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Tuesday, 24 March 1998

  • Letter: Fees for students
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    How can it possibly be acceptable that two colleagues in their thirties, with the same income, may be paying very different loan repayments because of their parents' relative prosperity 15 years earlier? IAN JOHNSTON College Lecturer in Engineering S...

  • Letter: Church investment
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    Aaron Kataria's spurious explanation that the Commissioners' concern is that their investments are not made in companies who are "wholly or mainly in [the defence] business" is morally indefensible. Did they not bother to read BAe's 1996 Annual Repor...

  • Letter: Fees for students
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    Many of us who went to university without having to pay directly to do so understood perfectly well where the money for our education came from. It was provided because the nation recognised it needed a skilled workforce of trained graduates - to gov...

  • Leading article: Clinton's vision of a new Africa
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    It may well take a century to see democratic lion-economies roaring out of Africa. Even so, for a continent that has long been written off as an economic and political basket-case it was a bold statement. What now must Clinton and the West - and Afri...

  • What's the funniest part of the joke: the words, the timing, or the lack of laughter?
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    What the correspondents were arguing about, I think, was why it was so funny - was the line funny? was the silence funny? was it a sketch or a one-liner? - and I am in the odd position that I should be able to settle all arguments, because I have act...

  • Leading article: Blair the lobbyist?
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    Yet it's not the French who need to beware but the Italians. The Euro- lines buzz with reports that the British prime minister has been lobbying Romano Prodi on behalf of Murdoch Enterprises Inc. Could it be that Mr Blair is moonlighting as a lobbyis...

  • Letter: Cook was right
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    First, the acceptance by the Palestinians of a two-state solution to the conflict is itself a massive compromise on their part - Israel is built on what was Palestinian territory, with millions of refugees from that territory, and their dependants, n...

  • Letter: Models of citizenship
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    It is an over-expressed fallacy that the youth of today has no interest in politics. This misconception leads to the inevitable next step of questioning how we can encourage our young citizens to become politically active; to vote, stand for councila...

  • The coming reshuffle: In Whitehall they're beginning to murmur: 'Dead M an Walking'
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    I exaggerate, of course. But the political season is moving towards reshuffle time and already government is awash with speculation about who is out, who down, and who in. This is a grisly spectacle, one of the few forms of public execution (and, for...

  • Business acumen in the arts: What the Arts Council could learn from the Medicis
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    Mr Robinson's reply went unrecorded. He could have pointed out upstart entrepreneurs have always been the bedrock of the arts, from the Medicis to the Rothschilds, the Tates and the Saatchis. So far, Mr Robinson's most bloody-thirsty suggestion has b...

  • Letter: Through the looking-glass
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    JIM TATCHELL Wokingham, Berkshire

  • Letter: Church investment
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    CHRIS TOLLEY Basingstoke, Hampshire

  • Letter: TV sports coverage
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    satellite channels (report, 21 March). Before appointing the Advisory Group, the Secretary of State consulted widely on the criteria to be taken into account in deciding whether or not to list an event. In order to be eligible for listing, an event m...

  • The future of work: Jobs will soon be flexible, fulfilling and fun
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    If the present government does have a big idea, it is that we should become a "high work" society. That is not to criticise the notion. Indeed given the adverse demographic headwind into which all developed countries will be butting, the only way inw...

  • Letter: Moving the King's Library
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    While many great libraries around the world are housed in distinguished buildings, there are all too few instances where a collection of books created by one individual survive intact in the period architectural setting designed for them. King George...

  • Letter: Cathedral finances
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    The Rev PATRICK H DALY Administrator

  • Leading article: Citizenship for a new generation
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    No part of British education has been so dangerously neglected as "citizenship". We do not adequately teach our children about what it means to be citizens in a modern state. The 1988 Education Act places a clear obligation on schools to promote the ...

  • Has Bill Clinton pulled off a foreign policy triumph?
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    But with the White House now decamped to Africa for almost two weeks and the mist of sex allegations starting to clear, the joke may be on America. Perhaps it is not the President who has been distracted by Paula- Monica-Kathleen et al, after all, bu...

  • Boris hits the bottle as Russia United face anonymity in the internatio nal league
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    As soon as the decision was made public, thousands of fans marched through the streets of Moscow last night chanting: "Come on, Boris! Put that bottle of vodka away and pull your socks up! Alternatively, go to bed with the bottle of vodka and hand th...

  • A strange new thought for British cities: Pacino plays Jeffrey Archer
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    "We've got no advance men," he pleads. "We've got no protection." Pacino is unmoved. "It's OK, Kevin. That's where I'm going. I'm the Mayor." To a New York audience reared on generations of city bosses from La Guardia to Giuliani, the moment is insta...

  • Letter: Psychiatry in court
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    Dr Field suggests that many unwarranted claims are pursued, often at public expense, because it is "virtually impossible for someone to be interviewed by a psychiatrist and leave the consulting room without having some psychiatric label attached to t...

  • Leading article: Cherie goes in to bat for a true blue brewer
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    But we would need to be superhumanly self-denying not to notice the irony of Ms Booth's appearance yesterday on behalf of a brewer, Shepherd Neame. This is no ordinary blue brewer. Without the company Cherie Booth is representing in the Court of Appe...

  • Confessions of a student in the golden era
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    The fees certainly represent an historic shift. When I went to University, I received a full maintenance grant from Cheshire County Council which handsomely covered my cost of living. I could study as far away from home as I liked, without considerin...

  • Letter: Iniquitous Arts Council
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    His three-year investigation into a complaint against the Arts Council by the Kosh dance company found that the council withheld information unreasonably, failed to observe its own procedural and ethical code, based decisions on incomplete informatio...

  • Letter: Cathedral finances
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    You also quote Paul Flynn MP saying that contributors for a roof will be alarmed to find their money invested in the arms trade. The law is perfectly clear - money for the roof goes towards the roof. If any church were to divert designated donations ...

  • Letter: Aaronovitch fan club
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    That wit, that wisdom, those ex-Communist credentials, that handsome, sardonic stare. As for the corpulence, it is a welcome indication of sensuality - it's a good bet that a man who takes food seriously will have an equally diligent approach to love...

  • Letter: Words fail me
    Tuesday, 24 March 1998

    The crisis in school teacher recruitment has been widely reported. If the subject matter related to the words in the article is typical of the general syllabus content for 11-year-olds, is it any wonder that teachers are leaving the profession in dro...

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