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Wednesday, 18 January 1995

  • LETTERS: The goal is to keep mentally ill patients out of institutions
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    Our proposals for a Community Care Plan Order bear many similarities to Tessa Jowell MP's private members bill. We agree that the priority should be given to delivering better, comprehensive mental health services. Compulsory treatment should only be...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Hindus to the manor borne
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    Thousands of pilgrims have in fact been turning up in the tiny village of Letchmore Heath, in the heart of the green belt just to the north of London, six times a year for the last decade. The villagers' resentment is easy to understand. Planning per...

  • LETTERS: The goal is to keep mentally ill patients out of institutions
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    It is no media secret that Mr. Silcock was subsequently referred to my care for treatment with a superior new drug, Clozapine, and has done exceptionally well. He is symptom free and is no longer the "revolving door" community patient, a situation wh...

  • LETTERS:Joyce's Ulysses was simply not for sale
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    The earlier novel, with its contempt for Catholic religiosity, thus joined a distinguished list of banned books that made Irish censorship a global laughing-stock into the 1970s. As for Ulysses, it was so notorious that it was often not stocked by bo...

  • LETTERS:UN policies do not help Iraqi people
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    It would be used also (706, paragraph 2) for administration of the scheme, and (paragraph 3) for unspecified payments to the UN Compensation Fund (from which Kuwait would expect to benefit), to fund the many tasks specified in Resolution 687(C), to f...

  • LETTERS:High price of legal procedure
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    Lawyers follow procedures largely devised by themselves. These procedures have developed with little concern for cost. Until relatively recently, Queen's Counsel was not allowed to appear in court without junior counsel at his elbow. And even now a b...

  • LETTERS:Illusory rejection of Bill Clinton
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    There was a 38.3 per cent turnout - i.e. fewer than four in every ten Americans bothered to vote. Within that turnout, 51.3 per cent voted Republican and 46.6 per cent voted Democrat, which amounts to less than 20 per cent voting Republican and about...

  • We can help ourselves
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    It was part of the national trauma following the killing of James Bulger, but it cropped up everywhere. It seemed to signal a change in national mood, a rethinking of values, and it culminated in penitent articles from former Thatcherite ideologues l...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: How to stop the rot in a bash-and-go society
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    Most of us have been victims of dent-and-run drivers. And yet a quarter of the 1,500 drivers questioned for the Lex Report on Motoring, published this week, admit that they, too, would bash and go. This figure is almost certainly an underestimate. As...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Kobe: why did so few die?
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    True, recriminations are already hanging in the air: why was there no warning? Why were the emergency services not better prepared? All this is part of a natural human instinct to try to make such events comprehensible by apportioning responsibility ...

  • Here's Supertrial: bigger than the Gulf war
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    Will the world-famous California Lawyers be able to employ their fabled blocking tactics and prevent any points being scored at all? Will the West Coast Judges fulfil their promise at last, and go so fast that nobody can keep up with them - or adjour...

  • LETTERS:Humane, profitable alternative to veal
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    There is a good alternative. Some years ago, when I ran a hobby smallholding, I bought a couple of three-day old Jersey bull calves direct from local farmer, just before Christmas. They cost £5 each. Had I not bought them, they would have been sent t...

  • LETTERS:Why the flatworm is harmless at home
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    In its native region of the South Island, the flatworm is largely confined to sheltered areas on wet soils and is rarely found in farmland. Indigenous New Zealand earthworms are similarly limited in their distribution and this may partially explain w...

  • That's just not funny - or is it?
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    I have passed many an idle moment since, speculating on which comedienne's day I could ruin by following this advice. But despite the dangers, I return to the subject to wonder if it is justifiable to make jokes about incurable diseases? Jasper Carro...

  • The poor laws by a modern Tory name
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    It appears that Peter Lilley, Secretary of State for Social Security, proposes to perform a double miracle. He has just suggested, whether he is aware of it or not, a revival of the Tudor and Stuart poor laws, and thereby managed to render the legal ...

  • Book review: Campfire tales of cuckoos in the nest
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    As Charlotte Bronte so wisely wrote in Jane Eyre: "Children can feel, but they cannot analyse their feeling; and if the analysis is partially effected in thought, they know not how to express the result of the process in words." She knew, too, that t...

  • If we had no railways, we'd never invent them
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    But suppose, just suppose, that we had invented cars, buses and planes before we invented railways; that the railway was a new technology that had just been developed by some aerospace company, and we were wondering whether it would become an effecti...

  • LETTERS:Athena's gone but posters live on
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    I was the art director responsible for the image, and I am in the process of producing Poster Girl 2000. The demise of Athena from our streets doesn't mean students and youngsters have stopped buying posters to adorn their walls. The image might have...

  • OJ hopes for a jury of his fans
    Thursday, 19 January 1995

    In recent weeks we have seen him go through the paces. In one court hearing after another, he has scowled, smiled and wept as aspects of his case were explored before millions of American viewers. But now he has an audience that really matters - a ju...

