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Thursday, 2 April 1998

  • Leading article: Japan in crisis? - Don't panic
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    But when the man who makes Walkmans compares the inaction of the Japanese government to that of the American in the face of the 1929 depression, then we feel the stirrings of unease. Anyone with a moderate interest in current affairs will be dimly aw...

  • The man who came back from the dead - and sued
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    A reader writes: Just spare us the catchpenny philosophy and get on with the story! Yesterday you said that Martin Trapp was going to die in this episode. That is not quite what I said. What I said was that Martin Trapp became so obsessed with obitua...

  • Leading article: Face the future
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    Some of the proudest episodes of our island story have been accompanied by facial fecundity - think of the Elizabethans (smart, pointy) and the Victorians (lush, extensive). But the 20th Century has seen an onslaught of anti-beard technology (the saf...

  • Andrew Marr's week: Slobby and sentimental, but oh so American
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    Yes, there is the Monica Lewinsky matter, which is potentially even more serious, since it involves charges of witness-tampering and the obstruction of justice. That, though, is also weakened by the Arkansas judge's decision to throw out the Jones ca...

  • Letter: Errant clergy
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    In 1994 the Catholic Church was the first church in England and Wales to issue public guidelines on dealing with accusations of child sexual abuse made against clergy. It specifically forbade evasive actions, and guaranteed co-operation by the Church...

  • Letter: Struck dumb
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    SEBASTIAN SCOTNEY Richmond, Surrey

  • Letter: Titanic and stunning
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    It is hypocritical of the press to keep on saying that the supermodels make my generation diet and get eating disorders, then go on to say that Kate Winslet is too fat. What kind of example is it going to set to us? We have enough troubles as it is w...

  • Letter: Out of school
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    Twenty-five per cent of youngsters aged 14-16 in public care are are either excluded or not attending school regularly. As a stable home environment is considered key to educational achievement, it is not surprising that children who have suffered th...

  • No time to despair - where there's talk there's hope
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    Perhaps. The formal negotiating positions of Unionists and nationalists are still far apart on many key issues. But then not everything is quite as it seems. The bomb is almost certainly not the work of the mainstream IRA, but of one of two breakaway...

  • Letter: No joke
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    CHARLIE ROSE Bristol

  • Letter: Strong pound
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    Does not a strong pound enable us to buy our raw materials more cheaply and so to produce our finished goods more cheaply? Similarly, all the goods we import must be cheaper, making almost everything in our shops cheaper and bringing down the cost of...

  • Gilbert and Sullivan are on my little list, and they never will be missed
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    The reader of this column will already know - from the pictures and the sub-headings - that the "real threat" was not to, say, charitable organisations funding the counselling and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders or the young victims of sexual ab...

  • Letter: Out of school
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    Unfortunately, for many lone-parent families, and others on low incomes, this will mean outlawing holidays altogether. According to recent research ("Small Fortunes: Spending on Children in Lone Parent Families", Middleton and Ashworth) lone parents ...

  • Letter: Errant clergy
    Friday, 3 April 1998

    There is an absence of clear judicial precedent in the relationship between church and priest. The Church insists, that the priest is not an employee. However, it is arguable that a monk is acting under the direction of the abbot, or the priest under...

  • Letter: Millennium bug
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    I was world-wide leader of Year 2000 services for Deloitte Consulting for 18 months to December 1997. In my experience, 75 per cent of all business IT systems need to be changed to avoid Year 2000 problems. About 50 per cent of departmental systems (...

  • Letter: Too many mayors
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    JIM TRIMMER Isleworth, Middlesex

  • Letter: The strong pound
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    High interest rates keep inflation down by discouraging borrowing, but the people they discourage most are business people who calculate the cost of credit. For retail customers the costs of credit are often disguised in the price, and people are mor...

  • Letter: Lords of misrule
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    DAVID BARRON London SW15

  • A heart-warming story from the golden age of irritating interruptions
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    A reader writes: Why don't you just tell us the story and let us make up our own mind about all that? Well, perhaps I will, at that. The story I am about to relate concerns a man called Martin Trapp, who was an expert on showbiz history. You know how...

  • Letter: Vaccine risk
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    Sir Kenneth Calman is reported to have ruled out making the three vaccines available separately for those parents who would prefer that method of treatment. Yet separate-dose vaccination would in time provide a control group against which the present...

  • Tony has some little lambs, but they never ever bleat
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    Since they were elected last May, I have watched New Labour backbenchers - people I know to be lively, intelligent and irreverent in private - turn into enfeebled drones. Tony Blair used to urge his supporters to think the unthinkable. Once in Parlia...

  • Letter: 'Safer' cigarettes
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    We refused to commit ourselves to any forecast of the effects of reduction in either tar or nicotine content, pointing out that this could be discovered only by observation, over a number of years, of the incidence of smoking- related diseases in smo...

  • China will not follow Russia down the stony path of political reform
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    Now misty mornings in Greenwich, when palaces float on air and the sky and the river become one, have a way of playing tricks with the memory. As I watched Zhu yesterday, mine went back to 1984, when an earlier reforming Communist upon whom great hop...

  • Leading article: Injustice seen to be done to Josie
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    So it isn't just mild puzzlement that greets the refusal of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to augment the puny annual sum paid Josie Russell as the surviving victim of that murderous attack which killed her mother and sister. We feel angry ...

  • Leading article: Work matters, hours don't
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    We wouldn't be so sure about the last bit. Of course no one should be intimidated or forced to work for excessively long days against their wishes. Transport workers and hospital doctors should be prevented from damaging our health as well as their o...

  • The Duchess of York, the Squatters of Dulwich and Kenneth Branagh
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    At Sky's Isleworth HQ, they've been auditioning Madges for the show. A "Madge" is the generic name (deriving from Dame Edna's mournful companion and ex-bridesmaid) for those people on American talk shows whose sad function is to sit with the host and...

  • Letter: The strong pound
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    His answer would cause smiles in the finance ministries of Europe, the United States or even Switzerland, where a mix of measures have been used by policy-makers to determine currency values. If Gavyn Davies is right (column, 30 March) and the Bank o...

  • Letter: The strong pound
    Thursday, 2 April 1998

    The Labour governments of the Sixties and Seventies turned huge payments deficits into surpluses by encouraging investment in manufacturing. It is open to the present government to do the same. It can be done the hard way by using fiscal policy inste...

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