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Wednesday, 14 January 1998

  • Letter: On the road
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    Driving is of great importance to older people. Loneliness, lower life satisfaction and lower activity levels are linked with the loss of driving ability among elderly people. However, much policy on older drivers is negative, concentrating on select...

  • Letter: Islands of peace
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    But the project must involve wider regional interests through links to English devolution. I can think of no reason why the new mayor of London should not sit on the council to represent the London Irish, but we can also look to more exciting times w...

  • Letter: Welfare victims
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    Far too many people have for too long been locked in dependency of state benefits. The debilitating effect this can have on the dignity of both the adults and children caught in this system is manifest to all who have to deal with the bizarre world o...

  • Letter: Islamic perspectives
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    What we will and can do, however, is to deliver the national curriculum from within the Islamic ethos and perspective of the schools. This will ensure that the education on offer will be broad, balanced and Islamic. What your correspondent calls "a n...

  • Letter: On the road
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    Since the fuel/air mixture of catalyst-fitted cars is deliberately set rich to give lower nitrogen oxide levels and catalysts only function when they have reached working temperature, over a three-mile journey (the average car journey in the UK), sta...

  • Letter: On the road
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    ANNIE HENRY London W10

  • That special relationship - between Europe and the US
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    At a personal level too, the omens are set fair. He seems to get on famously with his opposite number Madeleine Albright, who shares his moralistic, and moralising, approach to foreign policy. But the trip offers Mr Cook more than just a chance to st...

  • Letter: Laptop dunces
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    PAUL WALTER Newbury, Berkshire

  • Letter: Islamic perspectives
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    There is no reason for an Islamically inspired government to be xenophobic like that of Iran, nor medieval like that of Afghanistan. Islam is a great and varied civilisation, with many precedents on which to draw. There are eight major versions of Sh...

  • Blair's new roadshow faces a bumpy path
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    He will start with a list of scary statistics to make the flesh creep. In 1971 only 18p in the pounds went on welfare, now it's 30p. Horrors! That's why reform is essential, he'll say, with some stern stuff about his determination to see it through. ...

  • `Alex is an insecure, self-involved, artsy borderline alcohoic
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    Now then. In Cooper's new novel, Guide, his usual stock company of priapic junkies includes a chap called Mason, who is obsessed with a musician called "Alex Johns", the bassist in a band called "Smear" (its other members are called Damon, Graham and...

  • Letter: Welfare victims
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    Those of us who happen to have inherited ambitious stable parents, decent education, middle-class competitive values and the virtual certainty of being employed in good work should view them as national assets (like North Sea oil) from which all shou...

  • Letter: James and witches
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    ALAN FORGAN Guildford, Surrey

  • Leading Article: Make it safe, but a menu means choice
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    During its nine months in office Labour has been charged with nannyism. The complaint was loudly articulated when Mr Cunningham banned beef on the bone. In fact that decision was justified - pending further elucidation of the link between BSE and ana...

  • Letter: On the road
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    Professor PETER F SMITH Chairman, Environment and Planning Committee Royal Institute of British Architects London W1

  • There was an early victory for the plaintiff and the judge handed over a fiver
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    You will get some flavour of the trial with this extract from Monday's proceedings ... Counsel: Your name is Higgs? Higgs: It is. Counsel: And what is your first name, Mr Higgs? Higgs: Higgs has always been my name. There was never any other name whi...

  • Letter: Islands of peace
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    DAVID JOHNSTON Leeds

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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: Motson no racist
    Wednesday, 14 January 1998

    CLARK KILLICK Chelmsford

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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