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Tuesday, 24 February 1998

  • Letter: Working mothers
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    Mrs M A MASKELL Maidenhead, Berkshire

  • Letter: Brownfield building
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    The new policy will bite only if it is backed by better incentives and grants to build well and offset the extra costs of brownfield sites. The funding could come from measures such as Civic Trust's proposals for a greenfield levy, which Mr Prescott ...

  • Letter: Brownfield building
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    The last government instructed our county council (Devon) to plan for 99,000 new dwellings; 70 per cent of these are required to satisfy inward migration; two new settlements will be needed to achieve this target. An inspector recently supported this...

  • Pandora's column
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    Isn't this taking Minimalism a bit too far? The Met Bar, London's most fashionable drinking den until the Pharmacy opened last month, has removed all the loo seats in the Gents. When I asked the staff for a line of explanation, all I received was a k...

  • Why liberals owe a grudging debt to the threat of force
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    The first myth is that Britain was merely the lapdog of the US. Britain was never, once the crisis began, going to withhold its backing from the US. But it's becoming clearer that London played a significant role in persuading Washington that Kofi An...

  • Letter: Time to celebrate
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    There is a solution - recognise that the next millennium really starts on 1 January 2001. There now - you have a whole year more than you thought. MICHAEL TAYLOR Stenton, Lothian

  • Letter: Housing for volcano isle
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    Given the tools, a traditional blockwork house can be completed in three weeks at a fraction of the cost, providing essential local employment. If nannyism destroys the skill of West Indian domestic woodcraft, the indigenous character that visitors c...

  • How to cope with the cheapest energy ever - make it expensive
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    Expect this situation to continue. The main determinant of energy use in the world is economic growth, and East Asia, which has accounted for two-thirds of all growth since 1990, is currently stalled. Cheap oil means cheap energy. Oil, and gas (which...

  • I think, monsieur, the shy, reserved Englishman is trying to tell you something
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    The British are internationally renowned for their shyness and reserve, and today I am bringing you fourscore different ways in which the English language can be used to tell someone to go away, ranging from the silkily polite to the blunt. Next time...

  • Who would study theology? I did, and I'll tell you why ...
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    Being reasonably good-natured, I tried to laugh it off, perhaps adding: "No, actually. A nun." But deep down all the feelings of paranoia about the future, career, and Life, broke the surface of student illusion and I would ask myself why on earth I ...

  • Letter: Cannabis as medicine
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    The evidence that cannabis is non-habit-forming and less damaging than heroin, tobacco or alcohol is now overwhelming. Many people suffer pain that only cannabis can relieve, and sufferers from ME can get relief by its use. What is the justification ...

  • Leading article: Unfair veto on Sir Sean
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    Where in all that is Connery's claim on a knighthood and where the veto? If Donald Dewar gave him the black spot because he is a Nat, that shows the Scottish Secretary lacks political imagination. To have a member of a republican party on his knees a...

  • Letter: Brave whistleblowers
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    However, it is not clear that those dismissed could be reinstated under the legislation. The law would be unlikely to enforce what would be a very strained employer-employee relationship, especially in small or medium- sized companies. The scale of t...

  • Leading article: Political follies under the Dome
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    The Dome's fate rests on the myriad details of leisure business planning. This is for professionals. Yet what we had yesterday was a Cabinet minister - Mr Mandelson - behaving as if he were the project's chief executive. The problem is not just that ...

  • Letter: Robbed in Kenya
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    Having spent some time in Kenya in 1995, I was shocked at the severe decline that the country has taken in two years. Local people I spoke to gave graphic accounts of the crime epidemic that is slowly eroding their tourist industry. How long will it ...

  • Letter: Irvine's wallpaper
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    If the architecture is distinguished and the expenditure is necessary to preserve it then Lord Irvine can do as the rest of us do - live in his own home and commute to work. The official residence might then be open to the public at all times and we ...

