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Thursday, 5 February 1998

  • Letter: Tougher on drivers
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    James Hannaway (letter, 4 February) writes that his freedom to drink and drive should not be sacrificed. I am in favour of more restrictions on my driving freedom - the new lower limit on drink-driving, a ban on using mobile phones while driving, a 2...

  • Letter: Tougher on drivers
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    NICK AUSTIN Crowhurst, East Sussex

  • Letter: The case for legal aid
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    Martin McKenna perpetuates the myth that civil legal aid for compensation claims is granted to undeserving cases (report, 4 February). I am a partner in a legal aid practice. It is very difficult to obtain legal aid for a client who has a fighting ch...

  • Letter: Bigoted musicians
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    It was predictable a few die-hard atonalists would come out of the woodwork and misconstrue my speech to the World Economic Forum as an attack on them (letters, 4 and 5 February). Yet I specifically said that "I do not necessarily criticise that styl...

  • Letter: Merit from mergers
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    It must be very difficult for the directors of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham to decide on the merits or otherwise of their merger when they have such a strong financial interest in its going ahead (Business Outlook, 3 February). The advisers,...

  • Letter: What's the big idea?
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    Hamish McRae argues ("Bill or Tony: which one will history remember?",4 February) that neither Bill Clinton nor Tony Blair has yet developed the "big idea" which was so distinguishing a feature of Margaret Thatcher's administration. However, he conce...

  • Letter: Tougher on drivers
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    Capt M D RAHILLY Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

  • Letter: Saville inquiry
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    If Lord Saville of Newdigate's inquiry into the killings in Derry on 30 January 1972 is to have a less implausible outcome than the late Lord Widgery's, he and his colleagues must be given, and be seen to be given, access to all pertinent testimonies...

  • Letter: Bombs won't work
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    Bombing Iraq would be ineffective in forcing Iraqi compliance, as it would serve to increase Saddam Hussein's support amongst Iraqi people ("Cook flies to the gulf", 4 February). By 1993, according to Unicef, the economic sanctions to impoverish the ...

  • Recaptured by the Pirates, and surrendering again to the other forgotten lures of youth
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    However, the other day I did go back. Not to any of the above practices, but to something I thought had been eradicated by over-exposure in my teens - to an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan. My parents sent me to the kind of school that liked to put o...

  • Letter: Abolish the lottery
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    "We told you so" is always an irritating comment, but it remains the fact that, three years ago, many in the churches warned that the National Lottery was an inherently sleazy licence to print money. A corruption scandal ended the previous national l...

  • Leading Article: When it comes to welfare, the special relationship offers a lesson in failure
    Friday, 6 February 1998

    The fact that the President is knee-deep in the trash of the affair of "Monica whatever-her-name-is", as the Prime Minister's official spokesman described her, means that the terms of trade in image are more in Britain's favour than ever. Mr Blair ca...

  • Letter: President of the UK
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    The germ of the answer to Andreas Whittam Smith's problem in finding a credible president is to be found within his own article ("Why I lost the debate over the monarchy", 3 February). He raised the question as to who best represented the mood of the...

  • Letter: The first black peer?
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    It was good to read the article "Not them, not us, just here" (ISM, 31 January). You describe Lord Taylor of Warwick, however, as the "first black peer". I applaud his achievement, but you've clearly forgotten the late Lord Pitt of Hampstead, while B...

  • Letter: Freedom to B flat
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    Since the dawn of orchestral music, composers have always been held back from writing exactly as they wished, by those that commissioned and consumed the symphonies, sonatas and concertos. Music in any tradition has long been governed by what those p...

  • Letter: Freedom to B flat
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    After taking part in the world premiere (probably also the world derniere) of an avant-garde orchestral composition, a well-known clarinettist realised that he had, quite by accident, played the entire piece on his A clarinet rather than the B flat i...

  • Letter: Amnesty for pigs
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    Paul Vallely ("How the flying pigs became a crackling good tale", 17 January) claims that in the 1970s "Amnesty International financed experiments to torture pigs to find out whether certain kinds of torture could be used without damaging skin" and s...

  • Letter: President of the UK
    Thursday, 5 February 1998


  • Letter: Nigerian crime wave
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    It has become a pastime for the press to make Nigeria a scapegoat for the inability of the system to check rampant sharp practice (" sweeps through Britain", 2 February). Nigeria has a sophisticated array of professionals in virtually all areas of Br...

  • `Oops - Sorry I Forgot Your Sad Suicide' ... and other greetings cards the censor saw
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    Number 29: A taste controller in the greetings card industry "Up to the 1960s, nobody ever saw the slightest need for taste control in the greetings card industry," says Horace Liveright. "That's because everything was tasteful. Ghastly good taste, y...

  • Letter: Artful arguments
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    Unfortunately, in his vigorous campaign to support Greenwich Theatre, Matthew Francis (letter, 2 February) has missed the main point of Trevor Phillips' article (24 January). Far from telling arts practitioners not to bother to argue for increased fu...

  • Who will be next ball out in the Great Regulators' Lottery?
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    For it was Thatcher who, without reflection, created the new breed of regulators, largely unaccountable to either Whitehall or Parliament, untrained, amateur, working with minimal job descriptions and without performance appraisal. That some of them ...

  • My barmy relations ... and that photograph of the naked Kate Moss
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    "Memory loss? Confusion? Periodic forgetfulness?" it runs (I paraphrase, but not much). "If you know of a loved one who suffers from any of these, why not put their name forward to take part in clinical trials. You could even find yourself remunerate...

  • Letter: Lottery regulator
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    While one would agree with the comments in your leading article "The jury's verdict damned the lottery regulator, too" (3 February), there is another aspect of the situation which must be remedied. The obligations of the regulator to maximise revenue...

  • Leading Article: A vote and voice for every British citizen - not just here but overseas too
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    The Dependent Territories, a clutch of far-flung possessions strung across the globe, are the last morsels of the empire which Britain bit off and then spat out over the course of four centuries. Most are islands, the remnants of a naval strategy tha...

  • War could come closer to home than Iraq
    Thursday, 5 February 1998

    At this point, readers may already be throwing up their hands. A UN plan (or to put it in the curious jargon of Cyprus peacemaking, a "non-plan" complete with "non-maps") has been around since 1992. It provides for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation ...

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