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Tuesday, 5 May 1998

  • Letter: Real nappies
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    I started to use them four and a half years ago, when my second child was born, and my youngest is, I trust, about to bid them farewell. My original sets of nappies are still going (and white), and I reckon I have saved mountains of landfill, conside...

  • Letter: Eurobank row
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    RICHARD BARTLE Colchester, Essex

  • Letter: Eurobank row
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    History shows that the artificial union of disparate nation states always ends in bloodshed. And I fear for the future of our grandchildren. The loss of sovereignty by absorption in to a "country called Europe", the inevitable eventual consequence of...

  • Letter: Men, sex and football
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    It really is very simple. Sperms and eggs. Men have lots of the former and our unsocialised imperative is to spread them about. With the dominant and most desirable males, the imperative is even stronger and whatever men may tell women as we gaze dee...

  • Letter: Eurobank row
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    However, now is not the time to express naive shock and jeer from the sidelines at Euro-politics. Nor can we allow a 15-nation project to become a statist and interventionist model designed by the French for them to use as an extension of their own n...

  • Letter: Eurobank row
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    For the first time in British history, the only choice we (excluding the Northern Irish) shall have at the forthcoming Euro-election will be to support one party or another. Once we have made that choice, seats will be awarded to the parties within e...

  • Letter: Rights and religions
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    We believe that faith communities and their associated organisations should respond warmly to legislation which makes it easier for United Kingdom citizens to protect their basic human rights. While we recognise some of the anxieties expressed by oth...

  • Leading article: C4: back to new ways
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    When Channel 4 was launched in 1982, it was told to innovate and experiment and to devote a "suitable proportion" of programming to tastes and interests not catered for by ITV. It took its remit seriously. Channel 4 has changed British television for...

  • What your name means - if it sounds funny and made up
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    Netanyahu's a funny sort of name, isn't it? It sounds sort of silly and made up, doesn't it? Dr Vernon Monicker writes: Yes, it does, doesn't it ? On the other hand, Yasser Arafat sounds equally silly and sort of made up, doesn't it? Dr Vernon Monick...

  • Leading article: When `defeat' is a victory for peace
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    The Oslo accords that seemed to pave the way for peace in the Middle East were agreed by Yitzhak Rabin, an Israeli prime minister who had never been known for dovishness. His assassination removed, in the short term at least, the possibility of chang...

  • Letter: Gill's Stations
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    LAWRENCE SCOON Workington, Cumbria

  • The future of drugs: Patients no longer - we are all customers now
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    They represent two ends of the pharmaceutical spectrum. One is a drug with obvious consumer appeal - just the sort of market-driven product that people flock to buy and the big commercial drug companies love to create. The other represents our more t...

  • How I intend to bait the local party canvassers
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    Being now a normal nobody joining the massed millions of the silent majority I have no opportunity of venting my spleen if I hear or read something that begs a question. In the past I could rant and rave to a government minister either in private, or...

  • Letter: Men, sex and football
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    JAMES McANDREW London W1

  • Relative values: Could government take on the task of making happy families?
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    No one sent me a card congratulating me on my parenting skills, but I expect this is because National Parenting Day is a new invention. It comes as all new inventions must, from the think -tank still unfortunately known as Demos. They have patented t...

  • Letter: Box of tricks
    Wednesday, 6 May 1998

    MATTHEW TAYLOR MP (Truro and St Austell, Lib Dem) House of Commons

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

    JOANNA PALLISTER Durham

  • 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

    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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

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