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Monday, 11 May 1998

  • Unions should recognise that a brighter future awaits them outside New Labour
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    Now we know where they went. The Campaign for a Fighting and Democratic Unison is agitating inside the public service union. The closeness of "democratic" and "fighting" betrays the twin influences of Arthur Scargill's Socialist Labour Party and the ...

  • Letter: Police presence?
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    PETER BRINTON Headteacher, Roskear School Camborne, Cornwall

  • Come follow me into the living world of obituaries
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    The pleasures are very much the same as reading a good biography or novel. Obituary notices are often well written, particularly, if I may say so, in The Independent, where they are signed. Yet obituaries can be critical. Thus The Daily Telegraph's r...

  • Letter: Sandline in Sierra Leone
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    The moral question of whether the UK should have been involved in restoring the "legal" regime is irrelevant; sanctions were imposed to try to stem the fighting and bloodshed within the country. The Foreign Office's apparent decision to throw yet mor...

  • Letter: The best way to vote
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    AV does not provide for proportionality. As Donald Macintyre says, in 1997 AV would have produced an even less proportional result than first- past-the-post. A two-stage approach to electoral reform with AV being introduced for the next election and ...

  • Letter: Sandline in Sierra Leone
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    A year ago the world was virtually unanimous in wanting the Koroma regime out and President Kabbah reinstated. Anarchy reigned, but no western power would intervene militarily except to rescue its own citizens from the chaos. The President and Leader...

  • Pandora
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    WHILE charity begins at home, surely crime prevention should start at the Home Office. Perhaps this was Liberal Democratic MP Ronnie Fearn's motivation when he asked Home Secretary Jack Straw last month for a list of all the equipment stolen from his...

  • Letter: Protect the unborn child
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    Consider the following scenarios. In the first, a woman goes into labour at eight months but the previously healthy baby shows signs of severe distress and a Caesarean section is advised to save the baby's life. The mother refuses, on the grounds tha...

  • Letter: Capital cat
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    Let us have a democratically elected, publicly accountable cat for the capital and for the millennium. I'm ready to kick off the "Yes" campaign with the slogan "Bring Back the Cat!" JOHN LAMPER Wareham, Dorset

  • Letter: Protect the unborn child
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    In your leading article (8 May), you present a story of a depressed, probably socially and emotionally isolated woman with unconventional but firmly held views which are highly likely to end in her and her baby's death in a pregnancy with which she w...

  • Leading Article: Youth's puerile hero
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    It is, if true, a distressing revelation. The Industrial Society, who brought us this news, tell us that young people cite a number of reasons as to why Mr Evans would be a good Minister for Youth. He is said to have a reputation for speaking out. It...

  • Leading Article: Israel's peace is in Clinton's interests
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    His big chance comes with Israel. Mr Clinton has no more elections to fight. He has no further need of Democratic Party money-bags. Now is the time for him to consider his place in the history books and - for once - secure the breakthrough needed by ...

  • Leading Article: Spies, helicopters and high politics
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    Mr Cook wanted to hide behind the Customs and Excise and Foreign Office enquiries, which will take weeks, maybe months, to complete. He obviously hoped that these would buy him some political time. They haven't. This story has a sex appeal about it w...

  • Man bites dog. But only in self-defence
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    Here is an extract from the fascinating proceedings. Counsel: Now, Mr Watt, you are a postman? Postman: I am. Counsel: I believe that one of the hazards of a postman's life is canine assault. Postman: It is. Counsel: And what precautions can be taken...

  • Letter: Treating depression
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    Whilst there is obviously more to the treatment of depression than medications such as Prozac, the suggestion that this disabling yet treatable condition is somehow medically unimportant must not go unchallenged. Dr RICHARD PRETTYMAN Senior Lecturer ...

  • Letter: Don't rewrite history
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    In addition to pointing out the hardly surprising fact that Viking raiders had families and did not always eat well, the curator of Denmark's national museum, Anna Pedersen, apparently thinks the Vikings "have been victims of a bad press... They migh...

