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Monday, 30 March 1998

  • Letter: Bug foreseen
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    MUCH has been and will be written on the subject of the "Millennium Bug". In due course the hunt for scapegoats will commence. Of course, thoughtful programmers have understood the issue ever since they began to store dates in computers. I certainly ...

  • Caught on video: the strange case of the buttercup massacre
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    Counsel: You are Sam Profiterole? Sam: I am. Counsel: Is that your real name? Sam: No. It is a name I have assumed for tax purposes. Counsel: For what tax purposes? Sam: For the purpose of getting the Inland Revenue to send all my tax bills to someon...

  • Letter: Why read?
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    ANNE BARNES, general secretary of the National Association for the Teaching of English, no less, says "the point of reading is to enjoy a good story" ("Tough words to test our children", 21 March). What happened to the exchange of ideas, development ...

  • Letter: Hereditary peers
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    WHAT is going to replace the broad knowledge of affairs that is available from the present peerage, if hereditary peers are to be removed from the councils of the realm? As Edmund Burke said: "Persons nurtured in office [that is, in the law and polit...

  • Leading Article: Seeing the light
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    It's not a new idea. Where would traditional Parisian streetscapes have been without their pissoirs and those round, green things bearing yellowing posters for Charles Trenet concerts. British streets hardly lack for advertising, though most of it is...

  • Leading Article: Back to the roots of Rolls-Royce
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    The success and failure of Rolls-Royce is a parable of much else in 20th- century British manufacturing history. The company has "crafted" (as they call it) some of the most beautiful cars with some of the most evocative names in motoring history - S...

  • On saving the greenbelt: John Prescott, saviour of rural England? Don't laugh
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    We can get much more housing into our urban areas that we have done for the past few decades. Mr Prescott has set an initial target of at least 60 per cent of all new homes to go there - better than the 50 per cent we have been managing, but not as g...

  • Letter: Bug foreseen
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    I refer to the software fault which, with exquisite and correct logic, is going to hold back from its fin-de-siecle crashing of the world's computers until 31 December 2000. It is, of course, the Pedantic Millennium Bug. MICHAEL DINES London SW13

  • Letter: National games
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    I AM surprised that Lord Gordon of Strathblane (letter, 25 March) cannot see the difference between Premier League football - essentially played between local teams even if some have wider support - and Test cricket which, as an international contest...

  • Letter: Tight money
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    I AGREE with Gavyn Davies's overall conclusion that the Budget was a step in the right direction (Business Comment, 23 March), but on three points he overstates his case. First, he criticises the Bank of England's "puzzling failure to pursue a firm d...

  • Letter: Arts Council row
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    DAVID LISTER ("Arts Council sheds half its members", 25 March) implies that the Parliamentary Commissioner (Ombudsman) found fault with Arts Council of Great Britain's decision to cease funding the Kosh. Nothing could be farther from the truth: the A...

  • Letter: Cost of disability
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    VIRTUALLY all the discussion of disability, whether by official spokesman or by unofficial commentators, misses the point. What most of us need is not a higher income, whether from allowances or from salaries, but a better opportunity to lead a norma...

  • Britain's new film censor: Why I read, watched, listened - and then passed Lolita for cinemas
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    But I started at the beginning - by re-reading the novel. It is more shocking today than it was when first published in 1959, because the widespread incidence of paedophilia was then unknown. Nobody could forget the theme, if only because the word, "...

  • Letter: A Tory's vision
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    YOUR claim (leading article, 30 March) that the Conservative Party has "no vision to enthuse members and potential members" struck me as less than fair. I joined the Conservative Party on 2 May 1997. New Labour, New Britain and Blair's egregious oppo...

  • On The House Of Lords: How the Tories could outflank Labour
    Tuesday, 31 March 1998

    But Disraeli is as Disraeli did. And, in fact, Hague is in danger of ignoring the lessons of one of the great Tory's most stunning electoral coups. The issue is Labour's programme of constitutional reform; and the Tories are at severe risk of missing...

  • Letter: After Jonesboro
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    locked myself out of school whilst on playground duty; let adults I do not recognise into after-school activities when they have tapped on the window for admittance; noted that it takes an extra adult to hold a door open to admit adults they do not r...

  • Letter: After Jonesboro
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    K LEAMAN London W9

  • Letter: Child choices
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    CHARLIE ROBERTSON London N19

  • Leading Article: A moral role on the world stage
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    Two obsessions trail in his wake: one of Britain "punching above her weight", the other of the association of British foreign policy with morality. Tomorrow, as he rises to deliver the Winston Churchill lecture, George Robertson needs to face both ob...

  • Letter: Child choices
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    The feminists rightly persuaded women to be more career-minded and to achieve some financial independence. But there is more involved than career- mindedness. Social changes since the Seventies have had profound effects on the 18-39 age group that mu...

  • Letter: Child choices
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    To get to her position on the economic ladder, which is what has made her choice possible, both her brilliant talent and fantastic good luck are essential. For her then to suggest we do what Jodie Foster did and go and have articial insemination is t...

  • Letter: Deaths in prison
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    In order to have found that Mr Manning was "unlawfully killed", the inquest jury would have had to have been sure "beyond a reasonable doubt" that he had been killed in an incident of murder or manslaughter. That is exactly the same standard of proof...

  • Letter: Cook's tour
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    How can British Jews talk of peace when Israel persistently bullies Palestinians (with the world turning a blind eye) by infringing on the no-mans-land between the two countries, by building permanent settlements on it. If Israel was really intereste...

  • Letter: Deaths in prison
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    There are serious dangers in allowing the politically correct lobby to stifle genuine scientific debate if they do not like some of the possible outcomes of the debate. We must always insist that open factual discussion is protected from attempts to ...

  • Continuing a Shakespearian tale of our times: Act Four, Tony does a deal with the devil
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    The scene is the Palace at Westminster, where Duke Prescott and several noblemen are conferring secretly. Enter Earl Dobson. Dobson: I would have audience with King Anthony On very urgent matters of the state. So stand aside and let me through to him...

  • Leading Article: Vote of no-confidence
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    But that is internal democracy for you: it reveals all kinds of unpleasant truths. Mr Hague's drive to create a one-member-one-vote party is absolutely right. But it has exposed the hollowness at the heart of modern Toryism: there is no vision to ent...

  • Letter: Defence of the realm
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    I was just contemplating how this scare could be turned into a policy when Paul Beaver of Jane's Defence Weekly suggested on Radio 4 that the Territorial Army (apparently under threat from the Defence Review) could become a civil defence force. But s...

  • Letter: Name that tune
    Monday, 30 March 1998

    Many a failed politician may have echoed those sentiments. PHILIP ASHTON Glossop, Derbyshire

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