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Thursday, 19 February 1998

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    There is no good reason why other people should procreate at my expense. If tax breaks are to be given in this area at all, they should be given to single people without dependent children, who can work longer, move around more easily and use disprop...

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    JEAN MOLLOY London SE13

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    Parents also deserve the right to decent maternity and paternity leave, the right to work shorter hours so that tiny children are not away from home for 10 or more hours a day, and the right to take time off work when a young child is sick. IMOGEN CO...

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    It is about time that this country and government woke up to the fact that the family is the cornerstone of a civilised society, and stopped punishing women, in particular, and families, in general. JULIA WILLIAMS Epsom, Surrey

  • Letter: Iraq's arms suppliers
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    How can this arrogance be allowed? If the US has discarded even the semblance of an international justification to its policy of commercial and military preponderance in the region, regardless of the fact that none of the countries directly involved ...

  • Letter: Iraq's arms suppliers
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    The junior foreign minister Tony Lloyd said in a written answer on 9 February that "British manufactured equipment has been found at a number of sites inspected by Unscom and the IAEA. Any evidence of wrongdoing is investigated and, if appropriate, w...

  • Letter: Iraq's arms suppliers
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    The actual casus belli is the desire of the United States to keep Iraq's oil off the world market, as American oil is profitably exploitable only at a selling price of $16 per barrel or more; this amounts to a policy rather close to cannibalism. GUIL...

  • The digital revolution: Put away that Filofax. Pick up that palmtop. Get with it
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    Am I surprised that they're finding life hard? Hell no. If your line of work is essentially producing a glorified paper-based address book and diary, of course life is going to get tough when electronic rivals spring up. And they're all over the plac...

  • Letter: Depoliticised youth
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    ROBBIE JONES Dublin

  • Letter: Hot-headed
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    J L HARLEY Chelmsford, Essex

  • Letter: The point of prayer
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    I fail to see how learning prayer by rote has any worth. Surely the point of prayer is to reflect and consider what we are doing and to then seek better ways of behaving. Reciting a prayer without thinking of the words is no better than chanting a fo...

  • A fatal lack of judgement: John Redwood joins the tribe of pygmy Tories
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    Forget the cliche about Redwood being a Vulcan. I suspect he has emotions as strong as any politician and quite a lot stronger than many. No, part of what is missing is that elusive quality called judgement. His infantile protest this week against th...

  • Go tell it on the mountain, but leave this Jewish boy alone
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    Jack's boy, of course, supplied a Mirror reporter with marijuana (a case of coals to Newcastle if ever there was one). Alas, Nick - a third year student at Oxford University - deals in very different opiates. He is an evangelical Christian who, in re...

  • Leading Article: Stop sitting on the fence, Tony, and stand up for townies
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    It makes no sense to pit town and country against one another in some Manichean opposition. Yet the illusion of two nations suits the propagandists. When the Countryside March sets out in London in a fortnight it will be a clever attempt by a specifi...

  • An open letter to Fay Weldon (not suitable for transmission by fax)
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    Ever since you moved back from Somerset to London I haven't seen you at all, so I have attempted to keep up with you by reading your writings, and I duly read a piece you wrote in The Sunday Telegraph earlier this month, all about how women should be...

  • Letter: Junk by fax
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    But it costs me nothing to discard junk mail. Junk faxing costs me dearly. I have a widely listed fax line. As a result I start every day having to clear numerous unwanted mailing shots from my fax machine, every one of which has cost me about 10p a ...

  • Letter: Depoliticised youth
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    Young people take a pragmatic view when they look back at the great ideological struggles of the 1960s and the 1970s. "Where has it led them?", they pertinently ask. All too often, yesterday's dissidents eventually joined the very establishment they ...

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Friday, 20 February 1998

    You point to the experience of the United States, where overall levels of giving are about 2 per cent of GDP, compared to less than 1 per cent here in the UK. It is not because more people in the US give; participation in giving is about the same in ...

