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Thursday, 26 March 1998

  • Letter: Fees for students
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    For more students, especially those from poor schools and poor families, even to get to university demands fairer sharing of scarce resources. This means that the only way to open the university doors wider is further to reduce costs or to introduce ...

  • A sure-fire way to drive young men to acts of rebellion - Scottish dance music
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    Well, they do now. Or at least they are about to do so. If you were to pass the Purcell Room this morning shortly after 11am, and hear the sounds of jazz piano seeping out, it would mean two things. One, that you had supernaturally good hearing, beca...

  • Letter: Cost of a computer
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    If funding was to be found to provide pounds 1,000 PCs for 23.5 million homes, it would cost pounds 23.5bn, not pounds 240m, which clearly represents only a pounds 10 unit cost for the PCs. Let's hope the Millennium Dome does not make the same scale ...

  • Letter: Labour's slave society
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    For most of mankind's existence, before all-embracing states, people had the option, if they did not like, for whatever reason, the society in which they found themselves, to leave and do their best elsewhere, on vacant land. As this option is not av...

  • Letter: Mitfords at home
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    When the estate in Northumberland was about to be sold in 1992 (to Freddy and Bruce Shepherd or their company), Jessica was quoted as saying "I do not even know of the place." All the same, she, her sister Nancy and all were, and are, descended from ...

  • Leading Article: The missing notes of welfare reform
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    In the marathon race that is welfare reform, his green paper yesterday, "A New Contract for Welfare", gave him the opportunity, as David Coleman might have put it, to "open his legs and show his class". He showed a little less. His statement in the C...

  • Leading Article: Favours. Not fairness
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    So when we criticise Mr Blair for cosying up to vested interests, we are not animated by prejudice or allowing ourselves to be distracted by tittle tattle. Mr Blair should not have mentioned Mr Murdoch when he spoke to Romano Prodi on the telephone o...

  • The plight of the thirtysomething female who hasn't met 'Mr Right'
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    What is occurring here is nothing less than a backlash against feminism and, as always, it is women themselves who are colluding in this backlash. The problem of the thirtysomething female who hasn't met "Mr Right" - ie Mr Big-Salary, Mr Devastatingl...

  • Are blacks programmed to die in custody?
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    Tilt, quite extraordinarily, suggested the problem was that people of Afro-Caribbean background were likelier to suffer "positional asphyxia" because "there is a physiological difference" between them and whites. As Jason Bennetto and Andrew Buncombe...

  • Letter: Energy for the future
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    The White Paper is a tempered and realistic assessment of the future potential of renewables, the types of programmes and investments needed to stimulate sustainable markets in Europe and for exports, and the wealth creation which will come of this i...

  • Letter: Heroin cure
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    Heantos is a medication used for treatment of drug addiction, discovered by Mr Dan in the late Eighties. In 1991 Heantos was tested and evaluated by an MOH scientific committee, and there was a decision to allow its utilisation in the treatment centr...

  • Letter: My moment of fame
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    PENELOPE WOOLFIT London N10

  • Letter: Diana margarine
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    I fear that we are slipping into the appalling delusion that the pursuit of money, so clearly seen in some boardrooms, among fundholders in offshore trusts and among the Lottery ticket / Premium Bond-buying public, is somehow rendered acceptable if w...

  • Letter: A fine England captain
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    Of impeccable Scottish descent (though born in India), he captained England in 15 Tests, winning nine and losing just one. Could there be any better reason for England opposition to all Scottish devolution, and the consequent loss of potential Test l...

  • Letter: Fees for students
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    Baroness BLATCH House of Lords London SW1

  • Here is the test by which the Blair project will be judged
    Friday, 27 March 1998

    As Orwell was to the fellow travellers of his day, so Field was to much of the conventional Labour wisdom of the 1980s. He stated and restated the link between individual rights and duties that permeates yesterday's Green Paper before Blairism was ev...

  • Letter: Church investments
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    Under international law it is recognised that there are legitimate uses for arms in terms of self-defence, as set out in Article 51 of the UN Charter. However, arms are not like other goods. They are designed to kill, injure and threaten. Church inve...

  • The place to go for a crafty smoke at the Millennium Dome - the designer backside
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    Very Unusual Jobs Indeed Number 43: The man who is designing the back door of the Millennium Dome. He is, perhaps, the only man in the world who describes himself as a Posterior Designer. He firmly believes that the back of a building is the most hon...

  • Leading Article: It's just not cricket
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    We mustn't go too far in suggesting old patterns no longer hold. Nick Hornby may have convinced some that football is for sensitive types, but recent antics on Tyneside have cemented football's reputation as a pitch for boorish men. Perhaps there are...

  • Letter: It's not that far
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    The distance between the British Museum and the new library is, at most, three-quarters of a mile. I hope Mr Lang's bibiographic knowledge is better than his geographic. BARRY COLE London EC1

  • The impossible dream - America without guns
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    How hard it is for us foreigners to understand America's relationship with the gun. I lived there for six years, and I still don't understand. It's not for want of trying. I can reel off the reasons for this deadliest obsession: the country's traditi...

  • Mix-ups: Princess Di marge, Mrs Bean, misquotations, and some curious DNA
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    What a charming dual gesture. Myself, I have no interest in margarine beyond knowing that the profits from its manufacture helped to fund the publication of Cyril Connolly's literary magazine Horizon at the start of the second World War. But I can't ...

  • From little splinters can grow tomorrow's terrorism
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    Others in the security field, who these days are in the ascendancy, regard splits as messy, dangerous and most likely to produce continuing violence. They do not believe the present IRA ceasefire will last for ever, but their view is that, whether in...

  • Letter: Blair needs Blackpool
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    Nothing illustrates more clearly the social snobbery of this elite, breaking all links with those who brought them into office. This tiny unrepresentative section of upper middle class opinion thinks it can run the country the same way it runs the pa...

  • Leading Article: London? Sorted
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    "What?" "I had a bloke wants to be the new mayor of London in the back of my cab" "What was he like then?" "Well guv, he combined all the qualities you need in this new post, being possibly the second most politically important person in the land. He...

  • Letter: Standards for lobbyists
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    However, businesses need input into the political process, and more experienced advisers can play a vital role in ensuring that an organisation's corporate strategy does not simply ignore the nuances of emerging public policy. There is a clear differ...

  • Letter: Children in care
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    There have been many other reports, including the Department of Health's own, that have condemned the current system for failing society's most vulnerable children. How refreshing it would be if the ADSS and BAAF came up with some plans and proposals...

  • Letter: Parents work too hard
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    MSF is a trade union with 400,000 members working in professional and skilled occupations in the private and public sectors. Those with children need to be able to effectively balance their time spent on paid work and working for their family. Many p...

  • Letter: Church investments
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    In our experience, these companies produce a good investment return and we have beaten independent benchmarks in recent years. Our policy is also to avoid investments in companies whose main business is in armaments, gambling, alcohol, tobacco and ne...

  • Letter: Citizens of Britain?
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    DAVID WALKER Sittingbourne, Kent

  • Letter: Suing for distress
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    The Law Commission report anticipates a 10 per cent increase in the number of personal injury claims at an increase in premium cost of 2-5 per cent (based on discussions with the Association of British Insurers). To describe this as a "flood" is emot...

  • Letter: Drink, for safety's sake
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    PETER ANDERSON Llandrindod Wells, Powys

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