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Tuesday, 13 January 1998

  • Leading Article: The teachers will not take lessons from Blunkett
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    The overwhelming majority of teachers are deeply committed to their work, and urgently want their children to succeed. But they have very firm views about what they believe are the best ways of making progress. At training colleges and on teaching pr...

  • Letter: Thing from the Deep
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Sir: Has anyone noticed the quite uncanny resemblance between the Thing/Blob/Dinosaur/Giant Squid cast up on a Tasmanian beach (photograph, 10 January) and the Millennium Dome? Same shape, same mystery about its contents, same unpleasant odour? RICHA...

  • The real difficulty was that as a body, traders sell very few corpses
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Capt Humphrey Wantage was the first man ever to donate his body to science - to the science of meteorology, that is. But when the body arrives on his doorstep, Sir Basil Bellwether, head of the notorious London Weather Centre, can think of no use for...

  • Beware: the business cycle has not been repealed
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    In the field of economics the obvious, glaring issue which is not being discussed is the overwhelming probability that there will be another world- wide recession within the next five years. That recession will have a profound impact on relations bet...

  • Letter: Save local chemists
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Sir: Steven Round, marketing director of Superdrug Stores (letter, 12 January), quotes pounds 180m per annum as the cost to the public of resale price maintenance on medicines. That is pounds 3 per person per year. Hands up those who would not spend ...

  • Targeting the poor: It's dangerous. But do it, because it's right
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    That is not an argument in favour of Harriet Harman's "affluence test" - which, as she described it, would totally exclude the highest earners from maternity benefit. An arbitrary division between the haves and have- nots would produce, at best, a tw...

  • Millennial Tensions: Is this Dome thing big enough for the men who can't get it up?
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    These are just some of the questions that have yet to be answered. Apparently, we can't be told what exactly is going to be in the dome as then we would not pay to go and see it, but ... come on boys, give us a clue. Instead Stephen Bayley flounces o...

  • Letter: Air and asthma
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    The only thing not common to both groups was that we were not vaccinated as babies, whereas my children and their contemporaries had multi-vaccines at an early age. As asthma seems to be an allergic reaction I often wonder if the immune system is ove...

  • Letter: Motson no racist
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    CLARK KILLICK Chelmsford

  • Letter: Unseen asteroids
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Sir: You report on the effects of an oceanic asteroid impact on coastal areas ("Asteroids' tidal wave threat", 8 January). A spacewatch programme to monitor the skies in order to detect potentially dangerous space objects and give advance warning (po...

  • Letter: Responsible drinking
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Sir: Your article "Drunk driver sentenced to a change of address" (6 January), goes into great detail about an individual who has been prosecuted repeatedly in the US for violations of state drink driving laws. No mention is made in the report of any...

  • Letter: Japanese apologies
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Well, tough! War is war. At least they came back. My own father didn't come back. He was cut in two by a grenade while trying to help a wounded comrade. We didn't expect apologies, or compensation. What if the Japanese ask for an apology and compensa...

  • Letter: Motson no racist
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Sir: There is a facile self-righteousness in the recommendation by Trevor Phillips (Comment, 10 January) that the BBC chastise John Motson for his inability to recognise certain footballers, especially if they are black. We are, by and large, best ab...

  • Letter: Japanese apologies
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Sir: David Walker ("For Japan, the art of forgetting is first to remember", 12 January) provides a generally balanced analysis of how the Japanese have faced their past. However, his claim that "the sum total of British iniquity since the abolition o...

  • Letter: Japanese apologies
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    If the Japanese method of being post-war Japan differs from the British method of being post-Empire Britain, it is because they are Japanese and we are British. David Walker's chief mistake is to doubt the normality of diplomatic dealings with a fore...

  • Letter: Air and asthma
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    Sir: Your article "Pollution not to blame for childhood asthma" (9 January) implies that air pollution is only a problem in urban areas. Unfortunately for those living in rural areas, this is not the case. Levels of ozone (summertime smog) are higher...

  • The package holiday: good for you, and great for the world
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Consider: anyone earning the average UK wage can buy a seven-day Mediterranean holiday for a week's pay; pounds 350 will buy you an excellent package in Benidorm. You will fly from a convenient airport on a state-of-the-art charter aircraft, enjoying...

  • Letter: Crowded world
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    China is not an overpopulated country - it simply suffers the legacy of a disastrous political experiment which leaves the state unable to provide the same healthcare and resources available to those in liberal capitalist economies. The Chinese solut...

  • We have nothing to fear but panic itself
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Still, there comes a point when a panic in the financial markets becomes too serious to dismiss as being all in the mind, and the sudden collapse in the Hong Kong stock market following the collapse of one of its banks suggests that upheaval in Asia ...

  • Letter: The ideal Dome
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: The Great Exhibition of 1851 started with clear objectives, which were largely realised, and an ideal of peace on earth which we still, alas, await. The building was an afterthought, thoroughly utilitarian, and, as it happened, a stroke of geniu...

  • A contest Gordon Brown could never have won
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    We should take no notice whatever of the ritual disclaimer by the Brown camp of the Routledge biography. There is no reason whatever to question the dust jacket claim that it was written with the Chancellor's "full co-operation". Routledge, author of...

  • Letter: Out of surgery
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: The "surgery" may well have been a suitable description for the workplace of the surgeon-apothecary (forerunner of the modern general practitioner) who in days gone by carried out major and minor surgical procedures on the premises. Nowadays, wh...

  • Occluded front, occasional showers, outlook fine ... dead body at the front door
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Many people have died and left their bodies to science, but the only person who ever specified that he wanted his body left to the science of meteorology was Captain Humphrey Wantage. "We've had a WHAT delivered to the front door?" said the head of t...

  • Letter: Voting for women
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: Kamlesh Bahl, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission, gives the impression that the current legislation does not permit mechanisms to ensure equal treatment of men and women in the selection of candidates by political parties (letter, 2 Jan...

  • Leading article: Not just a peace process any more, but a daring vision of a new Britain
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    We thought that even if this was so, and the pessimists were proved right, the process itself was worthwhile. As long as the talking went on, the killing didn't. Many decent people are whole and alive this January, because of that talking, who'd be d...

  • Letter: Muslim schools
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: Having lived for a while in Northern Ireland, I am firmly of the mind that separate schools for different religious groups aggravate tension and perceived differences. It may sound reasonable for Muslims to want to maintain their culture and rel...

  • Letter: The ideal Dome
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    There have been many events and some fantastic buildings commemorated by nearby stations - Barbican and Monument are good examples. What better (or cheaper) way could there be to leave a permanent memorial? The Crystal Palace no longer stands, but we...

  • Letter: Welfare reform
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: A new "affluence test", under which women at work might lose their maternity pay unless they could prove that they need it, would introduce an extraordinary and dangerous new principle into public policy ("Blair takes on mission to explain welfa...

  • Letter: Crowded world
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: Nicholas Schoon's article on population, "The world won't be overcrowded after all" (12 January) has an implied agenda that population growth is bad. Why? Often those parts of the world with the highest population growth are sparsely populated c...

  • Letter: Crowded world
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    The world will be overcrowded by mid-century, and the fact that the population will fall towards the end of the century is scant consolation to those who will suffer in the meantime. MATT WALKER Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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