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Sunday, 22 January 1995

  • Letter: Strong and civil
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    There is a myth that to be courteous and considerate is a sign of weakness and is only for wimps. The opposite, of course, is true; it requires moral courage and strength of character to keep one's cool, act with dignity, and behave in a civilised ma...

  • Letter: Only consensus approach will save the NHS
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    Of course, there will be concerns that both doctors and managers will share, but what is needed is a consensus approach rather than futile attempts to lay the blame at each other's door. Luckily, there are many consultants who are working well with N...

  • Astrologers count their lucky stars
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    "News that nature is governed by impersonal laws," he wrote, "will percolate through society, making it increasingly difficult for people to take seriously astrology or creationism or other superstitions." Weinberg's assumption is that the physicists...

  • Letter: Beware the US system of welfare
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    It is true that centralised social security systems can be inflexible, and that we live in an era when progressive experimentation is necessary. It is also true that such experimentation might lead, as in Switzerland, to better services, higher benef...

  • When leaders set out to conquer the word
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    Belisa Crepusculario's life changes dramatically when she is seized by the Colonel. After his men almost kill her, the Colonel explains the reasons for this wanton treatment. "I want to be President," he declares. "To do that I have to talk like a ca...

  • Leading Article: A Siberian wind blows in Geneva
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    The lessons of the debacle should not be lost on those Western governments that must continue to deal with Mr Yeltsin and his ramshackle regime. It was appropriate that a freezing mist enveloped Geneva last week when the Americans and Russians met to...

  • Letter: Victory on grass
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    From the age of five to 25 I played tennis intermittently against my father who, despite a 40-year age difference and the slight handicap of having only one lung after a wartime operation to cure tuberculosis, never failed to beat me through cunning,...

  • Letter: Only consensus approach will save the NHS
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    Both the public and the medical profession knew what Thatcherite philosophy was towards the NHS. I would hold such supine and outdated medical organisations as the BMA (of which Dr Lee-Potter was once a chairman) and the General Medical Council equal...

  • LETTER: The signals we send Saddam
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    In fact, these resolutions state their purpose is to establish a "scheme for the purchase of foodstuffs, medicines and materials and supplies for essential civilian needs" and that "the sum [is] to be subject to review concurrently by the Council on ...

  • Letter: Reuniting families
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    The Red Cross continues to reunite families torn apart by the events of the Second World War and other conflicts. Anyone who wishes to initiate an inquiry about a relative with whom contact was lost due to conflict should contact the international we...

  • Louden it, but quietly, please
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    "To what?" I said. "To louden it," he said. "I can't hear what they are saying, so could you louden it." I was about to point out that there was no such word in English as "louden", meaning to turn the volume up, and that if he wanted me to do it, he...

  • No omelettes without broken eggs
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    This man believed that the veal crates constituted good husbandry, since if they did not do so the calf would not put on weight. Mr Humphrys's position was that a calf kept in such conditions could not be said to be happy. Challenged as to how he cou...

  • Letter: Uneasy feelings about Blair
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    What Mr Clement and the "Blairistas" do not understand is that most Labour members and trade unionists voted for Tony Blair because the media (not least the Independent) told them that to do otherwise would be to sacrifice the next election. That sho...

  • Letter: Lindley location
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, BRENDA J. McLEAN Department of Geography University of Liverpool

  • Letter: Strong and civil
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    You do not have to be a psychologist to agree with such a self-evident truth. And who are these social psychologists who agree? It is more usual for psychologists to disagree about things, despite the public perception that psychology is just common ...

  • Letter: Staff feel the pinch
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    Working in a shop is extremely hard: long hours (most likely including Sundays and bank holidays), aching feet, rude customers, bad pay; now add managements who, in many cases, are indifferent (at best) to their staff. It takes special qualities to k...

  • Leading Article: Speak for yourself, Bill
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    Who is this "we"? There has been no substantial consultative exercise within the T&G about Clause IV. Bus drivers, car workers and office clerks have not been gathering in their lunch-hours clamouring for the latest from the Labour leader's offic...

  • Another View: Get out of Europe now
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    Yet the Independent is wrong. None of my colleague rebels hankers after an imperial past. We are free traders, the heirs of Cobden and Bright, not of Palmerston. We want our markets open to the world. The European Union is merely a customs union with...

  • Letter: The signals we send Saddam
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    A total of 2.3 million claims have been lodged so far as a result of aggression by Saddam and his regime. These include claims by, or on behalf of, 3,000 British people who were used as human shields - brutality that led to several suicides, and stre...

