The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from March 27, 1997

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Chess
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Christianity Is No National Trust of the Spirit
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Classical Music
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Gambling
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IRA Back in Fray with Trackside Explosions
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IRA Bombs Its Way into the Election
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Krupp to Bear Brunt of 8,000 Job Cuts after Merger
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Leading Article: Evil, Unnatural, but Only Too Human
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Letter: Piltdown: The Simple Answer
Sir: You report (21 March) on a meeting at the Linnean Society which discussed, once again, the possible instigator of the Piltdown forgery. What past and current theorists fail to understand is that there were only two individuals who actually found...
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Listening to the Kids
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Lord MacLaurin Takes on the Jean Machine
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Mainstream Economics Needs to Get a Firm Grip on Reality
Economics prides itself on being the "hard" social science. Economists boast that it is based on numbers and mathematical analysis, and gets to grips with reality in a way in which the "soft" social sciences such as sociology and political science can...
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Merger Mania: But the Big Deals Often Come Unstuck
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Mijnders Masterminds Oxford Revival
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MPs Slate Punishing Jail Regime
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Murdoch Closes in on Deal for US Bible-Thumper's Family Channel
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Next Stays Streets Ahead of Rivals with 12% Rise in Profits
Next's chief executive, David Jones, liked his company's latest set of results so much he set his dark business suit off with a vivid orange shirt in sartorial celebration. No matter that he looked like a Liquorice All-sort, you could hardly blame him...
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Obituary: Bertold Hornung
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Obituary: Charles Booth
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Obituary: Professor Frank Llewellyn Jones
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Papua PM Forced to Resign as Army Leader Wins Their Battle of Wits
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Party Leaders Snipe over Peace Process
Before the dust from the Wilmslow bombings had settled, sniping broke out between the major parties as both Labour and the Tories apparently broke a cross-party agreement not to make political capital out of terrorist acts.Tony Blair was reported to...
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Personally Speaking
Two recent reports should cause education policy-makers to take stock. First, the revelations of an Oxford academic who until recently had worked as an adviser to the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). He had confirmed to a conference audience...
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PLO Turn Backs on American Mediation
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Portrait of the Artist: Angry, Alienated or Existential Sexbomb?
This week sees the opening of a new film about an artist - Julian Schnabel's Basquiat, about the black American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died from a heroin overdose in 1987, aged 27. What makes it different from the usual art biopic is that...
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Pounds 50m Rise in Deutsche Bill for MGAM
Deutsche Bank revealed yesterday that it took a pounds 430m hit on its 1996 accounts due to the Peter Young scandal at its Morgan Grenfell Asset Management (Msuspended in September following the discovery of irregularities in the valuations in some of...
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Pound Surges after American Rate Rise
The pound surged yesterday in the aftermath of the first increase in US interest rates for two years. Investors expect that the strong economy will force rates up on this side the Atlantic too, although probably not until after the election.Better-than-expected...
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Prescott Makes Merry as Man of People
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Racing: Club May Go for the Doctor after McCoy Case
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Racing: Thoroughbreds Shaded by Clouds and Camels
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Railway Failed to Update Security
Senior civil servants were left in the dark about who to contact in the event of a terrorist attack last year because British Rail procedures were not updated after privatisation, according to documents obtained by The Independent.The Home Office manual...
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Reviled Art That Made the Nazis Rich
Crucial new information about art works seized and sold by the Nazis because they were "degenerate" has been found in a routine bequest of German books and catalogues left to the Victoria and Albert Museum by a London art dealer.The discovery is being...
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Rough Justice from the Court Jesters
"I was confused as to whether I could say guilty or not guilty," explained Bonnie Schot, one of the jurors jailed for 30 days for contempt of court after they allegedly "wilfully refused" to reach a verdict.Ms Schot got out of jail after one night in...
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Rugby Union: Wasps Fight for Points
Trouble on the terraces last weekend, mayhem on the pitch last night. If the entrepreneurial Chris Wright ever decides to sell Loftus Road, he can expect instant bids from Don King, Frank Warren and a dozen other pugilistic promoters who measure a good...
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Scruffy? We're Too Broke to Be Smart Say Teachers
Teachers are struggling to gain respect in the face of television shows which portray them as crazy and poverty stricken which forces them to wear scruffy clothes, a conference of the profession was told yesterday.While the police and doctors are portrayed...
