Stories from 1988:

The women who step out of line

Published December 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion December 19 1988 The courtroom in Washington DC was tense and quiet. On his bench, Judge Herbert B Dixon was stoney-faced. All eyes were on the witness box,  where a frail woman with a handsome face and long brown hair was speaking in a voice which kept sagging […]

And some seed fell on stoned ground

Published December 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion December 12 1988 In Chouteau County, Montana, up by the Canadian border, life can be pretty hard. This is grain farming country. Farmers have to fight their way through every season, through the summer droughts and huge winter snowfalls, and then they have to hope and pray that […]

The CIA – a low intelligence agency

Published December 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion December 5 1988 Exactly eight years ago, President Elect Ronald Reagan huddled with his advisers in a little house in Jackson Place just across the road from the White House and planned the brave new world which they were going to create when they took over the reins […]

Disney, Dickens and Drivel Burgers

Published November 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion November 28 1988 This may not matter, but last week Walt Disney’s empire splashed its latest cartoon film across American cinema screens. It is the apparently innocuous story of an orphaned cat who takes up with a pack of dogs in New York City and is eventually rescued […]

JFK – a quarter of a century of myth

Published November 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion November 1988 When Jack Kennedy won the Presidential election in November 1960, he barely scraped home – less than 50% of Americans supported him. But three years later, in the traumatic days after his assassination, a strange and rather moving thing happened: millions of Americans who had not […]

The ethics of artificial animals

Published November 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion November 21 1988 The mighty Du Pont corporation, purveyors of chemicals to the world, last week formally announced the launch of their newest product. It is a mouse. But not the sort of mouse that sells for a dollar or two in pet shops. This is the world’s […]

In praise of rebel weirdos

Published November 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion November 14 1988 Robert T Morris Jnr – or RTM as he is generally known – struck a special chord here last week when the computer virus which he had developed in his study at Cornell University raced through the Defence Department and out into the rest of […]

Lies, hypocricy and American elections

Published November 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion November 7 1988 Evelyn Waugh described the character of Rex Mottram in Brideshead Revisited like this: “He isn’t a real person at all. He’s just a few faculties of a man, highly developed.” Mr Mottram had the makings of a President. In the last ten days, half of […]

Power passes to the powerful

Published October 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion October 24 1988 Republican hopeful David Karnes stood up at the state fair in Nebraska to launch his campaign for election to the US Senate and effectively smacked himself in the face. “We need fewer farmers at this point in time,” he told his audience, which happened to […]

Neighbourhood Wars

Published October 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion October 17 1988 Outside the monkey house at Washington Zoo one day, I heard these people talking about their neighbours. It seems there was a family in their street whose children kept a pet rabbit. This family went away for a couple of nights and in their absence, […]

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