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Tuesday, 19 May 1998

  • Letter: Our tanks in Jakarta
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    We were told on many occasions by various Conservative ministers that the arms being sold to Indonesia would not be used for "internal security" and yet on the TV news over the past few days we have seen many shots of these tanks in action against ri...

  • Leading Article: Nothing to declare but their greed
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    The duty-free lobby has made the most extreme predictions about the imminent loss of jobs, industries, even whole airports as a result of the change. The alarms are a little synthetic. It is not as if the proposal to abolish duty-free has come out of...

  • Leading Article: Straw calls the police to order
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    But Jack Straw is crafty. One of us, say the Tories, albeit in private, he is Michael Howard's legatee: look, he is keeping the prison building programme going. But they miss the distance between his populist rhetoric - for example in the Mary Bell c...

  • Letter: Rights of the churches
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    All the churches have sought in relation to the Human Rights Bill is the freedom to act consistently with our historic beliefs. Those who do not share these are free not to do so. We like the European Convention very well so long as it applies to us ...

  • Letter: Unionists no bigots
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    This demonstrates more clearly than any other single act I can recall the complete misreading by the Northern Ireland Office of the thinking of the average Ulster Unionist. The mandarins are so sure that Unionism is at heart no more than a raucously ...

  • Letter: Unionists no bigots
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    On 22 June 1921, King George V opened the new Ulster Parliament at Stormont. Rejecting the hard-line tendency of the official address provided, the King chose instead to express himself in language intended to appeal to the whole of the Irish people....

  • Pandora
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    In his wanderings through the sub- editors' patch, Blackhurst just managed to prune one offensive headline - "Two Wongs Don't Make A White" - before it went to press. Later he came across a veteran Express sub using the word "pervert" in relation to ...

  • The Sinatra legend: how a skinny kid from Hoboken achieved cricketing greatness
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    Sir: In all the homage paid to the late Frank Sinatra, I am sorry that nobody has paid tribute to his abiding love of the English game of cricket. I used to play second alto saxophone in the touring band led by Harry James during the days of World Wa...

  • We can't afford confusion at the heart of the childcare revolution
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    In the real world however childcare is regarded as a boring women's issue, even though it is one that is central to New Labour, New Deal politicians. People who have never spent one week in sole charge of their own children debate childcare at an ent...

  • Letter: Rights of the churches
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    I fully endorse your objection to exemption from human rights legislation for the churches. Why should Christians have any problem with upholding human rights? My ancestors in the Faith decided some centuries ago that in things that affect obedience ...

  • The view from the sidelines - The United States v Microsoft
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    So it was with a certain weariness that I read about the anti-trust suit filed this week by the US Justice Department against Microsoft. Who cares which browser to use on the Internet? Surely when someone comes along with a better browser (or whateve...

  • Letter: We are the monsters
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    There is, indeed, a school of thought developing that life could have taken many different turns from its inception, and that there is nothing "natural" about the forms of biology as we have them today and their "natural" selective history. This some...

  • Ireland, too, is divided over how to vote in Friday's referendum
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    Why Newbliss ? "When they saw these rolling fields they thought they'd walked into their own hymns," a Scottish researcher once told me. Historically and topographically these counties, Cavan and Monaghan, belong to Ulster. Demographically, they are ...

  • Letter: Sad sight
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    JOHN HOLROYD Thornhill, Dumfries

  • Letter: Our tanks in Jakarta
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    The British media will eventually tire of the story, and will find other means of continuing their campaign against Robin Cook. Democracy however remains a fragile plant in Sierra Leone and the country's diamonds a powerful incentive to those who see...

  • Letter: Real nappies
    Wednesday, 20 May 1998

    We have been using one since the birth of our daughter last September and have found it convenient and reliable. Obviously, it costs money to have dirty nappies taken away and a bag of clean ones left on our doorstep. The cost, however, is comparable...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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 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...

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