  • Letter: Gulf crisis
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    Nor is it hard to understand why they feel this way when you consider the numbers of civilians killed by air bombardment in the last war, or the 1.2 million whom the UN estimates have died as a result of sanctions since the last war. Military action ...

  • Letter: Gulf crisis
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    Our very own experts on such weapons, the chaps at Porton Down who know how to produce them and what they can do, have advised the Government on the appalling damage Saddam's weapons can cause. I wonder whether they have also advised the Government o...

  • Letter: Gulf crisis
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    The aim of the meeting should be to address fear: Iraq's fear of Iran, Iran's fear of Iraq, Israel's fear of her Arab neighbours, America's fear of Islamic fundamentalism, the Kurds' fear of annihilation, and all the other massive fears which pervade...

  • Letter: Gulf crisis
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    First, air strikes against Iraq are unlikely to achieve their objective, whether this be the elimination of chemical weapons production capacity, or the removal of Saddam Hussein from power. Second, military action will be illegal without explicit au...

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    First, the object must be to help those single parents who choose to work, not to penalise those who make the equally legitimate choice to stay at home. It is not the purpose of the state to tell people how to live but to enable them to make their ow...

  • Letter: Mission of hope
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    GRAHAM DON London E3

  • Letter: Embarrassing humour
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    What they will not have to concern themselves with, as they run through the Fawlty Towers ideas, are references to breaking wind, willies and all the other material which now passes for humour because it makes audiences laugh, albeit more with embarr...

  • Leading Article: Let's raise a glass to Kohl, a man who played the game
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    The war, let's not forget, finished 53 years ago; Britain has been a fellow member with Germany of the European Union (Community as was) for the past 23. There are - as long as the liberal world order lasts - profound convergences of interest between...

  • Established Values: How the Church nearly lost its way over the death of Enoch Powell
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    Powell, who was inter alia an amateur versifier in the mode of his hero A E Housman, would have enjoyed that. Indeed he would no doubt have allowed himself a wry little smile over the whole fuss that welled up over the propriety of whether so notorio...

  • New York, New York, it's still a helluva town - just don't `over- share'
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    Allen has been playing with Eddie Davis's jazz band for years now, and his public appearances are regular enough to appear on tourist itineraries. He used to "sit in" with them at Michael's pub, where a crowd would come to gawp at the specky auteur e...

  • Letter: Empty rhetoric
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    I heard an interesting variant of it from Professor Norman Stone. As a boy, Stone was taken to visit an aunt in Morningside, where he was given (in his words) "a slice of ham that you could see the plate through". After he had wolfed this down, the h...

  • From the miracle of the Princess of Wales there flows a true wonder
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    "Have you gone mad?" said the woman with orange hair. "Camilla stamps?" "Do you mean the Diana stamps?" I said. "No," said the man. "I mean the Camilla stamps." "There are no Camilla stamps," said the orange lady. "Unless the Togo Republic has issued...

  • Letter: Religious freedom
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    Does he want a fundamental change in religious freedoms in this country? Restraining adherents of any particular religion from debating or discussing their beliefs with members of another religion sounds like a particularly pernicious piece of censor...

  • Taking Sides: War-like alliance promises to wreck Britain's Euro credit
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    The daily press releases from the Foreign Office proclaim our presidency of the European Union, and unblushing ministers wear ties with its garish starfish logo. As far as Iraq policy goes, however, the matter was dispatched on the sidelines of a for...

  • Letter: Addicted to nicotine
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    People who smoke want nicotine, but they get cigarettes. The great majority of smoking-related disease is caused by tar, not nicotine. The cigarette is an extraordinarily dirty delivery system for the drug nicotine. Tobacco companies have a duty to t...

  • Letter: Angelic challenge
    Thursday, 19 February 1998

    ROBERT CROWTHER Witney, Oxfordshire

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