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Monday, 2 January 1995

  • LETTER: `Lumps of wood' that give our cities a soul
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    The article closes with: "A tree is a lump of wood and nothing more." Oh, sure. And a credit card is a lump of plastic and nothing more. Yours, MICHAEL SCIALOM Glastonbury, Somerset

  • LETTER: Motivate schools by reward, not bribery
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    Just how is the Secretary of State to define the "popular schools" to hand out one-off cash sweeteners to in the hope they will opt out? Will it be the number of middle-class parents applying; the distance people are prepared to send their children t...

  • LETTER: Labour's lead on public schools
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    Certainly, after the memorandum was written, Sir William, along with the permanent secretaries of the Treasury and the Home Office, suggested that a secret cabinet committee be set up to consider the matter; but the fact that this committee was set u...

  • De mortuis nil nisi ... the advice of a good solicitor
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    I mean, can we assume a dead man to be guilty of crimes, even though he was never proved to be so in a court of law? If I say "the serial killer Frederick West", am I guilty of some kind of posthumous libel? Do I have to go on using some clumsy circu...

  • LETTER: Placename poetry
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    As for places which Ms Lambert could not find celebrated by poets, Swinburne hailed Bath as "England's Florence" and Southey remarked (admittedly in prose) that: "Probably in no other age or country was there ever such an astonishing display of human...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: West should not have died
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    Yet without a trial we have been robbed of the chance to hear and appreciate the horror of what happened and what the victims must have experienced. We needed an opportunity to understand West, who has taken many secrets about himself and others to h...

  • Any humane regime incurs risk
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    There was more ambivalence from those who felt that the process of justice had been subverted. The dead man's solicitor professed himself surprised "that a tragic event of this nature could occur involving a high-profile remand prisoner on a supervis...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Order at a price for Russia
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    It is undeniable that Russia had a case for ending the anarchic rebellion of the Chechen leader, Dzhokhar Dudayev. The defence of territorial integrity is a principle that all states have an interest in upholding. No Western country and no neighbour ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Can an old watchdog learn new tricks?
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    The heart of its activities has been product testing: can we help you to find a better mousetrap, toaster, dishwasher? Forty years of this pressure - especially in the association's magazine, Which? - have paid off, though Japanese manufacturers, of ...

  • LETTER: Partner problems
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    The examples she used were fairly mild in comparison to the great damage often caused by the triangular situation set up by a therapist, the client and the client's partner - where the partner is excluded from a very intimate and exclusive relationsh...

  • Douglas Hurd fumbles for the Currie formula
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    While the Foreign Secretary and his agent construct such a contract, the newspaper publication this weekend of a Hurd short story offered potential readers and publishers a preview of his form as an author. The story, called Sea Lion, is set on the F...

  • A blue note for jazz lovers
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    And then, to make the morning complete, I spent all I had left in one of London's best vegetarian restaurants, where the clientele eat to the beat of Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Clifford Brown. In short, London was bursting with jazz music - which ...

  • Brussels cannot know best
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    The claim is startling enough to merit consideration. Over the last 15 years, communism has collapsed the world over, most developing countries have abandoned their policies of state-led industrialisation, a global economy has re-emerged for the firs...

  • LETTER: How to protest in a democratic society
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, PAUL DEACON Worthing Sussex 29 December

  • LETTER: Maori memories
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    On arriving at Auckland, he was given leave to assist Bishop Selwyn (who was sympathetic to the Maori claims) in ministering to the troops. Payne served with the Naval Brigade, sharing the solders' dangers and discomforts and, in due course, was awar...

  • BOOK REVIEW / Heroes who chose the electric fence: AGAINST ALL HOPE - H ermann Langbein; Constable, £19.95
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    A schoolchild once asked the Italian writer Primo Levi, who had survived Auschwitz, to draw a sketch of the prison camp. Watched by the rest of the class, Levi did his best to chalk the watch-towers and electrically charged barbed-wire fences on to t...

  • LETTER: The majestic voice of radio
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    The Queen's Christmas message to the Commonwealth is the only speech she writes and reads herself and there are more reasons for retaining it than there are for withdrawing it. Many elderly people who love their monarch would feel impoverished by its...

  • LETTER: It's the police who are over the limit
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    The objective of the police should be to stop and arrest those who are over the limit. The ideal result would be to stop and test only the 818 who failed the test and not to have tested the 17,107 who were found to be under the limit. These citizens ...

  • Some journalists are dying for a good story
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    All Western media networks have insurance schemes to cover the costs of injuries or fatalities sustained by correspondents. Managers, moreover, warn their staff in the field not to take "unnecessary" risks: "no story is worth a dead correspondent" is...

