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Friday, 23 January 1998

  • Letter: Ulster's identity
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: The question of the "loyalists" of Northern Ireland is not whether they are British or Irish (letter, 22 January), but to what extent they are a nation unto themselves. The people of Ulster have a national identity that is separate from, but att...

  • Letter: Leylandii
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    JOHN ANDERSON Truro, Cornwall

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    "Poets don't build swimming pools. I'm going to spend it on the electricity bill and food." - Don Paterson, on winning the pounds 5,000 T S Eliot prize "I am a well-known elitist. I don't even own a pair of trainers. If I did, I am sure they would be...

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Most of the key players in New Labour have had the treatment. There's been Blair (by John Rentoul of The Independent and by Jon Sopel of the BBC), John Prescott (by Colin Brown of The Independent) and Gordon Brown - no relation - by Routledge again. ...

  • Letter: Woodlands for all
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: Publication by the Forestry Commission of a new standard for managing Britain's woodland (report, 22 January) is an important step forward for environmentally friendly forestry. But it is regrettable that the standard does not insist upon public...

  • Letter: Cycle warning
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: On-the-pavement fines for cyclists? Licences and number plates (Letters, 22 January)? No, these are bureaucratic and unnecessary solutions. All a cyclist needs is to be preceded by a recognisable motor vehicle bearing a prominent red flag. KENNE...

  • Letter: In praise of Leylandii
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: The hobby landscapers and weekend ecologists who denigrate Leylandii (report, 21 January) have no concept of the scale of damage which is being inflicted on the countryside by exposure, wind-blow and soil erosion. The only trees which can hold t...

  • Letter: Leylandii
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    The notional value of such a tree would be a matter for discussion but the cost would be much less than the pounds 100,000 of fruitless litigation undertaken by Michael Jones and, of course, there would be no shadow to mar the proceedings ... T J CRA...

  • Berating politicians will not bring public money back to the arts
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    A debate over arts funding in Britain could be a good thing. If it brings the public rushing to the artists' defence it will be marvellous. If it were, better still, to bring the public rushing to put their hands in their pockets and their bums on th...

  • Leading article: A presidency unzipped: history will not judge him kindly
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    That is probably all that history - popular history anyway - will have room for: a couple of lines in a school textbook, and a photo of Bill and Hillary. (She, incidentally, is now more likely to be captioned as a stoic wife than the woman who tried ...

  • Letter: Defence review
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: It is regrettable that the headline you used in the article about the Strategic Defence Review ("Forces in revolt over cost-cutting review", 22 January) gave such a misleading impression of the story below. The fact is that the criticisms detail...

  • Letter: Ulster's identity
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    The first relates to the perception that "loyalism" relates to loyalty to the Crown and government of the UK. This is loyalty in accordance with the old Scottish Presbyterian concept of covenanting. Here loyalty is not an absolute that is simply give...

  • Letter :Travel insurance
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: Could it be that Tony Blair, in authorising the cost of ministers taking their partners on official visits abroad, is hoping that they will avoid the kind of accusations Bill Clinton is facing? It could be money well spent. STEPHEN LEEKE Warboys...

  • Castro and the Pope agree on one thing - down with America!
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    No, not Mick Jagger and Tina Turner on Mustique. Two great hero/villains of the second half of this century, celebrated their likely survival into the early years of the next, by meeting up, kissing each other and hanging out. The Pope and Fidel (hav...

  • Letter: Art in the regions
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: Andrew Lambirth's article "The glories of the garden" (ISM, 17 January) lucidly provided the historical context for the Royal Academy's exhibition "The Art Treasures of England", which has been selected from public art collections in the regions...

  • Letter: Glorious Galliano
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: Galliano the glorious! Galliano the genius! A most emphatic "yes". At last someone has had the courage to create a "variation on a theme" with the quality of fashions of a past age (Fashion, 21 January). Galliano's inspiration, Paul Poiret, drew...

  • Letter: Rickman says sorry
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: I should know better than to be led into a discussion of contentious issues where there is the possibility of its being reported ("Alan Rickman says RSC is wasting young actors' talent", 21 January). I have nothing but admiration and support for...

  • Letter: Perfect purity
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    Sir: In Emily Passmore's interesting article on the Corbieres region of France (Travel, 17 January), the spiritual leaders of the Cathar (or Albigensian) community are referred to as "prefects". This is presumably a misprint for "perfects" as they we...

  • If it's got a plug on the end of it, Bill Gates wants a piece of it
    Saturday, 24 January 1998

    After all, nobody outside the computer industry cares very much if Netscape - a bunch of programmers who wear their baseball caps backwards, do their work and order pizzas at 3am, and live in Silicon Valley - gets rolled over by Bill Gates's behemoth...

  • 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...

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