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Friday, 16 January 1998

  • Letter: Asthma in Cuba
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    Two years ago I went to Cuba on holiday. While I was on a group visit to a collective farm the resident nurse was asked about the main medical problems encountered locally. She said that one of their main concerns was the steady increase in childhood...

  • Letter: Bike victim
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    In the case of my little girl's broken leg, her collision with a cyclist took place on the pavement, but I suppose Mr Johnson could claim that it was her fault for not stopping and looking both ways before emerging from her garden gate. NEVILLE CONDE...

  • Letter from the Editor
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    Here, surely, was a great opportunity for a ruthlessly amoral editor (Marr, A) to make a buck. We should have outbid everyone, splashing out pounds 50,000 or pounds 100,000, for the pigs. Then we could have announced that they were going to be turned...

  • Letter: Welfare reform
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    A system whereby individuals hold a lifelong account with the state into which they pay when they are able and from which they draw as they need would obviate the distortions of the current parallel systems and offer a more subtle set of policy lever...

  • Letter: Fast answers
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    MICHAEL KINSELLA (aged seven) JAMES KINSELLA (aged 10) Glasgow

  • Letter: Welfare reform
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    CYRIL AYDON South Newington, Oxfordshire

  • Letter: Bike victim
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    New cyclists and children in particular are going to need all the help and encouragement they can get if we are going to have any chance to stem the car culture and reap the manifold benefits which this efficient, low impact machine has to offer. The...

  • The best vacations are not an escape, but a liberation
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    Back at the start of this decade, when Vincent Van Gogh held his centenary bash, I did my culture-vulture duty and booked timed, dated tickets to the two big shows in Holland. Vincent's graphic works, which I love almost more than than those over-exp...

  • Letter: Unfilled jobs
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    I have noticed unwillingness among my children's peers to enter any industrial or manufacturing business. Their view is that potential employers offer no security in the long term in return for lower remuneration during training and, as a result, the...

  • If only I were a hard-working, hard-drinking Jewish agnostic
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    The first important figure tells us that there is less of this sex stuff going on than we thought. (Although a warning here: as far as I can tell onanism is not counted as sexual activity by the Penn State researchers.) Twenty per cent of respondents...

  • Leading Article: Professionalism and imagination: the only response to falling arts subsidies
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    Well, scanning the latest Arts Council budget allocations, it's hard not to agree. Here is a miniature example of the wider point. How exactly do we measure the relative worthiness of supporting - out of a limited and shrinking total of public money ...

  • Letter: Welfare reform
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    Maternity payments no longer benefit those most in need. In fact, they redistribute resources away from the poorest in society, because the more you earn, the more you get. For example, a woman earning pounds 50,000 a year will receive maternity paym...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    Robin Cook is obviously dangerous around airports. First he ditched his wife, now he's declaring undying love. His advisers should make sure he only travels by road or rail - Linda McDougall, author of the book `Westminster Women' We need to make rea...

  • Letter: Pigs in clover
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    PHILIP R EVANS Hengrave, Suffolk

  • Letter: Esterhazy's fate
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    TIMOTHY ROBEY Southport, Merseyside

  • The New Toryism as preached by Michael Portillo
    Saturday, 17 January 1998

    Still, the decision to offer the party's members a say in this and other big decisions - not least electing the leader - must be causing some furrowed brows down at the Carlton Club, which has carried the torch for Tory traditionalists for centuries....

  • 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

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