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Wednesday, 4 March 1998

  • Letter: Millennium bug
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    AS YOU note, the European Commission is advocating accelerated action on tackling the millennium bug (report, 27 February). This is a view with which I wholeheartedly agree and I am stepping up Europe-wide action to tackle the bug. The Government pro...

  • Leading article: Deadly legacies of war
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    It is difficult not to infer that carcinogens, released or active since the Gulf war in 1991, may be responsible for this health emergency. Where might they come from? Local sources suggest the huge refinery fires that burnt for weeks during the war ...

  • Pandora's Box
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    BY COMPARISON, the $500m theme park which Michael Jackson is planning to build in Warsaw, Poland, may turn out to be a triumph of good taste and idealism. Yes, Jacko Land is going to be "a world of childhood". Will it feature huge statues of androgyn...

  • Letter: Countryside march
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    The paucity of local transport in rural areas is a consequence of the privatisation and deregulation of public transport. The closure of village schools was started under the Conservatives, reflecting their obsession with "cost-effectiveness". The de...

  • Letter: Supermarket waste
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    WE TAKE the issue of waste management extremely seriously ("Tesco store throwing away food", 19 February). We work closely with suppliers to ensure the minimum wastage whilst providing our customers with product availability. We are now conducting a ...

  • Letter: Blair v Town Halls
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    Earl RUSSELL House of Lords

  • Sorry I'm not cool, but that doesn't mean I'm no use
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    I'm sorry we're not cool enough for Wayne. It's tough to be cool when a typical constituency day includes abseiling down a tower block in a gale for charity, calling the numbers at OAP bingo, trying to help 20 constituents at surgery and line dancing...

  • Letter: From gay to straight
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    VANESSA THORPE mistakes the reaction from gay men and lesbians towards individuals who come out backwards ("Glad not to be gay", 3 March). Our feelings are usually of despair, not with the person but with what will be made of it by bigots. It is anot...

  • Letter: Vintage
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    THE MENTION in Peter Sichel's Obituary (28 February) of his father, Allan Sichel, reminds me of a story told to me by that wine connoisseur the late Maurice Platnauer, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford. Allan Sichel often submitted himself to "b...

  • The puppet-master of the Balkans is running out of strings to pull
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    The trouble this time is in the province of Kosovo, part of Serbia but populated for 90 per cent by ethnic Albanians. At which point acute Balkan fatigue among readers may already have set in. And you may be forgiven that reaction. Wolf has been crie...

  • I have seen the future and it's time to talk about it
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    During this century life has become less nasty, brutish and certainly, less short. The ageing of society represents a triumph for medical science and for the improvements in social conditions. But not only are we living longer, we are also having few...

  • Leading article: End the agony of moving house
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    Labour's ultimate position on free markets is, still, somewhat ambiguous. But to the Blair government's great credit, it seems that, before even a year is up, it intends radical change in the business of house-buying and selling. The proposals to pre...

  • Sorry, the Martians ate our story about Mr Murdoch and the Patten book
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    Raymond Snoddy, who seems to handle coverage of media affairs for The Times, said the same sort of thing when he appeared on on Medium Wave on Radio 4 at the weekend. He was absolutely certain that Murdoch hadn't issued any instructions to any editor...

  • Letter: After Fayed
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    I AM NOT "bouffant-haired". My hair grows like this without aid or encouragement. I have never used a hair-dryer in my life and unlike some politicians and TV presenters, I have never dyed my hair. "Was he pushed or did he fall?", you ask ("Cole quit...

  • LETTER: Rantzen and hospital
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    DESPITE the reported findings of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, Esther Rantzen persists in making unwarranted allegations about the care of a former resident at the British Home and Hospital for Incurables which was featured so damagingly on ...

  • Letter: Blair vs town halls
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    DOES the Prime Minister's apparent stance on local councils ("Blair ready to ditch elected councils", 4 March) remind anyone of a previous incumbent of 10 Downing Street? Many Labour politicians were outraged at Margaret Thatcher's abolition of the G...