  • LETTERS: Arts partnerships between big and small
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    Neither the English National Opera, nor, as far as I know, the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Royal National Theatre, ever pay five-figure sums for artists. Our average performance fee for conductors and solo singers is in the region of £1,800. Nor...

  • LETTERS: Arts partnerships between big and small
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    Ironically, in order to sell the best art I can produce, I have to adjust my prices to the market and while I am a successful artist with a widening reputation, in the end I have to settle for a wage well below average. Like many other artists, enjoy...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Portrait of a most superior person
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    Driving along the South African coast one morning in 1909, Lord Curzon was saluted, not just by the predictable cheering crowd, but by a whale, swimming close to the shore, that blew off a magnificent waterspout. Enchanted by this cetacean homage, th...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Pity the poor home-owner
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    This is the message that Peter Lilley, Secretary of State for Social Security, gave the building societies yesterday. Mortgage lenders are naturally worried by the changes, which mean that from October new borrowers can expect help with paying their ...

  • LETTERS: Prisoners paid a pittance
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    This isn't true. I fought, I was a POW, and I worked on the infamous railway. I was only paid £46.50. Yours sincerely, GUY DE CRUZ London, SW16 16 January

  • LETTERS: The changing role of church leaders
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    It is inconceivable that a man like Mervyn Stockwood would be appointed a bishop in today's Church. Our bishops are hard-working and competent "men in grey suits". But management and leadership have become confused. Mervyn left management to others e...

  • Another late night in Downing Street
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    So it was the other night, when I dropped in at No 10 and found Mr Major, still in his shirt-sleeves, sitting at the cabinet table all by himself with thousands of bits of paper stacked in front of him. "Still trying to get the message across, John?"...

  • LETTERS: Science holds key to veal debate
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, HEATHER SHARP London, W11 16 January

  • Learning from Clinton, stealing from Thatcher
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    The phrase was supplied by Brown, but the thinking behind it was joint intellectual property, brought into focus by the Washington trip. One of the ways in which Clinton was "a different kind of Democrat" was that he was "tough on crime". In America,...

  • Balance sheet of a shop-free year
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    The shaming truth is that I broke my vow; the redeeming feature is that I kept it rigidly for eight months. As with all resolutions, the first few weeks are easy. Buoyed up by a sense of virtue, it is not hard to resist the blandishments of catalogue...

  • Time to jettison the Mental Health Act
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    This is the first time I can remember during my career when the key players in the mental health field all agree on the overall strategy. The problem is not the policy but its implementation, which is struggling woefully. Need for services may be fou...

  • How Confucius reads the Trib
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    This is the second lawsuit against the IHT in a matter of months; the first alleged that a reference to "dynastic politics" in another article implied that Brigadier-General Lee Hsien Loong was Singapore's deputy prime minister only because his fathe...

  • LETTERS: How to understand referendum issues
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    I was in Sweden during the recent campaign and referendum on joining the EU. The political debate was on a much higher and more serious level than we are used to in the UK and the people were anxious to make a wise choice. In spite of that, many inte...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Santer comes to Strasbourg
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    To be fair to the whipless wonders, early press reports of Mr Santer's speech to the European Parliament gave credence to a paranoid interpretation of the incoming European Commission President's intentions. Mr Santer was variously described as rejec...

  • LETTERS:Proper services, not compulsory treatment
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    You state that Andrew Robinson could not be forced to take medication in the Edith Morgan Centre because compulsory treatment can be administered only in a hospital. Yet, we are told that the EMC is an acute psychiatric unit and that Mr Robinson was ...

  • Suddenly, a trembling ...
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    As the people of Japan's congested cities follow on television the mayhem and misery of Kobe, where more than 1,700 died and 6,000 were injured after Monday morning's quake, and ruminate on the fact that an even more calamitous earthquake has long be...

  • LETTERS: Why common sense and Qwerty prevail
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    If typebars carrying t-h-e or a-n-d had been next to each other, the bars would have clashed much more frequently. It is true that fresh keyboard layouts have been proposed which could be operated faster, but they could not be operated by touch typis...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: The naked truth about America
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    At the time, Sheldon reckoned his pictures would unlock the secret of American genetic development. And indeed they still hold the answer to many pertinent questions about the country's leading names: was George Bush ever young, for instance; or what...

  • LETTERS: Proper services, not compulsory treatment
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    The proposed solution - to introduce new powers of compulsory treatment in the community - is irrelevant to this case. It would mean forced treatment - for instance, holding someone down to inject them - in their own homes. The drugs being injected (...

  • LETTERS: Science holds key to veal debate
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    1. For maximum milk production, a cow must calve every year. 2. On average, dairy cows must be replaced every four years, hence one quarter of the calves born must be, say, Holstein females, while the remaining three quarters should be, say, Aberdeen...

  • LETTERS: Arts partnerships between big and small
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, JOANNE SHIPTON Erith, Kent 17 January

  • LETTERS: Arts partnerships between big and small
    Wednesday, 18 January 1995

    He is charging £267 for the grand tier, which, according to the period four booking brochure that I received today, has 124 seats, together with a similar price for 16 grand tier- level boxes, which each contain four seats. I make that 188, not 85, a...

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