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Tuesday, 7 April 1998

  • Letter: Millennium pen
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    TO unbug the Millennium, back to the quill pen, say I. Cheap to replace when they do split, far fewer clever human input errors, and total economy in costly and precious electrical energy. DAVID E WILLIAMS Evesham, Worcestershire

  • When the children won't play ball on children's television
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    She had got as far as the War Office where she had gone to ask for permission to go to the Crimea. "So why do you want to go to the Crimea, Miss Nightingale?", said the grand official, and Miss Nightingale said nothing because she had forgotten her l...

  • Go away, ye merchants of gloom, your wares are not needed here
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    Pessimistic punditry is just about the biggest growth industry around. Publishers are pouring out books with titles like The Global Trap and False Dawn, consultants are cashing in on the Year 2000 conference circuit and even insolvency practitioners,...

  • Letter: BSE animal experiments
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    YOUR report ("Thousands of animals to be infected in BSE experiment", 4 April) uncovering a pounds 150m Ministry of Agriculture laboratory research programme into BSE, laid stress on the perceived threat to the research by animal rights protesters. I...

  • Letter: Fusty old church is full
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    IT APPEARS that the religious leaders looking "to rid the church of a fusty, old-fashioned image" ("Churches join forces to reverse decline in worship", 7 April) did not read the article you printed some weeks ago ("Incense, icons and faith", 19 Marc...

  • Letter: Government of Scotland
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    DONALD MACINTYRE ("How can Labour stop Scotland slipping out of the British state?", 7 April) suggests that Paddy Ashdown might refuse to allow Scottish Liberal Democrats to make common cause with the SNP. I have to say of Don Macintyre what Malcolm ...

  • Letter: Generous smokers
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    I WAS surprised to read the coverage ("Tobacco firms 'telling lies' on low-tar safety", 1 April) of the ASH and Imperial Cancer Research Fund report on low-tar cigarettes. The testing used to produce the numbers on cigarette packs is from an internat...

  • Leading article: Birt: the Ian Beale of broadcasting
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    First, diversity. Mr Murdoch puts in a strong claim: "the next generation will wonder at our obsession with the death of 'pluralism and diversity' when they are actually endemic in this brave new world of media". True, at first glance, the only thing...

  • It's only common sense - hitting children is wrong
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    Poor Roger Hately. He lost his rag when called to a school to investigate a burglary. A 12-year-old boy showing off in front of his mates called him "a slaphead" and started making grunting noises. Hately "tried to grab the boy ... he made contact wi...

  • Foreign policy will determine military goals
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    You will soon need to publish the Government's Strategic Defence Review. Some of the main and difficult decisions will by now have been taken. However, how these decisions are presented can have a significant impact on the reaction of the armed servi...

  • Letter: Generous smokers
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    SUZANNE MOORE is quite right to call smoking's bluff (Comment, 1 April). Of course it isn't rebellious. If unselfishness can be called social, smoking is the most social activity I know. Smokers pay huge taxes - typically pounds 500 a year for 40 yea...

  • Leading article: It's wise to wait for breast cancer drug
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    But the dramatic way in which the American National Cancer Institute handled the revelations of its research results - announcing interim, rather than complete findings, and declaring that it would be "unethical" not to offer the drug to women who we...

  • Letter: BSE animal experiments
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    I AM writing as a person who contributed towards the research by Dr Steven Watley presented at the BSE inquiry last week, to pose a few questions about the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food's research into BSE. Dr Watley's research has given...

  • Letter: Lenient sentencing policy
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    A PAEDOPHILE guilty of murder has been released from prison having served only nine years of a 16-year sentence (report, 6 April). Why has the criminal justice system allowed, or even as a matter of policy planned for, this to happen? The principle o...

  • Letter: Dangerous biking
    Wednesday, 8 April 1998

    MOTORBIKES should be as noisy as possible (letters, 6 and 7 April); they are often so badly driven that the noise is useful in alerting the rest of us to dive for cover. On a recent journey into London by car, as rush-hour traffic was leaving the cit...

  • 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...

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