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Tuesday, 10 January 1995

  • Letter: Labour must beware Murdoch
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Admittedly the Times, Sunday Times and the Sun have softened their attack on the Opposition.It will not last. Six months before the next election, the Murdoch newspapers will change their tune and revert to their previous vicious campaigns. Of course...

  • Leading Article: Howard selects his scapegoats
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    But the disciplinary measures announced yesterday by Michael Howard smacked of scapegoating. This Home Secretary usually remains complacently aloof from the running of the Prison Service. Yet after only a brief investigation, without due process, he ...

  • Letter: Question of faith
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, ANNA FREEMAN Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire 9 January

  • He's not one of them - and it shows
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    There is no doubt that the year ahead will be both difficult and decisive for Blair's reform of Labour. The Prime Minister was right to point out that these are days of rare volatility, and to predict that the beady glare of media scepticism will now...

  • Leading Article:The clause celebre
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    In many ways the text of the advertisement is deeply depressing. Assertion is followed by non sequitur and then by absurdity in a way that wouldn't disgrace the letters page of a Trotskyist weekly. What are we to make of "with Britain and much of the...

  • Letter: Fitting tribute to Andrew Lees
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    As so often, however, campaigners against mining and other projects which damage the environment will do themselves no favours by neglecting to take into account the feelings of local people. My experiences in another part of Madagascar were that the...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Ever heard the one about Alfred and the cakes?
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    One summer's day in 1789, Louis XVI went hunting, but he didn't bag much. Blithely unaware that the Bastille was stormed and his throne toppling, he wrote in his diary that night: "July 14: nothing." That's the kind of story that Geoffrey Regan likes...

  • Letter: Subversion in the nursery
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    if slightly dotty, suffragette. And the whole point about Mary Poppins was that she knew her place. She was subversive in a very proper manner. Perhaps Ms Fox has confused one Julie Andrews' role with another - that of Maria von Trapp in The Sound of...

  • Leading Article: Too much for a brigadier to bear
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    This divorce has been brought about by the heir to the throne himself - and not merely in the traditional physical sense. The knowledge of his wife's extramarital commitments must have been with the brigadier for some time: they have been the talk of...

  • Don't bury the books in the garden
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    The library, valued at £10m, has been built up over the past hundred years by a society that has always considered the cultural aspects of gardening as important as the practical. Although it is used chiefly by the RHS, the library is open to all - a...

  • Letter: If British livestock did not travel ...
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Shoreham Harbour is controlled by Shoreham Port Authority, whose offices are based in Southwick, West Sussex. However, the harbour waters run parallel to the main coast road, and from Shoreham run alongside the towns of Portslade and Southwick, befor...

  • Letter: Boris Yeltsin, the latter-day Lincoln
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Why, it was asked at the time, shouldn't southerners in the United States be allowed self-government? True, there were aspects of their behaviour of which it was hard to approve, but that did not affect the basic issue. Blood was being spilt unnecess...

  • You can't get through to (or with) RailFiasco
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    There was one such film on Channel 4 on Monday called Cyclists Special, which I happened to catch while trying to escape from the lunchtime news. It was made in the Fifties by British Transport Films for the purpose of trying to woo cyclists on to BR...

  • A Muslim cause in Chechnya
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    In the West, our perception of the Chechen conflict has been focused on the dangers to the Russian Federation, the internal struggle in Moscow, the his- tory of the quaint "warrior people" who humbled the Tsar in the last century and have been doing ...

  • Letter: Islam's fundamental beliefs
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Quite apart from the great divide between Sunni and Shia, there are a whole host of differences, legal and otherwise, to be found in each of these two branches. Then there is Sufism, the esoteric strain, to be found in a wide variety of forms in vari...

  • Letter: Quantifying the cost of statistics
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    To give one example, the availability of monthly results of acceptable reliability and accuracy from the Labour Force Survey might require a threefold increase in the present cost to the taxpayer, which is already several million pounds a year. Even ...

  • Nemesis for the Brothers
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Even a couple of months ago it seemed a world away. Until just before Christmas the chairman of the world's best-known advertising agency was busy planning a year-long festival to celebrate 25 years of Saatchi's greatest hits. Now it all must taste o...

  • In the tooth of a crisis
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Fortunately, I had no reason to venture out in public until today, when I was booked to do an interview in the afternoon that could not be cancelled. I had 36 hours to solve the problem. By five to eight I was on the phone to my dentist. By a miracle...

  • Letter: If British livestock did not travel ...
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Calves denied export will not fetch a marketable price and may well end up being slaughtered at birth - they are a by-product of the milk industry. Before the campaigners shout "Ban dairy farming", remember this: if milk is not produced in the UK, it...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Sex, drugs and sagging waistlines
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    This is strange, is it not? Rock and pop are about sex and excitement or they are about nothing. For the young, the Mick Jaggers and Rod Stewarts are slightly repellent, scrawny grandpas, inappropriately and pathetically poured into tight leather tro...

