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 May 14, 1998

A Guru of Animal Rights Ensnared in a Moral Maze
PETER SINGER looks weary. He is resigned to being called the professor who wants to kill babies. It is not what he came here to talk about. He is here to give series of lectures and seminars in London, Oxford and York on "Darwinism and Politics" and...
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As I Was Going Down to St Ives Artists Ignore St Ives at Their Peril. You Have to Be Well Connectedto Hang on the Walls of Cornwall's New Tate, Which Is Pulling in Visitors in Their Thousands
The Tate at St Ives is the only art gallery in the country to have its own surf board."I said when we opened that we must immediately address the people who think the gallery has nothing to do with them," recalls director Mike Tooby. "So we addressed...
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Birth Pioneer Cleared of Misconduct Charge
AN EXPERT on foetal medicine was yesterday cleared of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council.He had been accused of making flippant and offensive remarks to a woman patient whose unborn twins died in an operation he carried out.But...
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Channel 5 Chief Attacks BBC's Defensive Culture
THE chief executive of Channel 5, David Elstein, launched a blistering attack on the BBC last night - on the eve of recording a radio programme in which he will propose himself as its next director-general.On delivering the Goldman Media Lecture, Mr...
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Detective in Lawrence Case Admits Mistake
THE former senior detective who led the investigation into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence admitted yesterday that he should have arrested the prime suspects within 48 hours.Ian Crampton, a detective superintendent until his retirement, told the...
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Earnings Blow to Hopes on Inflation
THE BANK of England turned optimistic about the inflation outlook yesterday, just as new figures flashed a warning about dangerously strong pay pressures. An unexpected jump in the growth of average earnings dented hopes that any further increase in...
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Education: Oddly Enough
Gun-toting tot: A five-year-old kindergarten pupil was arrested last week in Memphis, Tennessee, for bringing a loaded pistol to school. His teacher confiscated the gun after another pupil had brought her a bullet. When questioned, the boy said that...
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Education: View from Here - Ted Wragg
In these madcap days in universities, more time can easily be spent justifying and maintaining one's existence, than living it. The desperate quest for indications of "kwality" has forced academics to produce more and more written evidence.One of the...
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Education: Women's History Gets Lottery Vote A University's Collection of Artefacts from Centuries of Feminist Struggle Is Getting a Proper Home. by Judith Judd
Did the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison mean to die when she flung herself in front of the King's horse on Derby Day, 1913? Her secrets and those of her fellow campaigners lie hidden in cardboard boxes in a cramped and damp basement in the East End...
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EU Ban on Tobacco Adverts Faces Challenge in Courts
AN ALLIANCE of the tobacco and newspaper industries is to launch a legal onslaught on an EU tobacco advertising and sponsorship ban approved in Strasbourg yesterday.The European Parliament approved proposals for a ban which is to be fully effective within...
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Fast Track: Bulletin Board
Work this wayLearning voraciously and concentrating on relationships are two of the five "essential ingredients of a reinvented career" offered by Generation X guru Bruce Tulgan in his book, Work This Way, published this week by Capstone Press. Tulgan,...
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Fast Track: Corporate Strategies - 14: A Frosty Reception the Inside Track on Becoming a Consumate Professional: Why Your Workplace Is Always the Wrong Temperature
Hollywood film star Nic Cage is currently working on an even more frightening sequel to last year's blockbuster Con Air. In Air Con he is trapped in an enclosed space with an unpredictable air- conditioning system. This nightmare scenario will be familiar...
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Fast Track: E-Mail Female Go Straight into His Office and Tell Him It's Sexual Harassment, the Old Perv
From ClarissaH@greatestates. co.ukhello anna are u there? can u let me know if u get this? our system is really playing up and i keep on getting emails for IT and advertising. god knows where mine are going.From annahowe@richardsons. com body here,...
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Fast Track: Help Desk - I'm in a Catch 22 Situation Work Dilemmas Solved by Experts
I graduated six years ago with a B.A. Hons in History. Initially, I worked as a PA to the managing director of a manufacturing company in Milan. However, I moved back to Britain to work as a Project Manager for an Italian food development company.I no...
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Fast Track: How to Get a Cushy Job in Furnishing Retailing Jobs in Interiors Can Be a Dream. So How Do You Get Your Foot in the Right Door? Meg Carter Reports
If you think you have a flair for interior design, a retail career selecting, buying and merchandising home furnishings may seem a canny choice. However, jobs for those eager to spot the next interiors trend take careful and persistent hunting out.Nineties...
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Firms Risk Penalties for 'Bug' Deaths
COMPANIEs could face prosecution for deaths and injuries caused by a failure to get to grips with the "millennium bug".The Health and Safety Executive yesterday warned that while it was still attempting to persuade organisations to tackle potentially...
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Football: Bergkamp Cup Final Fillip for Arsenal
DENNIS BERGKAMP still believes he has a 50-50 chance of recovering from injury in time to play in Saturday's FA Cup final.Bergkamp injured his hamstring against Derby two weeks ago and was initially told he was likely to be out for at least three weeks...
