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Monday, 4 May 1998

  • Letter: O horror!
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    ROBERT VINCENT Andover, Hampshire

  • Leading Article: Prescott deserves a clear road
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    Well, the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, is the man responsible for sorting out, as much as any mortal politician can, the transport mess. In fact it might not be too great an exaggeration to say that all of John Prescott's life has been a pre...

  • Letter: Global labour market
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    She has some caveats about the human, social and environmental dimension of globalisation, yet still omits - as do all commentaries I have seen - any mention of the possibility of including the fourth element of commercial interaction: labour. Someho...

  • Letter: Debate that never was
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    It is not the case that ITN and ITV, working together, put a proposal to the Conservatives first, leaving the opposition parties and the BBC "sitting unhappily on the sidelines". We approached all three parties at the same time with the same proposal...

  • Don't worry about selling the family silver - just buy more
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    Concern about foreign take-overs is not limited to third world countries worried about exploitation. I have a bit of sympathy with Canada, where the US has a commanding presence. The fear that the Canadian economy could become a collection of branch ...

  • Letter: Snowdonia railway
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    The National Park and local authorities have a traffic study under way and we should not be surprised if restrictions are suggested for private cars. The proposed railway can only make economic sense, however, with a vast increase in visitor numbers....

  • Arts diary: The Queen may invite the artists to her place, but will they come?
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    The Queen's first ever party for the creative mob was heralded a few months ago, in fairly traditional style. A gilt-edged invitation, post- marked Buckingham Palace had announced in flowing script that one had been invited by her Majesty's Command t...

  • Letter: `Paedophile art'
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    Perhaps a new piece of art could be created for Westminster Cathedral as an acknowledgement of the hurt and suffering caused by such behaviour. It could mark a place of prayer and remembrance for all victims of sexual, physical, mental and spiritual ...

  • Letter: `Paedophile art'
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    JOANNA PALLISTER Durham

  • Letter: `Paedophile art'
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    Of course we all have our dark sides, artists sometimes more than others, and art may be a redemptive activity. However, if this is so with Gill and his work is to be retained, then both aspects need to be made plain, and the sufferings of people lik...

  • Letter: `Paedophile art'
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    SUSAN FALKNER Abergavenny, Gwent

  • Beethoven? Pompous. Hepworth? Depressing. Let's slaughter the sacred cows of culture
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    One was the Welsh, who automatically assume that the name Dylan can only mean Dylan Thomas, whom they take to be superior to everyone. The second was people who can't stand Bob Dylan. The third was people who have never read Keats and who feel either...

  • Leading Article: Send her off and let me watch the football!
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    The detailed findings are, if anything, even more difficult to fathom. Think about Denise van Outen. Think about Kate Moss. But more than 95 per cent of men aged 20-34, and surely at the peak of their libido, said that not even the chance of going to...

  • Letter: Cannabis cure
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    Indeed, I know a number of life-long smokers who have used cannabis as an effective means to quit the tobacco habit. One, in particular, who had tried virtually every method of giving up and had not used the drug before, found that an occasional smok...

  • What a difference reading the whole book makes
    Tuesday, 5 May 1998

    Gitta Sereny now thinks that the officers meant well. She recalls her fury "with shame and sorrow". The girl's rage reveals much about the woman, though. That intrepid youngster grew into the steely inquisitor who now shows no sign of regret at the f...

  • Letter: Gay Age Of Consent
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    This debate went west a good three years ago. The real gay political debate is about whether OutRage!'s direct-action style politics is more effective than the polite lobbying approach of Stonewall (backed as they are by an army of luvvies). Or indee...

  • Letter: Financing fillings
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    It would be appropriate for the Secretary of State to sanction inclusion of the use of composite filling materials in NHS general dental practitioners' fees where they are used in pregnancy. DR J A HASSAN BDS Diss, Norfolk

  • Letter: Oldthinkers
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    I hope that the worrying practice of giving MPs scripts isn't going to mean that people could be charged with thought-crime. Could Tony Blair be worried that not enough people "bellyfeel" his policies, as in "Oldthinkers unbellyfeel New Labour"? ALEX...

  • Letter: Dump the car
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    Go shopping twice a week and buy less in one go; get a taxi (a lot less expensive than you think); honestly work out how much a car costs to run a week; demand home delivery in the price or threaten to take your business elsewhere. I've also found th...

  • Letter: Caxton's first
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    WILLIAM HALE Assistant Librarian (Retroconversion) John Rylands University Library of Manchester

  • Letter: Difficult pupils
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    SUZANNA JACOBY Penzance, Cornwall

  • The students in Prague, not Paris, were the true heroes of 1968
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    I wasn't there - in Paris, Berlin or Grosvenor Square, being three years old at the time and otherwise occupied with inflicting violence on my toys. Perhaps that is why these hallowed reminiscences leave me cold. The soixante-huitards were bored and ...

  • Charity commisioners: a suitable case for retirement
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    With the approval (presumably) of the Home Office and Number Ten, the Charity Commission has just launched a huge exercise in redefining charitable purposes. It is taking "a long hard look at the Register of Charities to consider whether those organi...

  • Letter: Difficult pupils
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    There are some enlightened local authorities which provide a counselling service for students. Teachers are neither qualified, nor do they have the time, to address the school-based and personal issues which interfere with everyday school life. Whils...

  • Letter: Gay Age Of Consent
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    Nearly half of all teenagers have their first sexual experience before the age of 16, most after the age of 14. For this reason, 14 seems a fairer and more realistic age of consent. My motive is to reduce the criminalisation of young people involved ...

  • Leading Article: Europe united in a clash of nations
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    But the presidency of the central bank, at least, has been settled for the next 12 years: a little-noticed aspect of the deal is that after Wim Duisenberg, the Dutchman, steps down in four years' time, Jean-Claude Trichet, the Frenchman, gets a full ...

  • Letter: Risks of staying out
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    All of which leaves British policy-makers in a dilemma, yet again, over Europe. By appeasing Murdoch-inspired public opinion and staying out of monetary union, we risk one of two perils: on the one hand, if the euro is strong, there may well be an un...

  • European history was rewritten this weekend - without the UK
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    Although it would have been preferable if the French had not decided at the last moment to put forward as their own candidate Jean-Claude Trichet (who, it is now agreed, will start an eight-year term when Duisenberg steps down), if a deal had not bee...

  • Your Bank Holiday fun guide to virtual politics
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    Tory in Opposition Celebrations Hyde Park, all day. It's a year since Labour won office, but the Labour birthday partying has overshadowed the fact that it's also a year since the Tory party achieved their long-awaited goal of getting a refresher sea...

  • Letter: Supermarket blight
    Monday, 4 May 1998

    The ecology of towns like Malvern and Ludlow is delicate and little understood, or cared about, by planners, supermarket companies, and central government. A local trader only needs to lose 10 per cent of his business to a supermarket giant to find h...

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