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Thursday, 15 January 1998

  • Letter: Battle for Bart's
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    This activity is understood by many of us to be far greater than that which can be achieved in a hospital of the proposed size incorporating 1200-1300 beds at Whitechapel. Not only is London now no longer over-bedded, but indeed may be subject to sev...

  • Letter: London's choice
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    Why is the Government so anxious to rush to this vote in May when it has so many more urgent priorities: health, education, welfare? If the Lords vote is truly attributable to a "handful of unelected, hereditary peers", as John Prescott says, then th...

  • A Dubious Alliance: Why Blair's romance with Murdoch will end in tears
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    Now, you could argue that this deal is logical and benign. Most of the country stopped agonising about the Japanese years ago. But of the minority of still-angry and in some cases xenophobic protesters, many are Sun readers; up to now their sensitivi...

  • The working-class hero who we all wanted to believe in
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    Perhaps. But six weeks earlier, making a film about apprentice players at Spurs, I fell into conversation with Kate Hoey - now a Labour MP, but then a tutor on life skills to these wannabe football stars, some of whom badly needed them. Pleat, she to...

  • Letter: Pavement cyclists
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    PETER JEFFRIES Chartham, Kent

  • Letter: Pavement cyclists
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    All the figures can tell us is that bikes pose less of a threat to pedestrians than cars do, as in the same period there were more than 35,000 reported collisions between cars and pedestrians. DANIEL JOHNSON London W1

  • Leading Article: The message from Dudley? Mr Blair still doesn't know what happens next
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    It is too late to bemoan the Americanisation of this part of our language. Labour won the election on a platform which relied heavily on using the word welfare in this newer, transatlantic sense. One central promise was to get people "off welfare and...

  • Letter: Rewards of quitting
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    Although about half of all persistent smokers eventually get killed by their habit, stopping smoking works - smokers who stop before they have incurable cancer, or some other serious disease, do avoid most of their risk of eventually being killed by ...

  • Letter: Above the smog
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    V NELSON Bristol

  • Letter: Age of the clones
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    JOHN BEATTIE Glasgow

  • Letter: Pavement cyclists
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    However, we would welcome news of fines for others too: motorists who park in cycle lanes; drivers who turn left without indicating, running the risk of knocking riders off their bikes; pedestrians with a death wish who walk out in front of cyclists ...

  • Letter: Cornwall too
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    A "Council of the Isles" is a good idea as far as it goes. However, the proposed membership cannot represent a "totality of relationships". The troubles in Northern Ireland affect the whole of Ireland and the British Isles. On a purely economic level...

  • Letter: Battle for Bart's
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    If the review panel has not made any specific recommendations on whether Bart's should close or whether Guy's accident and emergency department should stay open, then ministers must make their own decisions in the light of the abundance of evidence a...

  • Letter: Teachers were right
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    PETER COLEMAN Headteacher Goodrich Primary School London SE22

  • Letter: Battle for Bart's
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    That ballot was organised by the council of which I am chairman. It produced a substantial majority in favour of the single-site option, but only if it is of sufficient scale to support the current and predicted secondary and tertiary clinical worklo...

  • The trouble with newspapers is there's no news. It's all opinion and, er, columnists ...
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    Higgs has just taken the witness stand. Counsel: Now, Mr Higgs, you have been reading the Daily Post for how long? Higgs: About 20 years. Counsel: Have you noticed any changes in the Daily Post over those years? Higgs: Yes. It has acquired a Property...

  • Letter: Teachers were right
    Friday, 16 January 1998

    JOHN CAMPBELL London W11

  • Letter: Islands of peace
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    DAVID JOHNSTON Leeds

  • 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

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

  • `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: 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...

  • Letter: Laptop dunces
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    PAUL WALTER Newbury, Berkshire

  • Letter: On the road
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    ANNIE HENRY London W10

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: James and witches
    Thursday, 15 January 1998

    ALAN FORGAN Guildford, Surrey

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

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