  • LETTER: Let Scots decide on devolution - now
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    The issues are now clear cut: the Government's "taking stock" is completed; the details of the Opposition's proposals are being finalised. Given his parlous majority, Mr Major is unlikely to have an overcrowded parliamentary programme before the gene...

  • LETTER: `Lumps of wood' that give our cities a soul
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    But she is right to condemn our national obsession with the preservation of old trees. A tree has to be either expectionally beautiful, very famous or in some way irreplaceable to merit its life being extended beyond its healthy span. Our forefathers...

  • LETTER: How to protest in a democratic society
    Tuesday, 3 January 1995

    In such circumstances, when protest turns to obstruction it is a matter that should worry all of us, not just Special Branch. It is from such roots that the violence of intolerance has always grown as minorities feel oppressed. But, in democracies, m...

  • LETTERS: Bangladesh gets better and better
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    Tim McGirk tries to implicate the late president Ziaur Rahman in the death of our first prime minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which is mischievous when dealing with events which are painfully sensitive for many millions of people. Mr McGirk exaggera...

  • Lesson number one for Blunkett
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    Our story starts in the early Sixties. Harold Wilson regarded public schools as an impediment to the kind of classless society that would exploit the white heat of technology for the common good. In its 1964 manifesto, Labour promised to "set up an e...

  • LETTERS: Baby blessings
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    Why do you call this an "alternative to a christening", which is the sacrament of entering into Christian life? Often christening has been associated with birth, but that is secondary. Christians value their having been "baptised into Christ", with a...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The bad old days when we were young
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    The cover of this anthology pictures two sobbing, scruffy, 17th-century schoolchildren. The ugly fear on their faces contrasts with more appealing depictions of infant sorrow, often signalled by the presence of one tear suspended on thick eyelashes, ...

  • Snobbery, robbery and buried treasure
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    They belong to a variety called Galanthus "limetree", so named after an avenue of limes under which we are supposed to believe that Rab Butler wrote the l944 Education Act. They were planted just under a year ago. I count the number of blooms. There ...

  • LETTERS: Senior society
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    First, the UK Council for Psychotherapy, while a large organisation, does not represent senior established analytical psychotherapy organisations such as the British Pyscho-Analytical Society. These are represented by the British Confederation of Psy...

  • Peter Pringle's America: The Cold War is over and the bosses won
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    Alone among the sitcoms, the show depicts the unhappy world of the American workplace. Important characters can be fired (Jerry, the show's head writer was replaced by an underling) and other harassed employees are carpeted by department heads if the...

  • Don't forget 1603 and all that
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    When they claim that devolution would involve the United Kingdom being "broken up", they mean it would cease to be a unitary sovereign nation state. They appear to believe that is the only legitimate form of state. It is not: it has never been the on...

  • LETTERS: Why Chechnya should not secede
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    However, Chechnya did exercise this right in 1991 but no country in the world, including Muslim nations, was prepared to recognise its sovereignty and independence. It is not difficult to see why Chechnya failed to win its rightful place among the co...

  • How to cope with winning the National Honours Lottery
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    What is the National Honours Lottery counselling service? Well, the National Honours Lottery counselling service is the quango in charge of giving advice and coaching to all those whose dream has come true and who have won initials to put after their...

  • That Scottish problem again
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    In the wake of the Kilbrandon Royal Commission, the 1974 Labour government, with a wafer-thin majority over the Conservatives in the February election and a notable upsurge in Scottish National Party numbers at Westminster, committed itself to devolv...

  • LETTERS: Chant is a continuing tradition
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    Plainchant is not the special preserve of the Tridentine Rite; on the contrary, it was in consequence of the Council of Trent that the polyphony associated with Palestrina and others was established almost as normative, effectively seeing off plainch...

  • LETTERS: Road protesters no `threat to national security'
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    I have nothing but admiration for the courage of those who put themselves - not others - at considerable risk, to achieve what we more timid politicians have failed to do: to get the Government to begin to think against about its transport policy. Wo...

  • LETTERS: Softly-softly US approach to Israel
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    There was a time when the UN Security Council and the EU would have publicly pronounced on an incident such as that reported by Sarah Helm. Now only the media speaks up. This quietism is presumably designed not to upset the "peace process". This argu...

  • LETTERS: Road protesters no `threat to national security'
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    I am a young person who along with many of my generation is watching the environment, its resources and its wildlife being destroyed by those who go before us. I hope to be around on this beautiful planet when they have gone and dream of passing on t...

  • LETTERS: Chant is a continuing tradition
    Monday, 2 January 1995

    The essays of liturgists and of historians at the time and the minutes of meetings where the new liturgies were drafted are heavy with scholarship. To take but one example, the eucharistic prayers were researched in minute detail and from that resear...

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