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Friday, 15 May 1998

  • Letter: Third World debt
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    Debt repayments are draining these countries of vital financial resources, hindering economic growth and poverty-reduction and preventing them from tackling enormous health problems. The United Nations Development Programme has estimated that the liv...

  • Letter: Cost of cathedrals
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    Were our cathedrals ruins they would be scrupulously maintained by the state. As it is, each cathedral is the sole charge of its dean and chapter, meagrely funded in relation to the scale of their responsibilities. Much greater resources should be ma...

  • Humanity's mistake: we ate our rivals and are paying for it still
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    This, at least, is the theory of a geology professor from Massachusetts, Mark Mcmenamin, who has just presented a paper on the subject to a meeting of the Geological Society of America in Salt Lake City. Professor McMenamin bases his conclusions on s...

  • Letter: Eurovision entries
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    If the Palestinians eventually get a broadcasting network of their own which can be affiliated to the EBU, there is no reason why they should not have an entry to the song contest. If any other Mediterranean country wanted to enter it would be welcom...

  • British teenagers lead the world in their sexual activity - why?
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    Britain leads the world in something! It's a long time since we've been able to say that. But "We should hang our heads in shame," said the Sun newspaper yesterday, reacting to the news that not only does Britain have the highest rate of unmarried te...

  • Letter: Left-wing dementia
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    So I discovered that life's experiences didn't quite match up to the theory and blueprint as mapped by early socialist-anarcho-feminism? So what! Are you allowed to learn by your mistakes? Or do you have to go around shrieking "property is theft" all...

  • Letter: `Sanctity' of life
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    If I, as a veterinary surgeon, were to end the life of a suffering animal by starving it or allowing it to die from an untreated respiratory infection, I would expect to be struck off the Veterinary Register for cruelty. Yet these are the methods adv...

  • Letter: Powers of the PCC
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    It is indeed outside the PCC's remit - for good reason. When the PCC was established, the newspaper industry itself - not my Commission - decided that we should not have powers to adjudicate on matters of taste. The thinking behind it - with which I ...

  • Letter: Pedestrians in peril
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    1750 pedestrians were killed on UK roads in 1990 (HMSO figures), significantly more than in France (1520) or the former West Germany (1450). In terms of pedestrians killed per 100,000 of the population, the UK still ranks fifth out of 16 countries: h...

  • Leading Article: Secret of Sinatra
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    But Frank Sinatra deserves to be remembered for much more than this one song, even if it was his greatest hit. His long and colourful life (his recording career spanned seven decades) will provide a rich source for columnists and biographers. But, on...

  • Leading Article: New rules in the battle of the sexes
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    Something interesting is certainly happening down there in the trenches. The lines on the domestic battlefield have been redrawn repeatedly over the past 20 years. The presumption is now that men share responsibility for child-rearing, even if women ...

  • Leading Article: Big fuss over a small bomb
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    It is worth understanding how the small scale of these exercises made them especially powerful in their political and strategic messages. It is harder to make a small weapon than a large one, and miniaturised warheads can be more potent, as they are ...

  • Letter: `Sanctity' of life
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    Moral values should not be used as an excuse to avoid facing up to a difficult decision. Singer presents us with a real-life human moral conflict, and it is not resolved by saying that it is "absolutely right" not to kill - we are still left with a c...

  • Letter: `Sanctity' of life
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    Belief that life is in itself sacred would demand an equal respect for all life, be it vegetable, insect or animal. Given that most of us would find that view intolerable, the next logical step is to claim that there is something about human, or adva...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    - Stephen Daldry, former artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre Robin Cook would gain more sympathy from his predecessors if he did not set himself up as our moral superior. We all did our bit to make a British contribution to a more decent wor...

  • Debt relief for the Third World is not enough
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    I will leave aside the inconvenience that if you looked like an African in those days, people might treat you too as a poor soul in need of Christian charity, and concentrate instead on the value of this goodwill to the people of the Great Continent....

  • Letter: Labour and the unions
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    Let's make it clear. John Monks and the TUC have no institutional links with the Labour Party. Neither do the majority of the unions in the TUC. Even Unison is only affiliated for part of its membership. How does this give them more influence than th...

  • Letter: India's nuclear tests
    Saturday, 16 May 1998

    Instead of condemning India, it would be prudent to enter into a constructive dialogue so that the Indian authorities can prevent fissile material from falling into rogue hands, maintain the nuclear reactors properly (to prevent a fallout) and safely...