  • Posh luvvie projects look for an alternative to public subsidy
    Tuesday, 12 May 1998

    Kent Opera has something of a chequered past. Its Arts Council grant was abolished a few years ago, whereupon, after a huge outcry, it abolished itself. Now it plans to ascend from the ashes, an oasis in the desert that is Kent. "Our next production ...

  • How to get ahead in broadcasting: look at the questions in advance
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    I was surprised on several grounds. One, that Tebbit wrote in the Mail. Two, that Merton bothered to read it. Three, that Merton ever got worked up about things, at least on air. Most of the time he spends semi-slumped, trying to avoid eye contact wi...

  • Letter: Floods in Venice
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    The proposed flood gates will have to close much more frequently in the future than now, given sea level rise. That closure will hinder navigation, and create a major pollution hazard. So those issues will have to be tackled, and solved. But if we ca...

  • Letter: Rise of the super-class
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    We can expect a small group of super-people with altered genes to claim their right to rule because they are genetically superior and rich. I am certain that this new technology will be used to enhance social prejudices. How can the rest of society -...

  • Letter: Role of the monarchy
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    The Rev Canon PAUL GODDARD Polruan-by-Fowey, Cornwall

  • Letter: Role of the monarchy
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    BEATRICE STEMP Tonbridge, Kent

  • Letter: Role of the monarchy
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    W DENIS WALKER London E4

  • Pandora
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    THE cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair screams "The German Assault On US Publishing". Pandora was amused. Is Vanity Fair owned by Si Newhouse, the same American billionaire who sold off Random House last March for $1.4 billion to the Germans at...

  • Letter: Role of the monarchy
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    The Rev Canon SIMON BLOXAM-ROSE Street, Somerset

  • Letter: Role of the monarchy
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    The Australian constitution was written with a view to having an absent sovereign. Indeed the sovereign did not come near us for our first 54 years. When the Queen intended visiting in 1954, it was realised that the constitution had so effectively st...

  • Letter: Apathy at the elections
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    ADRIAN WILLSON Basingstoke, Hampshire

  • Letter: Apathy at the elections
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    LEN ALDIS London E3

  • Leading Article: The shift from bomb to ballot box
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    These are, let us remind ourselves, the gang who murdered at least 16 people. Some of them admitted to the Guildford and Woolwich bombings in 1974. Wild cheering went on for more than 10 minutes with delegates, many in tears, stamping their feet and ...

  • Letter: Protecting our children
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    This solution suggests that the only risk is from those who have already been convicted: it fails to address the possible danger posed by others who have not yet been found out, or who have not yet assaulted children but may do so in the future. Acti...

  • Letter: Role of the monarchy
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    W R HAINES London SE27

  • Pop won't make a perfect summer for the Prommers
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    He didn't have in mind his successor, Nicholas Kenyon. But the man in charge of both the Proms and BBC Radio 3 has a curious way of publicising such a sustained concentration of symphonic and chamber music. When booking opens next week the biggest at...

  • Civil Servants and Sierra Leone: Wanted: a defender for Whitehall's wily ways
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    Yet the woman concerned, Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, stands accused not for anything she may or may not have done in her role as Foreign Office minister in the Lords. Her sin stems from her previous incarnation as leader of the top civil servant...

  • Leading Article: Getting children back to school
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    Today sees the unit's first report, concerning schools. For those who do not have the time to read the whole thing, Tony Blair provided a short summary in yesterday's News of the World. (At a rate of 1.5 articles per week since the election, he is su...

  • Letter: Out of the frying pan...
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    EDWARD HERITAGE Quainton, Buckinghamshire

  • Famine relief in Sudan: How many more will die hungry before United Nations rules are changed?
    Monday, 11 May 1998

    Once again the circle is complete. The aid agencies call the television stations, give them free lifts to the hunger zone and tell the story. We watch, our hearts are touched and the aid agencies recoup their efforts and expenses in a fund-raising ap...

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