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Tuesday, 24 January 1995

  • Heartache of parents in jail : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    The writer, Beverly Kemp, explains that there are 47,000 male prisoners, 32 per cent of whom are fathers with dependent children. If, however, one considers the number of people sent to prison, as distinct from the prison population on a particular d...

  • Generation Y suffers from adult indifference : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    What I did glean from the articles was that young people are experiencing the mechanics of sex (thanks to "genital focused" sex education), but they lack the holistic understanding of sexuality and interpersonal relationships (education for sexuality...

  • Stick in the mud : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Can I point that the gay Stonewall Football Club's third XI played a West End League fixture on a Somme-like Regent's Park on Sunday afternoon, therefore challenging his theory that a player's sexual orientation has any connection with getting muddy ...

  • Pocket guide to beating the Trap
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    The appearance of a right-wing tycoon blasting Western cultural and economic imperialism is wonderful for those who have long rejected it, and for their new recruits among the unsettled middle classes. So if you doubt the Goldsmith thesis, and find y...

  • The man from the Pru's feet of clay : LEADING ARTICLE
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    But anyone concerned about their old age should be worried about the sudden departure of Mick Newmarch, chief executive of Prudential Corporation until teatime on Monday. He was the man from the Pru. He symbolised an organisation whose reputation is ...

  • Do not censor theatre's mirror : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Such an argument seems to me historically dubious, both in the general ("Do nothing to provoke the Germans") and in the particular (theatrical censorship was actually abolished following the production of a work of genius- Edward Bond's Saved - which...

  • Ballot solution to Clause IV : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Bill Morris claims that he knows the views of his members since he has asked all of his branches for their opinions. He might thereby know the views of that tiny minority of activists who run branch committees, or attend branch meetings. However, to ...

  • Cherie's just doing her job : Another View
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    The paper asked if it was right to castigate - "scrutinise" was the word it used - the career and actions of a wife who has no political ambitions. Yes, it concluded. But is it? The public certainly has a right to know that poll tax defaulters are st...

  • Tense situation : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, SUE GAISFORD Stonegate, East Sussex

  • Generation Y suffers from adult indifference : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    The onset of the next general election, however, will be accompanied by an explosion of political activity that will focus the minds of first-time voters more than ever before. When the consequences of the Labour Party proposals on a minimum wage and...

  • Heartache of parents in jail : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    My youngest child, Tiffany, was then aged 13 months - neither walking nor talking - totally dependent on her mother. All she knows is that mummy went out one day and never came back. She now without her mother or her siblings. She neither understands...

  • Illicit detention : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Both Amnesty International and the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture have recently published reports highlighting the injustice of the way in which asylum seekers are detained, sometimes for very long periods, with no recourse to ...

  • Justice and Private Clegg : LEADING ARTICLE
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Let us first be clear about one thing. If new evidence comes to light showing either that Private Clegg did not fire the bullet that killed Karen Reilly, or that there is reasonable doubt that he did, then he should be exonerated and released immedia...

  • A spasm masquerading as a movement
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    All of us, commentators and politicians alike, have been dumb-founded by the strange explosion of animal rights activism. Everything about it is unexpected, unfamiliar and odd. It doesn't fit into the deep, dull ruts of party politics. These people s...

  • Confused, minister? So are we
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Tomorrow, the Government will publish a White Paper on the civil service. It will have to answer two fundamental questions: whether traditional notions of ministerial responsibility need to be revised in the light of the massive devolution of power t...

  • Education targets : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    I may be wrong , but the targets are the expected basics, not the norms. As such, anyone below is a cause for concern, and David Blunkett was quite right to say so. It's a shame Mr McAvoy could not say the same. Expecting some pupils to be below the ...

  • Stolen Titians: a sign of the times
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Estate Agents' Signs. These familiar features of our street-scape, the placards reading "For Sale" or "Under Offer", are rarer than they were and becoming rarer, according to Jim Truebody, curator of the National Estate Agency Museum, in Trowbridge. ...

