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Monday, 9 February 1998

  • Letter: Iraqi crisis
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    P J WOOD London SE3

  • Letter: Iraqi crisis
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    The British government is allying old, imperial patterns of thought with American physical power in order to enforce our intentions on Iraq. In, say, 20 years' time, there may be some quite different power centres in the world: maybe a Chinese one, o...

  • Letter: Save the arts
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    "The Independent Save the Arts": now there's a headline (9 February) to gladden the morning! After working for 14 years in the US, I am well aware of the advantages of a fiscal system which offers tax relief as an incentive to charitable contribution...

  • The US and Britain are giving Saddam just what he wants
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    The Allied objective is to prevent Iraq developing weapons of mass destruction and threatening its neighbours. Probably the United Nations' inspectors have removed Iraq's nuclear capability, so the focus is almost exclusively on chemical and biologic...

  • Letter: Iraqi crisis
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    ALEC HOLMES New Malden, Surrey

  • Letter: Sri Lanka's struggle
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Peter Popham states that there was no freedom struggle in Sri Lanka and that "independence was handed to them on a plate" ("Tamil terror blights Prince's Sri Lanka visit", 4 February). Attempts to establish freedom by the natives were ongoing through...

  • Letter: St Valentine's treacle
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Soon the treacly sentiments of St Valentine's Day will seep over us. Could we not introduce an anti-Valentines column? A whole new lexicon of nicknames might appear... RICHARD P WARNER Warwick

  • Letter: Spelling? Ugh!
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Rather than reform English spelling to conform with pronunciation (letters, 30 January, 4 February), why not alter pronunciation to accord with spelling? The return of the "gh" sound to English, similar to the Scottish "ch", as in loch, would simplif...

  • Letter: Risk assessment
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Ivan Massow, quoted in your article "A change in policy on HIV Risk" (31 January), is quite wrong about Allied Dunbar in his assertion that we are "cherry-picking" clients based on discrimination. The job of our underwriting team is to assess risk, a...

  • Letter: Dance of the oceans
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Across England and Wales, the drought may appear to be over (report, 4 February; letters, 7 February), but for how long? Oceanographers and meteorologists are uncovering evidence that our weather may be heavily influenced by a climate fluctuation kno...

  • Letter: Alias T E Lawrence
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    There was absolutely no reason for T E Lawrence to have lied about his enlistment ("Files reveal Great War secrets of British literary heroes", 3 February). There is, however, a very strong possibility that Lawrence could have enlisted under a false ...

  • Letter: Driver density
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Nick Austin (letter, 6 February) suggests that the UK's high rate of road deaths is due to its high population density. Belgium and the Netherlands are both much more densely populated than the UK, but while Belgium's roads are more deadly than Briti...

  • Letter: Enriching lawyers
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    A M Robinson (letter, 6 February) fails to acknowledge the realities of civil legal aid as they occur in litigation. The Legal Aid Board relies on the advice of the applicant's lawyer in deciding whether to fund a claim. Such advice is not independen...

  • And the next question for news-watchers: who will believe in the new National Libelry?
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Well, here we go! Because I am issuing you that challenge! Right here and now! And having used up my entire week's quota of exclamation marks, we go straight into the quiz, which is simplicity itself. Here are six news stories, from the last seven da...

  • A little less of Camelot, and a bit more of FDR
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    The new style that Tony Blair brought to Downing Street was a real break with the past. Suddenly here was a Prime Minister who appeared to enjoy the job - in contrast to a predecessor who often looked as he wished he were somewhere else. As the first...

  • The real mystery of the Sphinx: why do falsehoods drive out truth?
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Our bookshops are bulging again with pyramid-shaped displays designed to the shift the newest wave of speculative ancient history. Fanciful theories about the Pharaohs, and the baffling monuments they built, have excited cranks and mystics for centur...

  • Leading Article: Three steps forward and one step back for Mr Brown
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    But we are still some way from a clear "big picture" - the sort of thing the Prime Minister wanted us to keep our eyes on throughout the distracting blizzard of politico-sexual trivia. The central idea of the Budget is work, as in "welfare-to-". The ...

