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Friday, 20 January 1995

  • LETTERS: No worse than any other agency
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    Indeed she did. And she was, for a time, my secretary. But my memory of Saatchi's is very different from hers. Yes, there was silly schoolboy humour and sexism and even some racism, but I am sure it was no worse than any other advertising agency of i...

  • LETTERS: Art, subsidy and the politics of envy
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    This pyramidic view of arts organisations has nothing to do with art. Connections between companies should spring from a genuine dialogue based on artistic compatibility. There can be no universal edict about their role. A Puccini opera, an Indian da...

  • BOOK REVIEW: A brief history of doing time
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    "If a man was not unstable before admission to F wing," Coyle writes, "he was likely soon to become so. Nothing in my 20 years in the prison service, not even the extremes of Peterhead, had prepared me for what I encountered. The walls were painted b...

  • LETTERS: Air travel and roads more efficient than rail? That's just pla in loco
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    It would be a shame if the great improvements brought to Inter-City travel by the High-Speed Trains, the electrification of the East and West Coast main lines, and investment in cross-country travel were ignored. The inauguration of Inter-City 125 tr...

  • A poke in the eye for local democracy
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    It is sad that he has chosen to be a Tory hero for a day. Naturally, we feel betrayed by someone whose personal defeat at the polls has made him turn his fire on those who are continuing to improve services to the local community - an endeavour to wh...

  • LETTERS: Men and women club together
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, ROBERT F. NEWELL Chairman Association of London Clubs London, SW1 18 January

  • LETTERS: A clear thinker consigned to obscurity
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    While in academic terms Macmurray's preoccupations were very distinct from those of his British contemporaries, they resonated strongly with the continental Personalist school arising from a different tradition. Macmurray's critique of the false path...

  • It all comes out in the wash
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    At least two years of concentrated effort and as much as £200m went into the campaign to develop the product's disastrous secret ingredient - the manganese accelerator - to bring it to market, and to promote it when it was launched. Tesco's decision ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Ideology is dead ... long live animals!
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    The answer to both questions must lie in people's quest for what has value and meaning in their lives. Filipinos are uplifted by their Roman Catholic faith and the papal messenger from their God. And the people of Brightlingsea? In animal welfare, th...

  • WILLIAM DONALDSON'S WEEK: Wanna score? Forget your friends
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    I have come up not just with a new entry for 101 Things Streetwise People Do, but with an idea for a whole new toilet book - to be called 101 False Economies and likely to be ready in time for Methuen's Christmas humour list. It's a false economy to ...

  • LETTERS: Air travel and roads more efficient than rail? That's just pla in loco
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    Mr McRae also argues that air travel will undercut rail for passenger transport between cities. This again ignores the fact that air travel is far more polluting than rail. Indeed, the projected increase in air travel is one of the most difficult env...

  • LETTERS: Air travel and roads more efficient than rail? That's just pla in loco
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    He compares railways in Britain with airlines in the United States, which is hardly relevant. British Rail's main competitor is the road system, which itself is subsidised from many sources, including taxpayers, local councils, the police and the hea...

  • LETTERS: Men and women club together
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    After nine years, the calm civilisation of the Reform still gives me a thrill. It is a pity that Ms Ward in her justified attack on less enlightened clubs has not sought the views of women members in a club that does treat women as equals. Yours fait...

  • LETTERS: Art, subsidy and the politics of envy
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    The truth is different. The opera and ballet presented to the highest possible standard by our three companies - the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet - throughout the year are also real art; and are subject to just the same press...

  • Leading Article: Yeltsin's hollow victory
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Against these historic implications the outcome of the continuing attrition in Chechnya may seem of less importance. A guerrilla war will rumble on; the Afghans managed a successful 11-year campaign against a much more united Russia. Many of the Chec...

  • When it comes to privatisation, I've got the dirt
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    I looked more closely at the man. I recognised him at once. It was my old friend Adrian Wardour-Street. "Adrian!" I cried. "What brings a high-profile public relations guru like you on to public transport to rub shoulders with the likes of me?" "Dear...

  • Letter: A load of nonsense
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    The introduction of keyboards without the letter was then equated by some with its doom, the argument being that Spaniards would be unable to type it. This developed into the story reported in serious newspapers and on television that the EC had actu...

