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Friday, 22 May 1998

  • Beware the Fossil Tendency flexing its muscles
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    The rank-and-file's attitude to trades unionism is almost precisely the attitude that most people have to serious journalism on television: it's not really for them most of the time - but thank God it exists in moments of crisis. So far, there is har...

  • Why the world's most famous capitalist hated the free market
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    The lawsuit, which accuses Microsoft of manoeuvring to extend its crushing grip on the software industry to the newly discovered terrain of the Internet, was dismissed in indignant tone by Mr Gates as "a step backwards for America, for consumers and ...

  • Letter: Paying the Saudi nurses
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    Only a couple of weeks ago, judging by their reaction to the Mary Bell case, it was morally repugnant to pay convicted criminals for their stories. Are we to assume then that their moral outrage is simply the bawling of those too slow to get an exclu...

  • An agony uncle writes: take no heed of the generation gap
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    But, somehow, when it's the Treasury spokesthing for the Liberal Democrats who is getting hitched to a woman half his age, it all seems less sinister. Malcolm Bruce, aged 53, is not some ageing star attempting to prolong his professional life by bath...

  • Letter: Hague's damaging stance
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    The strength of a currency rests, in the final instance, on the confidence placed in it by the people who use it. If Mr Hague has any real and specific concerns about the euro, then of course he should voice them, but simply attempting to inculcate f...

  • Letter: Arts Council walkout
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    Executive staff, highly respected by practising artists, and with a broad overview of the arts and serious knowledge of their own art forms, will now be able to get on with what they do extremely well indeed - talking directly to artists and taking d...

  • Letter: Mothering: a full-time job
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    For the child, shouldn't it be their right to be mothered by their mother? Why do women have children only to hand them over to be cared for by someone else? Going out to work is the easy option; your day is structured for you, the job description wr...

  • Letter: Fight to save duty-free
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    Independent studies of the implications of abolition cannot be so arrogantly dismissed as "extreme predictions". Abolition of duty-free will affect everyone - costing EU taxpayers up to pounds 6.3bn over the next five years. The fight to save duty-fr...

  • Letter: Army discipline
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    Only in the Army is it deemed necessary to hold a court martial, inevitably attended by media reports. ANTHONY BILLINGTON Horsham, West Sussex

  • Letter: Cruelty to hedgehogs
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    No human being was harmed, it is true, but hedgehogs are not pizzas, they are living and, more importantly, sentient creatures. It was an act of appalling cruelty reflecting a singular lack of compassion for living things. Many people do find this di...

  • Letter: Parc teething problems
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    As with all new prisons - both public and private - Parc has had teething problems and an action plan has been drawn up to rectify them. As a governor with more than 30 years' experience in the Prison Service, I am wholly committed to implementing be...

  • Letter: Third World debt
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    That the Third World borrowers have on occasions been corrupt or naive is not open to question. But the real paradox is this: the poor saw little or no benefit from the loans, and are now being expected to bear the brunt of the suffering. JAMES M B M...

  • Letter: Cost of high-speed trains
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    One traditional justification for subsidising railways is to divert traffic from the environmentally damaging modes of travel by air and road. But it is not clear that high-speed trains, as distinct from conventional trains, are more environmentally ...

  • Leading article: If only Blair's Babes would complain
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    That's why the Tribune attack on "whingers" is misplaced. If only they had complained and done something about it. Feminists! Then at least we might have seen them pressing unstoppably for alterations in the antiquated practices of the place. It's no...

  • Leading article: Give politicians a chance, too
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    Mr Major's motives were both intangible and honourable. He identified Northern Ireland as one of his first priorities when he became Prime Minister, although he found it hard to pinpoint why. "It had been in my mind for a long time... The thought kep...

  • Letter: PoWs' protest
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    In terms of overall financial compensation, therefore, the PoWs continue to come off immeasurably better than those who did the actual fighting against the Japanese and were killed in action. (They have much else to be thankful for, not least their l...

