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  • Letter: There's more to work than jobs
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    David Rodway Woldingham, Surrey

  • Letter: Not a hanging offence
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    For you, as others have, omit to mention that Mr Tilt was citing the evidence of scientific research which suggested "that people of Afro- Caribbean origin were more prone to suffer 'positional asphyxia' than white people due to a physiological diffe...

  • As an authority on the sex life of Queen Victoria...
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    And the answer to this brain-teaser is, of course, that I was originally a common-or-garden historian, a senior Professor of History at one of our oldest universities. I had already penned a number of well-considered historical biographies, among the...

  • Letter: It is not a choice between 'Christian' and 'quality'
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    I am all for the option of non-religious ceremonies, but theimplication that there is a choice between Christianity and quality is wrong. Rev David J Barker Manchester

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    David Cundy, Brighton THE rejuvenating power of cannabis! You say Malcolm X was present at the 1967 legalisation demo - in fact he had been assassinated a couple of years before. Presumably you meant another member of the X family, Michael. Name &amp...

  • Leading article: A green star is rising
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    The Kyoto agreement was historic. Only 20 years ago environment correspondents were writing about the threat of a new ice age. The emergence of a scientific consensus that the real danger lay in the other direction has been sudden, and the political ...

  • Only devolution can save the 'real England' from incestuous London
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Put more generally: to what extent does London deform policy-making? Because a capital which is dominated, at least publicly, by traders in stocks and currencies, lawyers and media people, will produce different political priorities from those of a c...

  • Letter: It is not a choice between 'Christian' and 'quality'
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Nicolas Walter London N1

  • Gordon likes a joke or two
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    WATCH out Chancellor Brown! A woman is after your job. Fortunately for him, the gel in question is Julie Kirkbride, a new Tory MP who unwisely confessed her ambitions to her constituency association in Bromsgrove, Worcester- shire, whence they were l...

  • Letter: Judge fairly
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    David Ronder London N22

  • Letter: A large gene pool ensures life
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Of equal concern is the possibility that the genetic modification might "escape" into wild populations of grasses or cereals. Terminator genes cannot be guaranteed to stay only where they are put. Commercial interests of the owner of the patent for t...

  • Apprentice for peace: PROFILE: DAVID TRIMBLE
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    This weekend he is negotiating the minefield of Northern Ireland politics. His mission is to secure a constitutional settlement that gives the nationalist minority a power-sharing role, but only within the context of a copper- bottomed agreement fast...

  • Let's stick to the really important issues. Like bingo
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    This aspect of the charter has been brought to life in a series of one- minute dramas which show Latvian child prostitutes waiting nervously for clients in a brothel and an Afghan woman dying in childbirth because her Taliban husband will not permit ...

  • Sex, lies and therapy
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Members of the Royal College are so bitterly split over these issues that a revised version of the original report, first submitted last summer, had to be published without its official imprimatur in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Still, this cle...

  • Death is no sleeping beauty
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    True, the artwork shown in court did not consist of human remains. It was but a cast, coated in silver, of the head and torso of an old man that had undergone dissection at the Royal College of Surgeons. If it had been made of human remains - like th...

  • Letter: Real choice
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    When you register to vote in the US you have the opportunity to register a political preference for primary election purposes. Whether or not you are a member of the political party you register a preference for is of no relevance. You are exercising...

  • Then Mr Campbell struck him a violent blow
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Most people have now forgotten: but what happened was that 17 years ago, Labour won the Greater London Council elections. The Labour majority promptly dislodged their moderate leader Mr Andrew (now Lord) McIntosh, replacing him with Mr Ken Livingston...

  • 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...

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