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Wednesday, 7 January 1998

  • Letter: Cars of the future
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    G GREEN London N10

  • Letter: Tobacco bans
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    The last time California passed such a law was in 1994, when smoking in restaurants and workplaces was prohibited. At the time, pro-tobacco forces predicted Domesday for the state, and the restaurant business in particular. The fact is that now the s...

  • Letter: Cars of the future
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    Tony Blair once said: "We must not demonise the car." So I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that his government is burying its head in the sand over the balance between public and private transport. Regularly we see the PM and senior ministers glidi...

  • Letter: Cannabis trials
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    On Saturday on BBC radio the Home Secretary said there was nothing to stop those who believe cannabis has therapeutic value from applying for a Home Office licence to test the drug. There are currently three licences allowing medical research with ca...

  • Letter: Cars of the future
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    In the short to medium term, hybrid vehicles will provide a partial answer to the problems of congestion and pollution. In the longer term hydrogen power must be the answer. At present, safe transportation of this fuel is a problem but there are hope...

  • Letter: Tobacco bans
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    The most dispiriting aspect of being in any pub or club is having to watch so many pretty girls subjecting themselves to this most protracted method of self-mutilation. It isn't clever, it isn't sophisticated and it most certainly isn't sexy. It's ti...

  • Leading Article: A truth universally acknowledged? Well, not quite, dear reader
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    Just to put you out of your misery, the second quotation is from The Bonny Dawn, one of the more recent of Catherine Cookson's bestselling romances; the first, as everyone knows, is the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Or does...

  • Letter: Garden for Diana
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    There can still be a role for those working behind the scenes. They and their experts can help set the competition parameters, they can help assess the entries and they can contribute to the garden's detailed design development, and finally they can ...

  • A good time not to say `I told you so ...'
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    Schengen was basically a trade-off, in furtherance of the European ideal of free movement of people across national frontiers within its collective territory. The old border controls would go, and in return each country would operate external control...

  • The Princess Diana Memorial Balloon, and other good uses for a lot of hot air
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    Chris Evans Takeover Group Basically, this is just an attempt to get there before Richard Branson does, but Chris Evans aims to make it a really fun, really wacky, really off-the-wall attempt to fly round the world, with lots of guests, lots of gags,...

  • Letter: After devolution
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    How will English legislation be handled by English MPs to give it the same treatment as Scottish devolved legislation? Will the House of Lords be by-passed, as for Scottish devolved legislation? What machinery will be set up to ensure an acceptable a...

  • Letter: Tobacco bans
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    DON HOWE Liverpool

  • Situation critical: forget the CIA, send for the bankers
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    Proponents of this scenario saw a gathering storm between the United States and the European Union, the world's two most advanced, internationally active and least complementary trade blocs, about the rules and regulations that would govern world tra...

  • Letter: Cannabis trials
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    A day passed before I could face smoking anything, but when I did my depression eased at once, and in two days I was up. I shall always admire those boys for their daring altruism, and I am sure they are not nowadays marching their sons to the police...

  • The credit card people have just sent you a pair of scissors ...
    Thursday, 8 January 1998

    Do what they do in America. Go bankrupt. It's a popular activity Stateside. The Visa people have just reported that 1.34 million Yanks declared themselves bankrupt last year. That's one person in 200, compared with the British figures of one in two t...

  • Sonny, you should have been Jewish, you'd have had more sense
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    While Kennedy died playing American football on skis near Aspen, Colorado, Bono met his maker alone, not far from a chairlift at the Heavenly Ski Resort, 55 miles south-west of Reno. Now, of course, he parts the powder in the real celestial thing. Bu...

  • Letter: Classic car dilemma
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: The Government is to implement the European Commission proposal to ban the sale of leaded four-star petrol from 2000. This will adversely affect all of as who have older or classic cars. Most cars made before the 1990s will be unable to run on u...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Lord Howe and his colleagues (letter, 5 January) assert that if Britain is not to be marginalised in Europe, this will depend "more than anything else" on safeguarding our right to enter a single currency "at any time". This is tantamount to joi...

  • True confessions of a social outcast
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Yes, all things considered, I am rather in favour of the Millennium Dome. There. Feeling better already. Better out than in. I should add that I am not paid by the Government to say this, that Peter Mandelson has nothing on me, that I am seeking no o...

  • Letter: Role for the old
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Ken Jackson ("Welfare Reform? We really don't have any choice", 2 January) is right. Our long-standing link with the Muslim community of Gunjur in The Gambia provides us with a cruel mirror in which to reflect on our own society. In their societ...

  • Letter: Nordic humour
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Miles Kington (30 December) tells us that every New Year's Eve in Germany they show the same film on television, Dinner for One, James. We do the same in Norway and in Sweden. To us Norwegians, it is not really Christmas until we have watched Di...

  • Camilla, Mo and Tiggy, yes - Dipsy, Winky and Laa Laa, no. Women in the news in '97
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    The top boys' name being Dodi, you will be hardly surprised to learn that the outright winner in the girls' section was Diana. This was always popular in previous years but had its appeal diluted because the name came in various forms - sometimes as ...

  • Letter: Ottoman `freedom'
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Sinan Akinal (letter, 30 December) asks us to remember the "degree of tolerance and religious freedom that existed within the Ottoman Empire", adding that "things ... started to go wrong in the Balkans towards the end of the 19th century". He mi...

  • Letter: The 1000 bug
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: Is anything known about how the previous millennium was celebrated? Did King Aethelred II (968-1016) run into difficulties with his preparations, hence his nickname "the Unready"? JOHN CANNELL Bedford

  • Letter: Bad debts
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Sir: It is not Diane Coyle who has forgotten that, during the Eighties, more than a half of the Third World's debts owed to the commercial banks were written off as losses; it is Nigel Wilkins (letter, 2 January) who has forgotten that these write-of...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    It is inconceivable that a letter of this sort could have been written by politicians of equivalent standing on the other side of the Channel. Everywhere, at all times, and especially on anniversaries such as this, continental politicians lay great s...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    EPP member parties have never been particularly happy with their alliance with the Conservative Party, partly because of Tory Euro-scepticism but mostly because of a perceived lack of Tory commitment to social solidarity, Third World development and ...

  • Letter: Britain in Europe
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    It was a vote against a patrician Conservative regime grown insufferably arrogant, and contemptuous of the electorate, a regime well represented among the signatories of the letter; the people who gave us ERM. M J KNIGHT Slough, Berkshire

  • Leading Article: Dialogue is the only hope in Algeria's darkest hour
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    The answer would be easier were Algeria in terminal collapse, and requiring international intervention to prevent mass starvation. That has not happened yet, and on balance is unlikely to happen. The country's rulers may be failing in the primary dut...

  • The dawning of the age of the Anglo-Saxon
    Wednesday, 7 January 1998

    Along with this superior economic performance has come a dominance of Anglo-Saxon economic ideology. A couple of years ago British think-tanks were praising "Asian values" and some British commentators were even lamenting the fact that our financial ...

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