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Football: Brown Finally Calls Time on McCoist
ALLY McCOIST finally ran out of luck yesterday as Craig Brown refused to become a hostage to fortune by including him among the men who will almost certainly carry Scotland's hopes in the World Cup Finals.The Rangers striker, affectionately known by...
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Football: European Cup Final Stays Put
UEFA, European football's governing body, yesterday lifted its threat to move the European Cup final, on 20 May, away from Amsterdam after the Dutch government stepped in at the last moment to avoid any embarrassment."In short, the final of the Champions'...
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Football: Little's Big Promise at Stoke
BRIAN LITTLE, the newly-installed manager at Stoke City, yesterday promised to "stamp his own authority" on the relegated side. Little, who has been out of the game since his departure from Aston Villa in February, became the fourth manager in nine months...
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Football: Waddle's Decision to Leave Turf Moor
CHRIS WADDLE revealed yesterday that it was his decision to terminate his first foray into management at Burnley.The Second Division club stated on Tuesday that they had parted company with the former England winger "by mutual consent" after he had steered...
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Germany Gives Clinton a Lesson in History
GERMANY old and new rolled out the red carpet for the American President, lavishing him with a two-day synopsis of its roller- coaster ride through two centuries of history.In Potsdam, summer capital of Prussian kings, Bill Clinton feasted yesterday...
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Gloomy Outlook in the Garden? Just Send for Ken and His Arboreal Assassins
PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERYUNUSUAL JOBS INDEEDNo 37: A Contract Tree Killer "JUST imagine the situation," says Ken Quilter (not his real name). "You're a retired couple. You've got a nice restful garden with a sunny lawn. Then one day the next door neighbour...
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Kosovo and Serbs Set for First Peace Talks
RICHARD HOLBROOKE, the US envoy who forged the Bosnia peace deal in 1995, scored another diplomatic triumph yesterday when he got Serbian and Kosovo leaders to agree to hold the first face-to-face talks tomorrow.The talks between President Slobodan Milosevic...
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Letter: Sierra Leone's Freedom
Sir: For the first time that I have seen, a correspondent (Letters, 13 May) has sought to set out the views of the Sierra Leonean people in the current rumpus.The facts, which have been considerably muddied when not ignored, are that on 25 May 1997 the...
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Listen Here India - Do as Nuclear Nations Say, Not as They Do
WELL, as I'm sure they don't say in Delhi, in for a paisa, in for a rupee. In other words, if you've brought sanctions, cuts in foreign aid and the wrath of every righteous nation upon your head for conducting three nuclear tests, what have you got to...
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MEPs Back off from Euro Showdown
THE European Parliament voted for Dutchman Wim Duisenberg to become the first president of the European Central Bank yesterday, despites, was right to refuse to spend about pounds 75,000 on a second bone-marrow transplant for her cancer. They judged...
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'Minister for Victims' Appointed to Ease Uster Pain Report Calls for Action to Help Bereaved and Injured While Blair Listens to Couple Caught in Bombing
THE GOVERNMENT yesterday announced the appointment of a "minister for victims" as part of a new package of measures aimed at helping those bereaved and injured in the Northern Ireland troubles.The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mo Mowlam, promised...
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Opera: Verdi Vanishes under Wagnerian Values Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Albert Hall, London
That London, the musical capital of the world, should be entering the new millennium without any plans to build either a decent concert hall or a modern opera house is a national disgrace. Of course, we can't expect New Labour to spend The People's money...
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Outlook: Rumours Grind Down Safeway
POOR OLD Safeway's. It was perhaps inevitable that as hard as management might try to focus attention on the group's trading figures, everyone was far more interested in the "will-they, won't they" saga of the company's on-off merger with Asda. Safeway...
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Outlook: Soros Did Not Move the Pound This Time
THERE is probably more nonsense written about the exchange rate than any other subject in finance. People who have to think hard about whether they should divide or multiply to convert a foreign currency into pounds nevertheless feel equipped to proclaim...
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Outlook: Thatcher's Legacy for the Tunnel
THE SILLY SEASON has arrived early. There are still two months to go before Parliament rises for the summer recess and newspapers are obliged to hunt harder than usual for items to fill their news columns. But already the first story of the season has...
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Over-Tidy Neighbours and Backward-Walking Lords
There are two kinds of neighbour, in my experience. One is the meek and elderly Mrs Gogentlyintothatgoodnight, whose husband died 16 years ago of asbestosis, who now smells faintly of dead mouse, and who devotes her twilight years to reading OK! magazine,...
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Pandora
Don't tell PeterEVEN your best friends won't tell you. . . at least not when reshuffle time is fast approaching in the Tory Party. But Pandora is happy to let you know that it seems almost certain the Boy Wonder will rearrange his team at the end of...
