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Saturday, 14 January 1995

  • Letter: Animal rights: reducing suffering should be our first concern
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Judith Humphries London

  • Letter: A ticket to travel anywhere
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    As your editorial also highlights, the latest changes to our previously underfunded and incompetent network can only further reduce the efficiency of the service. Privatisation of British Rail is bound to have this effect - was it ever in question? B...

  • Letter: No decision on Landhurst
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Mr Hellier claims that the "SFO may have to abandon charges against some individuals in the affair and reduce those against others". This may be thought to imply that charges have already been brought. This is not true. No charges have been brought a...

  • Letter: Piped music destroys the soul
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    But he should not despair. Pipedown, the Campaign against Piped Music, recently persuaded Gatwick Airport to stop its piped music and we are pressing Heathrow Airport to follow suit. On a smaller scale, guides to music-free pubs, wine bars etc. are b...

  • Letter: Overcrowding leads to riots
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    This has increasingly been the experience of low security prisons since the Government abandoned its pre-1993 policy of seeking to limit prison sentences to serious cases The resulting sharp rise in the prison population contributed to a serious riot...

  • Letter: Mean streets
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    The answer is a very definite no. Insurance claims indicate that the crash rate of British drivers is actually rising. The apparent paradox that more crashes equals fewer deaths can be explained by three factors. Firstly, new developments such as sid...

  • Letter: Liverpool has airport solution
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Certainly air traffic is set to increase and certainly there is need to plan ahead, but Government and planners need to recognise that journeys do not always start and finish at Heathrow. There is a solution that is cheap, practical and environmental...

  • Letter: Save the children of Iraq
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    During and after the First World War the economic sanctions of the allies caused similar suffering and death in Europe to women and children. But at that time there was a callousness towards the suffering of children and a prejudice against helping "...

  • Letter: A lesson in teaching religion
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Neither image is accurate. Britain is an unchurched society but far from secular; it is also extraordinarily diverse. Most of rural Britain and quite a number of her smaller cities remain relatively untouched by the arrival of substantial other faith...

  • It was a lovely morning in Belsen and he will remember it forever
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    At the time, he was in command of an artillery regiment, chasing the retreating Germans across the Rhineland. Passing a wooden gateway, his eye was caught by some railway wagons in a siding. By an odd chance he had seen similar wagons in Normandy sev...

  • Letter: Why so many accountants?
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Since the war there has also been a similar growth in what a leading economics journalist once described as the pseudo non-profession of management consultancy. It would be interesting to find out how the performance of individual companies has benef...

  • Letter: Cash for art
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Galleries such as MOMA in Oxford have never been "shy of truly radical or innovative exhibitions" and neither do they have the anodyne taste of the committee room. The constraints are purely financial. Fifteen years ago, after having paid the bills, ...

  • Letter: Animal rights: reducing suffering should be our first concern
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    A question is not an argument, however, and an unanswered or even unanswerable question may be no stumbling block at all. If not knowing where to end is sufficient to block rights' ascriptions to animals, consistency points to unacceptable consequenc...

  • Letter: A ticket to travel anywhere
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    More, through bookings from many larger stations were available to places as varied as tiny stations on small Swiss private mountain railways such as Grindlewald, or cities such as Cairo via Istanbul and Syria, while "combined coupon tickets" could b...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    While I am aware that such horrible things, and things even more horrible, routinely occur in war, I was unable to read the article on the Chechen war because of the photograph. I do not consider myself exceptionally squeamish, but the image was too ...

  • Letter: Animal rights: reducing suffering should be our first concern
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    P R Oliver Cornwall

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Simon Daniels Suffolk

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : Flatworms . . . flying faxes . . . and funny Yorksh iremen
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    witness the re- burial of one of the family's "blacker" sheep, Andrew Scott, also known as Captain Moonlight, preacher, soldier and bushranger, executed in Sydney 115 years ago. It was the Captain's last wish, churlishly ignored, that he should lie n...