  • Letter: Mothering: a full-time job
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    In the absence of this vital evidence, it seems to me extraordinary that the Government is prepared to spend vast sums of taxpayers' money on encouraging mothers not to bring up their young children but to hand them over to childcare agencies. I woul...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 23 May 1998

    "I didn't know Mars Bars were kosher. How wonderful" - The Prince of Wales. "As we can now see clearly, the Government's new ethical policy turns out to be mainly paint and plaster" - Lord (Douglas) Hurd, former Foreign Secretary. "If I was a politic...

  • Who killed Yvonne Gilford? Who cares - certainly not the tabloids
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    Basically it goes like this: the newspapers that have bought up the women's stories will loudly proclaim them innocent, those who were in the bidding but failed will accept the Saudi verdict that they are guilty. Thus we have the bizarre spectacle of...

  • Ireland will owe Trimble a great debt if the divides are bridged
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    They greeted Trimble's unexpected interruption warmly, stretching out their hands to shake his. But Irish dancing is one thing, politics another. Helen Acheson, one of the mothers, was, she told him, "tempted to say no". But she feared the settlement...

  • You can judge a Culture Secretary by what his book leaves out
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    Just as the Secretary of State for Culture, Chris Smith, was launching his book Creative Britain in a bash at the Tate Gallery on Thursday night, so the entire drama panel of the Arts Council made a crisis out of a drama and resigned en masse. The ne...

  • Leading Article: Fears are real, but still vote `Yes'
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    Today's is not a simple vote for or against "peace". A "Yes" vote cannot deliver a permanent and complete cessation of violence. Since the signing of the latest agreement, there have been bombs, killings and punishment beatings. The so-called Real IR...

  • Leading Article: A modest victory for the workers
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    It is worth pausing to note how extraordinary this historic settlement is. Here is the leader of a party founded by the trade unions, who still hold 50 per cent of the votes in Labour's policy-making conference and who still pour millions into party ...

  • Letter: Labour shortage
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    When I had my first child nine women were in labour, cared for by three midwives. I spent most of my labour "supported" by two first-year student nurses on their first day in obstetrics, a pre-clinical medical student and my bewildered husband. When ...

  • Why this is not the exclusive story of Tony Blair's horrifying ordeal
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    "Mr Blair and his junior colleague Mr Hague have undergone a great deal of suffering and distress in the past few months," said the Daily Tabloid in a prepared statement, "so we do not think it is in their best interests to face the public just yet. ...

  • Letter: Take the fast train
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    Why too are high-speed lines under construction from Rome to Naples, Florence to Bologna, Hannover to Berlin, Cologne to Frankfurt, Madrid to Barcelona and Lyons to Marseilles? Growing enthusiasm would seem a more accurate description. MURRAY HUGHES ...

  • Letter: Army fights back
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    Second, because the Army's business is so exacting (there are no silver medals for coming second in soldiering) we demand exceptionally high standards from our people. However, we recruit from society and we are not a nation of saints. It is a measur...

  • Letter: Hedgehog victim
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    While this may have been a very silly and cruel thing to do, how on earth can it justify a custodial sentence? Nobody was harmed, nothing was stolen, and no property was damaged. Biodiversity is not threatened by the death of one hedgehog. It appears...

  • Letter: Now talk to India
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    India's decision to demonstrate its nuclear capability with five underground tests was taken for geopolitical and domestic reasons, not because Britain has a Trident submarine in the Atlantic. Regrettable though these tests are - and Pakistan's likel...

  • Letter: Slimmer Arts Council
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    Let me put the record straight with a few facts. We have increased the money going to the performing arts through the Arts Council, with the addition of the pounds 5m "new audiences" fund I was able to put in place two months ago. We believe every bi...

  • Letter: Nuclear dead end
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    The scientific and technical arguments in favour of waste disposal have also been thoroughly discredited. The final act of the Conservative government was to refuse Nirex, the nuclear waste disposal company, planning permission for the first stage of...

  • Letter: Nuclear dead end
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    It would only take another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island to halt the programme again. It would be madness to commit long-term investment into an industry with this degree of political uncertainty hanging over its head. If the newly industrialised co...

  • Pandora
    Friday, 22 May 1998

    WITH JAPAN'S Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko due to arrive on a state visit next week, the Japanese have hired the slick PR firm Brunswick in an attempt to nullify protesters demanding that the Emperor apologise for Japanese war crimes. In an inf...

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