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Thursday, 28 May 1998

  • Letter: When the music stops
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    PATRICK ROWE London N1

  • Letter: Training Indonesia's army
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    Dr Carey and I both agree that it is important to exert pressure and influence to persuade the military in Indonesia to adopt a different approach to what they regard as civil unrest and what we see as the legitimate expression of political dissent. ...

  • Jobs, not wages, are what really matter to Blair and Brown
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    For all the common assumptions routinely repeated about the unbridled power of the trade unions in the late Seventies, the firemen's victory was actually a rather rare event, borne in large part of the unique public popularity deservedly enjoyed by t...

  • Letter: Life is sweet at fifty
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    1. You aren't dead. 2. You survived the Sixties and Seventies and can lie about going to Beatles / Stones / Status Quo concerts before the old rockers got wrinkles. 3. You can purport to be wise and worldly when you're really just as confused as ever...

  • Letter: Paisley and the Queen
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    Should the voter's first preference not be elected, the vote is "transferred" to the second, and subsequent, preferences. Sinn Fein is therefore suggesting that their supporters consider ranking Ulster Unionists as a preference immediately behind the...

  • Letter: Back to front
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    I do hope our old boys understand the message they're sending. B D SKINNER London N10

  • Letter: We don't want to inhale
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    The evidence for and against the detrimental effects of passive smoking may be inconclusive, but should we not err on the side of caution? Should the smokers' case be proven in the future then they may have suffered a discomfort for a few years, bein...

  • Letter: Albania's wise words
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    As my Albanian godfather is fond of saying: "Dung beetles will settle in a mouth that is forever open." LATSZI RUZNIK Purton, Wiltshire

  • Letter: The ethics of arms sales
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    Whether the world - let alone British industry - is ready for such a policy is another question, but let us be clear about what we are aiming at. BILL LINTON London N13

  • Letter: Music on the Internet
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    The music downloaded in MP3 format is not CD quality. MP3 is a compression algorithm, the use of which reduces the storage space required to 10 per cent of that required for CD-quality music, but which inevitably affects the quality of the music in d...

  • Letter: Pay figures don't add up
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    The Treasury suggests that this is nothing to worry about, because rising inflation has been caused by tax increases which will in due course be ironed out of the inflation figures. The inflation rise reflects the cut in mortgage interest tax relief,...

  • If we act now to save the rouble, we will be helping ourselves too
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    Russia is not like Thailand or Malaysia. Last year it had a balance of payments surplus and, after the fall in the oil price, the deficit this year will be under 2 per cent of GDP. Tax collection is better than in the first part of last year, and the...

  • At times all politicians need a well-placed blow to the ego
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    There has been a run of American films recently that are cynical about politicians almost to the point of revulsion. Wag the Dog brought us a world where inventing a war was the most reasonable way to conceal an "incident" with an intern in the Oval ...

  • Trial and error: the case that's putting the principle of passive suffering to the test
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    Counsel: Your name is ...? Plaintiff: Is it strictly necessary to know my name? Counsel: Yes, Mrs Whittaker, it is. Plaintiff: Ah, you know my name already! Counsel: Of course I do. This is a piece of court formality in which we have to establish tha...

  • Leading article: A dangerous game of leapfrog in the dark
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    "We have evened the account with India," said Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani prime minister. That simple statement explains why the pleas from Bill Clinton and Tony Blair for Pakistan to show restraint fell on deaf ears. But evening the account does not...

  • Leading article: The "third way" must go further
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    Tony Blair has been much mocked for promoting the "third way" as an ideology. When he invited a collection of academics to Downing Street for a seminar on the subject recently, Roy Hattersley, his former patron, was cutting. Since the "third way" was...

  • Letter: Paisley and the Queen
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    Mr Paisley's surprise ("Queen is attacked as 'foolish' by Paisley", 27 May) illustrates the fact that his "loyalism" is to a Britain which has not existed for a long time. The sooner he decides his attitude to the Britain which exists now, the sooner...

  • Pandora
    Friday, 29 May 1998

    THE SAVAGE attack on 10 Downing Street by political editor Kevin Maguire in yesterday's Mirror was aimed squarely at "Teflon" Tony Blair and his gruff press chief Alastair Campbell. Will Maguire's charge that Blair is "badly out of touch with his Peo...

  • 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...

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