  • Letter: Working mothers
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    TOM HUDSON Buckingham

  • Letter: Working mothers
    Wednesday, 25 February 1998

    As The Independent so rightly points out, paying for childcare is a major item in the household budgets of all working parents and cost of childcare can act as a barrier to women returning to work. We are also delighted that The Independent is giving...

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    They were divided between a multitude of governments, set up without consultation; one of their most sacred territories was designated for Western colonisation; and their oil wealth was placed in the hands of a tiny minority and used largely to enric...

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    PAUL O'HANLON Runcorn, Cheshire

  • Pandora's Box
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    The TV docudrama about Princess Diana's romance with Dodi Fayed, currently being filmed in Mallorca, has been plagued by a familiar parasite. A swarm of international paparazzi have descended on the production of The People's Princess, stalking the l...

  • Letter: Whitehall mothers
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    I have worked in the Civil Service since 1974 and have children now aged 20 and 10. Apart from two short breaks for maternity leave, I have continued to work since joining. I have never had regular childcare provision made available to me by my emplo...

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    It is important to remember that only something like 7 per cent of the tonnage dropped on Iraq and Kuwait was "smart". The rest was unguided, and targets were missed 70 per cent of the time. With 80,000 tons dropped, civilian casualties were extremel...

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    MARTIN AITKEN London N7

  • Letter: Whitehall mothers
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    SALLY DEALLER London SE15

  • Leading Article: Taming Iraq takes more than might
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    But none of that is a good reason why the Americans, let alone the British Government should not accept - as quickly as protocol allows - that the UN Secretary-General has carried out his mission to Baghdad admirably. If Saddam has now accepted terms...

  • Letter: What if the UN says no?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    HAREEN MARCELLINE Dyce, Grampian

  • Why country folk want to hang a `do not disturb' sign on their gates
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    Yet the march is puzzling. What could possibly bring country people in such number - over 100,000 are expected - to the heart of the capital? They hate London. They despise people who live in towns. For decades the shires have been peaceful. Rural de...

  • Letter: Nuclear waste storage
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    It highlights a report by William Peden of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and suggests a picture of decay and potential danger because of the absence of a national nuclear waste disposal strategy following the scrapping of plans for the Nirex d...

  • Letter: A Mason - I admit it
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    In all that time, I have never known or heard of a Mason who derived unfair advantage from being a Mason. I have known Masons who contribute to various charities (and not only to help other Masons, as is often mistakenly stated). To be accepted as a ...

  • Leading Article: Charity begins at the blockbuster
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    tin-shakers for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. If only the liner had sunk nearer the coast - this seems to be message - doughty lifeboatmen would have rescued Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Kate Winslet. The charity is hoping for generosity b...

  • When it comes to cricket, what's the use of a dead sparrow?
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    Today the MCC is voting whether to admit women into its august membership. Early indications seem to suggest that, despite the efforts of its go- ahead committee, the old farts will have the last say and women will be bowled out once more. It's not s...

  • Letter: Foreign policy games
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    Their primary functions seem to be to play elaborate games which may end in war, to turn sensible ideas about new forms of European cohabitation into a folly of technocratic infighting, and to conduct so-called "relations" with their opposite numbers...

  • Letter: Back to the Old Deal
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    Tens of thousands of pounds of tax-payers' money are spent on each child's education until they are 16. When young people reach 18 they have the "New Deal", a scheme whereby tax-payers' money is used to "buy" temporary jobs for long-term unemployed y...

  • How the Iraqi mouse made the West's elephant dance
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    The very presence of Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, in Baghdad this weekend marks the return of Iraq as a player in the Middle East. It showed that President Saddam is still in business and likely to remain so. It also underlines his success i...

  • Notes to Eddie, and other fascinating pieces recovered from the House of Windsor
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    I hate not to share these things with you, so today instead of the planned leisure feature (an article called "Decorate your lounge the Lord Irvine of Lairg way"), I am simply reprinting some of the more interesting items in the auction, which seem u...

  • Letter: Irvine's wallpaper
    Tuesday, 24 February 1998

    JOHN MITCHELL London SE13

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