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Wednesday, 11 January 1995

  • LETTERS : Marriott has been made a scapegoat while the real culprits fl ee
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    I think it likely that other prison governors will now be considering how they may make it clear that they have pointed out deficiencies in their security systems - in writing of course - and that they cannot guarantee security until all these defici...

  • LETTERS : Should vegetarians cut down on milk?
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, R. COOPER Fulford, York 10 January

  • History in costly fairy-tale garb The National Trust should stop being so smug and extravagant, argues Paula Weid eger
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    For the first two-thirds of its history, the National Trust was a decisive, campaigning body with a clear, if changing, purpose. It was brought into being near the end of the 19th century by a trio of socialist do-gooders who wanted to save beautiful...

  • LETTERS : Remove Africa's colonial borders
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    He correctly observes that internal conflict is caused by the politics of exclusion. It is precisely because our nation states are artificial that politics of exclusion are so pervasive. Africans have no "social contract" with the state. The state do...

  • LETTERS : Welcome initiative for victims of rape
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    Dr Ed Glucksman, director of the department where the rape suite is to be built, says that hospitals are "more appropriate" places for the examination of victims of sexual offences. This will be true in many cases. However, the 11 very carefully desi...

  • LETTERS : We must pay for the best
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    This does not "make the best available to everyone"; only the few who pass the entrance exam benefit. The only real way to make the best available to everyone is to ensure that all schools in the state-maintained sector receive the funding necessary ...

  • LETTERS : Labour takes the wrong track
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    If, however, the Labour Party's policy is totally opposed to privatisation of our railways system, it should, in my view, announce clearly and unequivocally its intention that, when returned to government at the next general election, the railways, i...

  • Want a laugh? Just log on and go looking for quips
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    (The answer to one of these questions is quite simple. Nobody asked me to do a piece on Peter Cook because a) I never met him at Shrewsbury or worked with him at Private Eye, and b) everyone asked Clive Anderson to write a piece about Peter Cook inst...

  • LETTERS : Ireland's peace
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    I never made any prediction about when the "peace process" might break down. What I did was to suggest that it would be imprudent to assume that the IRA ceasefire would continue indefinitely. This is now generally accepted. Yours etc, CONOR CRUISE O'...

  • What Parkhurst could learn from Park Lane
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    The figures for the cost of keeping people in prison are interesting, though, and not only because they would appear to be high in relation to the quality of service offered, but also because it is not at all clear that they are cost-effective - or i...

  • To cyberspace with M&S Infinite choice is around the next bend in the information superhighway. But wi ll we want it?
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    They were interrupted by the waitress - I picture her as Carla from Cheers! - demanding their order. Irritated by the distraction, the technocrats looked impatiently at the vast menu. "What's good?" one of them asked. "Meat loaf," snapped back Carla....

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The only rock of our age
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    Today Karol Wojtyla arrives in Manila for the latest of the hugely popular international tours that have characterised his 16-year papacy. He has been to the Philippines before, but that will not diminish a trip that is being billed as "the second co...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Revenge of the killer worms
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    As for the predatory flatworm's eating habits - too lazy to burrow, it loiters with intent to guzzle on the surface of the soil, pounces on the unsuspecting prey coming up for a breather and stuns it with a powerful narcotic juice before spraying it ...

  • BOOK REVIEW : Crumbs from the priestly table are not enough
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    Without discussion, the question of women priests looks set to become a crusty, untouchable barrier to good relations between the two churches into the next millennium and beyond. Within both denominations, the internal battles which the issue provok...

  • LETTERS : Cookery test
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    My husband, having recently arrived in London from university in Warwick, where he had spent the previous three years, found himself one day in the ironmonger's shop in Hampstead. The sight of celebrities still being a new experience for him, he foun...

  • It's none of our business any more
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    But then so, too, is the revelation that the holder of the office, John Swift, seems not to be travelling along the same track as the Transport Secretary and doubty advocate of rail privatisation, Brian Mawhinney. The leak of the plan to have 294 sta...

  • Less forest but less poverty, too
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    The Malagasy London press attache, Christina Dodwell, says these plans are by no means imminent. But she knows perfectly well that the scheme, which was already a high-profile matter (in which the World Wide Fund for Nature had always taken a deep in...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Putting lawyers under the knife
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    Yesterday, Lord Mackay, the Lord Chancellor, signalled the end of a golden era for lawyers. Since 1949 anyone eligible for civil legal aid has been on a meal ticket. A solicitor is entitled to decide which services a person requires and then charge t...

  • LETTERS : Marriott has been made a scapegoat while the real culprits fl ee
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    Early in 1947, while serving on the destroyer HMS Myngs, we had left Portsmouth for Portland and a lookout saw a man waving from a marker buoy in mid-Solent. A boat was lowered and he was returned to us in a sorry state. After the surgeon's examinati...

  • LETTERS : Marriott has been made a scapegoat while the real culprits fl ee
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    There will always be "great escapes" from what is, thank goodness, an imperfectible system. The Home Secretary has dismissed the very man who should have had Derek Lewis's job. He has, like George Orwell's Napoleon, banished Snowball and left Squeale...

  • LETTERS : Marriott has been made a scapegoat while the real culprits fl ee
    Thursday, 12 January 1995

    Whatever may have gone wrong since, one thing puzzles me. If John Marriot has been made to take the rap for what the Prison Service internal inquiry called serious failures by local managers and individual prison officers, who is going to take the ra...

  • 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 ...

  • Letter: Question of faith
    Wednesday, 11 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, ANNA FREEMAN Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire 9 January

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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