  • Hmm ... nice little stately home you got here, Earl
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    "We didn't get where we are today by pussyfooting around," says the genial, no-nonsense, cigar-chomping head of the National Trust publicity machine, Jim "History Man" Cavalciani. "We got where we are today by moving fast. That's how we operate. We h...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Labour banking on prejudice
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    But we should not allow a personal desire for revenge to cloud reality. Nor should we let Mr Brown gain politically from shallow arguments based on the manipulation of statistics. He is crying wolf by attacking banking profits. It is true that they a...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Reaction at war with progress
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Mr Yeltsin, an unpredictable and inconsistent leader, staked a claim in the late 1980s and early 1990s to go down in Russian history as a man of progress. Earlier than most career Communists in Mikhail Gorbachev's Soviet Union, he grasped that the sy...

  • LETTER: Bus drivers set the record straight
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, ANGIE CHAPMAN Whitham, Essex 6 January

  • LETTER: `Bang up' custody is no holiday camp
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, R. A. MASON Oxford 5 January

  • Who'll take the hard road?
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    And, surprise, surprise, the same claque of English nationalist commentators and editors who have pilloried him over Europe, find him Reassuringly Right about this. This being an English occasion, we will not see the Prime Minister embracing Lord Ree...

  • Islam isn't all black and white
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours truly, S. MIRZA Milan, Italy 8 January

  • LETTER: West deserves burial
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    The first derives from the English legal principle that a man is innocent until proven guilty. The second concerns the essence of the Christian gospel which is forgiveness. Yours faithfully, ANDREW H. McLUSKEY The Forum Churches Egham, Surrey 6 Janua...

  • And the next lesson is ...
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    But one thing accepted by everyone - except a few nonconformists and freethinkers and socialists - was that all schools should have religious worship and religious instruction, and it was assumed that this should be Christian. Adults could no longer ...

  • LETTER: Islam isn't all black and white
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    He seems to believe that the Prophet Muhammad taught that the attitude of his followers towards unbelievers should be to "kill them or beat them into submission". This assertion contradicts the Koran, which states: "There is no compulsion in religion...

  • LETTER: Herd instinct is to blame the `greedy' farmer
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    If we do not want calves to be exported in what are unpleasant and often cruel conditions, we could consider these options: putting down a proportion of male calves at birth; drinking less milk (and eat less cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais, etc); eati...

  • LETTER: Self-selecting equal opportunity
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    It was also interesting to see that Lady Howe refers to herself as chairman, while heading an organisation dedicated to the promotion of women. Would a male chair refer to himself as a chairwoman? If we really want "a level playing field", how about ...

  • LETTER: Clocked by auntie
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, B. J. GIBBENS London, SW19 31 December

  • LETTER: Late-night TV is no indicator of quality
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Even if you accept that the presence of large numbers of American programmes is something to be decried (one of the highlights for me of the broadcasting this Christmas was the American Civil War documentary series), the statistics Mr Walker has comp...

  • BOOK REVIEW/ Chroniclers of an experiment in democracy: EARLY TRAVELLER S IN NORTH AMERICA, Charles Miller - Alan Sutton, £16.99
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    At that time most English voyagers to the New World had never visited a place so inconceivably vast and different from their own. The usual intention was to stay for several months, really get under the skin and understand why and how former English ...

  • Cheap food - at a huge price
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    On price, the food retailers know more about us than we know ourselves. It has probably never occurred to you, for example, that you know the prices of about 20 goods. A pound of sugar, pint of milk, loaf of bread, even - Christmas being just over - ...

  • LETTER: Defining vulgar
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, G. F. STEELE Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Knowing when to use the cattle prod
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    But the pressure on Mr Waldegrave over the export of calves from his family farm to the European version of the veal market that his department banned in Britain - combined with the continuing discomfort of the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, over ja...

  • A prisoner of the day room
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    For a year she was in and out of court - her regular rendezvous with the nuclear power plant's staff and the police. She was fined, refused to pay, appealed. She, not Sellafield, was preserving public peace and safety, she said. She seemed destined f...

  • LETTER: Bus drivers set the record straight
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Sixty per cent of staff eligible to vote voted to support strike action. Staff were warned in advance, in writing, that if they took part in strike action on 18 November they would be dismissed. Their response, following an impromptu branch meeting o...

  • LETTER: `Bang up' custody is no holiday camp
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Here at Pentonville, the average day consists of being "banged up" for 21-22 hours, even longer on Sundays and bank holidays. These "bang ups" include an evening-to-morning span of 15-17 hours. There is a a morning "exercise" period of 45 to 50 minut...

  • LETTER: Herd instinct is to blame the `greedy' farmer
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    The easiest way out of the minister's present predicament would be for the Government to encourage British farmers to use some of their "set-aside" land to rear their own calves by the humane group-housed, straw-based system. Once the practicability ...

  • LETTER: Islam isn't all black and white
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Dr O'Brien is typical of Cold War intellectuals who, nourished for too long on binary oppositions, now crave the restoration of a world of absolute categories lined up in convenient pairs. Anyone who suggests that all human beings are alike in some w...

  • LETTER: Herd instinct is to blame the `greedy' farmer
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Now that the Milk Marketing Board has been abolished, and users of milk make individual contracts with producers, the chief executives of companies such as Northern Food, Sainsbury's, Tesco and the like could promise their customers not to buy milk f...

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