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Friday, 27 March 1998

  • Letter: Jonesboro shootings
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Despite the fact that dozens of studies have shown no quantifiable link between screen violence and real-life crime, David Usborne (report, 27 March) still assumes that videos have a comparable influence to that of the boys' fathers, who have spent y...

  • Letter: Heseltine on Blackpool
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    When asked by Melvyn Bragg on the BBC in 1988 to compare the late 19th- century Winter Gardens, Blackpool, with the faceless modern conference centres of Brighton and Bournemouth, Heseltine opined: I would say at once that if I have a choice of venue...

  • Letter: Modified tomatoes
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Heat will certainly kill a living plant but will it really destroy the kanamycin resistance genes inserted into every cell of these fruit? DNA is tough stuff and is very resistant to heat degradation - life wouldn't have been around so long if the su...

  • Letter: Why we need lobbyists
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Companies using political consultancies do not buy influence - they buy knowledge (of the arcane political processes) and skills (in manoeuvring one's way through them). Unless and until the Modernisation Select Committee makes Parliamentary procedur...

  • Letter: Motor neurone disease
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    LAURA SIMONS Head of Communications Motor Neurone Disease Association Northampton

  • How to succeed by stating the obvious
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Yes, so did I. This weekend the British Psychological Society holds its annual conference in Brighton, and among the genuine insights it throws up there are always a large amount of studies (of which the three listed above are examples) which contain...

  • Letter: One's better than ever
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    JOE FATTORINI Glasgow

  • Letter: 'Racist' prison chief
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    I hope that, when the matter is put to a scientific test, the excellent Mr Tilt will not be one of the strong-necked whites used as controls. Professor C R LEEDHAM-GREEN Woodford Green, Essex

  • Letter: Marketing Diana
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Consumer decisions are based on perceptions of status, style, performance and price, any one of which will dominate in any one spending decision. It is impossible to be all things to all men and women and broad-spectrum marketing is rarely viable bey...

  • Everyone may think it's cool to be black, but it's really hard work
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Quentin Tarantino says that he feels black inside, and wishes that the colour of his skin matched that of his soul. I heard that Steven Spielberg, who has adopted black children feels a kinship with the brethren that is closer than friendship. And, I...

  • Secrets the ancient Egyptians had hoped to keep to themselves
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Actually, that's not true. Perhaps ten years ago we might not have counted on getting very much out of an Egyptian mummy (unless we were superstitious), but now we are a nation of cadaverophiles. Poking dead bodies and interrogating their mute remain...

  • Leading Article: In defence of unhappiness
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    What Ashley Weinberg and his colleagues at Manchester University do not ask - and this is an indictment of modern academic research, because it is a far more interesting question - is: do you have to be mad to rule the world? Now, before mental healt...

  • Leading Article: Lib Dems make the difference
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    It is also a shame because of the temptation it presents to dismiss the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Paddy's party north of the border has always been able to punch above its bantam weight. The choice of a proportional system for elections to the Scot...

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    That is why we are marching today, and, hopefully, at last, Tony Blair and Jack Straw will listen and understand this is one campaign that is not going to go away. THIS week, The Independent invited the main party leaders to sign up to the Prime Mini...

  • Letter: One's better than ever
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Without Radio One's commitment to break new music (that doesn't mean they can never play anything familiar, Pierre) there would be no Cornershop, Space, Verve, Run DMC, Nevins, All Seeing I etc for unadventurous commercial stations to plagiarise and ...

  • Letter: Jonesboro shootings
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    Arkansas is a state heavily involved with hunting and gun ownership is seen as a rite of passage for many young Arkansans. Some college friends of mine asserted that they would not consider going for a long drive without a gun in the glove box, purel...

  • Letter: Jonesboro shootings
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    The value of human life has been eroded over the decades through the growth of euthanasia, abortion, and television and computer-game violence, which all promote the killing of people who happen to be an inconvenience. Until we as a society, and poli...

  • quote unquote
    Saturday, 28 March 1998

    "The New Conservative rank and file is made up in large part of hard- hearted Essex businessmen, second-rate academics and opinionated young unemployables." - Auberon Waugh, TV pundit and commentator. "It's cool to be 40. It really is a new life. I'm...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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: 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 ...

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