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Scruffy? We're Too Broke to Be Smart, Say Teachers
Teachers are struggling to gain respect in the face of television shows which portray them as crazy and poverty which forces them to wear scruffy clothes, a conference of the profession was told yesterday.While the police and doctors are portrayed as...
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Sea Change to Blame for End of Dinosaur Era
The dinosaurs were already dying off when a massive asteroid crashed into the Earth about 65 million years ago, according to a leading group of British scientists.The real cause of their decline was probably a combination of climate changes, such as...
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Sheffield Wednesday Delays Plans for Flotation
Sheffield Wednesday yesterday bucked the recent trend among football clubs by postponing plans to float on the stock market for at least two years.Instead the Premier League club will proceed with a share placing and open issue to raise pounds 17m that...
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Soft Targets
With any production of the Mysteries, the audience is confronted with the question: in Britain, in the Nineties, what possible relevance can there be in a medieval retelling of the Bible? Dario Fo's Mistero Buffo poses an even harder question: in Britain...
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Sound + Fury
Shakespeare is having rather a good year. First there was Looking for Richard, Al Pacino's combination of manifesto and master class, and then the huge homage of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. These films, though, were only incidentally cinematic, Pacino's...
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Spot the Vegetable
"School food has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years". So said Cheryl Gillan when she recently unveiled new guidelines for school meals from the Department of Education and Employment. These guidelines are available to schools if they request...
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Storehouse Smacks into `Wall of Negative Sentiment'
The Storehouse retailing chain suffered another analytical setback, cutting the shares 10p to 235.5p, lowest for two years.After being mauled by BZW and NatWest Securities this year the BhS and Mothercare group found itself the victim of an SBC Warburg...
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Strung Up, Played Out
The biggest surprise to emerge from the first-ever conference to address orchestral musicians' ailments - a conference organised by the British Performing Arts Medicine Trust on behalf of the Federation Internationale des Musiciens - was that the delegates...
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Taxpayers Foot `Pounds 5bn Bill' for Rail Privatisation
Rail privatisation has cost the taxpayer a net pounds 5bn, according to an independent study of the break-up of the industry to be published today.The study, by a rail economics consultancy, lays most of the blame for the huge bill on the way the industry...
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Tennis: Henman to Miss Davis Cup Match
Tim Henman's prospects of a lively campaign on the road to Wimbledon have been disrupted. The British No 1 is unlikely to play again before the French Open, which starts on 26 May, after undergoing surgery to his right elbow in London.The injury, which...
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THEATRE: Mrs Klein: The Palace, Watford
A source of festering resentment for any child, the idea that "mother knows best" is an axiom to grind that comes with knobs on if you happen to be the offspring of a pioneering psychoanalyst who has formed dogmatic theories about earliest infancy, mother-attachment,...
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The Boudoir of George II's Mistress Is Getting a Heritage Makeover after 230 Years. It's a Long Time to Wait, Camilla
So much speculation has flown over the outcome of the Great Telly Debate, it's amazing to think that the ground rules haven't yet been decided. A frenzy of cross-party speculation is currently under way about who should take part, who should stand where,...
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The View from Here
At this year's open day for new parents at my son's secondary school, the librarian said that adolescent boys no longer read for pleasure. "They think it's soft; they prefer to watch TV." For those of us who regard books as an essential part of the...
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This Island Race - in Seven Million Snapshots
England's townscapes and countryside may be changing fast, but the coal mines, gas works, workaday farm buildings and parades of mundane shops swept away in recent decades have not disappeared without trace.Today one of the country's biggest archival...
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Tim Smith Does the Decent Thing
One festering boil in the Tory party was lanced yesterday with the resignation of Tim Smith as Conservative candidate for Beaconsfield, but another remained as Neil Hamilton steadfastly refused to follow suit.Mr Smith, who has admitted receiving up to...
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Tim Smith Thrust Back to Obscurity
Tim Smith, the former Northern Ireland minister, will now return to the obscurity from which only the cash-for-questions scandal removed him during his 17 years as an MP.Mr Smith's years in Parliament have been undistinguished and uneventful. He first...
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