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Monday, 18 May 1998

  • Letter: India's bomb tests
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    Forty years ago Britain tested hydrogen bombs, not underground but in the open air of Christmas Island. Whatever the official motive, the underlying one seems to have been the same as India's today: national pride; desire, in our case, to stay "up" t...

  • Letter: Blame the IMF
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    Western intervention is not going to get rid of rulers in Asia. That is done by the people of the country, as shown in Thailand and South Korea - and now perhaps in Indonesia. Unless, of course, one takes the view that the IMF rescue package was subt...

  • Leading article: A thousand reasons to wind up Diana charity
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    But if Mr Julius and the other trustees spent a little more time pondering the impact of their decisions they would quickly come to the conclusion that the marketing of Di is a self-defeating project. The Diana charity has funds that will soon exceed...

  • Leading article: Private decisions on public funds
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    But those decisions are being taken in private. They are being taken, often, with minimal input from the public which pays the taxes on which the spending depends. Departments are arguing with the Treasury about candle ends here, pennies there, while...

  • Letter: Ulster peace in peril
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    What many people do not realise is that thirty years of conflict - plus the annual pounds 3.4bn subvention from the British taxpayer - have resulted in an extremely comfortable standard of living for many people. It has been estimated by a sociologis...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    Plainly we should disapprove of disregard for tenants. But what on earth does that have to do with the sex of the landlord? Deconstructing your argument is not difficult - her crime may be greed, but her real crime is to be a greedy woman.

  • The Albanian angle on time travel, restaurant menus and men in socks
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    As regular readers will know, I am a great fan of Albanian proverbs, and I am bringing you another selection today. Albanian proverbs are rather different from ours. Ours tend to be rather practical and bad-tempered ("It's no use crying over spilt mi...

  • Letter: Whose heritage?
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    Let the cathedrals become state property, given over to English Heritage to manage. They could be let out for suitable private functions, such as religious services, on a cost basis.

  • These riots and killings show why I wanted to sell tanks to Suharto
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    I have been visiting Indonesia for over 20 years, and since leaving politics I have become involved with several British companies who either have investments there or wish to develop the market. These were the reasons why, last Thursday, I found mys...

  • The campaign for Third World debt relief is counter-productive
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    Politics is language as well as action. The first clue that something was wrong with the campaign was the statement made by a spokesperson for Oxfam last week. She said: "Failure to remove the debt burden in Africa is a violation of child rights." We...

  • There's no point asking women to save us - that's our job
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    He wrote passionately, seeking to persuade Suzanne to be nicer about us. We need her, he said, to give us a bit of support through rough times. But, of course, the predictable happened. Mummy refused. "That's not my job," she responded. I can live wi...

  • Pandora
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    AS SPECULATION about a Blair reshuffle intensifies, word has reached Pandora of a "Stop Mandelson" campaign being waged on the highest slopes of the Cabinet. The Minister Without Portfolio continues to enjoy the warm support of the Prime Minister, an...

  • Letter: Blame the IMF
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    This puts an even grimmer complexion on the G8 insistence that poor countries follow the IMF-approved "structural adjustment programme" before receiving debt relief. In Indonesia, the political after-effects may turn out, inadvertently, to be positiv...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    Three weeks of television dominated by World Cup football is about to be the most visible manifestation of this. Titillating images of women proliferate in the press (even in The Independent, though usually masquerading under some other guise). And a...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Tuesday, 19 May 1998

    This could be viewed as acceptable revenge after centuries of sexual inequality. But the youth of 1998 are not to blame for the male chauvinist pigs of yesteryear. The shift in attitudes has been accomplished, so why can't we leave it at that? Inequa...

  • Unionists are marching towards a No vote and bitter future battles
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Their intention was to signal support for the peace process but, ironically, it appears they instead dealt a grievous blow to its chances of success. Over the years that process has often looked doomed: one 1996 book by a respected academic has a who...

