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  • Letter: Hopes for Ulster
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    Things are bound to get worse before they can get better. That they are getting worse, in day-to-day incidents, may even be a sign that they are getting better, for the simple reason that those fanatics who want no compromise will do all they can to ...

  • Letter: Under the dome
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    CHRISTIAN WOLMAR London N19

  • Letter: Tories and Europe
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    Although Maastricht requires economic convergence by intending EMUists, only Britain seems likely to meet the tests without cooking the books. For EMU to be a success requires sustained convergence. The improbability of this, taken with the way we pr...

  • Letter: Under the dome
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    MALCOLM ACE Colden Common, Hampshire

  • Letter: Under the Dome
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    In contrast, advocates for the Dome imply that the displays will be primarily intellectual or even spiritual (mind-boggling) in content. Andrew Marr ("True confessions of a social outcast", 7 January) suggests several topics, among them: "Is the car ...

  • Letter: Tories and Europe
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    Some of those who prevented the last government from adopting a principled policy of opposition to EMU now say that they "will support Tony Blair" on this crucial issue (letter, 5 January). In answer to a question in the Commons on 15 December, the P...

  • Leading article: Yes, Ms Mowlam, enter the Maze - and try to find a way out of the impasse
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    What he could not say was: "A Cabinet minister, going to plead with jailed terrorists to maintain their support for the ceasefire?" Of course, she says she will not be pleading, but the truth is that the Secretary of State is treating people convicte...

  • Letter: Anglo-Saxon upset
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    The term "Anglo-Saxon" as an economic category is deeply irritating, inaccurate and highly un-PC. Given that the US is the main country thus denoted, I'm surprised that our American cousins, sensitive and literal- minded as they are in these matters,...

  • Letter: Classic gas-guzzlers
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    MARK ORMISTON Isleworth, Middlesex

  • Letter: Hopes for Ulster
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    A great deal of confidence can be built relatively straightforwardly. Why doesn't the Secretary of State declare her intention to allow a limited amnesty for all paramilitary organisations that stick to their current ceasefire, effective from, say, t...

  • Out in the cold - boys at school, men at home
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    The validity and importance of such comments, in explaining boys' underperformance, is questionable. Research evidence is incomplete and often anecdotal. So, given the emotionally charged nature of the subject, there is a danger of over-hasty, wrong-...

  • Mo Mowlam's disarming ways may be just what is needed today
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    Clearly many observers were shocked and dismayed by her decision. When it comes to Ireland, it is almost as if we are so familiar with inertia and failure that anything new is a threat in itself. While the old methods used to bring about peace have n...

  • Welfare reform - we haven't seen anything yet
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    The injustice of this - which DSS officials are currently working on ending in a shake-up of the pounds 500m maternity pay budget - is worth mentioning because it's a reminder of the many aspects of welfare reform that having nothing at all to do wit...

  • It's a mystery - the strange death of the Irish peace process in three gripping chapters
    Friday, 9 January 1998

    OK? Get the idea? Right, here we go then with the story of: "The Strange Death of The Northern Ireland Peace Process". CHAPTER ONE "I'm afraid it's dead, sir. There's nothing we can do." The speaker was someone very high up in the Royal Ulster Consta...

  • 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...

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