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Friday, 3 April 1998

  • Letter: Bearded revolutionaries
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    There is a fierce battle of class and politics going in this country between clean-shaven revisionists such as Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson, who are continuing their contest as to who can appear the most clean-shaven and those with beards, such as ...

  • Letter: Disraeli's loss
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    PATRICK DERHAM Solihull, West Midlands

  • Take a look inside - that's where the wild things really are
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    Naturally, cryptozoology has come to have its moderate and its extreme wings. The moderates content themselves with identifying previously obscure species of nematodes in unpleasant caverns in the Carpathians. The extremists are better known to us fr...

  • Letter: Body of work
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    There is no "unscreened documentary" on the miners' strike made by Ken Loach. The programme I commissioned and edited was put out on Channel 4. "Body Art" did not cause LWT executives "a headless panic", it raised valid complex issues which needed ti...

  • Don't tell me about re-branding Britain, you'll never get it anyway
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    Each man kills the thing he loves - someone quite cool said that I believe - and so it is the way of the world that even intelligent politicians inevitably strangle at birth any idea that doesn't fit neatly into pre- conceived political categories. T...

  • Letter: Dangerous database
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    KEITH HUTCHINSON London SW14

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    Together they summed up The Independent at its best: irreverent; pointed; challenging; sending-up self-importance and highlighting those issues that really matter, such as freedom of expression and access to education. In the case of the alternative ...

  • Letter: Dangerous database
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    There is an element of window-dressing and deception that goes into a CV, which we all use to our advantage. How many of us have omitted from our CVs a failed GCSE, or a year spent retaking a failed exam, or worse? A database would record your every ...

  • Letter: Dangerous database
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    If we successfully address all these issues, do we not end up with a CV written by me, in my style, controlled by me on my own computer and used by me at the right time, when I want to apply for jobs - in other words, just what we have now? PHILIP MO...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    "Handouts are what toffs give to bums on skid row. Handouts are the middle-class's munificence to the poor." - Lord Hattersley, Labour peer, chiding the Secretary of State for Social Security, Harriet Harman, for describing social security payments a...

  • Leading article: An amusing little concoction
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    Now, most of us have no idea what English wine is supposed to taste like, beyond a vague folk memory of something undrinkable called Concord in the Seventies. Many of us, in truth, would have difficulty telling a Chilean Merlot from a tin of boot pol...

  • Letter: Dangerous database
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    HOWARD INGRAM Belfast

  • Letter: Capitalism in China
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    Premier Zhu has been praised by our own Prime Minister for his membership of the "modernisers' club" and unquestionably we owe China a debt of gratitude for not devaluing her currency in the still continuing Asian economic crisis. The internal cost t...

  • Martin Luther King's death is still a warning
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    I was fortunate to be able to grow up with the example of a moral and personal giant before me. Because of his and my race, I felt a little closer to him than many, but I imagine that King was available to anyone as a role model whatever their race. ...

  • Letter: Ulster's Titanic
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    Titanic was not built by Irishmen, nor is it part of an Irish story. The Titanic was built by Ulstermen, which is what nearly all of them would most vocally have proclaimed. This goes to the heart of what the current, and past, troubles and partition...

  • Leading article: Time to surrender the old hatreds
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    We worry about the response of the Provisional IRA. It may well be that they ultimately find the deal unacceptable. The new arrangements will, after all, be unlikely to deliver a 32-county united Ireland even on a distant horizon. Hardline republican...

  • Letter: Slaves of the screen
    Saturday, 4 April 1998

    Many people I meet express surprise and puzzlement: what do I do with all that time? how do I keep in touch with current affairs? (By reading The Independent, obviously). In my two years of not watching the Devil's Picture Box I have visited places a...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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...

  • 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...

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