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Monday, 13 April 1998

  • Leading Article: Harbingers of doom
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    Rationalists are, fortunately, nowadays on hand to spoil the party. What is striking about the floods is how local they were. Inundation in Leamington and Banbury says a lot more about the peculiarities of drainage off the Midlands heights than divin...

  • Leading Article: Teachers must be led, not driven
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    The bad boys and girls at the back of the class yesterday are a problem. They represent those teachers - their numbers may run into the thousands - who are never going to sign up to the schools crusade the Government hopes to conduct. Their attitudes...

  • Candidates for mayor: Londoners should be free to vote for Red Ken
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    The precedents are good: New York, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and Moscow all have elected mayors identifiable with the city's joys and woes. I once saw an irate grandmother brandish her umbrella at Yuri Luzhkov in protest at the state of the drains in ...

  • Tiger Woods, one year on - wiser, humbler and no longer a saviour
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    Was I disappointed he didn't win the Masters? Not a bit of it. I was praying he wouldn't. I dreaded nothing more than a breathless interruption from the commentator, "Let's break off and go to Woods," followed by the sight of golf's touted superman b...

  • Seeking consent in Northern Ireland: Now for the referendum, when the people's voice will be heard
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    All that could now be transformed. One of the many huge benefits of the Good Friday settlement is that, as the Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble eloquently put it yesterday, "a healthy, vibrant, democracy [stands] to replace the stagnation, ...

  • Letter: Double holiday
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    DAVID SHEARN Bath

  • Letter: South Bank sound
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    London has more good orchestras than any other city in the world. The South Bank is its primary concert hall. However, London does not possess an acoustically decent concert hall to compare with Birmingham, revamped Chicago, Boston or Amsterdam. The ...

  • Letter: Battery cooking
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    BILL LINTON London N13

  • Letter: Straw the subversive
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    Some 23 years ago I was vetted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a job in one of our last remaining colonies. My Irish antecedents caused a little concern, but of more concern was my previous presidency of a college student union. At my fina...

  • Letter: Internet filters
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    This means acknowledging that life, with all of its opportunities and challenges, also occasionally has a dark side to it. Having acknowledged this, they should then set about ensuring that pupils are streetwise enough to be able to deal with that da...

  • Letter: 'Peace' in Ireland
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    TRIONA CAREY Macroom, Co Cork

  • Letter: Mothering mocked
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    Six-week-old infants were brought into a superbly equipped creche in the basement of an office block. They were also brought in to the creche at weekends and when they were sick, so that their working mothers could have time off. The nurse became the...

  • Letter: 'Peace' in Ireland
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    When terrorist incidents take place it is extremely difficult for democratically elected politicians to resist the pressures they then come under to react in such a way as to nullify commitments made to pursue a particular political course (cf earlie...

  • Letter: 'Peace' in Ireland
    Tuesday, 14 April 1998

    JOHN O'BRIEN Morpeth, Northumberland ONCE AGAIN the role of women in major historical events is airbrushed out. For nearly a year, the painstaking efforts of Mo Mowlam have been reported fairly and honestly. Yet, when the agreement finally comes, The...

  • Ulster after the peace deal: Much can go wrong, but more looks right
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    The big danger now is of a pincer movement on the new agreement, an unacknowledged alliance in which extreme republicans and extreme loyalists develop a deadly rapport aimed at bringing it down. One anti-agreement loyalist has already predicted "mass...

  • Leading Article: Reading by numbers
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    This year, everything is going to plan, even down to the relatively recent innovation of the leadership winning the votes that matter. So, when a teacher compared David Blunkett's plans for a "literacy hour" to "East Germany before 1989, where every ...

  • His opponents underestimate William Hague at their peril
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Chris Patten was not joking when he told a Tory dinner party on April Fool's Day that Mr Hague had been sensibly leading the party from its traditional centre, with skill and determination. "He possesses formidable ability and an engaging unflappabil...

  • Leading Article: Give us a sunny bank holiday
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Forget the levying of taxes and the defence of the realm: the most basic and irreducible power of politicians is the allocation of public holidays. And, yes, we - those of us among the fortunate majority who do have the day off - are grateful for tod...

  • Long Love Spike - an ode by Adrian Mitchell
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Flunkies in cloud-wigs and the greeny light Of the Boardroom of the Death Star Line. The Board - ensconced behind their horseshoe desk Wearing straw bowlers, Old Estonian ties, Pith suits and floral clock frocks, Yes, Admirals of the BBC and Third Wo...

  • Best new books in the field: our springtime ramblers' round-up
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Here, then, are half a dozen of the best new books on nature of all the thousands we have been sent ... Janet Street-Porter's Book of Country Wisdom You've seen her striding out on TV from coast to coast, walking through the middle of crop fields or ...

  • Letter: West of Greenwich
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Ironically it is Britain which is, in a real way, still divided on "which meridian?" Since 1884, the world's "Longitude 0" has been that which the seventh Astronomer Royal, George Airy, established at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in 1851. But si...

  • Letter: Schools need more cash
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    The sale of student debt, which raises money, is treated under the arcane rules of public expenditure as negative spending: in other words, to include it would reduce the quoted total of spending. Whether or not it is included, the receipts are in an...

  • Letter: Spying on the spooks
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    It is entirely legitimate for those whose lives have been affected by vetting, purging and blacklisting (not to mention more nefarious activities) to demand to be told how such things came about. It is also legitimate for historians of the British st...

  • Letter: Spare the rod...
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    I suggest that in two to three years time Suzanne Moore ("It's only common sense - hitting children is wrong", 9 April) does a follow-up article on the progress of this lovely lad, who has been given a personalised charter for a career in delinquency...

  • Letter: Faith and treason
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    Dr NIGEL HIGSON Hove, East Sussex

  • Letter: Floating motor
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    DAVID LLOYD Bristol

  • Letter: Faith and treason
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    ALEC HOLMES New Malden, Surrey

  • Letter: Schools need more cash
    Monday, 13 April 1998

    It is perfectly true that extra grants are being given to start on the backlog of repairs and maintenance under the New Deal for Schools scheme, that every school has been given a thousand pounds for books, that nursery places are being funded and th...

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