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    Saturday, 21 March 1998

    I hang a sarong on the gatepost, so people should know if I am there. With luck, they will just see steam rising from the grass - Rupert Grey, lawyer, who bathes in a tub near a "right to roam" path If I am given the privilege of becoming the first d...

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 21 March 1998

    This year, as in previous years, The Independent did not produce one newspaper for the morning after the Budget but effectively two: a 20-page section poring over Gordon Brown's words; and our normal "non-Budget" paper, full of the other news that da...

  • Leading Article: Hague can save the People's Europe
    Saturday, 21 March 1998

    Then ... well, then it went quiet. Tony Blair's strategy has been to send the issue to sleep, bathed in the soothing balm of pragmatism and a willingness to join in principle - but not yet. Meanwhile, Tory wishful thinking that the project was bound ...

  • Letter: Probation works
    Saturday, 21 March 1998

    Although public thinking about punishment is beginning perceptibly to change, probation-run sentences are still trying to recover from the damage done to their credibility in the last five years as "prison works" effectively marginalised and dismisse...

  • Letter: EU's undeserving poor
    Saturday, 21 March 1998

    The UK is the fourth poorest country in the EU and one of the largest net contributors to its funds. To date the Commission has allocated resources according to need. However, following publication of the draft regulations, it appears that richer EU ...

  • Letter: Foreign Office blunders
    Saturday, 21 March 1998

    In 1991, John Major, during a visit to the USSR, was not allowed by the Foreign Office to meet the lader of the opposition, Boris Yeltsin, who a few months later was elected president. It was a monumental blunder by the FCO "advisers". OLEG GORDIEVSK...

  • Letter: Suing for distress
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    This is an example of how out of touch an academic lawyer can be with what actually takes place in personal injury litigation. It is possible for a subject to be seen by a neurologist, cardiologist, endocrinologist or chest physician and leave the co...

  • And here is the news, read by a man with a calm, measured, statesmanlik e voice
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    No 37 in a series: The woman who auditions voices for BBC Radio. "IF YOU can't remember what a voice sounds like, that probably means I've chosen the right voice for the airwaves." The speaker (and a very nice voice it is too) is Eleanora Grebe, whos...

  • Leading Article: Why our prisons are not working
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    The slogan's crassness was all the more apparent because it was invented for the purpose of countering one of the cleverest and most persuasive slogans recently deployed in politics, Labour's claim to be "tough on crime and tough on the causes of cri...

  • Letter: Watchdogs with teeth
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    When dealing with the improper use of public funds, the NAO also names those responsible. Recent reports on English Heritage and Swansea Institute of Higher Education illustrate the point. Other than the work of district auditors, which is by definit...

  • Letter: Masons on the bench
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    To suggest that there is no evidence that any judge has ever been diverted from his duty by any conflict arising from membership of the Freemasons beggars belief. How can it possibly be known if there has been a conflict of interest if we do not know...

  • Letter: First birds
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    PAMELA DONOHUE Sheffield

  • Letter: Nothing to do with me
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    PETER MANDELSON Minister without Portfolio Cabinet Office London SW1

  • Letter: Nicotine patches
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    The vast majority of pharmacists and their staff are fully aware that NRT is merely a tool - though a very powerful tool - to help people giving up. No tool - including NRT, hypnosis, acupuncture or smoking cessation clinics - will succeed unless the...

  • Letter: Prisoner exchange
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    PETER REYNOLDS Southport, Merseyside

  • Letter: Vatican whitewash
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    In fact the opposite was often the case, with something of the credibility of the Church being salvaged by the exceptional heroism of individuals like Frans Jagerstatter in the face of overwhelming institutional indifference or hostility. The Nazis d...

  • Hiding death away does not cheat it, but deceives us that life is forever
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    In real life I have seen two people die which is more than some and a great deal less than many others. One was my mother and one was an unfortunate woman who died on the bus next to me in Oxford Street. "Give her a nudge, love," said the bus conduct...

  • Only Ulster's own parties can break out of the maze
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    This is a deeply shocking fact. But no more shocking than some of the other calculated, rule-bending risks the Blair government has already taken in the quest for peace. The refusal to be hung up on demands for prior decommisioning of IRA arms, Blair...

  • Loyalty, in politics and beyond, has become the lost virtue
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    Two weeks ago in my local freesheet, the Camden New Journal, the Professor wrote a furious letter denouncing the actions of the local Labour council as being "wholly incompatible with the concept and ethos of a caring, accountable and socially respon...

  • Leading Article: Blair taken for a spin on the moral barbecue
    Friday, 20 March 1998

    Sir Gordon Downey, the public servant paid to stand guard over MPs' morals, concludes that the Blair family day out among the Marlboro hoardings had a "value" of more than pounds 215, and so should have been declared. We are not wholly convinced, bec...

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