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Photography: 98 for 98 - the Century in Photographs: Today 1993
The misery of war in Bosnia brings The Independent and the Hulton Getty Picture Collection's photo-history of the 20th century to 1993. Tom Pilston's image of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, captures the terror of modern siege warfare for citizens striving...
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Pioneer Rival Fails in Court Bid to Stop BA Launching `No Frills' Airline
BRITISH AIRWAYS was yesterday cleared to launch its no-frills European airline Go next week after the rival low-cost carrier easyJet failed in a High Court challenge.Mr Justice Tuckey refused to grant easyJet an injunction which would have effectively...
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Pop: Brand New Heavyweight N'dea Davenport Dingwalls, London
In 1992, N'dea Davenport moved from Atlanta, Georgia to London, England, to become lead singer for The Brand New Heavies. She went on to record four albums in as many years, as well as other, high- profile collaborations, which all helped establish worldwide...
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Press Told Not to Feed World Cup Xenophobia
THE Press Complaints Commission yesterday fired a warning shot across the bows of the tabloids in the hope of averting a re-run of xenophobic Euro 96 for France 98.The PCC chairman, Lord Wakeham, asked editors to ensure that, in the run-up to France...
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Prince Philip Angered at Report of Royal Row over Emperor's Award
THE Duke of Edinburgh yesterday issued a strong denial that he spoke out against the Queen's decision to award Britain's highest order of chivalry to the Emperor of Japan.The statement followed a story in yesterday's Times which claimed that the Duke...
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Rio Tinto Faces Wrath of Investors
RIO TINTO, the largest mining group in the world, faced a barrage of abuse from shareholders yesterday about a range of complaints from directors' bonuses to accusations that it continues to ruin the land of indigenous tribes. The group's annual general...
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Rugby Union: Pienaar Accused in Luyt's Outburst
LOUIS LUYT was never likely to go quietly. Springbok rugby's disgraced ex-president bade a predictably undignified farewell yesterday by branding South Africa's white minority as "spineless" and attempting to tarnish the reputation of Francois Pienaar,...
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Soros May Have Lost His Midas Touch
IS THE shadow of the man who drove Britain out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in September 1992 once again hanging over the pound? Well, no, not according to anybody outside his small retinue of admirers.The financier George Soros is said to...
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Spare Me and My Fellow Men from the New Orthodoxy: Female Good, Male Bad
I HAD that Fay Weldon in the back of my studio the other day (I present a books programme for Channel 4), and she was saying that she was worried for men. Not so much for the old dinosaurs, who still think (wrongly) that they rule the earth, but the...
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Tennis: Henman Succumbs to Rios' Heat Strokes
EVENING shadows spread across the Centre Court at the Foro Italico and a gentle breeze eased the fierce temperatures, which had touched 100 F again. With the heat of the day went the intensity of battle, at least as far as Tim Henman was concerned....
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Theatre: Set in Stone the Secret Sign Drymen, Nr Glasgow
Many an artistic offering has promised to take its audience on "a journey into the unknown"; few can ever have delivered so literally. Not so much theatre as "environmental animation", this latest creation from the NVA organisation - the specialists...
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The Man Who Would Kill Disabled Babies World Expert on Medical Ethics Is Condemned by Doctors for Saying That New-Born Children with Severe Disabilities Should Have Their Lives Ended by Lethal Injection
DOCTORS' leaders yesterday condemned an expert on medical ethics who called for babies with severe disabilities to be given lethal injections to end their lives.Professor Peter Singer, deputy director of the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University...
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Thursday's Book: Typical American by Gish Jen (Granta, Pounds 5.99)
Since Amy Tan's huge success as America's most famous Chinese- American writer, there isn't an Asian mother in California or New York who hasn't encouraged their daughter to enroll in a creative writing programme instead of applying for Harvard med school....
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Top Tory Broke Rules by Failing to Declare Interest
THE whip-hand over what Conservative frontbenchers can and cannot do in the Commons was handed to Sir Gordon Downey, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, yesterday.Sir Gordon said in a report that Stephen Dorrell, the Tory spokesman on education...
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Travolta Reveals Clinton's Prime Sense of Humour
THE director of Primary Colors, the top film at the Cannes Film Festival, was yesterday accused of cutting an interracial love scene between Emma Thompson and black British actor Adrian Lester.Emma Thompson plays the Hillary Clinton figure in the film,...
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'We Waited 30 Years to Tell a Prime Minister What the People Have Suffered'
JIM and Anna Dixon said they had waited 30 years for a prime minister to listen to them. Tony Blair did, and then wrote to them saying how the harrowing story of the injuries Mr Dixon suffered at the Enniskillen bombing played a part in his decision...
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Women Protest as US Men Get Viagra on Medical Insurance Cost of the Contraceptive Pill Rankles, Reports Mary Dejevsky in Washington
THREE weeks after the little blue pill went on to the market, it emerges that men in United States who have obtained the impotence drug on prescription have a 50:50 chance of persuading their health insurance company to pay for it. Women, on the other...
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