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  • The drums of war: What madness is this? Bombs are not the way to peace
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    No sooner had I filed a series of reports to London on this new and terrible war crime of Saddam Hussein than a British diplomat, lunching with one of my editors in London, remarked that "Bob doesn't seem to understand the situation." True, he said, ...

  • The myth of air power: What madness is this? Bombs are not the way to p eace
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    A similar political and military failure may await the impending bombardment of Iraq. As with the Gulf War, hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqi civilians will certainly die. But this will not "punish", or even damage, Saddam Hussein. There is no rea...

  • Leading article: The hard lesson for Labour's new MPs: Speak your min ds
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    Led by the former vice-chancellor of the Open University, Lord Perry of Walton, a group of peers is to look dispassionately at the drug and the contexts in which it is used. Far be it from us to anticipate the outcome. Suffice it to say that a lot of...

  • Letter: Whose heroes?
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    ROBERT SHELDON MP (Ashton under Lyne, Lab) House of Commons

  • Letter: Wedding bills
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    When I married in 1937, I was in a job in which women were automatically dismissed on marriage. We therefore got married in a registrar's office during our lunch hours and went back to work in the afternoon, with no celebration of any kind, so that m...

  • Letter: Sex education
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    First, we need earlier sex education and freely available contraception, as in Holland, where under-16 conception rates are nine times lower than in the UK, and age at first intercourse higher. Second, it is time for sex education to be included in t...

  • Letter: Tunnel rail link
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    However, Waterloo is a much less accessible station for the majority of people in Britain than St Pancras. A rail passenger from anywhere north of London would be likely to save at least one hour's journey time by using St Pancras rather than Waterlo...

  • Letter: Vain plea
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    DAVID STONE Weymouth, Dorset

  • How to survive those awkward moments with a perfectly delicious wife
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    The reason is simple. There is a pile of magazines on our bathroom floor, and the one on top is a copy of Sainsbury's Magazine for June 1995, which catches my eye every time I manoeuvre myself into the bath and begin the long process of getting out a...

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    In Ireland, 100 writers a year are given a bursary of a living wage while they work on a project approved by a panel of writers. Actors, musicians, writers and visual artists all benefit from tax-free income. This imaginative approach to funding has ...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    TREVOR COX Croydon, Surrey

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    CHARLES HUGHES Felixstowe, Suffolk

  • Letter: Whose heroes?
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    When Western analysts pick non-Western heroes, they go for conciliatory figures, while Western heroes come from the warrior and confrontational class like Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. If non-Western analysts were to pick We...

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    ROGER GARRETT (Music Teacher) Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    Hence the new emphasis by President Clinton and Tony Blair that the real purpose of military action is to protect Iraq's neighbours from a future attack from Saddam Hussein. If so, it does seem a little odd that all but one of these neighbours, Kuwai...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    It is clearly not the principle that all states must comply with all UN Security Council resolutions binding upon them, since the US clearly does not believe that Israel must comply with all (or, indeed, any) UN resolutions binding upon it, among the...

  • Letter: Strike on Iraq
    Thursday, 12 February 1998

    As a result, a few years hence, Iraq may be in a position to unveil a strategic biological warfare capability sufficient to embolden Saddam to renew his geo-political ambitions in the Middle East. How would the UN Security Council then respond to Ira...

  • The future of marriage: Valentine's Day proves that romance is alive and well
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    If you do, you will be carrying on a tradition that is more than 2,000 years old. The day carries the name of St Valentine (a Roman priest clubbed to death circa 270) or possibly the other St Valentine (Bishop of Terni, martyred a few years later). B...

  • Letter: Abolish the church
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    ROBERT SMITH Merstham, Surrey

  • Laeding Article: The choice is yours, Mr Blair: Britain, or your friend Rupert Murdoch?
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    The issue to hand is his government's response to defeat in the House of Lords on control over predatory pricing in our segment of the newspaper market. Of course The Independent has an interest but - as political and media commentary across the boar...

  • Letter: Flying finance
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    Airbus Industrie does not receive subsidies - if Mr McRae means free, financial hand-outs. Rather, its industrial partners have received refundable launch-aid for some of the costs of research and development of specific aircraft programmes, with pri...

  • Letter: Tax benefits
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    You praise the psychological advantage of shifting to a culture where people feel that they stand on their own feet rather than relying on state handouts. This has always been the traditional Treasury distinction between tax reliefs / allowances and ...

  • Letter: Changing countryside
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    I love the landscape and the villages in my part of England. I like to walk in the woods and experience the passing of the seasons. I do not complain about the noise of tractors nor the smell of slurry. At the same time, I enjoy rock concerts and the...

  • Letter: Local democracy
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    The fact is that, in 1989, when responsibility for setting the business rate was still with local government, businesses in inner London contributed three times more to local authority coffers than did domestic ratepayers - voters. This model of loca...

  • I can't stand Sylvia Plath's poetry, but you should hear her comic material
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    A lot of us in private life probably risked a lot of flak by asking unsayable questions about Princess Diana. (Questions like: "Who cares?" and "Why has everyone gone mad?") But I think it is very healthy to say the unsayable, to question comfortable...

  • Power to the people: Elected mayors could give Personality to local government
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    Labour councillors ought to be fuming. Since last May, ministers from their own party have cut their grants, moved to take away what is left of their control of schools and social services, excluded them from the new regional set-up, screwed their sp...

  • Trouble at the Brits: A Deputy Prime Minister should watch the company he keeps
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    The poor old Deputy Prime Minister fell victim at what is fast becoming an annual event at the Brit Awards - the Jarvis Cocker Moment. Named after the lead singer of Pulp, it is the moment when pop stars suddenly remember that their job isn't all abo...

  • Letter: Moral policy on Iraq
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    We share the concern of the British and American administrations that every effort be made to stop - or at least limit - the damage being done by Saddam Hussein's regime to his own people and to the stability of the entire region. However, any action...

  • Letter: Pre-millennium Bug
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    PETER HARRIS Rugby, Warwickshire

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Wednesday, 11 February 1998

    We must not adopt the American model holus-bolus. America's most renowned living playwright has been urging us for years to keep our system of government subsidy. Arthur Miller has good reason. His fascinating later plays could not find a stage at ho...

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