  • Letter: GPs' attitudes towards home births
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Even today, childbirth can still, rarely, be life-threatening. There is a small but significant possibility that something could go wrong and that emergency treatment would be needed immediately. In many parts of the country, this kind of back-up may...

  • Letter: Chance to help environment
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    This Bill could greatly assist the United Kingdom in meeting its declared environmental targets, and soften the impact of VAT on domestic fuel. It would require local authorities to gather information about the energy efficiency of the UK housing sto...

  • Letter: Probation service: gesture politics, reoffending, the welfare r ole
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Through its specialist Family Court Welfare Service, more than 37,000 court reports were prepared in 1993 in cases of familial disputes over the future for children, usually following divorce or separation. This was in addition to the many thousands ...

  • Leading Article: A manifesto of nostalgia
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Yesterday consumers were shown the goods on offer. The rebels set out their eight-point manifesto for a nationalist Britain in Europe. It is a clever product, beguiling and simple. Targeted at those fed up with Brussels' waste and uneasy about Britai...

  • Leading Article: The times are out of joint
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Not so New Zealand Cricket. Their unfortunate bowler, Dion Nash (now of Middlesex), was involved in an incident with two colleagues at a barbecue before Christmas - and marijuana was taken. Mr Nash has since explained that he "merely simulated its us...

  • Letter: Local government leads the way
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    The Association of County Councils (ACC), along with the other bodies representing local government in Britain, has submitted evidence to the Nolan Committee. Councillors must declare any pecuniary interest in any decision they take part in. Further ...

  • Letter: The Lindley Library belongs in London
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Since the 1960s, I have used the Lindley Library regularly from my home in Gloucestershire, especially on show days. During these years my rarer visits to Wisley have always been special expeditions devoted to seeing the garden, and there would never...

  • This is no way to deal with sheep
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    I have found it astonishing, then, that life in Brightlingsea has gone on relatively unchanged this week. But then my conception of large-scale catastrophe is formed by the television I have watched since the Fifties rather than by personal experienc...

  • The valet's gone, nanny's in tears and I'm guilty
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    I hold no brief for Charles. He is clearly an incredibly indulged creature. But everyone has a good and bad side, and reading Stronach's tales, I couldn't help but think that this was a partial picture. And isn't even the Prince entitled to a bit of ...

  • Dying from a bad case of dogma
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Individual doctors respond differently to this frustrating state of affairs - their age and economic circumstances being important. My response is to leave the NHS, and I am one of a growing band retiring early or as soon as they can. As BMA council ...

  • Past demons threaten Italy's bid for change
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    How hollow that prospect looks now. Mr Berlusconi's government collapsed in acrimony after just seven months. His designated successor, Lamberto Dini, is struggling to find the majority he needs to survive even seven days. The parties are squabbling ...

  • The future lies with herring Europe
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Here, Whitehall hopes, is that prize beyond gold or pearls, a dull and visionless leader of the French. Given the fix that British policy has been in, the idea of a man in the Elysee who is not committed to the German-dominated European superstate ha...

  • Why Unionists pose no threat
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    The Unionists are not bluffing - but they could not bring the Government down on that issue alone. Any attempt by London to introduce "cross-border institutions with executive powers" (CROBIEP) into Northern Ireland would lead to the Unionists giving...

  • Letter: Probation service: gesture politics, reoffending, the welfare r ole
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    . Most probation officers are realistic, competent and committed. Of course there are a few woolly idealists, but they seldom last the course. Offenders put on probation by the courts are mostly young, poor, uneducated, unskilled, confused and aimles...

  • Letter: The Lindley Library belongs in London
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    The council have made up their minds that this move shall take place. They have discussed the matter extensively but with fairly closed minds from the start. The advantages, as well as the glamour, of totally new premises can all too easily be carrie...

  • Letter: Probation service: gesture politics, reoffending, the welfare r ole
    Friday, 20 January 1995

    Home Office Probation Statistics, England and Wales, published only last month, tells a different story. The latest statistics for probationers record a reconviction rate of 54 per cent - 28 per cent had been convicted two or more times, 14 per cent ...

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