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Friday, 20 February 1998

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    I believe that affordable quality childcare is crucial in providing equal opportunities in the workplace and the House of Commons is no exception. Over 1500 staff work in and around the House of Commons and I hope that we can set an example to other ...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    "I sat behind Brigitte Bardot once in a restaurant, but the lady friend I was with wouldn't let me turn round to look at her."- the Marquis of Bath. "Sweat is holy water, pearls of liquid that release your past, an ancient form of self-healing. The m...

  • Letter: Gulf crisis
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    This is a suitable time for the United Nations to consider the problem of war against civilian populations. We have reached the point where the defenceless now suffer the most, while the military is largely cocooned from the worst effects of its acti...

  • In defence of Freemasonry: Yes, they pull a few (apron) strings, but is that a crime?
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    Yet he was right. Political freedom means that between state and individuals there have to exist layered institutions allowing us room to manoeuvre without interference from above. Our brand of free-market capitalism only works because economic activ...

  • Letter: Established by God
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    I do what I do because I am a priest of a Christian church. My local church does what it does because it is part of the worldwide church, not because of any notional link with the state. And we do what we do in collaboration, not competition, with th...

  • Derry Irvine's new curtains: Draw a lace veil over the Lord Chancellor
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    It's too much. Being accused of profligacy is a serious matter for a Scotsman, almost as bad as being called generous. As for looting his homeland's art treasures ... just because he is borrowing a skip or two of pictures to deaden the impact of all ...

  • Scribblers against the Gulf War: Media workers unite, you have nothing to lose but your anthrax
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    Pointing out that the last Gulf war "was not a war at all, but a slaughter", the Media Workers make an impassioned plea that we should not lend credence to "a ruthless second adventure that will solve nothing in the Gulf and end in another bloodbath"...

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    For families with several small children, such as mine, no institutionalised childcare arrangement can be suitable. Having someone live-in has proved a workable solution for us, although I have to spend half of my income on childcare. My husband's in...

  • Letter: Jobs for the bands
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    The musicians who are most productive are engaged in some sort of employment. They can relate to everyday life and also afford to tour. They are able to spend more money on decent rehearsal facilities and a recording studio, and on professional advic...

  • Letter: Paying for the arts
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    He is incorrect to suggest that most arts organisations rely overwhelmingly on a single funder. This is not the case for many organisations who already put together a patchwork of income from many sources, including the Arts Council or regional arts ...

  • Letter: End of a love story
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    The Duke and Duchess were a couple who lived and loved and faced their destiny, and I came to know them in France after they had lived many years in exile. In February 1972 the American Hospital of Paris where I was nursing at the time, asked me to t...

  • Leading Article: Let's be allowed to tune in to what really turns us on
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    This is only the latest instance in a long tradition of cultural protectionism, much of which is primarily a reaction against American dominance. Cultural protectionism is particularly strong in Canada, a country with a national psyche largely define...

  • Letter: Posse of preachers
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    HOWARD INGRAM Belfast

  • Letter: Landmine campaign
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    I am no longer with the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF). In June of last year, VVAF began to publicly state its intention to greatly diminish its involvement or withdraw entirely from the international side of the campaign after the tre...

  • Letter: Gulf crisis
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    Dr MALCOLM MORRISON Edinburgh

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    There are many people working in Parliament, who aren't MPs, who are likely to need workplace childcare (report, 19 February), and subsidised childcare at that. There are surveys sent out once in a while to try and determine the demand for a nursery ...

  • Letter: Childcare tax breaks
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    Labour's efforts to improve childcare provision as part of its New Deal programme are commendable. But the majority of mothers with children are not claiming benefit. Many millions of us have paid into the tax and benefits system for years, only to f...

  • Letter: Gulf crisis
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    The British have been taught more hard lessons than most in the history of conflict and conflict resolution across the world, not least of all in Iraq itself. Let us draw on this experience and really learn the lessons of our history, not just conven...

  • 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 ...

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