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Wednesday, 27 May 1998

  • Leading article: Farmers must go to the market
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    Yesterday farmers were at something similar, bleating like a spring lamb. Farm incomes have been falling. BSE has struck hard at livestock farmers. The last year has confirmed the way agriculture has been shrinking as an employer and as a proportion ...

  • Leading article: Blair unleashes the party heresy-hunters
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    On Tuesday, the party's national executive committee approved a system under which the Chief Whip will notify each MP's constituency party of their member's voting record - in particular, "unauthorised absences" and occasions when he or she has voted...

  • Pagans and the craggy home of the playboy of the western world
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    I'd gone there in the footsteps of John Millington Synge, the Irish playwright, who first set foot on the Arans in May 1898. According to literary myth, he was told to go there by WB Yeats, when the two men met in Paris two years earlier - to go and ...

  • Letter: Voices of prejudice
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    I can hear a change when I begin to speak - impatience (some people think I am drunk) or gentle patronage (a response to an assumption that I have learning disabilities). I have, however, identified one benefit - in relation to telephone sales people...

  • Letter: Emperor and PoWs
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    MEGAN C ROBERTSON Crewe, Cheshire

  • Letter: March them off
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    The first has to be a drastic culling of the provocative marches we witness every summer. People have voted for freedom from their bigoted past. Now let us see the Government give it to them. W A FRANCIS Tonbridge, Kent

  • Letter: Cars vs trains
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    London Underground managers have told me privately that they are reluctant to bring back litter bins because there is no evidence that they contribute to making stations tidier. Without them, most people tend to put their sweet wrappers and dirty tis...

  • A national apology? Of course. Where would you like us to start?
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    Did we ever say sorry to the Irish for what Cromwell (and a lot of others) did? No, of course we didn't. And if we did, we wouldn't mean it. Like children, we say sorry with our fingers crossed behind our backs. So, in order to diffuse the blame a bi...

  • Letter: Potent argument
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    HUGO MORRISS Barton Mills, Suffolk

  • Piracy is a threat, but the Internet is the performer's best friend
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    Now it has become possible to download CD-quality music from Websites, music publishers are following in the footsteps of law enforcement, print publishers, and governments in demanding regulation to mitigate their fear of losing control. Speaking as...

  • If you want them to say sorry don't ask their government
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    Some Australians (with the notable exception of their government) have just apologised to the Aborigines. And the Japanese have almost, but not quite, apologised for their horrific treatment of captured British war prisoners in the camps of South-Eas...

  • Letter: Emperor and PoWs
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT Reading, Berkshire

  • Letter: Cars vs trains
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    The point of us commissioning the MORI poll you refer to was to expose what people are actually thinking and saying, not what commentators assume they are thinking and saying. So when you say John Prescott should realise that his policy "may not be q...

  • Pandora
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    ANN DIAMOND is recognised as one of the most dogged interviewers in the British media. This has not changed since she and Nick Owen joined LBC Radio. In a recent confrontation with Mark Oaten, Chairman of the All Party Group on Far East Prisoners of ...

  • Letter: Emperor and PoWs
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    BALRAJ SINGH GILL Slough, Berkshire

  • Letter: Emperor and PoWs
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    I also worked on the Thai-Burma railway, at Sonkurai, where 1,200 out of 1,600 were dead within three months. I agreed to take part in an escape attempt to let the outside world know how prisoners worked and died. I am now the only survivor of any su...

  • Letter: Emperor and PoWs
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    I don't hate the Japanese, some 80 per cent of whom were either born after the war, or too late to take any part in it. But I have little time either for those who concealed their bestial war record for so long from their own children, and who think ...

  • Letter: Emperor and PoWs
    Thursday, 28 May 1998

    Neither country can take the moral high ground; Japan because of the atrocities committed by its soldiers during and before the Second World War, and Britain because of its poor record in Ireland, India and China during the years of the British Empir...

  • Letter: The uses of embassies
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    These buildings serve as our shop window in every corner of the globe. They provide a foothold for British companies seeking to export British products. A great many contracts have been agreed within their walls - with the essential assistance provid...

  • Yul Brynner and I - a 30-year quest for the deep boredom of film- making
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    You are not alone. I have never met anyone who has heard of this film or seen it, and until the other day I had never seen it either, but although it was made thirty years ago I have been longing to see it for thirty years, just to see Yul Brynner ou...

  • Letter: Beating the Germans
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    There is actually nothing particularly clever about what the Germans are doing; unless, being British, you are unused to people being able to think beyond the end of next. Then what the Germans are up to is obviously pretty sneaky. I mean to say, emp...

  • Letter: Nuclear folly
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    We could be enjoying its benefits now if the last government had not abandoned it, in order to pursue Margaret Thatcher's ambition of building 10 pressurised water reactors in 10 years. The research into wave power has been done. One neglected device...

  • Leading article: Prejudice is the worst handicap
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    Liberal opinion is no doubt shocked at this level of prejudice. There are some eight million registered disabled, a huge figure even allowing for some false benefit claimants. Since this is almost one in seven of the population, one might assume that...

  • Leading article: Viagra, potent symbol of our self-doubts
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    But what does this say about us and the times in which we live? All those sensual Hollywood films and sex-charged advertisements that bombard us from every television screen and billboard imply that our lives revolve around sex, and very fine sex at ...

  • Letter: Bring back the bins
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998


  • Letter: Arts Council drama
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    THELMA HOLT London, WC2

  • Letter: Peaceful bazaar
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    South Africa's economy can only benefit from an increase in two-way trade and investment, which is what this campaign is designed to achieve. A particular element in the campaign will be the use of the new information technology to help to develop th...

  • Is there any way of escaping the corporate predators?
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    It's the obvious conclusion - but the wrong one. The ostentatious display of strength by today's giant corporations actually reveals their weakness. They are gobbling smaller rivals because the small companies have an essential ingredient that they d...

  • Letter: Football addicts
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    JASON DITTON Glasgow

  • Has Hollywood forgotten the art of making magic on the silver screen?
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    A generation weaned on celluloid sex, graphic violence and special effects has listed Gone with the Wind and Casablanca as the best movies of all time. It is only after these two classics - made before the parents of some of those surveyed were alive...

  • Politicians won't admit it, but closing hospitals is good for the NHS
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    Too many have been built or retained purely as a result of local political pressure rather than real need. The result is a duplication of services with a duplication of costs and a lowering of quality. It cannot and should not go on. Of course when t...

  • Letter: More equal than men
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    It seems that men and women must continue to be treated equally by employers except where this would be to the disadvantage of women because of any private and personal commitment they might have. I am glad that I am not an employer. W H COUSINS Upmi...

  • Letter: The real victims of war
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    CHARLIE ROSE Bristol

  • Letter: Nuclear folly
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    While committed by treaty obligations to stopping proliferation, Britain extracts plutonium from spent nuclear fuel and stockpiles it at Sellafield. According to the Royal Society, by 2010 the UK stockpile will exceed 100,000 kilogrammes, approximate...

  • Pandora
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    WHEN a chunk of wing broke off a British Airways Concorde whisking Rupert Murdoch and 61 other passengers and crew to New York last night, it was bound to raise questions about the longevity of these supersonic passenger jets. Most Concordes are over...

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