sunday, 20 September 1998

  • Leading article: Beware his accusers
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    Congress's decision to release the tapes of the President's testimony to the grand jury for public viewing may seem like a triumph for open government, but in reality it is a sordid manoeuvre by politicians so afraid for their own careers in Washingt...

  • The Diary: Shame takes a back seat, as does Britain
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    STEAMY, torrid, exceptionally uncomfortable - Manhattan's weather did its best to replicate the atmosphere in the Clinton White House when the First Fondler arrived in the city on Monday for a series of Democratic Party fund-raisers. The unseasonal w...

  • Letter: No jumbos
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    RICHARD WELLS Belly Magazine London N7

  • Letter: Nurses need respect
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    ALUN WILLIAMS Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Gwynedd

  • Letter: The truth about Thorp
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    Madeline Haigh and Rachel Julian, CND Dominick Jenkins and Jill Perry, Friends of the Earth

  • Tall story
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    BOX 9: Other gifts Exhibit 223/14A: Copy of Bridget Jones's Diary, inscribed "love M. (wt.13st, 4lbs; cigars: 1(!))" and bookmarked with official "Airforce One" Post- it note, containing handwritten calculations converting stones into pounds and the ...

  • Letter: Fast food
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    The study on the ill-effects of consumption of genetically modified potatoes that your writer alludes to was unpublished, and thus not subject to peer review. This latter discipline is important as a safeguard for the trust we put in the results of s...

  • Comment: The North can't have jobs at any price
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    For the past few years on trips back to the North, I have from time to time bumped into the other, more cheerful Tony, who speaks for Sedgefield at Westminster and nowadays the other way round too. He has usually been opening things. Mr Blair has bee...

  • Letter: Irrelevant Jewishness
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    These words could fit any white, non-Jewish Glasgow lad. Surely they aren't the main characteristics of an average young Jew. It confirms nothing. If that weren't bad enough, the headline to the article reads in large print: "The nice Jewish bruiser ...

  • Comment: Blair's books pay homage to a false god
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    Why is it, then, that on hearing the news I did not immediately throw my metaphorical mortar-board into the air? After all, I am an English teacher. Surely I should be even happier than most at the promise of this Great Leap Forward in mass literacy....

  • Letter: From videos to violence
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    There has been little systematic research, but one consistent finding is that most studies on very young children tend to show that they become more aggressive after playing or watching a violent video game. There is also the social context. Does pla...

  • Fleet Street's careful work has been undone
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    When I embarked upon my career as a scrivener, there were a great many words considered too fruity or risque to print. "Humid" was one, "moist" another. In fact, there were over 103 different parts of the body alone on the proscribed list, updated ea...

  • Comment: The Third Way can only lead us into a cul-de-sac
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    We may learn something about their philosophy by reading Anthony Giddens, resident thinker at the court of King Tony. Writing in Friday's Times Higher Educational Supplement, he says the central principle of the Third Way is "the inadequacy of the le...

  • Letter: Victims of domestic violence want different outcomes
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    I wish I had gone to the police when I experienced violence in a relationship. Instead I was pressurised by others to do nothing. L WILLIAMSON London E17

  • Comment: The great appeasers
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    In reality, this supposed lesson was wholly misleading. Not only was Chamberlain's conduct more honorable and understandable than has been conceded since. "Appeasement" is the underlying principle of diplomacy, as the Cold War itself showed in practi...

  • Comment: No wonder her temperature's up
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    And rightly so. Of course, no professional body of 330,000 can be composed exclusively of saints, and the job itself offers many opportunities for the expression of sadism, from the subtle to the brutally explicit. I never hear a young nurse call an ...

  • Comment: Why all radicals should support William Hague
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    That leaves Mr Heseltine. He is these days too detached, perhaps even too serene, to plot in detail. But he is presumably available for any light work which the others may need done. As can be gathered from the names I have mentioned, the occasion ch...

  • Comment: They mixed it up, we switched off
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    Second, Mr Boyle was a hopeless advocate of changes whose rationale was never apparent, other than the revelation that the BBC had convened a series of focus groups whose members thought whole swathes of the Radio 4 schedule were old hat. Smug and pa...

  • Leading article: The shirt would show who's boss
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    But there are lines of trade particularly suited to backing the ref. Opticians can obviously identify with a figure endlessly taunted with the words: "You want to get some new glasses, mate." Hallmark Cards might pay to support the man who brandishes...

  • QUIZ OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    1. Richard and Judy gave "caring TV" a whole new meaning with an experiment involving three couples. What was it? 2. Lord Jakobovits, a former chief rabbi, angered delegates at the International Council of Jewish Women last week. What did he say? 3. ...

  • QUOTES OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    Steinar Bastesen, Norwegian MP, on the pounds 7.5m return of Keiko the killer whale to the ocean I don't think anybody is going to be prosecuted or serve time for the death of my son. That's the worst thing I have ever faced, to know that these peopl...

  • Letter: Victims of domestic violence want different outcomes
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    Women who have been abused are individuals; it is patronising to claim to know what all women want. Some want their men to be changed so they can stay with them without being abused, some want their men sent to prison so they and their children can g...

  • Letter: Victims of domestic violence want different outcomes
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    She may be right that we need a range of provision to suit women's needs, concerns and desires as expressed to her. But such provision needs to be set in the context of the fact that women want their families to stay together, they want their childre...

  • LETTERS: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    AIDAN FOSTER-CARTER Shipley, West Yorkshire "LET HIM who is without sin cast the first stone." So far Christopher Hitchens may well have been sinless. For the sin of unforgiving meanness, for pretending that titillating details are matters of public ...

  • Letter: Nurses need respect
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    Conveying to nurses a sense of their value is vital if we are to address this shortage. One way of achieving this is by recognising expertise. But, as Ms Pepinster recognises, a hike of pay is essential to keeping nurses in a profession upon which hi...

  • Letter: The truth about Thorp
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    Since 1993 things have got even worse. Thorp has failed to meet its targets. It was 16 months late reaching full commercial operation, and this year alone the plant was closed between April and August after a leak. Further overseas contracts for its ...

  • Letter: No jumbos
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    The meeting was for large people to raise their self esteem. For the IoS to have sent a journalist to erode that fragile pride is unforgivable. When will we treat food addicts in the same way as we treat alcoholics? ADDRIENNE BERTOLIE London W14

  • Letter: Nurses need respect
    Sunday, 20 September 1998

    During one day last week my patients included somebody receiving antibiotics given by me intravenously and a patient receiving chemotherapy, also given by me. I continued to teach a newly diagnosed diabetic how to administer her insulin. I shaved and...

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