  • Full-time widows at work Angela Lambert asks what drives women to devote themselves to the memory of the ir husbands
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    The job of guarding the great man's work and observing the provisions in his will may be equally arduous. Valerie Eliot, widow of T S Eliot, has tried to compel would-be biographers to respect her late husband's expressed wish never to be the subject...

  • It was a fine clause, but it's too late to wave the banner of state con trol
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    It is small in size, badly laid-out and jumbled in thought. Its claim to be signed by "more than half the European Parliamentary Labour Party" has turned out to be unreliable; five of those whose names appeared under it have already recanted or sobbe...

  • Good adverts for themselves Winston Fletcher on the ambition that fuelled Saatchi and Saatchi's success
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    SINCE Christmas it has been just about impossible to open a newspaper, watch television news or switch on your radio without being bombarded by the S-word: Saatchi. Or Saatchi and Saatchi. Or The New Saatchi. Or Maurice Saatchi. Quite suddenly a mode...

  • Manners maketh a promising masterclass topic
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    One knows what he means, of course. I love the Duchess dearly, and would not hear a word against her, but when I last stayed with her at Ramada Lodge, Sunningdale, I could not help but notice that she placed her bubble-gum on her diamond tiara throug...

  • Seven out of ten psychologists are just plain daft
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    This disturbing new psychological discovery coincidentally arrived on my desk at the same time as the latest issue of Cosmo. I opened the magazine nervously, got close to the wastebin, and waited to be overcome. I think the sickness must be metaphori...

  • Origin of a new species David Nicholson-Lord on a philosopher who inspired the animal liberation moveme nt
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Acts of imagination such as this gave birth to the animal welfare movement, transformed it into animal liberation in the 1970s and now cause thousands of people to mount blockades at ports and air terminals. The description is of a veal crate, in whi...

  • as others see it
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    WHAT a crying shame! In England they are getting serious: they want to close Wembley stadium ... No, my friends, they shouldn't really do this to me. Wembley is not a stadium, it is a footballer's myth. I've always told my viewers on Telemontecarlo t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Golly, it's John and Tony Tarantino your tongues language
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    . These words are mild compared with what politicians and the rest of us say when we think we are in private (Mr Major's bastards, or Richard Nixon's expletive deleted). The new departure is that they are spoken for public consumption, by two men who...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The perils of forced unity
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    chancellor, argues mysteriously that it will "revitalise our regional economies". And yet devolution matters: the Scottish case for some form of elected assembly is undeniable. Mr Major argues that the UK is a "single national state", but a national ...

  • POLITICAL COMMENTARY : Has Labour got any serious answers on devolution ?
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    On 1 March 1979 referendums on devolution were held in Scotland and Wales. The Welsh rejected it conclusively, by 956,000 to 243,000. The Scots supported it, by 1,231,000 to 1,154,000. However, that great Labour backbencher Mr George Cunningham, a Sc...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : Flatworms . . . flying faxes . . . and funny Yorksh iremen
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    They came over here as eggs on antipodean plants. Having established strongholds in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, they are now threatening the Lake District. No native worm is safe. Their vital work in aerating the earth will be los...

  • words
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    This was not, as it happened, how Booker meant the word. In his piece he called Peter Cook "a real original, touched with genius." Booker was going back to an older meaning, to when "genius" was a magical quality, not a person, but a visitation from ...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    Tony Blair, Labour leader, on changing Clause IV If this is what Andy Cole wants and if it is what Kevin Keegan judges to be correct, then so be it. But I am a little sorry. Cardinal Hume, Newcastle United supporter, on the transfer of Cole to Manche...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : Flatworms . . . flying faxes . . . and funny Yorksh iremen
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    yment minister. All very odd. Captain's advice: keep reading the Independent.

