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Wednesday, 25 January 1995

  • Magistrates and poll tax : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    On occasions defaulters are sent to prison, but the custodial sentence is suspended if they make a reasonable offer to pay a small sum each and every week. The Community Charge finished nearly two years ago, and it is reasonable to expect people to m...

  • Wisdom from a sheepish liberal
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    To say this, of course, raises the question as to whether it is reasonable to expect that the middle-class revolt which is driving US politics will sweep across the Atlantic to Britain and continental Europe. Drawing parallels is always dangerous. So...

  • Long-lost louden : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, STEPHEN FROST Kew, Surrey

  • Remember those held in Kuwait : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    The BBC's Prisoner of Conscience programme in autumn 1992 featured one of these prisoners in Kuwait, a newspaper worker named Osamah Suhail Hussain. I responded to the request to write to the Kuwaiti authorities on his behalf and have now written 103...

  • There's no mystery about Masons : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    At the end of November, I wrote to Lord Nolan offering to give evidence about Freemasonry and including a basic statement on matters relevant to his committee's work, so there is no question of our being forced into the open by the committee: we were...

  • Bombay mix : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    In his text he mentions Madras, correctly, as an Indian city where crass provincial prejudices are still permitting the destruction of its architectural heritage. He does not mention Bombay, yet the piece is accompanied by a picture, allegedly of Vic...

  • Life s entences : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, Sarah Dinsdale-Young Glasgow

  • Success of Singapore's `Asian values' : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    The IHT had alleged: In the Chinese case, history almost seems to consist of a battle between the corporatist needs of the state and the interests of the families who operate it. Dynastic politics is evident in "Communist" China already, as in Singap...

  • The FO encircled and about to fall
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    A campaign for a right-winger to replace Hurd is starting to absorb the energies of the hyperactive and confident Euro-sceptics, including some who were recently plotting to get rid of Major himself. Pro-European ministers have calmly assumed that th...

  • CSA: estranged parents, non-benefit cases, failings of the Act : LETTER S
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    First, it is too complex. Until the system is simplified, the Child Support Agency will not be able to provide an accurate and reliable service to both parents with care of their children and absent parents. Second, the CSA does nothing for those par...

  • A lament for Barry Bucknell : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    But is the long DIY boom finally coming to an end? This is the interpretation that some are placing on yesterday's announcement that Sainsbury's is to purchase the Texas Homecare chain. The industry, worth £6bn a year, is suffering from low growth an...

  • Heseltine fails to deliver : LEADING ARTICLE
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Michael Heseltine delivered the bad news yesterday. He informed MPs that the Government does not intend to give the Post Office far-reaching commercial freedoms as long as it remains within the public sector. In other words, rapidly expanding competi...

  • Weeping for the animals : ANOTHER
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    From the point of view of all other species, the best thing that could happen would be the total disappearance of the human race. This is a sobering thought, which ought to make us approach any exploitation of animals with humility and reluctance. Th...

  • What they didn't want you to know : Disclosures
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Social Trends set out to give some answers to the questions people started asking in the Sixties about how far economic progress was being reflected in improvements in the quality of life. There was at that time very little such information, and so t...

  • Whatever it is, it should be stopped
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Margery Dawes, 39, animal rights protester: "Is this about the idea that John Major might agree to be hypnotised to see if he can remember some of the things he said he was going to do when he got elected? Well, I'm in two minds about this. On the on...

  • Success of Singapore's `Asian values' : LETTERS
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    Singapore is a city-state with the potential for full employment; it has a good education system, basic health-care provision and housing for every family. Above all, it is a country with virtually zero crime-rate. Maybe, from a Western point of view...

  • CSA: estranged parents, non-benefit cases, failings of the Act : LETTER S
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    All other non-benefit cases will be dealt with by the agency, and these will include every case where parents cannot agree maintenance and require an adjudication. This is exactly the system that obtains in Australia. Yours faithfully, Nicholas Mosty...

  • CSA: estranged parents, non-benefit cases, failings of the Act : LETTER S
    Thursday, 26 January 1995

    The vast majority of the CSA's targets have becomes such through actions over which, under current law, they have had no control. The overwhelming majority of family splits among those who are above subsistence income levels are initiated by the pare...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Tense situation : LETTERS
    Wednesday, 25 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, SUE GAISFORD Stonegate, East Sussex

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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