  • Descending from the high moral ground to the G8 summit
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    And speak it she did. She talked of the potency of symbolism. Of how today showed that compassion fatigue was far from dead. Of how self-fulfilling cynicism must be banished. Of how optimism and principle and determination could move mountains. Of ho...

  • Can the Queen's garden party really be improved by television?
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    The card was thick enough to be propped up somewhere unmissable in a casual sort of way. My mother-in-law was impressed. It must have been sent in error but serendipity rules fine by me. She talked of nothing but hats for the next month. There is som...

  • Leading article: Rights are sacred - except in church
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Article 14: "The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion ..." Never mind that Britain has been signed up to this well-meanin...

  • From little lad to old codger: my life measured out in Cup Finals
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    My father was a brewer in Wrexham, and the brewery owned the Wrexham Football Club ground, the Racecourse, so my father found himself with his finger in small football pies - in fact, he was for a time Honorary President of the club, which was more t...

  • Letter: Take the slow train
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: There is no way of realising James Murphy's dream (letter, 15 May) of a train journey between Newcastle and Paris taking only five hours. The total market for travel between the North-east and Greater Paris is relatively small. Air is always lik...

  • Letter: A united Ulster
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Andrew Boyd (letter, 15 May) seeks to rubbish the Good Friday agreement by asking what kind of agreement asks Protestants to support the IRA, and Catholics to support the UDA. The simple answer is that the agreement is inclusive. The tragedies o...

  • Letter: Price of India's bomb
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: The thousands of children who eke out a precarious existence in the streets and city dumps of Calcutta and Bombay must be bemused; their government can afford nuclear weapons, but cannot find the money to feed and educate the nation's most preci...

  • Letter: `Cheating' on TV
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: There is justifiable concern about the reconstruction of "events" in television documentaries. I hope that we can have a similar scrutiny of documentaries about travel in distant and hostile places. When we watch the intrepid travels of televisi...

  • Letter: Be fair to Gates
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: I have a modest web site - www.orthodox.co.uk - which has received nearly a thousand visitors in the last month. They have come from all over the world, from countries including Japan, Chile, Iceland, and South Korea, as well from the US, Canada...

  • Dancers demonstrating the tango at Chamatin railway station, Madrid
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    A 9x12 print of this photograph can be ordered on 0171-293 2534

  • Leading article: G8 fails victims of Third World debt
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    However, the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which lobbied the rich countries' summit in Birmingham, was not asking for anything so simplistic. The campaign, which takes its name from the biblical idea of the "jubilee" every 50 years when debts were forgiven,...

  • Pandora
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    While his Canterbury trial for "indecent behaviour" has been postponed until next month, Peter Tatchell and his gay rights' group Outrage! plan to distribute leaflets to the pupils of London Oratory School in Fulham this Wednesday. The Oratory is cur...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Yes, men hold more positions of power than women and few men take equal responsibility in the home, but women have enhanced their opportunities enormously in the last twenty years. Even though there is still a long way to go to achieve equality ...

  • Letter: Be fair to Gates
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Microsoft should be judged on its record. For several years, the company deserved its reputation for producing sub-standard products which, aggressively marketed, took market share from superior, more elegant rivals. Microsoft's main rival for m...

  • Letter: `Cheating' on TV
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: You report on restaging of events by makers of television documentaries ("BBC tackles documentary `cheating' ", 15 May). There is no way of guarding against "cheating" apart from the integrity of the person making the programme. However straight...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Suzanne Moore (Comment, 13 May) misses the point that women in power can also face both ways, observing morality in public whilst practising immorality in private. If power and wealth are the aphrodisiac that drives this type of behaviour, then ...

  • Letter: Battle of the sexes
    Monday, 18 May 1998

    Sir: Sophy Robinson ("The things men do (and don't)", 13 May) is a typical example of the warped logic that vilifies men in general and fathers in particular. Her husband has a stressful job in the City in order to earn enough money to keep his famil...

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