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Tuesday, 12 May 1998

  • Letter: Cook's poor judgement
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Clearly, humanitarian aid cannot be divorced from the political context in which it is delivered. But here, the Government's aim to see the Kabbah regime reinstated rode roughshod over humanitarian concerns. Aid workers in the region were clear that ...

  • Leading Article: German leaders must turn xenophobic tide
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    It says something both reassuring and worrying that Germany's leading tabloid the Bild Zeitung should yesterday devote a prominent article to rebutting the beliefs that immigrants commit more crime, live off state handouts and take German jobs from n...

  • I care about Paul Johnson's love affair with Tony Blair - not about his adultery
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Somewhere it must be written in the job description of a Tory minister, a successful businessman or a paid moralist that you must have a fragrant wife waiting at home laying out your towels, while you have an affair with your secretary or at least em...

  • What's the hurry to get to France? Take the slow train ...
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Meanwhile, Mr Prescott is faced with a much more urgent decision. By the end of this month he has to decide whether to grant London and Continental Railways' request for an extra subsidy of anything up to pounds 1.2bn to build a high-speed rail link ...

  • Letter: Cook's poor judgement
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    The embargo was adopted on the initiative of the government of Sierra Leone and the Ecowas states and charges Ecomog and President Kabbah's government to serve as implementers. It is therefore highly implausible to suppose it was intended to apply to...

  • Pandora
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    AS A RESULT of his Easter disruption of the Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is due to appear in Canterbury Magistrate's Court on Friday. The Crown Prosecution Service has changed its original charge of "violent...

  • Letter: We are not all equal
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Sir: Dana International, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, and your leading article (11 May) say "we are all equal". UK transsexuals know that we are not. Amongst all the countries in the Council of Europe, only four do not recognize a trans...

  • Letter: Cook's poor judgement
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Sir: So what if a British company has broken a UN resolution with the collusion of the Foreign Office? Should we not be reminding ourselves that, theoretically at least, the UN exists to further democracy and protect human rights and if a Security Co...

  • Letter: We are not all equal
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    R H ELLAWAY Edinburgh

  • Letter: India's nuclear tests
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Sir: We strongly condemn India's pursuit of nuclear weapons signalled by Monday's nuclear tests (report, 12 May). This extremely serious development could threaten a nuclear arms race in south Asia. It also undermines attempts by many non- nuclear st...

  • Leading Article: Biotech price-tag on life and death
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    The directive does, however, permit the patenting of genetic materials if the "inventors" can demonstrate that they have developed a process or mechanism associated with it. So a company could "own" a very special, genetically manipulated, mouse that...

  • Letter: We are not all equal
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    HEATHER HENDERSON Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

  • Today's helping of new words and meanings to save you from English language-shock
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    To help avoid such stress, I am attempting to publish an occasional part- work glossary of the English language as it evolves, and today sees the appearance of another helping of new words and meanings. Appropriate: Likely to get the speaker out of d...

  • Blair lowers the summit for the world's leaders in Brum
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    The show is coming to Birmingham: the Group of Eight, or G8 to the aficionados, comprising the seven largest economies in the world plus Russia. Actually, the additional member ought by rights to be China, not Russia, for the Chinese economy is far l...

  • Letter: Guitar goddesses?
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Sir: Glenda Cooper's article "Why rock chicks are no longer under the thumb of any guy" (9 May) skirts round one issue. Whilst I do not doubt the singing prowess of the fairer sex, why do they always have blokes playing the instruments? When are we g...

  • Letter: Share out super-genes
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Sir: S Pruner (letter, 11 May) is being unduly pessimistic about genetic engineering and the possible rise of a socio-economic "super-class". In view of the fact that the prettiest girls have been joining forces with the cleverest boys ever since hum...

  • Letter: Trains, not uniforms
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    Sir: I see that Virgin Trains are decking out their staff in new uniforms (Business, 11 May). Thus also do Connex South Central staff parade in peacock blues and yellows. Am I being a tad old-fashioned in thinking that train operators would be better...

  • 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 ...

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