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 15 January 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Ita, who ranks second only to St Brigid among Ireland's women saints. Her chief claim to fame is to have taught, as a child, the future St Brendan the Navigator, who in the sixth century crossed the sea in a skin boat ...

  • LETTER:I'd recognise my own girlfriend
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, PHILIP LEE Harrow Middlesex 13 January

  • LETTER:Labour cannot cheat the North
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    While there may not be a case for the re-creation of all the former metropolitan counties (Metropolitan Yorkshire, for example, comprises a group of separate cities rather than a true conurbation), the major conurbations of Greater Manchester, Mersey...

  • LETTER:Small price to pay
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    This week, 10,000 first-time opera and ballet-goers, many of them young men and others on low income, have cheered Darcey Bussell and Dennis O'Neill to the rafters, at ticket prices from £1 to £10, thanks to Paul Hamlyn's generous foundation and West...

  • How the world's favourite agency became the week's big story
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Why? And how? What makes Saatchi & Saatchi so important, even in countries where neither brother has even set foot? It is, after all, only an advertising agency which has fallen on hard times and whose shareholders have persuaded the board it was...

  • LETTER:Voting patterns in Scotland
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    In 1707, Scotland had 45 seats in a House of 558; in 1832, 53 out of 658; in 1868, 60 out of 658. The numerator settled at 72 in 1885 and has not varied by more than two since then. The denominator has ranged between 615 in 1922 and 707 in 1918. In r...

  • Billy shoots the sheriff in the J Bar J
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    A streetwise journalist, instructed by the Independent's news desk to follow up a story in Miami - but aware that in this fashion-conscious city teenagers on roller-skates are likely to mug visitors for their Air Jordans - pursues his scoop with a ty...

  • LETTER:Complacency in education
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    If Mr Griffiths believes there is no problem of low aspirations in state schools, he should say so. But first he should read David Blunkett's speech last week at Ruskin College, where he faced the issue squarely, attacking the "culture of complacency...

  • Save the next jive for me
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    "Love to but can't," I responded firmly. "Deadline 9am tomorrow." Cynically, she ignored this. "It's Ain't Misbehavin'," she continued. "A Fats Waller musical." As I wailed, she added unscrupulously: "You don't have to decide now. See how the work go...

  • Do we still have the stomach for meat?
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    According to a Gallup poll last year, 2,000 people a week are converting to vegetarianism, and 40 per cent of the population regularly tell pollsters they are eating less meat. But Phil Saunders of the Meat and Livestock Commission, not surprisingly,...

  • LETTER:Cash-limiting plans will hurt the lawyers' `patients'
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    As a profession we have come to accept that there will never be any public sympathy coming in our direction when there is news of a cut in the potential fees or income of lawyers. However, the truth is that there is much public misconception about th...

  • LETTER:I'd recognise my own girlfriend
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, CAROL KNOTTS Harborne, West Midlands 13 January

  • LETTER:I'd recognise my own girlfriend
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    May I suggest that in the future Mr Lancashire steers well clear of girls who model for £10 a time. Yours faithfully, MARTIN ELLIOTT Portishead, Somerset 13 January

  • LETTER:Cash-limiting plans will hurt the lawyers' `patients'
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    As you predict, changes to the system will prove chaotic and acrimonious. The costs of the upheaval will be under-estimated and the theoretical benefits will not be realised. As in the NHS, more will have to be spent on administrators and less on act...

  • LETTER:Cash-limiting plans will hurt the lawyers' `patients'
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Thus, the imagery of the profligate lawyer prescribing expensive remedies unchecked to line his own pocket, while no doubt amusing copy, does nothing to educate the average reader. On the contrary, it misleads. Yours faithfully, NICHOLAS WOOD Five Pa...

  • Quote Unquote
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Mr Blair is behaving like a spoilt child. He said he wanted a full debate in the Labour Party on reforming Clause IV, but what he really wants is a walkover - Jeremy Hanley, Tory chairman If you sat the Duchess of York next to Henry VIII, you would h...

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