  • Don't just offer advice, Mr Cruickshank, do something useful
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Theory Two, however, says that all these scare stories are just part of the Millennium Scam - a get-rich-quick conspiracy of lawyers and computer consultants charging exorbitant fees to tell companies there's nothing to worry about. (So far, the lawy...

  • Why I applaud the books of men who tell it like it is
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    David Aaronovitch is upset that female journalists such as myself have said nasty things about men. He was referring to the remarks I made about Paul Johnson. Did I suggest that "all men are wankers"? No. I will leave it for men to say that about the...

  • Letter: Real nappies
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    HELEN WOOLLEY Sheffield

  • Letter: Labour's union link
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Nor does it reflect the fact that without unions such as the AEEU (Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union), there would be no New Labour. When Labour was heading off towards political oblivion, unions worked to bring the party back to reality. ...

  • Letter: Real nappies
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    The "vile chemical" we use to sanitise our reusables is that scourge of the environment, vinegar (as recommended by the manufacturers). The "amazing temperature" we wash them at is 60 degrees and on average we do five half-loads every two weeks. If t...

  • Letter: Genetic patents
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    This Directive blurs the line further between what constitutes an invention and a discovery, at a time when ethical considerations should be at the forefront of decision- making. Sadly, it seems such considerations come a distant second to the profit...

  • Letter: Double tunnel vision
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    However I must point out that his opening gambit that the road tunnel under the Channel is the "latest wheeze from Eurotunnel" is wholly inaccurate. Under the 1986 Concession Agreement, Eurotunnel is obliged to present plans to the British and French...

  • Pandora
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    THE TABLOIDS were trying to track down John Major in America yesterday for a quote about his son's engagement. Pandora is happy to help. Talking to a friend recently about Emma Noble, his highly photogenic future daughter-in-law, the ex- Prime Minist...

  • Letter: Labour's union link
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    The Party's internal democracy is already weakened by an increasingly arrogant and powerful centralised elite, and the removal of the unions would only enhance the power of Millbank. If there is not to be a complete takeover by professional politicia...

  • Letter: Labour's union link
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Indeed, it is so compellingly excellent that I am even now eagerly waiting for the Government to announce that the same percentage is being applied to all referendums, general elections, by-elections, local elections, elections of MEPs, elections to ...

  • Letter: Ulster conundrum
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    If the Catholics (nationalists and republicans) vote for the agreement they will be voting for the Ulster Unionist Party and for the sectarian extremists of the Ulster Defence Association and the Ulster Volunteer Force. If the Catholics vote against ...

  • As Robin Cook fails to live up to his billing, look out for John Prescott
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Yesterday was not the Foreign Office's finest hour. Appearing before a Commons Select committee, Sir John Kerr, the Permanent Secretary, exonerated Robin Cook of knowing about the Customs and Excise investigation into Sandline before he says he did. ...

  • Letter: Double tunnel vision
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    The tunnel links not London to Paris but Great Britain to Europe, and should not be considered finished until there are fast links from all parts of Britain. I look forward to the day when Paris is not three hours from London but five from Newcastle....

  • Letter: Genetic patents
    Friday, 15 May 1998


  • Leading Article: 'Ethics' didn't help in Indonesia
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Suharto has been a despotic, brutal and nepotistic leader for most of his time in power. When he took power in 1965 in similarly bloody circumstances (400,000 Chinese died in the riots then) he became leader of what could still easily be described as...

  • Letter: Testing times
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    The United States' objections would be more soundly based if it had not over the years supported Israel's nuclear weapons and itself recently been developing new types of nuclear weapons that happen not to need testing. Since the 1960s, when the Non-...

  • An article about a programme about a book about Hemingway, papa of post-modernism
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    "What are you up to," I cried. "I?" said Adrian, steering me expertly into a passing coffee house. "I am in the business of buying you a coffee. Espresso? Cappuccino? Latte?" "Latte isn't coffee," I said. "It's the Italian word for milk." "They are s...

  • Leading Article: Too little, too late to stop virtual monopoly
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Microsoft, headed by Bill Gates, has pursued that trajectory so familiar to capitalism: creative innovation, dazzling success, wealth beyond dreams and, finally, attempted monopoly. As technological change accelerates, Mr Gates has followed this path...

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