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Thursday, 22 January 1998

  • Letter: Spell check
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    My department now requires students to word-process their essays. Even discounting the effect of spelling and grammar checkers, it's clear that most students now take great pride in the quality of their product. They aim for a piece of writing which ...

  • Letter: DIY funeral
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    Canon RICHARD INCLEDON Send, Surrey

  • His true story, being an inimitable account of life as a red-blooded MP
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    MONDAY JAN 19 1998 This wretched case drags on. I cannot believe how cumbersome and expensive the British legal system is. If it had any competition, it would be driven out of business in months. As a way of settling disputes it is about as advanced ...

  • Letter: Rubella success
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    However, it should be emphasised that the rubella vaccine has been highly successful in reducing the incidence of rubella in pregnant women, and its devastating effects on unborn children. Between 1971 and 1975, at least 360 children were born with s...

  • Comment: When the personal becomes all too political, I tune out
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    Yet even as I write it, I can hardly believe it. Can it really be the case that a contested incident of inappropriate member display will eventually bring down the elected head of the world's foremost democracy? My first reaction, like that of many p...

  • Comment: It's a great job Gordon, so get on and make the most of it
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    But to get back on to anything like the trajectory which Lloyd George maintained - despite the setbacks - through most of Asquith's premiership before succeeding him, Gordon Brown now needs to do quite a lot of work. The prevailing view, even among s...

  • Letter: Price of Green Belt
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    The price of a house is determined by what someone will pay for it. Many of the costs in its production, such as bricks and wages, are relatively fixed. What the land is worth depends on the price the finished house will fetch, not the other way arou...

  • Letter: Robinson is innocent
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    The committee did however take the view that to be on the safe side members generally (including Mr Robinson) would be wise to take Sir Gordon's advice when possible interests in trusts arise. I believe the committee's guidance, if followed, should a...

  • Letter: Junior minster
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    The parish church of Dewsbury - All Saints - became Dewsbury Minster in 1993. Tradition is strong that Paulinus brought Christianity to Dewsbury AD627, and in Anglo-Saxon times it is believed to have been a "minster". Canon JOHN HAWLEY Team Rector Th...

  • Leading Article: For the sake of justice, Irvine should think again
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    Momentous reforms to legal aid have been proposed by Lord Irvine, the Lord Chancellor, to come into effect later this year. So far, they have been subjected to dangerously little debate outside the self-interested ranks of lawyers. But two aspects of...

  • Letter: Clark show goes on
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    Max Hastings, editor of the London Evening Standard, could have stopped the case in its tracks by changing the style of the Standard's column, as he has now been ordered to do. That he chose not to is a tribute to his generosity: not just to the lega...

  • Letter: Abortion dilemma
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    If the foetus is a human individual, arguments about convenience, women's rights and so on are irrelevant: the foetus is protected by basic rights. Dr McCormack (Letters, 21 January) writes: "It is not the doctor's role to impose personal moral incli...

  • Letter: Abortion
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    It seems that some are not happy until 10 out of 10 women requesting an abortion receive one. Are we as doctors to resign ourselves to the role of technicians? Dr LUKE HOWARD Cambridge

  • Letter: Price of Green Belt
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    Also, unreliable public transport, together with increasing social and financial costs of car use, may lead to greater demand for urban living, as evidenced by the conversion of redundant commercial buildings in many city centres. There should certai...

  • Letter: Spell check
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    MIKE PETERS Leeds

  • Letter: False note
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    S C ENTWISTLE Southsea, Hampshire

  • Letter: DIY funeral
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    Professor NICHOLAS KURTI Oxford

  • Comment: It's not the sex. It's the lies, and the tapes
    Friday, 23 January 1998

    If this is what the most powerful man in the world actually did, and we will never know for sure, then it's not perhaps a glorious example to set for us lesser beings. Whatever Clinton is alleged to have done, he still looks like a sensitive kinda gu...

  • Letter: Nations of Ireland
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    Reality will break through only when we talk of "British" and "Irish". At bottom, this is a nationality problem, requiring a Swiss-type solution. DEREK BROWN Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

  • Letter: Fines for cyclists
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    A simple answer would be for every cyclist to hold a licence, and a reflective plate showing the number displayed on the rear of the machine; the rider would be licensed, not the machine, so the plate could be transferred from machine to machine thro...

  • An open letter from Polly Toynbee to Fay Weldon...
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    To recap: you suffered a Damascene conversion six months ago when a man came to see you about a book he was writing on "the difficulties men were having in getting their voices heard in a media which, at all levels except the very top, is totally fem...

  • For Delia it was guavas. For Mr Skillet it would be the walnut woman
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    We will pass over the two long years in which Toby Skillet sought Delia Smith's private address and finally bought it from an embittered ex-research assistant on the Delia Smith programme. Suffice it to say that after many days' hard travelling from ...

  • Letter: Fines for cyclists
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    GEOFF THOMASON Stockport, Greater Manchester

  • Call me an adultescent, if you wish, but I'm stuck on popular culture
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    What should we adultescents do? Take up playing bowls? Start reading Paul Johnson articles? Throw in the towel and devote oneself to the perusal of Catullus in a humidor-scented library? The dignity of age, the consolations of philosophy, are fine th...

  • Leading article: Laugh where we must. And we must at this judgment
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    His conclusion in the Alan Clark spoof diaries case not only betrayed a lack of a sense of humour and insulted you - the readers of this and every other newspaper - by implying you are stupid. Seemingly unaware, he also set the legal cat among the pi...

  • Letter: Nations of Ireland
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    PAUL WALTER Newbury, Berkshire

  • Letter: Implant and legal aid
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    The purpose of a limited legal aid certificate is to fund the gathering of evidence, not to pander to it. Specialist solicitors are well capable of conducting a forensic examination of an individual's medico-legal complaint and I will do so in this c...

  • Letter: Useful waste
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    It generates income. In 1996, pounds 10m was paid to aluminium can collectors and if every can used in the UK this year were recycled, nearly pounds 40m would be available for charities, community groups and individuals. It saves energy. Europe's fir...

  • Letter: Abuse of benefits
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    All benefit schemes start off with sensible and fair aims, but they get hijacked by pressure groups, their scope is widened by judicial rulings, and finally they are "discovered" by the middle and upper income groups, leading to an inexorable growth ...

  • Letter: Over the logic limit
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    DAVID BROOMFIELD West Malling, Kent

  • Letter: Deadly fridges
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    MARIA GEE Wokingham, Berkshire

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