  • Letter: Cherie Blair's warning on poll tax jailing
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    Like all our speakers at conferences, whether representatives of anti-poll tax unions, bailiffs or others involved in the increasingly difficult and sensitive process of administering and collecting taxes, or making benefit payments associated with t...

  • Letter: Probation reduces reoffending rates
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    When talking of tougher punishments for criminals, we must all, as responsible citizens, decide whether we want to control crime by vengeance and retribution, or by effective management of criminal behaviour through firm supervision together with ass...

  • Letter: The ball is over
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    How sad to think, after 16 years, she won't be playing any more aces. Yours sincerely, Andrea Marks Edgware, Middlesex 23 January

  • Letter: Cherie Blair's warning on poll tax jailing
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    The research showing all this was made available to the Department of Social Security, which has remained culpably silent. Very recently the Commission on Social Justice confirmed these and other findings when it reported that "Income Support levels ...

  • Letter: Union leaders must listen to members
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    Perhaps that is why this time there do not appear to be any plans afoot to ascertain the view of the membership of the union as a whole. Yours faithfully, PHILIPPA LANGTON London, N7 23 January

  • American justice, Hollywood style
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    The last American ratings-winning trial - also in California, and featuring the prosecution of the Menendez brothers for shooting off their parents' heads to quicken their inheritance - ended with hung juries. Their inheritance already spent on this ...

  • Generation Y: Drugs - W H A T, W H I C H, W H Y - A N D H O W ...
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    Heroin Heroin (dragon, horse, "h", skag, smack) is derived from opium and comes in powder form, costing about £30-£40 a gram. Usually sold in grams or half grams and cut with other substances - 63 per cent heroin is described as "pure". Can be smoked...

  • Major turns his back on the Europhiles
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    That was a shift against the cabinet pro-Europeans and towards the rebels; it was noticed by both sides in the party. Michael Portillo said he was "much more encouraged'', adding that Major would "want to develop his thinking about the future of Euro...

  • Leading Article: Hollow victory for men
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    The formula proposed yesterday for determining maintenance contributions is more generous to absent fathers, so it is less likely to impoverish them or their second families. Previous settlements, involving the transfer of property, will now be taken...

  • No plans for Snowdonia plc
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    I am interested in practical greenery. Saving energy is good for the environment and good for business. Recycling metals, minerals and other materials makes green sense and often makes market sense. Encouraging more use of the train takes some of the...

  • Letter: Europe and the Naughty Nine
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    Europe is not about fish or the length of bananas; to withdraw from it now, as Mrs Gorman demands, would leave Britain isolated, a spectator and not a participant in events that must affect our freedom and prosperity. No one denies that reform is nee...

  • Saying nothing in so many ways
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    I was halfway across the floor to the radio, finger poised to ban Peter Lilley from my house, when somebody asked him what he would do about some specific divorce problem, and Peter Lilley (after having said that the interviewer should wait till the ...

  • Letter: Sign that racial equality isn't working
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, Patrick Edward Director Great London Action for Racial Equality London, N7

  • Leading Article: The bitter price of making peace
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    As for Mr Arafat, he has reduced intelligent and capable Palestinians to despair. Bombastic, inefficient and habitually averse to honouring his commitments, Mr Arafat has shed none of the habits acquired in decades as a guerrilla chieftain on the run...

  • Letter: Probation reduces reoffending rates
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    Indeed, much good practice would focus the offender on the effects of his or her behaviour on others; and if vulnerable people continue to be at risk reflect this in reports to the Courts and the Home Office. The Probation Service within the criminal...

  • Another View: Don't shoot the messenger
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    Labour's MEPs advanced their position and were castigated for their pains. I make a speech setting out issues which my trade union would like to see addressed. First I am described by unnamed (but readily identifiable) "senior Labour sources" as "con...

  • Letter: History lessons
    Tuesday, 24 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, Chris KnighT (Department of Sociology University of East London) CAMILLA POWER (University College, London) Dagenham, Essex 23 January

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