  • Letter: Countryside March
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    THE REAL issue highlighted by the Countryside March is not between town and country, but between small communities and farmers, and wealthy landowners and companies. Rural employment has plummeted. Farm work has seen a fall from 682,000 workers to 60...

  • Letter: End of farming?
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    I am a "townie" through and through, and probably do find it difficult to understand some of the problems affecting the countryside. However, I would have thought that my genuine sympathy and concern for their plight must be worth more than the wealt...

  • Letter: Modern Latin
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    But if we can invent a Euro-currency, why not a Euro-language: a modernised, grammar-pruned, phonetic, gender-free Latin - learning shrewdly from the well-intentioned failures of Esperanto - which would be as syntactically easy as English, as phoneti...

  • The Box
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    FORTUNATELY, the Prime Minister did not attend the first Commons meeting of Friends of Oxford University Labour Club on Monday night. He might have overhead an exchange which would have left him doubly depressed. Austin Mitchell gave a speech to this...

  • Germans glimpse life after Kohl and feel the thrill of change
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    On Sunday Schroder confounded the Cassandras, emerging with renewed strength from the fight considered the most difficult of his long campaign.Bild, the country's biggest tabloid, has unceremoniously ditched the Chancellor and appointed itself cheer-...

  • Letter: Dome thoughts
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    The Rev ALEC McGUIRE Leeds

  • Letter: BBC in Parliament
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    You are right to stress that covering Parliament is part of the BBC's public service remit. We welcome that. But the real public service challenge is to engage new audiences in what is going on in Parliament. That is why we have spent many months tal...

  • Leading Article: Even Gates must play by the rules
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    The gist of a judgment last December by a federal judge was that the inclusion in the product of Microsoft's own "browser" for the Internet is seriously harming the capacity of other software companies to compete. To defend his company and its strate...

  • Letter: Princess's play
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    Alan Jefferson directed the play, which was presented by Judy Montagu, Billy Wallace and Anthony Berry at the Scala Theatre, Charlotte Street, London W1, on 1, 2 and 3 June, 1954, in aid of the Invalid Children's Aid Association. Princess Margaret ga...

  • Letter: Speaking for the IRA
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    If one of the principal objectives of the peace talks is to bring the cycle of violence to an end, and if Sinn Fein now say that they should not be confused with the IRA, how can there be any reliable prospect of the IRA ceasing violence even if the ...

  • Murdoch's media empire is global and mighty, but it isn't eternal
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    This is a pity because behind the fuss lies a crucial question. Will, during the first half of the next century, the power of the global media become more concentrated or more diffuse? There is also a more specific issue: is Mr Murdoch's attempt to a...

  • Letter: Autism and MMR jab
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    I quite agree that measles is a killer and no one wishes to see a return of this disease but, I, for one, would not have given my son the combined MMR vaccine if I had been aware that there was any chance of him becoming autistic. My "normal" develop...

  • Leading Article: Tycoon who taints news
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    As the full extent of Rupert Murdoch's engagement with the Chinese regime becomes clear, so does his profligacy with his newspapers' capacity to inspire that trust. His editors take his shilling and dance to his tune, wiggling their hips to entertain...

  • Letter: End of farming?
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    J E LAMPER Wareham, Dorset

  • New Labour is old at heart. It's no place for the young
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    Welfare to work, tuition fees and failure to attack the creativity brain drain of young designers away from Britain have led me to speak out against a Government which was voted in with fervour by a disillusioned youth and has now turned against thos...

  • At last! You can be at the very heart of the media circus!
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    Last week we guaranteed to have someone carrying the placard of your choice on the Countryside March! (The winner was THE AMERICAN GUN LOBBY SUPPORTS PETER MANDELSON'S DOMES) The week before that we guaranteed that Janet Street-Porter would walk thro...

  • Letter: End of farming?
    Wednesday, 4 March 1998

    An increasingly global food market, the effects of BSE and the likely reduction or removal of hill-farming subsidies will put many farmers out of business. After the markets for rural retreats, golf courses, paint- balling, off-roading and holiday vi...

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