The Independent | Archive
Home 1998 March

Friday, 20 March 1998

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Quote unquote
    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...

  • PICTURE OF THE DAY
    Saturday, 21 March 1998

    Photograph: Kalpesh Lathigra A 9x12 print of this photograph can be ordered on 0171-293-2534

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • Get to the point
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Bathroom Showroom Customer Service / Sales Assistant

£14560 - £17680 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Even though their premises have...

Recruitment Genius: Finance Manager

£44000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Marketing company based in cent...

Recruitment Genius: IT Installation / Commissioning Engineer - North West

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An IT Installation / Commission...

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Executive - OTE £25,000

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will maximise the effective...

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence