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Saturday, 21 March 1998

  • Letter: Just Christian, just Conservative
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    MY FAMILY and I would like to express our appreciation for your excellent piece of journalism on the Peniel Academy and its leader, Bishop Reid. It was a nicely balanced account from which people can draw their own conclusions. So many of us have kep...

  • Letters in brief
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Maggie Guillon Newthorpe, Nottinghamshire l SO LINDA Bellos has "a problem" with the fact that the film Jackie Brown isn't directed by a black person ("British blacks threaten boycott", 15 March)? Joseph Goebbels had a similar problem with German fil...

  • It's constituency 2212 speaking
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    POLICEMEN in Downing Street bent anxiously over a cardboard box the other day. Was the security of the state at stake? Hardly. Inside was a Next catalogue. It was simply Cherie shopping by post. IT'S amazing what MPs expect us to believe they do in t...

  • Letter: Royal reform
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    What is sacrosanct about the monarchy? Any institution that believes that birthright is a qualification for playing a role, however minor, in the nation's affairs is an anachronism. To those who say that we would lose much of our tradition if we abol...

  • Letter: A 'no' vote
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The port, if built, will come into direct conflict with the needs of over 30,000 families from the fishing community and, as the draft of P&O's own socio-economic survey of the region states, "convert the existing self-sufficient system into an u...

  • Letter: Recognition that came too late
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Although Mr Bragg fails to mention it, Anne Sayre's Rosalind Franklin & DNA, elucidating the importance of her role, appeared in New York in 1975. Indeed, five years earlier, the feminist American artist June Wayne created a series of prints to h...

  • Letter: Just Christian, just Conservative
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    This church does not exercise control over how you live your life, spend your money or bring up your children - you are free to choose and free to come or go. However it does offer practical guidelines, based on biblical principles, and if you want y...

  • Letter: There is nothing healthy about the state of British theatre
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    In 1945, there were nearly 100 repertory companies in Britain. Where are they now? It is not just the mass public that has developed amnesia about live theatre and its unique qualities, pleasures and opportunities. It is a myth that British theatre i...

  • Rest in peace Dr Spock - unlike the rest of us!
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    I remember as though it were yesterday the afternoon his Baby and Child Care was first published. I was passing the time very agreeably in The Beefsteak Club, sharing an ounce of shag with my old friend and quaffing partner Mr James Lees-Milne. We we...

  • Much too big for their boots
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The arrogance of assuming that a Tannoyed statement would save the unworthy bacon of the chairman and his deputy is breathtaking. For three days after the reports of trashing Geordie lasses, fleecing supporters and insulting star players steamed off ...

  • Profile: The girl next door; HELEN HUNT
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    This sounds like soft stuff these days, but that is because so few people feel at ease with old-fashioned romantic comedy. Even As Good As It Gets lurches along sometimes, but Helen Hunt keeps it together, and tomorrow night in Los Angeles she will w...

  • Leading article: A short round of applause
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Last week our Foreign Secretary gave such offence to Israel's prime minister, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, that he cancelled his dinner with Mr Cook. Not every visitor to Israel would think that a punishment, but it was clearly a diplomatic incident. It le...

  • Dickensian conditions are sweeping the globe. Don't worry too much
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    This is partly because Britain seems relatively well-run at present: the economy is strong, fear of recession or unemployment is low among the middle classes. But the lack of debate has been uncanny, unsettling. Given that Blair and New Labour are cl...

  • See it and believe it
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The roofs I was walking around on belong to a group of Arab houses, currently being restored, and from one of them I was able to look straight down into a Jewish settlement in the heart of the old town. There was a festival on, and children were out ...

  • Mr Brown was right to ignore the prig press
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    It remains to be seen whether it will rank with Sir Geoffrey Howe's 1981 budget, which supplied the armoury for the destruction of British industry and was acclaimed on that account, or with Nigel Lawson's 1988 budget, which destroyed Margaret Thatch...

  • All told, Tony's learnt a lot from the royals
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Like a couple of bad comedians, the two embarked on a series of ponderous exchanges which highlighted their uneasy relationship. "Thanks for letting me present the Budget, Tony," said Mr Brown, to which the younger man responded with a paternal pat: ...

  • Letter: Off course
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The shortage of girls taking up golf has been a particular concern in Warwickshire and over the last eight months I have had responsibility for finding girls interested in the game. I have had no difficulty in getting 27 girls aged between eight and ...

  • Calling the shots: Britain's provincial potentates
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Worth pounds 45m, Stewart Milne has made his money from creating a construction empire in the north-east of Scotland. Together with his family, Milne, 46, owns 86 per cent of Stewart Milne Group, whose name appears everywhere in the region. The corpo...

  • Letter: Land rights
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The situation is a lot more complex. Ironically the well-being of the moors, grouse and other wildlife can be assured only because owners actively manage them for the income that the shooting brings in - otherwise the heather and grouse would be repl...

  • PICTURE OF THE DAY
    Saturday, 21 March 1998

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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