  • Diary
    Monday, 23 January 1995

    "But a happy mess," I suggested. She sniffed disapprovingly. I'm not long on puritanism, so I sympathise with chaps who make a game the excuse for a wild weekend away from home. It's just a pity that more women don't emulate them. Personally, I don't...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Pierre Rosenberg, Louvre director The window dressing from ministers about involving doctors in management is largely tinsel. Lions led by donkeys have a habit of eating the donkeys in the end and John Major would do well to remember this. Dr Jeremy ...

  • PROFILE: Dzhokhar Dudayev: Lone wolf of Grozny
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Before the Russians shelled his presidential palace, his spotless office on the eighth floor revolved around a Chechen flag. It was attached to a metal stand, so small and tidy it looked like a sand-castle pennant, and stood on a polished wooden tabl...

  • An `ism' for all eternity
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    This is not to deny either the sincerity or the seriousness of the demonstrators at Brightlingsea and Shoreham. How we should treat animals has been an unresolved problem since Darwin. The Old Testament showed clearly that God had put animals on eart...

  • AS OTHERS SEE IT: Sassenach retreat
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    The Hamburg daily, `Die Zeit', 20 January (but the 150,000 Edinburgh protesters were, in fact, Hogmanay revellers).

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Harold's mac ... Tony's ties ... and toenails for th e Ni neties
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Er, hold on. Anyway, it's that tricky business about his son's place at the London Oratory school again (you know, the opt-out also attended by the offspring of Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey, the T&G man). Last week, rumours emanating not too ma...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: The Captain's catch-up Service
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    guilty to assaulting his wife, Denise, a psychic. The couple are now divorced. "I should have seen it coming," said Mr Thomas ... Dick Freeman, an old sailor, was cremated with a pint of his favourite beer in Wimbledon ... A farmer in Malaysia was ki...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: Calf love, or why I was shunned at the Garrick
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    As motoring and food editor of the late, lamented Punch magazine throughout the 1970s, I was forever trumpeting the tender delights of veal (see my much-lauded culinary series "Veal I Never! The Lighter Side of Serving Calf", Punch issues 32,349 - 32...

  • words: Valet
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Why varlets got a bad name, while valets kept theirs unsullied, is one of those mysteries, but expressions such as "thou scurvy valet" just don't appear much in our literature. A valet was a trusty. Samuel and Sarah Adams, whose Complete Servant firs...

  • Rebellious abstentions could add up to an early election
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    This kind of talk is great fun. Indeed, politicians commonly have only two topics of lively conversation. One is the date of the next general election. The other is who is to be the next leader of their party. The latter topic is being discussed with...

  • Cherie Blair and the poll tax
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    The answer to both questions, in our view, is yes. Some political spouses manage to avoid the limelight: Denis Thatcher was one; Mrs Paddy Ashdown, Mrs John Smith, Lady Steel, and (to some extent) Mrs John Major are others. Mrs Blair was previously a...

  • Lessons from earthquakes: there isn't always someone to blame When the earth goes from under our feet, we'd rather feel guilty than helpless
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Yet Lisbon is in ruins, while in Paris they dance ..." THIS IS part of Voltaire's "Poem on the Lisbon Disaster". He wrote it after the earthquake of 1 November 1755, which destroyed most of the city and killed - by collapse, fire or tidal wave - some...

  • We suburbanites are quite used to being sneered at
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    I grew up in the suburbs, uneasily aware that if I was going to be an artist or famous actress or any of the other things I fancied turning into, I would soon have to get embarrassed about my background. The difficulty was that the suburbs were reall...

  • Debt, the old-fashioned way
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    "Well it pays my loan company £2 a week and then the £5 I use on a weekend for food ... normal food. Basically we wouldn't have meat at the weekends so it supplies meat and even a loaf of bread, a pint of milk." This is a desperate woman. Denise live...

  • More prudent, less obsessed
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    But not any more. Mortgage lending figures out last Friday showing a drop in demand for home loans suggest that, despite unequivocal signs of recovery in other sectors of the economy, the housing market is locked in recession. Something fundamental s...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    TODAY is the anniversary of the martyrdom in 628 of Saint Anastasius the Persian. He was a young soldier when the Persian army took the wood of the cross of Christ from Jerusalem and became so intrigued by the story of Christianity that he entered a ...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Harold's mac ... Tony's ties ... and toenails for th e Ni neties
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Lord Kagan's demise, though, did serve to point up the present sorry state of the British raincoat. Once, Chairman Mao, Presidents Khrushchev and Johnson, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh all joined Harold Wilson in wearing a Kagan Gannex, that cl...

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