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Monday, 19 January 1998

  • Letter: Aesop's horrors
    Tuesday, 20 January 1998

    Rabbit one day went to see her friend the Fox, who was telling his children stories. Rabbit asked if she could listen. Soon she was trembling with horror and disgust, and exclaimed: "Fox, why are you filling their minds with stories of violence and d...

  • Letter: Disloyalists
    Tuesday, 20 January 1998

    JOHN SMURTHWAITE Leeds

  • Letter: Off-pavement
    Tuesday, 20 January 1998

    The solution is not to endanger pedestrians by forcing them to share the pavements with cyclists, but to civilise traffic through reduced speed limits, rigorous enforcement of traffic laws and driver education. TOM BARRANCE Penarth, South Glamorgan

  • Letter: Late trains
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    Trains are officially "late" if they arrive more than five minutes late at their final destination. Trains are often scheduled to have quite leisurely waits at intermediate stations, to allow for lost time. Thus a passenger can well arrive at his sta...

  • Letter: Free us from our cars
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    We cannot reduce the use of cars unless changes are made to meet our circumstances. Three such changes need not be costly to the taxpayer and will also provide new jobs for the less skilled young unemployed. If we are to use the train instead of our ...

  • Letter: Fright at the opera
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    When I was asked a few weeks ago to give a talk to final year arts administration degree students, I found that not one of them could give me a reason as to why the state should subsidise the arts. When those who are responsible for the spending of p...

  • Letter: Asthmatic houses
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    One is the excessive use of solvent-based chemical treatments in houses for rising damp. As an architect, I keep coming across situations where surveyors are covering themselves against any claim by saying that chemical treatments may be advisable. T...

  • Letter: Drugs and MEPs
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    WAYNE DAVID MEP Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party Cardiff

  • Letter: Smoking in the pub
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    People have a choice whether or not they enter my pub. I make business decisions based on what my customers require. My customers, in the main, wish to smoke and those that don't make the choice to drink with their smoking friends. I do not need peop...

  • Leading Article: Stop this nonsense, Mr Brown, you are not the best leader we never had
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    This is the closest to a public dressing-down that can be administered without actually going public. It followed a pointed reminder to the Cabinet last week of the virtues of unity, and the announcement that Mr Blair would himself take the chair of ...

  • Letter: Fright at the opera
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    Opera audiences are already full of businessmen who care more about their fellow punters than the music, and now it seems opera management is going the same way. People who can afford pounds 25 to watch Arsenal FC may be able to afford opera tickets,...

  • Letter: Pigs with names
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    Perhaps the names they were given were a device to deal with that discovery - not so much a way of saying, "Hey, they're not so different from us," as of saying, "Of course, they're not just ordinary pigs." Otherwise, we might be driven to the conclu...

  • Letter: Fright at the opera
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    Oh, and should I ever go to an Arsenal home game, I must remember to wear black tie. After all, there are standards. GRAHAM LEACH Ilford, Essex

  • Letter: Fear of recession
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    GORDON PACKMAN Glasgow

  • If we could just progress this headline please to impact the reader eyeball to eyeball
    Monday, 19 January 1998

    I did not know that "progress" could be used as a transitive verb, that you could actually "progress" something. And of course you can't. At least you couldn't. But it only takes someone brave enough (or ignorant enough) to ignore the impossibility a...

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