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Wednesday, 13 May 1998

  • Listen here India - do as nuclear nations say, not as they do
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    Of course, the move is self-debilitating, as the plunge in the rupee and Indian share prices yesterday indicates. "Mad" (the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction) might have prevented the Cold War turning hot, but the Indian subcontinent is still a...

  • Letter: Why we use Windows
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    It is extremely naive to believe that any monopoly can be benign, even beneficial. Microsoft could achieve sole control both of the desktop, which determines the software you use, and of access to the Internet, which dictates the information you see....

  • Letter: Mockery of a monarchy
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    DANIEL SMITH Aberdeen

  • Letter: Sierra Leone's freedom
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    The facts, which have been considerably muddied when not ignored, are that on 25 May 1997 the government of Sierra Leone, elected only a year previously in a remarkable demonstration of power by a people determined to rid themselves of military contr...

  • Gloomy outlook in the garden? Just send for Ken and his arboreal assassins
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    UNUSUAL JOBS INDEED No 37: A Contract Tree Killer "JUST imagine the situation," says Ken Quilter (not his real name). "You're a retired couple. You've got a nice restful garden with a sunny lawn. Then one day the next door neighbour plants a line of ...

  • Spare me and my fellow men from the new orthodoxy: female good, male bad
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    Anyway, the next morning reading my copy of The Independent, I turned first - as ever - to the article by my talented colleague Suzanne Moore, dealing with the revelations of Paul Johnson's adultery. Suzanne was not surprised that the florid Thatcher...

  • Letter: Safer trains
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    Such systems are used in some locations but are not suitable where speeds are much above 50mph, because of the large stopping distances then involved. The existing Automatic Warning System (AWS) provides similar functionality but can be overriden by ...

  • Leading Article: Wakeham fails to hit the target
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    But it is also the job of the Press Complaints Commission to fire warning shots across editorial bows and the Star and rivals tempted to follow its lead need to be warned. The forthcoming World Cup will excite passions and newspapers should report as...

  • Letter: First music hall
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    JOHN BURNETT Curator of the History of Leisure National Museums of Scotland Edinburgh

  • Leading Article: Toughest choices for the NHS
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    That is the conclusion of the Kings Fund's report on the case of Jaymee Bowen. Of course it is hard to disagree with the idea that there should be more information about the way the National Health Service reaches its decisions. In its fifty years of...

  • Letter: International craze?
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    RICHARD BARTLE West Bergholt, Essex

  • Over-tidy neighbours and backward-walking Lords
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    The other kind is a horrible bald man called something like Mike Hole, who crams his family of tiny delinquents into a purple Honda Civic, wears Ben Sherman shirts while plying his Black & Decker sanding device in the garden on Sunday afternoons ...

  • Pandora
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    EVEN your best friends won't tell you... at least not when reshuffle time is fast approaching in the Tory Party. But Pandora is happy to let you know that it seems almost certain the Boy Wonder will rearrange his team at the end of this month, whethe...

  • Letter: Mockery of a monarchy
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    In our recent Constitutional Convention, a very substantial majority clearly rejected the present role of Her Majesty, which many think puts such emphasis on the second syllable of "democracy" that our constitution should be changed to ensure a reall...

  • Letter: Why we use Windows
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    Joel Klein of the US Justice Department should ponder the following problem. Is it better for the consumer to have the option of using many different operating systems (and associated software) with the hassle of data conversion between different sta...

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

    HEATHER HENDERSON Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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: We are not all equal
    Wednesday, 13 May 1998

    R H ELLAWAY Edinburgh

  • 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...

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