  • Letter: Japanese pets
    Tuesday, 10 February 1998

    Your article "Japanese fads condemn pets to mass slaughter" (7 February) made very depressing reading. Unfortunately, such appalling treatment of unwanted dogs is not uncommon in the Far East. But it is especially inexcusable in Japan, which is a ric...

  • Letter: Diplomacy and Iraq
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    The astonishing self-interest and biased, unreasoning diplomacy of the pro-Romanian French at Versailles and Trianon set up the Second World War and produced the fractious nation states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia that failed the test of time an...

  • Comment: Today's the day for peers to come to the aid of the little fish
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    The ostensible aim of the Competition Bill - now at Committee stage in the Lords - is to bring United Kingdom law on competition in line with European Law. It is also designed to make the British economy more competitive. This, second, objective is m...

  • Leading article: Wise old bird who deserves the chance to spread his wings further
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    All the stuff about the fast and furious rooting out of wrongdoing smacked a little too much of posturing for the sake of today's headlines, from a party leader who senses his grip on the moral high ground of politics is slipping. That does not mean ...

  • Letter: Arts funding
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    Together with thousands of other Greenwich Theatre supporters, we're still here, and for the best of reasons. The Greenwich is the one place left, not just in south-east London, but in the whole of south-east England, where we can see original produc...

  • Comment: Sex, lies and conning the man with the hamster
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    The cut-off date was the following morning - a mere fifteen hours away. The children's faces fell, at which point my friend declared that she had to work the next day and wouldn't it be possible to bend the rules just a little. This was not true, but...

  • Letter: Urban poverty
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    The reasons are, first, that poverty and deprivation are not particularly concentrated. Yes, there are some places much worse than others, but any policy to target the areas most affected will always miss most of the target group. Most poor people do...

  • Letter: Diplomacy and Iraq
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    JAN TYSZKIEWICZ Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

  • Comment: Thank God he never got near Downing Street
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    It's considered indelicate, even in our coolly secular age, to bad-mouth the dead. But Powell, in death as in life, seems to inspire a peculiar brand of flatulent praise so it's important to do two things - to itemise the contradictions and to trace ...

  • Letter: Short measures
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    Although we feel a little more confident after a drink, research on highly skilled bus drivers has shown that their judgement was affected long before their skills deteriorated. After a very small amount of alcohol, they were sure they could drive an...

  • Letter: Pooh in the dome?
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    Your reports says he is "languishing" in New York. I have seen him several times and he looks remarkably comfortable, though Kanga has problems with her throat and Tigger has lost the bounce he has in The House At Pooh Corner. As Christopher Milne on...

  • Letter: Silkin's `Stand'
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    It was this sturdy businesslike resourcefulness, uncommon among little mag editor-publishers, which underlay the extraordinary solvency of Stand to which the article paid due respects. MICHAEL HOROVITZ London W11

  • Letter: Benefits of fluoride
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    Early US projects were at 5 parts per million. In areas of India, fluoride occurs naturally at 14 parts per million and causes widespread physical damage, especially where malnutrition exists. But in the UK, fluoride addition is rigorously monitored ...

  • Letter: Disposable PM
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    If we had been a republic at the beginning of the Second World War we would have been stuck with President Chamberlain - and lost! The true value of constitutional monarchy is that it makes bad political leaders instantly disposable. JOHN DAVIS Bookh...

  • Comment: The greatest story ever told: an immaculate entertainment concept from Disney
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    To allay fears about the Disney treatment of a Bible story, Disney executives have been giving interviews to selected members of the press, and I was lucky enough to have five minutes with Ralph J. Kleinmut, who is Chief Disney Jesus Story Co-ordinat...

  • Letter: BBC drama
    Monday, 9 February 1998

    No focus-group research was undertaken to consider the project. In fact, focus-group research is never used in BBC Television as a deciding factor in any commissioning decision. ALAN YENTOB BBC Director of Television London W12

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