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Sunday, 22 February 1998

  • Letter: Town and country
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    THE countryside cannot be divided into neat little compartments - some good, some bad, as your leading article (20 February) seems to suggest. The Countryside March organisers recognise that, regrettably, there is an urban-rural divide. We seek to pr...

  • Letter: Town and country
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    Yet you risk driving a new and unnecessary wedge between meeting social and environmental objectives. The shortage of social housing is due to lack of funds, not land on which to build. Local planning authorities have earmarked land for hundreds of t...

  • Letter: Town and country
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    Lobby groups use the media to engender a public fear - many are prepared to misrepresent and lie about their targets, as they believe their cause is so great that the end justifies any means - it all sells more television time and newsprint. There is...

  • Letter: UN mission to Iraq
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    A $5.3bn oil-for-food programme to Iraq sounds impressive but would do little to alleviate suffering ("Annan offers oil-for-food deal worth billions", 20 February). Deducted from the previous $2bn deal under UN Resolution 986 were war reparations (30...

  • Blind Love For TV: I can't see, but all I want to do is be a film-maker
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    All I actually know about is TV and media. If I got a job in anything else I'd soon be shown up as a fraud who had made some kind of hopelessly tragic life compromise. "Look at that sad lonely figure in the corner," they'd say, pointing at me. "He co...

  • Our weak econony: Celebrate Cool Britannia, but don't ignore the rust
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    To give the Chancellor his full due, he is dourly impatient of any chat about Cool Britannia. He is more in tune with the following passage from Labour's election manifesto: "Many of the fundamentals of the British economy are still weak. Low pay and...

  • Letter: UN mission to Iraq
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    The very concept of a limited war needs to be questioned. As Gamal Abdel Nasser said: "For a war to be limited depends on the other side". And President Johnson once observed that the US must succeed against "that raggedy-ass little fourth-rate count...

  • Leading Article: The Dome was a bad idea, but we must start to make the best of it
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    Too bad. We came to mock and stayed to, well, mock some more. We neither expected nor liked Tony Blair's decision to save the Dome last year, but we hoped we might be proved wrong. We thought that perhaps Mr Blair and Mr Mandelson had a cunning plan....

  • A Fresh Start In The Gulf: Tony and Bill: stop war-mongering, it's time to start living with Saddam
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    America will, if there is a deal with Iraq, doubtless protest that this is only the result of its firmness. That is a deeply dubious proposition; in reality, Kofi Annan and his skillful diplomacy will have saved the day. If force is used, the failure...

  • Letter: Freemasons' motto
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    DAVID WALKER ("In defence of Freemasonry", 21 February) likens the Freemasons to all groups of like-minded and harmless people. He overlooks their unique motto, "Aude, Vide, Tace" - "Hear, see and be silent". This motto - which must have a practical ...

  • Letter: Global politics
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    TARIQ ALI makes the all-too-frequent error of dismissing the environmental and animal rights movements as single- issue politics ("What's the matter with our dumbed-down youth?", 16 February). The struggle for animal rights is seen as part of a huge ...

  • Letter: Private counsel
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    ANNABELLE THORPE's article on counselling ("Mourners in a queue to be comforted", 18 February) rather missed the point: it's free or cheap counselling that's not easy to come by, and why should it be? The public, quite rightly, expects counsellors to...

  • Your cut-out-and-keep guide to the week ahead - whether there's a war or not
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    If, at all times, you can bear the following facts in mind, everything else will seem clear by comparison. 1. Saddam Hussein, the President of Iraq, is a psychopath without a conscience. 2. Do not take my word for this. I am quoting from what John Ma...

  • Letter: Microsoft monopoly
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    IT IS not entirely accurate to say that increasing returns are simple economies of scale ("The simple idea that lies behind Microsoft's aim to rule the world", 19 February). Increasing returns mean that a product is more likely to succeed simply beca...

  • Letter: Let us chant
    Monday, 23 February 1998

    J SUMNER's equation of the Lord's Prayer to a football chant is rather hollow (letter, 20 February). I have yet to meet a football fan so ardent that he would consider kneeling down before bedtime and whispering a terrace song to himself. Considering...

  • 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

    Marc Wisbey, Rome, Italy

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    John Belcher, Anchor Trust

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    Geoff Shipp, Suffolk

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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-...

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

    Melvyn Bragg London SE1

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Letter: Finger of blame
    Sunday, 22 February 1998

    Claude Girard London W8

  • 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: 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: 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...

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