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Saturday, 28 March 1998

  • Leading article: Meaning well is not enough
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    Perhaps Mr Blair's view was influenced by the fact that he had just been in France where overtly racist politicians such as Jean-Marie Le Pen have had substantial electoral success. The continual failure of the British National Party to win votes may...

  • In the magpie politics of the Blair era, let's hear it for the Sixties
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    That is another way of saying that we would be a lesser lot without the Sixties. For Mr Smith is a child of the Sixties - not merely as an openly homosexual politician, but more importantly as a radical optimist about the ability of political action ...

  • To the Cook, here's Health
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    MUCH wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Conservative camp over Labour's decision to ditch Blackpool as a party conference venue. The Tories took full opportunity to put a few into the Government's open goal, but privately they are appalled. An oppo...

  • When explanation fails
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    Bill Clinton has set up an inquiry to determine if any lessons about violence in schools can be learnt. The inquiry will be conducted by those professionally involved with the police, with children, with education, with medical groups concerned at th...

  • Frisco fights to sell dope
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    At stake is the survival of a Californian initiative, approved as Proposition 215 in a statewide referendum in November 1996, allowing for the growth and distribution of marijuana when the purposes are medicinal. US federal law forbids the growth and...

  • Letter: No help for those in real need
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    I see no point in replacing housing benefit with a voucher for accommodation set at a fixed level. Under the existing system there is a limit to what people can claim, depending on the size of the property and who lives there. Being a single person i...

  • Work is only a cure-all if there are jobs to do
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    We fell into friendly conversation and talked, in a factual rather than a boastful manner - anyway I hope so - about the number of books we had written. He came out top. But I could not bring myself to ask him about a puzzling matter involving himsel...

  • Letter: Model victims
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    What Dirie is trying to do is publicise the practice of female genital mutilation (of which one in four women die from complications). In this so-called post-feminist world, exploitation and repression of women continues. Surely we should be taking W...

  • When there's a scare, ask what the real story is
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    The answer is that the Sun had got an exclusive, a copy of an all-ports warning issued by the Home Office on 18 March, suggesting that Iraq was threatening to smuggle anthrax into "hostile countries", including Britain. As other journalists struggled...

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    Linda Bellos Black Filmmaker Publications ALAN Watkins (22 March) states that no Labour chancel- lor ever became prime minister. He has forgotten James Callaghan. He was Chancellor from 1964-67 and Prime Minister from 1976-79. Julian B Roland London ...

  • Letter: Get a life
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    The lines in fact come from Arthur Hugh Clough's A Modern Dialogue and are to be interpreted (as a qualification "but need not strive officiously to keep alive" to the commandment "thou shalt not kill") in a sly and negative manner. Malcolm Jackson L...

  • Letter: For the record
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    Brian Roberts Metropolitan Police Service

  • An artist in the Garden: Michael Berkeley - Profile
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    Having lamented the defection to the English National Opera of Nicholas Payne, who had run Covent Garden's opera company, Berkeley explained why the Opera House would now change style, moving away from business-style administrators to people with art...

  • It's all replay and little action down at Heseltine Hall
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    It is often difficult for a leading politician to adjust to normal life when first he leaves office. For many months, even years, Margaret Thatcher would spend her days simply wandering around the soft furnishings department of Harrods, stroking this...

  • How reason helped break the taboo
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    But how did the Independent on Sunday's campaign to decriminalise cannabis come to make history? Three factors are responsible for propelling the campaign so far. Firstly the support of readers who recognised the flaws in the outdated and confused ar...

  • Letter: Confused folk of the indie scene
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    Keith Millar Glasgow

  • Letter: The People's Government is no friend of triads
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    This is not true. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) enjoys a high degree of autonomy to maintain law and order under the mini-constitution governing the territory. There is no question of the Central People's Government ...

  • Smile, Wills, it's your turn now
    Sunday, 29 March 1998

    In the aftermath the newspapers didn't shrink from the responsibility. Lord Rothermere announced that his papers would no longer be buying pictures from the paparazzi, and every columnist from Lynda Lee-Potter to Lord Rees-Mogg expressed the media's ...

  • 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...

  • 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: '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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

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