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  • Letter: Iraqi crisis
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Military action against Iraq would be justifiable if it had the full backing of the UN Security Council. But in the absence of a consensus on the Security Council favouring the use of force, the impending air strikes on Iraq would not only violate in...

  • Letter: Iraqi crisis
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    First, both the United Kingdom and the United States are signatories to the 1977 Protocols to the Geneva Conventions. The Protocols expressly forbid the bombardment of installations containing hazardous substances. Second, it would seem unwise to ris...

  • Letter: Iraqi crisis
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Prior to the 1991 Gulf War, two reports were circulated which created great hostility towards Iraq, to the extent of making public opinion supportive of waging a ruthless war. The first story was about Iraq amassing troops and tanks on the Kuwait/Sau...

  • Letter: Iraqi crisis
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    In each case, Britain has been disposed to lend a hand and to ask few questions. (Last year, Gore Vidal referred to the United Kingdom as "the Americans' favourite aircraft carrier"). It seem to matter little how brutal the policy; the US maintains i...

  • Letter: Our national bear
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    MARK WILSON Leeds

  • Quote Unquote
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Before Blair tries to suck up to the IRA by apologising for Bloody Sunday, shouldn't the IRA apologise for the bloody Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday they have inflicted on the people of this country? - Lord Tebbit, ...

  • Letter: Risks from fluoride
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Mass medication through our public water supply is a very dangerous precedent. Most European countries have banned fluoride in their water supplies due to health and safety fears. There is strong scientific evidence that fluoride causes many health p...

  • Letter: End of the drought
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Of the 17 companies represented by the Water Companies Association, seven rate their underground supplies as low, two are restricting the use of hose-pipes and sprinklers, and six believe substantial rainfall over the next two months is needed. Yes, ...

  • Letter: Risks from fluoride
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    ANI HARRIS High Peak, Derbyshire

  • Letter: Short memories
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    PETER G WARD Rowton, Cheshire

  • Leading Article: here is already an entitlement to privacy, and Irvine is right to enforce it
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Let us get a few things straight. Derry Irvine's alleged mistake was to have answered a question put to him by a journalist. He was asked how entrenching the right to privacy of the European Convention on Human Rights in British law would have affect...

  • Letter: Aims of BBC drama
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Group discussions, as we call them, are a great way to find out what viewers think and feel in detail and depth; but are not a substitute for artistic judgement. Had group discussions existed in Shakespeare's day, I expect the ending of Romeo and Jul...

  • Why the Dependent Territories are like a virgin ...
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    According to the British Medical Journal, doctors in the Netherlands are "reconstructing" the hymens of young brides-to-be, particularly among minority communities. The reason is that the women - and their families - are terrified that should their n...

  • Monica Lewinsky was not America's only intern - what do the rest do?
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Despite the gilded cage in which she is now trapped, I "feel the pain" of the former intern. Or rather, I've felt that pain, as both an intern and a "girl". As an intern (in New York City), I've read out loud the daily newspaper followed by an alphab...

  • Lottery tickets, golf balls and gold fillings - finders keepers
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Only when the story emerged that the winning ticket had not been produced, and the pounds 2m had not been claimed, did the grieving relatives realise that the outstanding numbers matched those drawn by the deceased man. In which case his ticket, wher...

  • Letter: End of the drought
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    PETER LANYON Leiston, Suffolk

  • Letter: Our national bear
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    MARK BURGESS Taunton, Somerset

  • Letter: Food fights
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    Some families treat a shared meal as a pleasure, both because it is a sociable occasion and because they like eating. The children generally enjoy their food, but if on a particular occasion they do not feel like eating what is offered, they are free...

  • Letter: Fear of tax forms
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    The form was not impossible to complete. It did require a little thought, but no more than the previous tax return form. The example given in your report "A paper-chasing, form-filling nightmare" (29 January) suggests that inertia and fear have been ...

  • Letter: Free dome
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    LOUIS LAWRENCE Ventnor, Isle of Wight

  • Letter: The first black peer?
    Saturday, 7 February 1998

    However, if Carl Jackson insists on describing us as black (and some of us love it), then the first Indian to be created a peer was Sir Satyendra Sinha, who became Under-Secretary of State for India and was raised to the peerage of the United Kingdom...

  • 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...

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