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Wednesday, 3 June 1998

  • Letter: Gazza: the moral
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    PETER BERGER Bristol

  • Letter: New risk of nuclear war
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Of the many inaccuracies in his piece, which reads as an apologia for some of the more extravagant Hindu nationalist claims, one could cite the image of Tamberlaine as a Muslim fundamentalist hell-bent on slaying Hindus; a claim which ignores the fac...

  • Letter: Sock mystery solved
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    DAN WILLIAMS Southend-on-Sea, Essex

  • Yesterday's men? Don't worry, they'll soon be back in the news
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    No. Paul Gascoigne is yesterday's news. Yesterday's news is here today and gone tomorrow. And gone for ever? Certainly not. Yesterday's news always comes back when you have forgotten all about it. Sometimes it comes back as "Where Are They Now?" Some...

  • Leading Article: West dithers as Kosovo burns
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Thus it was in Croatia. Thus it was again in Bosnia. And now, it seems, we are seeing a repeat performance in Kosovo. None can say that this is an unexpected war. On the contrary, there have been predictions of conflagration ever since the Balkan war...

  • If you were Slobodan Milosevic, here's what you'd be thinking
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Slobodan Milosevic, the last despot of old Eastern Europe, purveyor of his own patented blend of failed socialism and rancid nationalism, is again playing at war, this time in Serbia's mostly Albanian province of Kosovo. Entire villages are laid wast...

  • Letter: Lottery addiction
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    The ills you describe are not apparent in New York, which spent pounds 138 per person last year, Norway a similar amount and Massachusetts pounds 322. The difference is that all these hugely successful lotteries did not need to lose hundreds of milli...

  • Leading Article: Schools pledge spins out of control
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Just over a year into the government, though, and the spin-meisters must now be feeling a little edgy. In their own formulation, we have passed through the "post-euphoria, pre-delivery" stage and some serious and awkward questions about the chances o...

  • Letter: Hanging on the line
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Recently a call to my local cinema to reserve seats resulted in a peak- rate call to Inverness which cost almost 10 per cent of the price of the tickets. I am increasingly attracted to companies which offer Freefone numbers. R S LETCH Maulden, Bedfor...

  • Even Andy Warhol was once just an anxious-to-please young man
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Poor Mr Brahim Ibnou-Cheikh, the proprietor of the Palms Cafe Kebab shop in London's Brewer Street, is himself being grilled by the London press as the man who served Gascoigne a chicken kebab (with chilli sauce) and precipitated his downfall, when t...

  • Could poverty lead students to prostitution and drug dealing?
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    Despite these cost-cutting strategies I was very hard up. Each day I calculated whether or not I had enough money for the return bus fare between digs and college, a packet of ten Park Drive, a cream cheese sandwich, a cup of coffee and two games of ...

  • Letter: Gazza: the moral
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    That an unfit 31-year-old with a nicotine, alcohol and kebab dependency is so vital to the team demonstrates the weakness both of our national squad and the game in this country. The tears of the nation are not for Gazza, but for the dearth of real f...

  • Letter: Lottery addiction
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    For too many the Lottery has become the only focus of hope-against-hope for a better life. Gambling is a form of abuse: money abuse. To have made a crippling and demoralising mass addiction the price for subsidising someone else's idea of a good caus...

  • Letter: New risk of nuclear war
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    The strategy of sanctions will not work, as they hit the poor and will simply exacerbate the many problems facing South Asia. It reflects the neo-imperialist attitude of some Western countries. We need to identify the urgent problems in the context o...

  • Pandora
    Thursday, 4 June 1998

    ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, the Prime Minister's press chief, lives a Spartan life at Downing Street and turns down scores of lunch invites. Indeed Pandora believes that he has lunched with only one journalist since the election. That was with Kelvin McKenzie...

  • It will take more than a reshuffle to put the Tories on course
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    But what is the Tory Party centre-right, modern and technocratic about that centre-left, modern and technocratic New Labour isn't? Able figures such as David Willetts, who will shadow David Blunkett, find that New Labour is as unafraid of change in o...

  • This is the week of exams - but don't despair if you fail them
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    There is one powerful practical reason why exams are going to become more important still. It is that most of the "new" jobs that are being created need skills that can be measured by the technique of an examination. Of course we may be teaching peop...

  • Pandora: Horde hols
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    Taki's pal A COLLEAGUE at the Independent on Sunday, Alan Watkins, reported that Paul Johnson might be departing from the Daily Mail in the near future. When Pandora rang Johnson yesterday to inquire, there was no time to broach the question. "You're...

  • No wonder so many young men are alienated when we eulogise this ape
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    No matter that what has happened to Gazza is self-inflicted, apparently we can not manage without his magic touch. I do not profess to know much about his footballing abilities, but my line on Gazza has been consistent ever since he beat up his wife....

  • Letter: Musical disaster
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    AL MURRAY Hampstead, London

  • Letter: Fake science in schools
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    Your explanation is, however, also flawed. It is not mainly the heating of the air before the jar is placed over the candle which causes trouble but the heating after this, which expands the air inside the jar, forcing bubbles out under the rim. On c...

  • Letter: Work or family
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    I have no children but I do have elderly parents. I wanted to be here for them, to reduce my stress levels and to get a life. I chose to give up a good pension, a guaranteed regular income, paid holidays and sick leave. I have gained time; time to sp...

  • Letter: Banana islands
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    The Windward Islands have probably the most participative banana industry in the world. Each island has its own Banana Growers' Association, owned and controlled by the farmers. These associations, together with the Windward Island governments, own t...

  • Leading Article: Fame fit for pigs
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    Enter the pigs. The Tamworth Two are emphatically not flawed geniuses. Although they are highly intelligent creatures with correspondingly complex personalities, they will, probably, never bother to go drinking with Chris Evans. They got one good bre...

  • Letter: Difficult Labour
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    But then, we all know about rugby league don't we, all those whippets and flat caps and oh, how wonderfully quaint and Northern and working- class it is - all this and that poor man Monks still expects to be taken seriously as a progressive voice in ...

  • The Gazza school of languages - it's enough to make you weep
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    And that's not all. You'll also find they speak a different language over there in France. It's called French. Why not learn a modicum before you go there? It will really improve the quality of life for you! To help you, I have drawn up a basic list ...

  • Leading Article: Brown grasps at the holy grail
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    If the golden rule is so straightforward and worthy, why has it proved so elusive? The reasons are straightforward. Politicians, have always found it difficult to resist the temptation to borrow to spend more on the public services. Harold Wilson sup...

  • Leading Article: National Lottery fever needs to be calmed
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    Distasteful and miserable though much of the lottery phenomenon is, this is certainly one genie that will never be put back in its bottle, if only because too many public projects have, sadly, come to rely on it for funding. But there are limited, pr...

  • Letter: Work or family
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    That is the opposite of what the survey you report suggests. You state that women suffer most over the loss of personal life through work. The difference between men and women on this point, however is very small - 61 per cent of women and 55 per cen...

  • Letter: Difficult Labour
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    Robin Cook's vaunted "ethical" foreign policy lies exposed as a sham. The "new" European policy consists in continuing with the previous government's policies, but saying so more politely. At home Jack Straw has embarked on an unprecedented programme...

  • Letter: Work or family
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    It would appear that the "what I want I want now" culture is running up against the buffers of reality. If one wishes to indulge in all that's on offer, and that costs money, sacrifices have always had to be made; so let us have a little less whingei...

  • Letter: Difficult Labour
    Wednesday, 3 June 1998

    ALASTAIR CAMPBELL 10 Downing Street London SW1

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