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Saturday, 21 February 1998

  • Come again, Lord Archer
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    REMEMBER Glenda Jackson in A Touch of Class? You always felt that she was perfectly equal to the task of giving her married lover George Segal a right earful for his selfish macho behaviour. Well, Creevey can report that her language is as robust as ...

  • How green is my party
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    What I didn't appreciate at the time was that I, and millions of people like me then and since, owed the preservation of this extraordinary, wonderful landscape to both the ceaseless vigilance and care of country people and to the planning policies e...

  • The England we lost, thank God
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    But after two hours the response could only be, thank God for that. Brideshead Revisited has not worn well. The pace is crucifyingly slow; the stellar cast of British sleepwalkers are like narcoleptics in a fatigue contest. Anthony Andrews in particu...

  • A bloodthirsty lot, the women in the House
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    To be fair to the papers, they did carry a parliamentary report of Tuesday's debate on Iraq: a form of political reporting that has fallen into desuetude, to be dragged out of the cupboard only on what are judged to be the most special parliamentary ...

  • Mr Good Guy's burden
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    What is more, we have been round this course before. Seven years ago Javier Perez de Cuellar went to Iraq in a last-ditch attempt to persuade Saddam to leave Kuwait before he was driven from it. He was left to cool his heels for 24 hours in the ante-...

  • A great flirt falters: the Prime Minister can't charm us into war
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    The Tories are used to being disliked: it's practically part of the human condition for them. An acquaintance who worked in Central Office used to wait till the third date before he dared tell any woman his real allegiance. New Labour, on the other h...

  • Leading Article: The real test for Mr Cook
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    Washington's enthusiasm for this is limited. Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State, wants to secure an inescapable commitment from President Hussein to comply with the UN injunction to admit inspectors before talking about any practicalities. She...

  • Forsooth, Mr Straw refused to return my handshake
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    And yet ... and yet. Perhaps I should lay my cards face up on the proverbial table. When I refer to "the firm handshake", I am also thinking of another, more subtle, type of handshake: the Masonic Handshake. I fear that very few Independent on Sunday...

  • Leading Article: Freedoms and Freemasons
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    Chris Mullin, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, allowed hostility to the Freemasons to cloud his judgement in dismissing the objection that Parliament has no more right to demand the exposing of Masons than it has to out members of the Catholic...

  • Enemies in our midst, and don't we love it
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    This is as true of politics as it is of individuals. For most of this century, the British have been blessed, if that is the word, with clearly identifiable enemies: the Boche, the Nazis, the evil empire in the East as Ronald Reagan characterised the...

  • Letter: Finger of blame
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    Claude Girard London W8

  • Letter: Children hurt more than fathers
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    I'm 33 and, after years of support and counselling, am just about coming to terms with the fact that I truly believe that my father does not love me. I am so sorry for the families that appeared in that article but my pity for the fathers is somewhat...

  • Letter: Anarchists for peaceful protest
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    The Red Brigades are revolutionary Marxists, not anarchists. The alleged Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, is not an anarchist but a neo-Luddite, and accepts both the existence of governments and the use of their power to effect his proposals. Timothy M...

  • Letter: Scant evidence of a commitment to the arts
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    Melvyn Bragg London SE1

  • Letter: Still impotent? Blame Labour
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    The costs of treating a man with injections for impotency (assuming sex twice a week over a year) is over pounds 800. That some patients can obtain this treatment and some cannot, depending on where they live or who treats them, is due to the unfair ...

  • Letter: Scant evidence of a commitment to the arts
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    The Government is diverting the money to use for projects of its choosing. These are clearly central government initiatives being funded by Lottery money. It is without precedent for money to be set aside in this way in advance of the passage of legi...

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    John Belcher, Anchor Trust

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    Marc Wisbey, Rome, Italy

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    Geoff Shipp, Suffolk

  • Letter: Scant evidence of a commitment to the arts
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    But the crisis in the arts is the result of almost six years of "stand- still funding". In this debilitating situation, all arts organisations are struggling to survive. I am concerned that, were the Chancellor to implement this measure, he might thi...

  • 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...

  • 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: Posse of preachers
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    HOWARD INGRAM Belfast

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • Letter: Gulf crisis
    Saturday, 21 February 1998

    Dr MALCOLM MORRISON Edinburgh

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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: 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
    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...

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