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Tuesday, 31 March 1998

  • On the PM's spokesman: Alastair Campbell - Blair's virtuous thug and now a key Tory target
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    The Prime Minister himself will be unworried. He knows that Campbell is blamed for his own success. Like the others, he is a target for people who haven't yet worked out how to go for Blair himself.Blair knows too that in an era of media-driven polit...

  • Letter: We need natural food
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    However, in making a comparison with this area of concern and the health risks associated with eating meat, she misses a central point. A diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables has enormous health benefits, reducing the incidence of a whole range of...

  • Letter: Poplar planning
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    MARY A LANGRIDGE (A sufferer) Inverness

  • Letter: Home for historic library
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    In the splendours of the King's Library room at Bloomsbury, the exhibitions and museum surroundings made it almost a matter of background; now it is seen as fully part of the British Library, and gives new character to that library. There are regrets...

  • Things that go crash in the night of 31 December 1999
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    Do you know why Tony Blair has suddenly become so excited about the Millennium Bug? Dr Pinkerton writes: Yes. Because he is suffering from the Millennium Bug Bug. What is the Millennium Bug Bug? Dr Pinkerton writes: It is the state of excitement cont...

  • Letter: ITC regulations
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    BSkyB has been licensed by the ITC since January 1991 and is subject to the same codes as the terrestrial commercial broadcasters. Although BSkyB uses the Luxembourg-based Astra satellite, the Broadcasting Act 1990 requires that every satellite opera...

  • Letter: Promoting adoption
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    Campaigning vigorously for the introduction of comprehensive new adoption legislation, currently shelved by the Government, which would place the child's welfare as the paramount consideration in court decisions on freeing children for adoption. Orga...

  • Letter: Who pays the Bug bill?
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    It will be up to us to recognise genuine trickery and know who to complain to. Perhaps we could address all disputed cases to an official Millennium Ombudsman? MICHAEL D MITCHELL Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire

  • The rights of smokers: I've seen the future and it makes me smoke
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    Even now, though, my habit is not properly formed. I can go for weeks without a cigarette then smoke millions in a night. My friend Deborah always complains: "You are the most crap smoker I know". But I maintain that though I am not a particularly co...

  • On the rise and rise of sterling: When a high pound is inevitable, rela x and enjoy
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    The obvious reply to the first question is that for some parts of the economy - manufacturing exporters in particular - the strong pound is making life very tough. But this undoubted pressure has not stopped a German company paying over the odds for ...

  • Letter: Battle for green power
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    The Government wants to see that new and strong drive extended to the whole of Europe. That is why we have welcomed the Commission's White Paper, not opposed it as you claim ("Britain fights shy of EU plans for 'green' power", 23 March). We support t...

  • Leading Article: A great health project - despite the spin
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    Why? Because if you plot mortality, illness and disability the map tends to look the same as if you had coloured it for educational under-achievement, unemployment and the other indices of social exclusion. No wonder then that the first health action...

  • Leading Article: Role for Blair in the Middle East
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    Well, the United States may try to remove itself from the peace process but abdicating its wider role and responsibilities in the Middle East is not an option. The dilemmas of American policy will persist whether they are hosting talks or not. The Am...

  • Letter: Poplar planning
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    The developer, with the agreement of the local council, has agreed to replant trees elsewhere in the scheme and the trees, by the council's admission, only had a lifespan of another 20 years. These actions were agreed by the local authority as part o...

  • Letter: Who pays the Bug bill?
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    Am I alone then in being dismayed by what Tony Blair says (Comment, 30 March) about the Millennium Bug? Few things in life have been predictable for so long and with such a high degree of confidence as the following of year 1999 by year 2000. The Bug...

  • Letter: We need natural food
    Wednesday, 1 April 1998

    The shelf-life of a pesticide is around 10 years: that's how long it takes for resistance to develop in the pests it is supposed to kill. In 10 years' time, we will be witnessing a doubling of genetic engineering in our food crops to cope with the no...

  • 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, "...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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 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: 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 ...

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