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Monday, 6 April 1998

  • World Cup whinges or one-vowel wonders - it's all in the voices that no one really uses
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    By voice, I mean voice, literally. Has anyone else noticed that when extracts from the Sun are read out on programmes such as Medium Wave or What The Papers Say, they are always read in the same voice? It's a sort of angry snarl with lewd overtones, ...

  • Europe's left-of-centre parties have discovered the `third way'
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    Today, as leaders of socialist and social-democratic parties from across Europe gather in London to discuss new ideas about economics and social justice, I find myself absolutely convinced of the opposite. It is the centre-left which holds the intell...

  • Letter: Chernobyl lessons
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    YOUR front-page article ("Chernobyl leak", 3 April) is a timely reminder of the 12th anniversary of Chernobyl. No one must ever forget that cataclysmic event. Robert Fisk recently described in very moving detail in the Independent the after- effects ...

  • How can Labour stop Scotland slipping out of the British state?
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    Not surprisingly: the Labour Party in Scotland has had a bad few months. Large swathes of the press have been relentlessly hostile to the Government and, in a highly personal way, towards Dewar, its sometimes embattled seeming Scottish Secretary. The...

  • Letter: Motorbike noise
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    VANDA Lucke (4 April) may be relieved to hear that noisy bikes are already outlawed. All new bikes sold must conform to EC regulations, specifying a noise level of 98 decibels under certain conditions. Bikes are now quieter than some cars, indeed exh...

  • Letter: Bucking the market
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    YOUR leader "You can't buck the market" (6 April) misrepresents the Opposition's view. We believe that Chancellors can and do influence markets. The Chancellor's budgets have distorted the economy. By taxing savings he has encouraged consumers to spe...

  • Leading article: The first art hoax without any art
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    Here is an artist who the art establishment decided to celebrate despite - or possibly because - of the fact that "almost none" of his work survived. When told - or "reminded" - that Nat was an "abstract expressionist" the words appear to have draine...

  • Civil servants avoid the blame, as ever
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    Their second line is also in place. This is the technique of dispersing blame over as wide a field as possible. Five separate government departments were involved from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, led by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Departm...

  • Letter: National carnage
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    Letter: THE "thrilling" spectacle of the Grand National has once again claimed lives ("Time to curb racecourse carnage?" 6 April), providing yet more evidence for the oft-repeated assertion that this race is dangerous for its participants. Apologists...

  • Letter: Tribal baggage
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    I APPRECIATE your correspondents' reply ("Ireland's tribal baggage", 6 April) to my letter ("Ulster's Titanic", 4 April) and hope that I may reply to them. My point was the symbolism of the Titanic. It symbolised Ulster, Union and Britishness, an ide...

  • Leading article: Abuse should be tackled at its root
    Tuesday, 7 April 1998

    If only that were all that he is. He is also, like many paedophiles, intelligent, crafty and cunning. Most importantly he is, we believe, willing to offend again. He is a dangerous man. For that reason he should still be in very secure custody. Of co...

  • Letter: Cost of computers
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    Consider also the evidence emerging at the BSE inquiry: doesn't it all show the contempt with which our civil servants and politicians regard scientists, engineers and anybody with a technical background? DUDLEY BROWN Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershir...

  • I have seen the future of Radio 4 - and nothing much changes
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    "You all right, sir?" said the solicitous newsagent. "Just a bit unsteady on the old pins," I said. "I wasn't ready for this ghastly vision on the front of the Radio Times. Some new horror series, is it? Adaptation of Kafka? Remake of The Prisoner? O...

  • Letter: Thoughtful Duchess
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    John Walsh (Comment, 2 April) could be wrong in questioning whether she will remember the names of everyone at Sky TV. Condescending she is not. Dr CHARLES STEER Ramsey, Isle of Man

  • Letter: It's good to sign
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    The handshape in question is also the British Sign Language (BSL) shape for "telephone". It is used and adapted in various contexts within BSL whenever telecommunications is discussed. It is not my intention to question the origin of the handshape; h...

  • Letter: Cool England
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    So much of what defines "Cool Britannia" is English, not British. The term was coined by Newsweek magazine in November 1996 in their story about London being the world's coolest city. Since then Labour have been successful in recreating England's rat...

  • Letter: Cost of computers
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    STEVE RAZZETTI Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria

  • Letter: Ireland's tribal baggage
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    How many of the Harland and Wolff workers came from the counties of Cavan, Donegal or Monaghan or, for that matter, from Armagh, Fermanagh, Londonderry or Tyrone? In those days, you could not commute to work daily for more than a few miles. The men w...

  • Leading article: You can't buck the market
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    Ten years ago, it was the Chancellor of the Exchequer himself, Nigel Lawson, who wanted to keep the pound down and repeatedly cut interest rates to do so. When that did not work, he resorted to intervention in the foreign exchange markets, selling po...

  • Letter: Cost of computers
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    In the US in the Fifties, when computers were too clumsy and unreliable to be sold on the open market, some 85 per cent of the cost of research and development was carried by government funding, mostly via the Pentagon. The public share of these cost...

  • Letter: Ireland's tribal baggage
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    The Republic of Ireland is a vibrant modern industrial economy, the envy of Ulster industrialists. Its financial and agri-sectors have in many respects outstripped ours in the dynamism and sophistication of their management. Many of my Protestant far...

  • Letter: Britain works too hard
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    There is plenty of evidence that excessive working hours can cause sleep loss, fatigue and stress, and that long hours and shift work are associated with higher levels of heart disease. General performance is poorer at night and fatigue is likely to ...

  • Letter: Mosquito bikes
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    VANDA LUCKE Bristol

  • Leading article: Top of the list for free publicity
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    And you almost certainly will not agree with today's choice of Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Adolf Hitler as the five "leaders and revolutionaries" who "most influenced the course of world events and the f...

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